Saddle up your horse, throw on a plaid shirt and ready your Woody puns, because the Wild West has made a storming return this autumn and it shows no sign of slowing down. From fringed jackets and high-waisted denim to yolked shirts and saddlebags, the cowboy uniform has cemented itself as an accepted part of the fashion editor's wardrobe. Our favourite item, however, has to be cowboy boots.
Making its presence felt both at fashion week and on Instagram feeds, this boot style is no longer a novelty in the shoe lineup and rather a reliable staple that is challenging classic knee-highs for the top spot. If the idea of an elaborate cutout detailing or snake print is enough to make you run for the hills, then rest reassured that 2021's offering is wide-ranging. There are plenty of subtle, block-coloured iterations that only have the merest hint of Western styling (think a Cuban heel or pointed toe).
Cowboy boots are sure to work hard in your wardrobe now and right into the cooler months—whether it's with a voluminous smock dress or a pair of high-waisted flared jeans (its great for adding a few inches). I would also recommend checking out secondhand sites, such as Etsy, Depop and Vestiaire, for vintage iterations, which are often higher quality yet still affordable and perfect for discovering more unusual styles. Scroll down to see how influencers are wearing theirs and shop our edit.