Fashion circles don't always approve of cowboy boots. Unlike bikers, for example, they sit in the "Marmite" footwear camp. It's understandable that not everyone feels confident enough to pull off Western-style boots due to their more costume-ready nature, but street style stars (Jan-Michael Quammie in particular) and runways alike have made them a key styling choice for S/S 18 (Calvin Klein and Chloé are the biggest supporters), so we think it's a good time to revisit them.
The trick to forging ahead with cowboy boots is to pair them with the kind of outfit you'd normally wear with other ankle or knee boots—the more unexpected, the better. Wearing Western-style boots with other cowgirl tropes (gingham shirts, denim, and so on) is worth avoiding if you want to try a modern take on the trend.
See how Jan-Michael has worn hers with an ultra-pretty skirt? Chloé's girls echoed that idea with their shorter, tan-coloured styles worn with flippy minidresses, while the CK crew opted for the high-low combo of eveningwear paired with the chunky, patent boots.
Yes to some yee-haw vibes? Shop our favourite Western-inspired boots in the gallery below.
Our favourite high-street version.
Of course Ganni got involved.
This neutral colour will work all year round.
The dream ticket from Raf Simons' Calvin Klein collection.
A solid pair of weekend boots.
Oldie but still a goodie.
For the girls who like their Western boots with a little extra sass.