Boot season used to be confined to the winter months, but not anymore. From cowboy boots at festivals to knee-highs worn with mini hemlines, fashion types have cemented boots as a year-round shoe staple. Of course, this isn’t news to Brit girls—our changeable weather (even in the height of summer) means that we keep our boots within arm’s reach at all times. So it makes sense that boots should be included in any conversations we’re starting to have about spring/summer 2022 trends where, yes, boots were prevalent on the runway.
More brands than ever showcased boots in their spring collections, and I was struck by just how fresh they felt. Fashions haven’t progressed as quickly as they usually would over the past few seasons, but 2022 marks a distinct shift in the type of trends we’re seeing—particularly where boots are concerned. Yes, practicality and comfort still play an integral design role, but now, it looks as if designers have rediscovered the joy in creating boots for show, too, with spindly heels, fancy embellishments, and even metallics making a comeback.
Below, I’ve identified the six key boot trends that kept cropping up on the 2022 runways, which will help you tap into spring’s strongest looks. Scroll on to see them.
1. SUPER STILETTOS
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Style Notes: Practical boots have been the order of the day for the past few seasons, but designers including Blumarine and Vivienne Westwood are embracing super-high stilettos for 2022. These likely won’t be the most comfortable boots you’ll ever own, but who cares when they look so fabulous?
Style Notes: Getting dressed up and feeling fancy will be key in 2022, and embellished boots—along the lines of the jewel-encrusted type seen at Jil Sander—will give your shoe collection a serious lift. Choose a flat boot style for maximum wearability, or a high-heel pair for special occasions.
Style Notes: Be it loafers or heels—or, yes, boots—platform soles are going to be one of 2022’s biggest overarching shoe trends. Handily, there are already excellent options you can shop now for every budget.
Style Notes: A subtle move on from the chunky track-sole boots that have dominated these past few years, combat boots are set to take over in 2022. Reminiscent of the '90s grunge era, use them to add an edge to dresses or to contrast ecru jeans.
Style Notes: Heels are coming into focus for 2022, with designers getting experimental with unusual and often sculptural silhouettes. Choose cylindrical shapes for a sleek take, angular cuts like Jil Sander’s to toughen up your staples, or mimic Richard Quinn’s hourglass heels if you’re a minimalist.
Style Notes: Metallic shoes often make a comeback for party season, but for 2022, designers including Emporio Armani and Courreges have given them year-round appeal in boot form. Silver was the shade most prevalent on the runway—opt for treated leather or go all out with some glittery Victoria Beckham knee-highs.