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Say Hello to Sock Boots: Fall's Footwear Frontrunner

Flat riding boots are forever, and most of us own heeled booties that replace sexy sandals when summer fades. But sock boots are a new (and daring!) boot silhouette stepping out this fall and drop-kicking the classic standbys to the curb.

Sock Boots

Sock boots have a shaft that extends higher than a traditional ankle boot (sometimes midcalf) and is fitted to the leg, like a sock. Most styles sit on a chunkier heel, so there's no need to fear a tumble when picking up your morning latte in a sleepy haze or racing to work a little behind schedule. As temperatures drop and layers make it harder to flaunt your fashion, we are all about edgy, eye-catching footwear to pick up the sartorial slack. These 10 pairs of sock boots will have you strutting to new style heights this season.

Sock Boots: Steps 1-2

1. ASOS ENVISION Pointed Sock Boots
The pull-on style and stretch cuff opening of these sleek suede boots deliver the true comfort and ease of a sock—in much more fashionable form.

2. Master Tortoiseshell-Heel Boots
A tortoiseshell heel and unexpected cream leather give these statement-making boots western flair.

Sock Boots: Steps 3-4

3. Magnificent Sock Boots
A classic brown leather boot is the pumpkin spice latte of your fall footwear collection—a seasonal essential.

4. Zara Mock Croc-Print Leather Booties
Wearing black and brown 24/7 is boring—the rich autumnal hue of these Zara booties freshens up your routine, and the croc print doubles the fun.

Sock Boots: Steps 5-6

5. Jeffrey Campbell Ankle Boot
A transparent heel makes these snug suede boots feel like dancing shoes destined for a disco (or your favorite Friday night hangout spot). #letsboogie

6. Sam Edelman Reyes Bootie
When you need a polished-leather, ladylike classic in a traditional, easy shape and a color that pops a bit more than camel or cognac, these rust red Edelmans have you covered.

Sock Boots: Steps 7-8


7. Jeffrey Campbell Pezzi Almond Toe Boot
Loving black doesn't equate to being boring! These mixed-texture leather boots offer an edgy, modern feel and would pair seamlessly with wet-look leggings or coated denim.

8. Kate Bosworth | Matisse Hoyt Hot Shot Chelsea Boot
A low heel, higher shaft and iridescent insets take these streamlined Chelsea boots designed by Kate Bosworth to notice-me levels that have us feeling as paparazzi-worthy as the stylish celeb herself!

Sock Boots: Steps 9-10

9. Ash Mira Booties
These versatile calfskin booties are a great starting point in building an enviable boot collection. Elastic gores make them easy to pull on in a jiff—and while minimalist, the tapered toe secures their fashion cred.

10. ASOS Expert Ankle Boots
In a word: FUN. With cutouts and a shiny gold block heel, these party sock boots are made to pair with a flirty skirt.

Kendall Spelhaug

Kendall Spelhaug is a retail copywriter specializing in home, apparel and general merchandise. She has experience writing both editorial features and snappy persuasive copy for global brands, including Lands’ End. Kendall’s smart knack for crafting engaging copy and intuitive ability to draw in the reader sets her writing apart. Her growing blog features life & style inspiration, trends, tales from the streets of Minneapolis, and the latest & greatest in shopping.

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