The Surprising Boot That’s Everywhere This Season

When fall rolls around, there are usually a few key items you automatically start craving to update your wardrobe. Maybe you’re eyeing a new coat, an upgraded pair of jeans, some chunky knitwear or all of the above. Where footwear is concerned, however, you probably never expected a pair of bright red boots would be on your shopping list. Yet here we are welcoming the arrival of the new season and the red boot is officially everywhere.

It started out on the runways, naturally, with virtually every designer worth his or her salt sending scarlet showstoppers down the runway. From Fendi to Valentino to Philipp Plein, high-end labels were cosigning the trend: the boot of the season was undoubtedly of the vermilion variety. But would it resonate off the catwalks?

The answer to that is a hard yes. Fast-forward to Spring 2018 fashion month and the streets are filled with fashion insiders falling over themselves to be spotted in the trend before the rest of the common folk. Some rocked runway-worthy over-the-knee versions, others slipped into mid-calf sock styles or ankle-high options. Paired with dresses, minis, cropped jeans and beyond, the red boot has replaced its practical, neutral predecessors and is the sleeper hit of Fall 2017. Who knew?

If you’re skeptical about the versatility of bright red boots in your closet, we don’t blame you. But eyeballing some street style outfit inspo just may change your opinion on the matter. Then, when you’re ready to take the trend for a spin, go on and shop one of our faves above.

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