Fashion Month’s Biggest Trend? Cowboy Boots

FALL 2017
By Kristen Bateman for Modern Muse

Cowboy boots might just be the most surprising, covetable shoe this season. On the international runways, designers reinvented the western-wear staple with dramatic flair. Think everything from glitter to sharp new shapes. Ahead are four ways to wear the new trend in real life.

Minimalist Moment

Ethereal femininity, whimsical fantasy and a touch of the dramatic • #SS18 #nyfw #cinqasept

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Choose a low cowboy boot with minimalist details and a strong, structured shape — it's one of the easiest ways to add the statement piece into your wardrobe. And even better if it's in white — a tone that pops no matter the season.

Take a styling cue from the brand Cinq à Sept and wear the boots with feminine, grunge-inspired basics like a slip dress worn over a tee, or a long tulle skirt paired with an oversized blazer. It's fashionable contrast at its finest.

Farm House Rock

#R13#readytowear#2018

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Flannel, plaid, bandanas, and workwear denim suddenly feel edgy when paired with cowboy boots in the right context. It's the kind of irony that fashion does best on the runway. But to translate it into real life, pick your favorite elements of the look and wear it with items you already have in your closet.

R13 presented slouched denim over a classic cowboy silhouette (only the tips peeked out) to create something that's very doable with your favorite jeans. A small bandana twisted around your neckline or worn as a bracelet also adds a cool and ironic feel to an otherwise simple outfit.

In the Details

At Calvin Klein's show, models were styled in cowboy boots with an extra touch: a metal cap on the end of each toe. When shopping for the perfect kicks, look for these subtle details that bring the look into 2018 and generally make it feel more modern.

The little bit of shine on the white boot will not only make people do a double-take (it's like jewelry for your feet), but you'll also be able to seamlessly wear them with everything from workwear to your favorite LBD. Try styling them with a pair of colorful silk pants for a fun, eclectic vibe.

Glitter Goals

Perhaps the most stunning iteration of cowboy boots redone on the runway came courtesy of Coach, in the form of glitter and pink metallic leather. When the look is this dramatic, make it the focus of your outfit. A white tee plus jeans gets amped up in the most unexpected way.

If you're on the hunt for western boots this season, the slight chunky heels seen here also add an extra boost and transform the entire aesthetic to be instantly more feminine. Who needs date-night heels? Meet revamped cowboy boots.