We’re not huge fans of constantly using flowery fashion phrases like “fashion essentials” because we understand that every woman’s taste is different, and what defines a “must-have” varies from person to person. But—and there is a but—pretty much every girl, no matter what her personal style, owns a pair of short black boots.
Whether flat, heeled, beat up, sleek, leather, or suede, it’s pretty hard to find a girl who refuses to wear black booties thanks to the hundreds of styles that work seamlessly with every single thing in your closet, from jeans and cropped trousers to leather pants and dresses.
Because it’s fall and we know you’ve got new shoes on the brain, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up 30 pairs of short black boots to suit every single price point. Whether you’ve got a $1,000 to spare on Saint Laurent’s Fall 2015 moto style, $500 to blow on an updated version of Acne’s classic Pistol boot, or $130, which will snag you a pair of black leather booties with a sturdy block heel from Zara, read on to shop the season’s coolest styles.