Summer Booties Exist, and They’re Exactly as Cute as You’d Expect

Lindsey Lanquist
Summer Booties Exist, and They’re Exactly as Cute as You’d Expect
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Say the phrase “summer shoes,” and visions of sandals, stilettos and other strappy delights undoubtedly dance ’round your head. But the truth of the summer footwear landscape is that it’s far more varied than you’d expect—close-toed shoes abound. And with cute summer booties at the helm, it’s pretty hard to be upset about it.

We know, we know—summer booties sound like an oxymoron. Booties are a strictly fall/winter affair—and maybe, maybe, you could make the case for chunky, close-toed shoes in the spring. But summer? The days are hot, the air is humid and our feet desperately crave a break from the leather caverns they’ve occupied for months on end.

But some days, you’re just not in a sandal mood. Some days, you crave the security of a close-toed shoe. And some days, you just can’t ignore the fact that your go-to mini definitely pairs better with a chunky ankle boot than it does with literally any other shoe in your closet. It is in these moments that it pays to have stocked up on a pair or two of summer booties—so you can whip out a seasonally appropriate pair of kicks, rather than continue to rely on your winter rotation.

Summer booties may sound counterintuitive, but they exist—and they exist for a reason. Plus, when life gives you such an obvious excuse to go shoe shopping, you take it—right?

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

1. Marc Ellis Pointed-Toe Ankle Boots, $215 at Farfetch

Cerulean is an endlessly underrated color in the summertime, and these booties just want to rectify that.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

2. Toga Pulla Silver-Tone Stud Pumps, $457 at Farfetch

A particularly fashion-forward take on last year’s cowboy boots trend.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

3. Dr. Martens 1460 Color Pop Boot, $140 at Urban Outfitters

Rainboots sure to elevate your outfit, not ruin it.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

4. Boohoo Heeled Zebra Ankle Boots, $64 at ASOS

Because cheetah isn’t the only animal print on offer.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

5. Tina Suede Western Boot, $89 at Urban Outfitters

Further proof the cowboy boot trend looks prettier in pink.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

6. Marques’Almeida Gold Metallic Western-Style Leather Boots, $329 at Farfetch

Make. Summer. Metallics. Happen.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

7. Marsell Lace-Up Boots, $349 at Farfetch

Not your average ankle boot—not your average ankle boot at all.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

8. Kate Croc Ankle Boot, $79 at Urban Outfitters

Go full maximalist—buy both, and mix and match them.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

9. Diemme Leopard Print Boots, $400 at Farfetch

Who knew animal print hiking boots with neon laces would turn out looking this good?

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

10. Ganni Crocodile-Embossed Leather Ankle Boots, $247 at Farfetch

Ganni offers these croc-embossed boots in basically every shade of the rainbow—and we’re shopping all of them.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

11. Check Lace-Up Boot, $168 at Free People

Hiking boots that definitely won’t cramp your style.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

12. Seychelles Reservoir Ankle Boot, $139 at Urban Outfitters

The cut-out keeps these booties feeling particularly summer-friendly.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

13. Marc Ellis Snakeskin Effect Boots, $261 at Farfetch

Cowboy-inspired style is inherently kitschy—lean in.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

14. Dr. Martens Ambrose Archive Leather Boots, $148 at ASOS

A no-fail addition to any wardrobe, no matter the season.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

15. Cow Does It Feel Ponyhair Boots, $52 at Nasty Gal

Cow print is having its moment—and we’re shopping every available iteration.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

16. By Far Becca Boots, $505 at Farfetch

I mean, why not match your go-to denim jacket to a pair of denim boots?

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

17. GCDS Cut-Out Ankle Boots, $259 at Farfetch

A remnant of logomania, trickling into 2019.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

18. Marc Ellis Metallic Ankle Boots, $215 at Farfetch

Metallic snakeskin is basically too fun to pass up, no matter the decade.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

19. Dorateymur Applique Ankle Boots, $348 at Farfetch

Mod white booties with a fresh—and surprising—applique update.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

20. Red Valentino Star Print Ankle Boots, $465 at Farfetch

Stars? Flowers? Star-flowers?

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

21. New Look Buckle Snakeskin Western Heeled Boots, $48 at ASOS

Quite possibly the most badass snakeskin booties we’ve laid eyes on in a while.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

22. Marsell Lace-Up Boots, $998 at Farfetch

Genuinely obsessed with the flat ankle boot options on offer.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

23. Marc Ellis Western Ankle Boots, $184 at Farfetch

Available in basically every palette imaginable.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

24. MM6 Maison Margiela Mesh Effect Booties, $447 at Farfetch

Booties sure to let your feet breathe in the summer heat.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

25. Toga Cowboy Ankle Boots, $215 at Farfetch

More cowboy boots, because they’re clearly not going anywhere any time soon.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

26. Sonia Rykiel Block Heel Boots, $385 at Farfetch

The only kicks you need for the Fourth of July.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

27. Love on Fire Contrast Western Boot, $60 at Nasty Gal

Boots that take full advantage of summer’s patchwork trend.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

28. Buttero Paneled Booties, $418 at Farfetch

Nothing wrong with a classic pop-of-color red bootie.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

29. Blue Bird Shoes Velvet Borboleta Boots, $213 at Farfetch

We never expected to be so charmed by tiny butterfly detailing, but here we are.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

30. Pushbutton Western Boots, $509 at Farfetch

Cowboy boots fit for a superhero—now that’s an aestetic.

Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

31. Blugirl Floral Embroidered Boots, $268 at Farfetch

Sure to play as well with your favorite floral dress as they will with your go-to tee-and-jeans combo.

 

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

32. RAYE Leon Boot, $228 at Revolve

A Western-inspired ankle boot, crafted with summer in mind.

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

33. Sbicca Mendoza Woven Leather Ankle Boots, $119.99 at Lulus

A black boot that doesn’t feel out of place on a hot summer’s day.

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

34. Crossroads Fringe Boot, $248 at Free People

Summer fringe is having a moment—and we’re shopping every possible iteration.

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

35. Animal Print Leather Ankle Boots, $89.99 at Zara

Buy them now, and wear them well into autumn.

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

36. Rag & Bone Cannon Boot, $417 at Revolve

Out of the box in more ways than one.

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

37. Printed Check Lace-Up Boot, $198 at Free People

A chunky combat boot that won’t overwhelm your favorite denim mini.

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

38. Heeled Animal Print Ankle Boots, $49.90 at Zara

Sure to play as well with your favorite summer dress as they will with your go-to boyfriend jeans.

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

39. Stradivarius Elastic Side Chelsea Boot, $64 at ASOS

Chelseas, done the summer way.

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

40. It’s Toe Use Faux Leather Snake Boot, $32 at Nasty Gal

More snake print, because you deserve options.

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

41. Rag & Bone Willow Stud Bootie, $550 at Revolve

A classic black boot with just enough embellishment to keep things interesting.

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

42. Dolce Vita Selma Bootie, $82 at Revolve

A little fringe detailing goes a long way.

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

43. Frye Billy Short Boot, $288 at Urban Outfitters

Because the cowboy boot trend isn’t going anywhere.

 

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

44. Metallic Nicola Heel Boot, $178 at Free People

Your new favorite statement shoe.

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

45. Elicia Lace-Up Heeled Boots, $60 at ASOS

A going-out shoe sure to elevate your look (in more ways than one).

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

46. Anine Bing Harris Boot, $599 at Revolve

Chic, on-trend and totally walkable—we’re sold.

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

47. Riley Hiker Boots, $56 at ASOS

Hiking boots, but make ’em fashion.

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

48. Tibi Cato Bootie, $795 at Revolve

A bootie that won’t overwhelm even the lightest of sundresses.

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

49. Vegan Pippa Heel Boot, $89 at Free People

A different approach to woven footwear.

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

50. Kate Femme Essential Boot, $69 at Urban Outfitters

Mod, made contemporary.

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

51. Fluorescent Sock-Styled Heeled Ankle Boots, $89.90 at Zara

Leave it to Zara to give us the neon sock boot we had no idea we needed.

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

52. Howdie Western Boots, $136 at Topshop

Another nod to our collective obsession with Western details.

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

53. Cut Out Heeled Boots, $28 at Nasty Gal

Who knew a hiking boot-cowboy boot hybrid could look this good?

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

54. Lace-Up Ankle Boots, $129 at Zara

A no-fail silhouette, rendered in a no-fail palette.

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

55. Dr. Martens Leona Platform Ankle Boot, $170 at Free People

Dr. Martens are always a good idea.

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

56. Annie Bing Harris Boot, $599 at Revolve

Just enough of a nod to the cowboy boot movement to feel on-trend but not too on-the-nose.

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

57. How High the Moon Star Ankle Boot, $40 at Nasty Gal

Forget polka dots—we’re covering our favorite pieces in stars.

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

58. Keller Heel Boot, $190 at Free People

We never met a suede boot we didn’t like.

STYLECASTER | Summer Booties Exist, and They're Exactly as Cute as You'd Expect

59. Heeled Animal Print Ankle Boots, $49.99 at Zara

A dark-wash boot that actually feels right for summer.

 

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A version of this story was originally published in May 2019. Updated June 2019.

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