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

Colorblocking, done the bootie way.

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

Who said rain boots have to ruin your outfit?

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

A delight from every angle.

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

Western boots, done less literally than they were last year.

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

Aaaaand a decidedly more literal take on the enduring cowboy boot trend.

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

Dr. Martens, but make them absolutely mermaid-worthy.

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

A shoe that gives new meaning to the phrase “statement heel.”

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

Hot pink accessories are basically always a good idea.

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

Like ice skates—sans the skates. (And the ice.)

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

Heels so stunning you might be tempted to display them when you’re not wearing them.

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

Cowboy boots, done the edgy way.

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

Because the snakeskin boot trend is far from over.

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

When in doubt, throw on some seriously fun shoelaces.

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

Your favorite white sneakers, rendered in boot form.

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

A pop of color sure to make any ensemble more fun.

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

Buckles on buckles (on laces, apparently).

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

A boot that won’t turn into an absolute sweat swamp. (What? It’s summer!)

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

Hiking boots so cute you might look for excuses to spend time in nature.

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

Cow spots, rendered in more of a cheetah palette. The best of both (animal print) worlds?

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

Further proof cowboy boots aren’t going anywhere any time soon.

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

Combat boots just got a kitschy-fun upgrade.

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

Fringe is happening this summer—and who said the trend was exclusively reserved for clothing?

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

The juxtaposition of shade and silhouette here is seriously head-turning.

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

When life hands you an excuse to wear glitter during the summer, you take it—no questions asked.

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

The ice skate boot, done in a more classic shoe shade.

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

Long live the cow spot trend.

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

Croc boots are still going strong, too.

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

Amazing what a difference a vibrant shoelace can make.

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

Part boot, part traditional high heel—all cute. And all perfect for summer, too.

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

For the shopper who simply cannot choose between black and brown.

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

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

A particularly Barbie-worthy take on the cowboy boot trend.

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

All the fun of a yellow rainboot. All the practicality of a Doc.

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

Further proof the cowboy boot trend looks prettier in pink.

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

Make. Summer. Metallics. Happen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hiking boots that definitely won’t cramp your style.

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

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

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

Cowboy-inspired style is inherently kitschy—lean in.

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

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

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

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

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

A remnant of logomania, trickling into 2019.

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

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

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

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

Stars? Flowers? Star-flowers?

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

Genuinely obsessed with the flat ankle boot options on offer.

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

Available in basically every palette imaginable.

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

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

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

Yet another pair of cowboy boots, because you deserve options.

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

A pop of (tri)color.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chelseas, done the summer way.

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

More snake print, because you deserve options.

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

A little fringe detailing goes a long way.

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

Because the cowboy boot trend isn’t going anywhere.

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

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

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

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

Hiking boots, but make ’em fashion.

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

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

Another nod to our collective obsession with Western details.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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