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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?
Colorblocking, done the bootie way.
Who said rain boots have to ruin your outfit?
A delight from every angle.
Western boots, done less literally than they were last year.
Aaaaand a decidedly more literal take on the enduring cowboy boot trend.
Dr. Martens, but make them absolutely mermaid-worthy.
A shoe that gives new meaning to the phrase “statement heel.”
Hot pink accessories are basically always a good idea.
Like ice skates—sans the skates. (And the ice.)
Heels so stunning you might be tempted to display them when you’re not wearing them.
Cowboy boots, done the edgy way.
Because the snakeskin boot trend is far from over.
When in doubt, throw on some seriously fun shoelaces.
Your favorite white sneakers, rendered in boot form.
A pop of color sure to make any ensemble more fun.
Buckles on buckles (on laces, apparently).
A boot that won’t turn into an absolute sweat swamp. (What? It’s summer!)
Hiking boots so cute you might look for excuses to spend time in nature.
Cow spots, rendered in more of a cheetah palette. The best of both (animal print) worlds?
Further proof cowboy boots aren’t going anywhere any time soon.
Combat boots just got a kitschy-fun upgrade.
Fringe is happening this summer—and who said the trend was exclusively reserved for clothing?
The juxtaposition of shade and silhouette here is seriously head-turning.
When life hands you an excuse to wear glitter during the summer, you take it—no questions asked.
The ice skate boot, done in a more classic shoe shade.
Long live the cow spot trend.
Croc boots are still going strong, too.
Amazing what a difference a vibrant shoelace can make.
Part boot, part traditional high heel—all cute. And all perfect for summer, too.
For the shopper who simply cannot choose between black and brown.
Cerulean is an endlessly underrated color in the summertime, and these booties just want to rectify that.
A particularly Barbie-worthy take on the cowboy boot trend.
All the fun of a yellow rainboot. All the practicality of a Doc.
Further proof the cowboy boot trend looks prettier in pink.
Make. Summer. Metallics. Happen.
Not your average ankle boot—not your average ankle boot at all.
Go full maximalist—buy both, and mix and match them.
Who knew animal print hiking boots with neon laces would turn out looking this good?
Ganni offers these croc-embossed boots in basically every shade of the rainbow—and we’re shopping all of them.
Hiking boots that definitely won’t cramp your style.
The cut-out keeps these booties feeling particularly summer-friendly.
Cowboy-inspired style is inherently kitschy—lean in.
A no-fail addition to any wardrobe, no matter the season.
Cow print is having its moment—and we’re shopping every available iteration.
I mean, why not match your go-to denim jacket to a pair of denim boots?
A remnant of logomania, trickling into 2019.
Metallic snakeskin is basically too fun to pass up, no matter the decade.
Mod white booties with a fresh—and surprising—applique update.
Stars? Flowers? Star-flowers?
Genuinely obsessed with the flat ankle boot options on offer.
Available in basically every palette imaginable.
Booties sure to let your feet breathe in the summer heat.
Yet another pair of cowboy boots, because you deserve options.
A pop of (tri)color.
Boots that take full advantage of summer’s patchwork trend.
Nothing wrong with a classic pop-of-color red bootie.
We never expected to be so charmed by tiny butterfly detailing, but here we are.
Cowboy boots fit for a superhero—now that’s an aesthetic.
A Western-inspired ankle boot, crafted with summer in mind.
A black boot that doesn’t feel out of place on a hot summer’s day.
Summer fringe is having a moment—and we’re shopping every possible iteration.
A chunky combat boot that won’t overwhelm your favorite denim mini.
Chelseas, done the summer way.
More snake print, because you deserve options.
A little fringe detailing goes a long way.
Because the cowboy boot trend isn’t going anywhere.
A going-out shoe sure to elevate your look (in more ways than one).
Chic, on-trend and totally walkable—we’re sold.
Hiking boots, but make ’em fashion.
A bootie that won’t overwhelm even the lightest of sundresses.
Another nod to our collective obsession with Western details.
Who knew a hiking boot-cowboy boot hybrid could look this good?
A no-fail silhouette, rendered in a no-fail palette.
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.