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Best women's cowboy boots to shop in 2022

The surprising trans-seasonal trend to know

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It’s safe to say that autumn/Winter 2022 collections made a case for women's cowboy boots – they were spotted at Ganni, Alexander McQueen, Chloé and Isabel Marant, to name but a few. But the truth is, since the latter two have Eighties western references embedded within their house codes, we suspect the shoe’s recent renaissance has well and truly come from the ground up.

When we say 'ground up', what we really mean is trickling up from Instagram and the style set: there have been many cowboy boot moments in recent years. Last summer, Kendall Jenner was spotted in four different pairs – styled with everything from slip dresses and jeans, to a floral Rodarte maxi and slinky date-night minis. Camille Charriere has been showing hers off with nothing but La Perla lingerie, Dua Lipa always plumps for denim-cut offs, and Rihanna recently teamed her Celine cowboy boots with head-to-toe leather. So, if you were wondering why we’re writing about boots so close to summer, now you know why: this footwear is about as trans-seasonal as it gets.

The truer to the original, the more versatile they are. So while Daniel Lee’s slicker, punkier take was on everyone’s wish list last year, now what we’re coveting now is something more authentic. Think embroidered leather, pointed toes, V-cut cuffs, slanted vamps and stacked heels – the full shebang.

How to wear women's cowboy boots now

Once you look beyond the dated, and slightly appropriative Coachella tropes, you can appreciate cowboy boots for the true summer style staple they are. But, if you’re not planning on donning a pair of Daisy Dukes, or attending any 2022 festivals, how can you wear a pair day-to-day?

The key is to avoid anything too costumey. Take cues from Isabel Marant, who debuts different iterations every season; tucking pleated trousers and balloon jeans into them for autumn/winter, then switching to rara skirts and boho cotton dresses come spring. Or, try swapping your summer sandals for a pair – they’ll add just the right amount of attitude to billowy prairie maxis, kitsch floral midis or anything bias-cut.

Cowboy boots translate after sunset, too. Anthony Vaccarello’s penchant for weaving western touches into his glamorous 1980s-inspired eveningwear means the two references are now synonymous – so opt for black boots and you can style yours with everything from patent mini skirts and and 20-denier tights to sequins. And once the party is over? Go off-duty with a Princess Diana-inspired tuck. Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner have been known to do this with joggers -– and that’s about as 2022 as it gets.

Keep scrolling to see Bazaar’s edit of the top 12 women's cowboy boots to buy now.

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Annie’s Ibiza X Terry de Havilland
terrydehavilland.com
£350.00

Top of our wishlist this summer is the Annie’s Ibiza and Terry de Havilland collaboration. Together the cult brands have created a limited collection of cowboy boots featuring a slim knee-high shaft, the signature Annie's Ibiza orange lining and TDH's iconic western appliqué. The silver and metallic-blue snake-embossed styles would look great styled with space-age chainmail at summer festivals, but the smooth white and black leather styles are a more wearable choice for year-round styling.

Ariat
ariat.com
£160.00

If you want a truly authentic-looking western boot, Ariat should be your first stop. This Legacy design has a knee-length shaft topped with pull tabs, an almond toe, slanted stacked heels, intricate embroidery and scalloped V-cut cuffs. Choose between distressed brown or a slick, more rock n' roll black.

Isabel Marant
mytheresa.com.uk
£960.00

For Isabel Marant, cowboy boots are a constant. How does the designer keep this look fresh? By staying true to the original style's loose shape, but switching things up with a cone heel or steel-capped toe. Exclusive to MyTheresa, this ankle-high pair is made from white leather, stitched with a pared-back take on western embroidery, and topped with V-cut cuffs.

Free People
freepeople.com
£68.00

It can be hard to find vegan cowboy boots than look like the real deal, but we knew we could rely on Free People – the brand has 27 different styles to choose from on its site, after all.

Jeffrey Campbell .
urbanoutfitters.com
£283.00

Red cowboy boots will forever be iconic. Lori Singer wore a pair as Ariel in the 1984 film Footloose; and the fascination with Jessica Simpson's scarlet pair in the 2005 Dukes of Hazard prompted the singer to launch her own (very successful) footwear line. The glossed leather on Jeffrey Campbell's embroidered design helps to create a striking, saturated finish.

Chloé
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net-a-porter.com
£950.00

Chloé also has its own spin on a signature cowboy boot style, often mixing western and Victorian references to create something totally new. This ankle iteration is set on a slanted capped heel, studded in silver and topped with a trio of buckled straps.

Saint Laurent
mytheresa.com.uk
£945.00

Saint Laurent always incorporates western elements into its collections, but this season it's gone all out with an authentic cowboy boot – complete with V-cut cuffs, pull tabs and stacked heels. Perfect for summer festivals and the noughties boho renaissance (Google Sienna Miller's coin belts if you need a refresher), this suede pair will soften with every wear to create that lived-in 'slouch' you just can't fake.

Zadig & Voltaire
zadig-et-voltaire.com
£375.00

Zadig & Voltaire's embroidered cowboy boots are set on a stacked wooden heel and finished with cascading fringed trims. Suede naturally softens with age, so this ankle-high pair will develop that coveted 'slouch' over time – Google Sienna Miller's iconic noughties festival looks if you need a reminder.

Miu Miu
mytheresa.com.uk
£960.00

We love Miu Miu's unique take on this trend. The rounded toes and block heel have a biker boots feel, but the contrast piping and embroidery, V-cuts and pull tabs nod to western designs.

AllSaints
allsaints.com
£229.00

Just like Saint Laurent in the Hedi Slimane days, AllSaints always stays true to its distinctively rock 'n' roll aesthetic – which, as it happens, incorporates a few western design elements. It's evolved, of course; so while these suede ankle boots would have looked great with skinny jeans a few years back, now we'll be teaming them with flares instead.

Bottega Veneta
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net-a-porter.com.uk
£940.00

We couldn't resist adding Bottega Veneta's buzzy cowboy boot from autumn/winter 2020 into this edit. The exaggerated curved upper and angular heel are reminiscent of cult styles dropped by Vetements and Raf Simons' Calvin Klein over the years, so they're more timeless than you might think.

Terry de Havilland
atterley.com
£325.00

We've marvelled at the many stages of Terry de Havilland – from the brand's psychedelic Seventies heyday ad subsequent Noughties renaissance (Kate Moss and Sienna Miller couldn't get enough of the brand's retro platforms), to its recent renaissance and immortalisation in shows And Just Like That and Emily in Paris. These stiletto cowboy boots are a recent innovation: staying true to brand signatures with croc leather and disco metallics, but swapping lightning bolt appliqué for something more western-inspired.

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