The Western trend is back with a bang – or should that be a yeehaw? – for 2020, but really, did it ever really go away? Cowboy inspired fashion is a micro trend that appears season after season whether through double denim, plaid shirts, rhinestone detailing or fringed jackets – and this season, we’re playing with all of these looks and mixing them up with stomping footwear in the way of cowboy boots. Already a diehard staple on the summer festival circuit – think denim cut offs and sun-busting Stetsons – this season, the look is being deputised for men, too, with designers from Etro to Givenchy sending their models down the runway in Wild West inspired styles. After all, why should only cowgirls get the boots?
& Other Stories
With seaming details and a slanted heel, these croc-embossed boots from the ever-effortless stylings of &Other Stories have got us all in a swoon. The paler color gives the classic Western boot a fresh edge, creating the perfect spring to summer look to wear with a patterned skirt and chunky knit now, and with a floaty frock once the temperatures pick up.
Philosophy di Lorenzo Stefano
Calling all space cowboys …. the high metallic shine of this shorter style of boot puts a futuristic spin on the time honored cowboy shape, with its pointed toe and low block heel. Worn with everything from bare legs or draped fabrics, to denim (white will look dazzlingly cool), this is a boot that will grab you in a lasso and not let you go.
Take your partner by the hand and get ready to two-step your way all through summer: these faux leather boots come in a sassy calf length which allows for plenty of bare leg to be on show, whether you choose to style with prairie florals or well-worn denim shorts. The white hue adds a feminine appeal to a classic style and the wallet-friendly price point leaves you with cash to spare for shots.
A stacked heel and flattering top-edge dip gives all of the leg lengthening you could want; couple this with the chic black styling lifted by the playful and oh-so-pretty butterfly detailing, and you have yourself a pair of Western-inspired boots which will take you from day to night with ease.
If the delicate wings of Sophia Webster’s butterfly have put you in the mood for being pretty in pink, then these Laredo boots will definitely put a spring in your step: think rosy hue, flattering v-cut to the front and gloriously indulgent fringing down either side. Watch those cowboys come a-hat-tippin’ your way.
If you’re approaching, rather than embracing, the trend then a lower length is probably a better bet for masculine styling – longer boots will create an awkward shape under the jeans leg or require tucking in, which may feel too costumey to the cautious. These beauts from Tom Ford combine the raw appeal of snakeskin with a block heel and semi rounded toe: wear with a slightly looser silhouette of jean and turn ‘em up for maximum impact.
With its pull-on style but notable absence of decorative stitching, this boot gives the modern day cowboy a fuss-free twist: handsome, rugged and solid. The slightly rounded toe and low heel add to its earthy appeal, as does the textured, reverse-suede technique of the Hawthorne Muleskinner leather.
Less high noon and more nod of acknowledgement, these suede boots are perfect for dipping a toe (so to speak) into the Western trend. The black finish gives these a more sophisticated edge and makes them easy to wear by day or night with a variety of looks, whether you pair with a sleek fitted trouser or beaten up denim. The heel is low, leaving the buckle to do most of the talking: Western style at its most reassuringly subtle.
If you ain’t shy of making a statement, then go bold and unapologetically Western with a pair of rich brown boots from Kentucky’s Western. With classic cowboy styling, including pointed toe, lavish tooling and a no-messing mid-calf height, these boots are given an extra layer of sophistication with their glossy sheen and deep color, making them just as suitable for an urban setting as for a saloon one.
Ariat Western Rambler
Drawing unmistakably on the Western vibe, the clean seaming, squared-off toe and weathered leather of this no-nonsense boot give it a rugged appeal that’s less about the peacocking of cowboys and more about the guy who, you know, gets stuff done. An effortless weekend boot to be worn with virtually everything: stubble optional.