15 Best Leather Boot Brands 2022


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It’s a fashion editor’s job to have strong, specific opinions on a strong, specific fashion. Ask BAZAAR editors to share the best leather boots, however, and you’ll unlock a vehemence usually reserved for grappling with a resurgent Y2K trend or a stand-up catwalk. Our team has thoughts on what constitutes an everyday leather boot, outside of the usual specs (genuine leather, comfortable and walkable soles, overall style potential).

From Khaite’s derby boot to trusted Doc Martens, BAZAAR the editors have shared the 15 very specific best leather boots they can’t live without. Whether your footwear is more preppy or emo-curious equestrian, minimalist or modern cowgirl, you’ll find boots you’ll always want to walk in. No brand is the best for all leather boots, although, it’s worth noting, two editors have named Saint Laurent’s pairs as a luxurious step above the rest. Shop 15 pairs that get all the big feelings, and even more cuts to come.



  • Best Zipper Boot

    Calfskin XCombat Boots
    Valentino Garavani

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  • Best Lace Up Boot

    The Boot of Dawn
    Christy Dawn

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  • Best Patent Leather Boot

    Joplin 50 leather ankle boots
    Saint Laurent

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  • Best New Arrival Boot

    Mermaid Doodle Boots
    Brother Vellies

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  • Best Riding Boot

    Derby Leather Knee High Riding Boots
    Khaite

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Best Zipper Boot

Calfskin XCombat Boots

“As a child of 90s grunge (that’s Nirvana), the perfect black combat boot was always a must-have. This Valentino version combines authentic style with elevated sophistication and – that’s the best part – a front zipper! It’s a game-changer for those who have struggled with so many laces to get in and out of their favorite pair.” —Miguel Enamorado Pena, accessories director

Sizes: 6–13

Best Lace Up Boot

The Boot of Dawn

“Witchy yet utilitarian, the Dawn Boot epitomizes the exact vibe I’ll be embracing this fall. Until then, I’ll be wearing them with floaty summer dresses, channeling my inner Taylor Swift (yes, she has a pair).” —Lindy Segal, Acting Director of Digital Beauty

Sizes: 5–11

Best Patent Leather Boot

Joplin 50 leather ankle boots

“I bought these Saint Laurent boots last fall and have worn them just about every day throughout the season. The patent leather gives a bit of shine and excitement to the low-heeled style, which which makes them compatible with virtually all pants and jeans (not matter what color) I own.” —Nikki Ogunnaike, Digital Director

Sizes: IT37–IT38

Best New Arrival Boot

Mermaid Doodle Boots

“I’ve been dreaming of these absolutely stunning cowboy boots from Brother Vellies ever since the brand’s designer, Aurora James, shared a first look on Instagram. I love that they’re handmade in Mexico ( one of the best countries to brand handmade leather goods) and include lush hand-painted mermaid images that give the boots a feminine touch.Bianca Betancourt, cultural editor

Sizes: 5–12

Best Riding Boot

Derby Leather Knee High Riding Boots

“The knee-length leather derby boots are *the chef’s kiss*. They’re guaranteed to make any attire look cooler and go the distance through all seasons. Think festival high vibes in Glastonbury in late summer with a flowy mini dress, a slip dress with a sweater tied around the waist in early fall, and an embellished party dress for the holidays.” —Jaclyn Alexandra Cohen, fashion and accessories editor

Sizes: 6–11

Best grunge boot

Low-Boots 1460 Cherry Red

“Maybe I’m recovering from an emo phase — or maybe it never ended — but Doc Martens ruled my fall wardrobe for a decade. You can dress them up with jeans or making the grunge aesthetic cool again with edgy pieces.These boots are really made to last (I’ve had mine since I was in high school) and the oxblood shade is perfect for the fall.” —Mariah Morrison, Social Media Editor

Sizes: 6–8.5

Best Lugged Sole Boot

Gia x Pernille Teisbaek Perni 07 Boots

“I own these boots in black and wear them so, so much, I love the idea of ​​adding to the collection. This pair is super luxurious and this neutral green will be a nice departure from all my black and brown boots. This texture would pair perfectly with cozy cream cashmere sweaters all fall and winter.” —Kerry Pieri, Contributing Fashion Editor

Sizes: 5–11

Best combat boot

Heike leather ankle boots

“My Ann Demeulemeester combat boots are one of my most prized possessions. I wear them all through the fall and winter and as long as I can get away with them in the early spring. They are Extremely romantic, yet extremely comfortable shoes, and they look fantastic tucked into black skinny pants or under ruffled dresses or with a very intense suit or even with a cocktail dress. I’ve had mine since 2012 and they still have the Look and feel new, but if I was in the market, these soft and very Victorian ones are what I would choose.” —Rachel Tashjian, fashion news director

Sizes: IT35–IT41

Best Embossed Boot

Maryana boot

“I love boots that transcend the seasons, and this croc-embossed one from Schutz pairs so well with a summer dress and dark winter jeans.” —Rosa Sanchez, News Editor

Sizes: 5–11

Best Waterproof Boot

Arcade ankle boot

“I love these boots because they’re easy to dress up or dress down. I wear mine with jeans when I’m on the go. Plus, the rubberized toe makes it easy to navigate the slippery streets of New York.” —Alexandra Delifer, Executive Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief

Sizes: IT34–IT42

Best knee boot

Venice fancy black ankle boots 8cm

“These ‘Fantasy Boots’ by Tony Bianco are at the top of my wish list heading into fall. The hourglass heel shape of these leather boots is both fresh and classic, while the boxy shape of the toes is timeless. whether looking casual or dressed up for a night out, the versatility of these boots ensures I’ll be wearing them forever.” —Melody Liebner, editorial intern

Sizes: 5–10

Best Startup Platform

Tan Leather Fanatik Boots

“I love square toes and chunky heels, and this pair from Steve Madden brings together the best of both worlds.” —Chelsey Sanchez, Associate Editor

Sizes: 5–11

best cowboy boot

Nicole Boots

“I may be biased because of the style name, but these boots are my #1 favorite. They will last a lifetime, make everything look cool, and fulfill my western cowgirl dreams.” —Nicole Tripodis, assistant fashion editor

Sizes: 6–11

Best low heel boot

Bunch of Port

“I acquired these ankle boots just before fashion week last February and since then I have hardly gone a week without wearing them. (Yes, even in summer.) These ankle boots are the bridge between the romantic and minimalist side in my wardrobe: I wear them with flowing dresses, separate suits, wide jeans, everything. The heel is just high enough to lift the hems of my longest dresses off the floor, but not too stiff. When the week of the mode will return in September, you will definitely see me in these . —Halie LeSavage, Fashion Business Editor

Sizes: EU35–EU42

Best Stacked Heel Boot

Lou 70 ankle boots

“Saint Laurent’s Lou ankle boot is my go-to for fall. This versatile style pairs well with jeans, wide-leg pants, or a dress and black tights. The 3-inch stacked heel gives a nice boost and is also comfortable enough to walk 30 blocks in.” —Alison Cohn, Associate Fashion News Editor

Sizes: 4–12

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