June 17, 2024

19 Stylish Ways to Wear Your Favorite Boots Throughout the Summer

If you’re struggling to figure out how to wear boots in the summer, we totally get it. But don’t sweat it (literally) — there are tons of ways to wear your favorite ankle boots, combat boots, and more, that both look and feel cool in warm weather.

From pairing stiletto styles with mini skirts to wearing wide-leg jeans with knee-high versions, we’ve discovered at least 19 ways to wear your favorite boots all summer long, looking to street style stars for major outfit inspiration. After all, these boots were made for walking around in style all summer long.

With a Fancy Dress

A woman wears a flowy dress and white boots

Here, white wedge heel booties strike a sharp contrast with a flowy hot pink dress, but everything is tied together with a fun snow leopard print clutch.
 Raye Traffic Bootie ($215)

With a Mini Skirt

A woman wears a denim skirt and leopard boots

When the boots are busy with embellishments or animal prints, stick to the basics. You can never go wrong with a denim miniskirt and a simple T-shirt. It’s also another opportunity to amp up the accessories.
SHOP SIMILAR: Margaux The Boot ($395)

With Classic Black and White

A woman wears a pleated skirt and cowboy boots

Again, these Western-style boots put a totally different spin on this academic-inspired get-up. It’s giving “Hit Me, Baby, One More Time…” remixed with “I Love Rock ‘n Roll,” and who doesn’t love an unexpected mashup?

SHOP SIMILAR: Isabel Marant Lomero Calfskin Western Knee Boots ($1,770)

With a Cropped Tank

A guest wears earrings, a white cropped tank-top, a black suede short skirt, a black shiny leather handbag, black shiny leather pointed / block heels ankle boots

This is an absolutely perfect way to wear boots in the summer — no notes. Just the basics: black ankle boots, black miniskirt, and white tank, done.

SHOP SIMILAR: Steve Madden Faris Bootie ($77)

With a Breezy Color Palette

A guest wears earrings, a gold necklace, a pale blue with white cut-out pattern puffy blouse, a white short skirt, a white shiny leather shoulder-bag, white shiny leather pointed / heels / knees boots

White boots are back at it, this time with a more casual look featuring a white jersey skirt and embroidered light blue blouse. It’s giving summer in the city with just a hint of a seaside breeze.
SHOP SIMILAR: Steve Madden Lizah Boot ($100)

With a Matching Set

A woman wears a pink shorts suit and black boots

If you think a matching set is a one-trick pony, think again. A summery suit can be edged up with slip-on black Chelsea boots and complementary accessories in a snap. We can’t wait to try out this look IRL.
SHOP SIMILAR: Truffle Collection studded Chelsea boots ($58)

With a Shorts Suit

A woman wears a tweed short ssuit and boots

Additional proof white boots truly go with everything: this tailored tweed shorts suit. We’re inspired.
SHOP SIMILAR: Lulus Renuu Boots ($58)

With a Linen Set

A women wears a linen set and boots

Linen sets are a summer favorite. Pairing patent leather boots with this casual fabric may seem fussy, but somehow it works, especially when choosing matching colors.
SHOP SIMILAR: Everlane The City Boot ($250)

With Shades of Cream

Aimee Song wears a cream outfit with boots

Beige and other neutral colors just go together. It’s a fact. Sashay from summer to fall in an outfit made with knits and light suede boots. Change up the vibe with a casual straw bag for daytime, or a leather clutch at night.
SHOP SIMILAR: Dear Frances Cher Boot ($270)

With Major Volume

A woman wears an orange dress with combat boots

Your boots can be simple, like a classic combat style. Instead, play with color and volume for a look that still makes a serious statement.
SHOP SIMILAR: Coach Ainsely Bootie ($295)

With Bright Colors

A woman wears a bright green dress with boots

Brightly colored boots can be tricky, but we love the idea of pairing them with an equally vibrant outfit. Stick to the same color family, or lean into a hard contrast; you’ll be sure to stand out either way.
SHOP SIMILAR: Schutz Mary Up Boots ($121)

To Contrast a Statement Shade

A woman wears a pink outfit with boots

We’re all about Barbiecore this summer, so why not try pairing a neon pink shorts outfit with cowboy boots? Barbie certainly would…
SHOP SIMILAR: Dolce Vita Landen Boots ($220)

With Denim

A woman wears jeans a tee and boots

Tuck your baggy jeans into knee-high leather boots with substantial heels. Pair ‘em with a breezy summer top, and you’re ready for wherever the day takes you.
SHOP SIMILAR: London Rag Siren Boots ($75)

With Shorts

A woman wears a crop top and boots

It may seem obvious, but wearing rainboots in summer is definitely an option. Whether you’re walking through muddy puddles on festival grounds, or traversing the city on a slick sidewalk, rainboots are both practical and cute when paired with shorts, or even a dress.
SHOP SIMILAR: Hunter Original Refined Rain Boot ($185

With a Slip Dress

A woman wears a slip dress and boots

Don’t overthink it: A long, silky slip dress looks even more luxe when worn with patent leather boots.
SHOP SIMILAR: Tamara Mellon Trinity Mid Calf 75 ($1,195)

With Cargo Pants

A guest wears silver sunglasses, a white shirt, white latte denim puffy pants, a white shiny leather Cleo handbag from Prada, beige shiny leather heels ankle boots

When wearing more voluminous pants with ankle boots, try tucking the ends into the top of the boots. This simple styling trick can take even the most basic pants and shirts outfit into street-style territory.
 Tecovas The Daisy Boots ($245)

With a Suit Jacket

A woman wears a black oversize blazer and boots

If you feel like you need an additional layer over a skin-baring look, you can’t go wrong with an oversized blazer. We love the surprise pop of color via a long button-down here, too.
SHOP SIMILAR: Loeffler Randall Carlota Pull On Chelsea Boots ($225)

With a Casual Dress

A woman wears a dress and booties

You don’t need an excuse to wear these iconic Chloé booties year-round. We love how the studied style adds a bit more style cred to an otherwise casual dress.

SHOP SIMILAR: Chloé Susanna Studded Leather Ankle Boots ($1,395)

In an Unexpected Shade

A woman wears a white shirtdress and boots

Blue suede boots are not for the faint of heart, but we have to admit: This is a fun look. Again, when the boots are the outfit, keep the rest of the look simple with a solid color and unfussy fabric.

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