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Cowboy boots are summer's surprising new trend - here are 10 of the best to shop now

Harper's Bazaar (UK) Logo By Abigail Southan of Harper's Bazaar (UK) | Slide 1 of 11: It’s safe to say that the recent womenswear shows made a case for cowboy boots – they were spotted at Celine, Saint Laurent and Isabel Marant, to name but a few. But the truth is, since the latter two have ‘80s western references embedded deep 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 2021. Kendall Jenner wore a classic pair with a Rodarte tea dress back in April, and was then photographed teaming them with a black slip a month later in New York. Camille Charriere has been showing hers off with nothing but knickers, while Dua Lipa chose denim-cut offs, and Ellie Goulding dressed hers up for a day at the polo. So, if you were wondering why we’re writing about boots in the middle of a heatwave, now you know why: this footwear is about as trans-seasonal as it gets. The closer to the OG, the more versatile they are. So while Daniel Lee’s slicker, punkier take was on everyone’s wishlist 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 cowboy boots nowOnce 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 post-lockdown 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 ‘80s-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 2021 as it gets.Keep scrolling to see Bazaar’s edit of the top 10 cowboy boots to buy now.

It’s safe to say that the recent womenswear shows made a case for cowboy boots – they were spotted at Celine, Saint Laurent and Isabel Marant, to name but a few. But the truth is, since the latter two have ‘80s western references embedded deep 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 2021. Kendall Jenner wore a classic pair with a Rodarte tea dress back in April, and was then photographed teaming them with a black slip a month later in New York. Camille Charriere has been showing hers off with nothing but knickers, while Dua Lipa chose denim-cut offs, and Ellie Goulding dressed hers up for a day at the polo. So, if you were wondering why we’re writing about boots in the middle of a heatwave, now you know why: this footwear is about as trans-seasonal as it gets.

The closer to the OG, the more versatile they are. So while Daniel Lee’s slicker, punkier take was on everyone’s wishlist 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 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 post-lockdown 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 ‘80s-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 2021 as it gets.

Keep scrolling to see Bazaar’s edit of the top 10 cowboy boots to buy now.

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