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Cowboy boots are summer's surprising new trend - here are 12 of the best to shop now

Harper's Bazaar (UK) Logo By Abigail Southan of Harper's Bazaar (UK) | Slide 1 of 13: 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 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 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.

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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