Fall is just around the corner: crisp days, gorgeous foliage, enameled blue sky … and the opportunity to wear cute boots that would have made your feet sweat just weeks beforehand. Here are eight of our favorite pairs to rock this season (and, maybe, even into winter — just make sure you waterproof them!).
These gorgeous lace-up boots in a luscious, creamy hue are a must-have for fall. The gentle heel adds style without leaving you in pain at the end of the day, and the color means they’ll pair with any and every outfit. Plus, the leather is sustainably sourced, and the boots are handmade by local Peruvian artisans in family-owned factories.
These are the boots you wear when you’re doing a little more than just pumpkin picking: the genuine suede also features a full leather lining and a real leather sole, meaning they’ll go the distance. Made in Portugal, Ekn Footwear prioritizes using high-quality materials and creating a limited quantity of each shoe in order to minimize impact on both the artisans who create the footwear and the environment. Pro tip: they also sell a number of street-style vegan sneakers, if that’s also up your alley.
You didn’t think we’d leave out the season’s perfect pair of tall brown boots, did you? Handmade in Brazil, these gorgeous statement shoes will never go out of style, and, if you take care of the suede, will last you for many autumns to come. The best part? You can feel good about where your money is going: Able makes a point of publishing its wages and employing women who have overcome difficult circumstances.
Sort of like those classic Stuart Weitzman over the knee black boots, but better: they’re totally vegan. The sleek silhouette is perfect for a dressy date night or zhuzhing up a pair of jeans and a sweater. Matt and Nat is committed to making eco-friendly and beautiful boots, including using linings only made out of 100 percent recycled plastic bottles. The company also makes a point to be transparent about who is making the shoes and where.
Matisse Trader Bootie, $110
These gorgeous spotted booties are begging to be worn with your darkest denim and an oversized knit. Made from calf hair, these pull-on booties with dramatic side cutouts are so stylish, you’ll want to wear them with everything. The company also prioritizes small-scale artisan production in family-owned factories and works to use fair labor and sustainable practices.
These adorable lace up wedges in a not-too-green suede are ideal when you want to be dressy, but still comfortable. The textured rubber sole is perfect for walking on slick city sidewalks covered in rainy leaves, and as long as you treat the suede with the appropriate care, there’s no reason you can’t wear these all season long. Plus, as a certified B-Corp company, TOMS adheres to the highest possible standards for social and environmental impact.
Made from recycled microsuede (which is vegan, FYI) and rubber, these gorgeous zip-ups would even look good with a flowy, boho dress. As an added bonus, 30 percent of the profits from sales of this style of shoe will go to PETA, the largest animal rights organization in the world. All of SUSI’s shoes are vegan, as a matter of fact, and made from sustainable materials such as canvas, denim, hemp, and faux leather produced from recycled plastic bottles.
Obviously, there had to be a rain boot on here because autumn means you never know what the weather will bring from hour to hour. These army green pull-on rain boots from the radically transparent company Everlane are made from 100 percent rubber and feature a serious tread (so you can wear them in slush, too!).
Jessica Suss is a native Chicagoan residing in Washington, D.C. She is currently getting her master’s degree in secondary English education at the University of Maryland. She enjoys petting other people’s dogs and is faithful to Lou Malnati’s alone. Jessica is also a supporter of MAZON and No Kid Hungry.