Fall is hands-down the most fun time of year to change up your wardrobe. At the first sign of crispness in the air, we clamor for chunky sweaters, cozy scarves and fabulous boots. And, our favorite part about checking out the new crop of footwear each season is that every year it’s becoming easier to shop responsibly. More and more brands are putting a greater emphasis on sustainability, socially responsible sourcing, and giving back, so you can feel great about adorning your feet with any of these eight pairs of standout boots.
Chelsea Boot, $228, Nisolo
Everyone needs a classic walking boot and these black leather beauties will go with everything in your wardrobe. The Nisolo brand is all about sustainability — their shoes are made of leather sourced from tanneries committed to the ethical treatment of animals. Nisolo sells directly to the consumer, too, so you can expect fair pricing in addition to beautiful craftsmanship.
Desert Taupe Suede Metallic Women’s Ella Booties, $119, TOMS
Comfy cool shoe brand TOMS created a new take on the walking bootie by adding a metallic leather panel for some edge. We love the combo of suede and leather in this rich taupey-gray shade. For every pair of TOMS you buy, TOMS gives a new pair of shoes to a child in need.
Aquazzura Sexy Thing Cutout Booties, $565, Shopbop
The ultimate dressy bootie, this one features cut-outs and lace-up closures at the heel. These look fantastic dressed down with denim or dressed up with a sheath. Reviews rave that not only are these chic, they’re comfortable — the holy grail when it comes to 4-inch heels!
Stevie Suede High Heel Booties, $795, Marion Parke
Why should you ever have to suffer for fashion? Podiatrist Marion Parke’s line of shoes is both gorgeous and comfortable. Using medical-grade material to cushion and mold, Parke’s specialty insoles are sculpted to follow the natural curves of the foot. The lace-up “Stevie” bootie opens at the ankle and features gold hardware and an eye-catching mirrored heel.
Stella McCartney Block Heel Bootie, $895, Nordstrom
White boots are hot this season and these bold booties with a tortoise-shell chunky heel have us swooning! You can feel good about wearing them, too. A lifelong vegetarian, McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her cruelty-free designs.
Pixie Black Over-the-Knee Vegan Boots, $305, Beyond Skin
An over-the-knee boot never goes out of style and these black ones are both classic and sexy. Handmade in Spain, comfortable, and Peta-approved, you’ll want to slip these on under a midi skirt or pulled over jeans.
Sigerson Morrison Ida Buckle Boots, $495, Shopbop
We love Sigerson Morrison’s chic take on the combat boot. Pebbled leather, foam platform and buckle straps — need we say more? We love these for everyday wear as well as to add a more casual edge to an otherwise dressy outfit.
Madewell Allie Knee High Boots, $298, Shopbop
No fall wardrobe is complete without the perfect black riding boot — and your search ends here. Buttery soft leather and just a slight heel make this comfy, cool version of the timeless classic our new favorite autumn staple. Madewell is committed to responsible sourcing and takes active measures to minimize the business’s environmental impact, so your soul and your feet will feel good wearing them!
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Jenny Muslin, Beauty Editor at Make It Better, has been writing for the magazine for seven years. She has also written for Chicago Parent, NS Modern Luxury, Red Tricycle, Stroller Traffic, and is a contributor for beauty app PrettyQuick. When she isn’t writing, she’s chasing after her 3 year old son or trying to keep her eyes open after a late night feeding with her new baby girl.