While cowboy boots were originally designed to be functional – with, uh, real cowboys in mind – they are now something of a fashion staple. Though they’ve faded into the mainstream over the past few decades, Gen Z and Millennials are taking over the Western staple in 2022.
Over the years, we have seen cowboy boots appear on the catwalks time and time again. Ralph Lauren debuted the rugged silhouette as part of a chic Westernwear collection in the late ’70s. Givenchy’s spring 1998 fashion show. Since then, countless brands like Céline, Fendi, Isabel Marant and Ganni have followed suit, releasing their own iterations of the classic style.
If, like me, you’re more pop culture than water, you probably remember a slew of celebrities (read: Selena Gomez, Rihanna and Taylor Swift, to name a few) who rocked them with skinny jeans, mini skirts and early ’90s sundresses.
Now the love for Western style seems more alive than ever. Like many 2000s trends that enjoyed a resurgence, cowboy boots are popping up more and more — from TikTok to Instagram and of course, on the streets. The cowgirl aesthetic is in full swing, my friends.
For anyone looking to try out the trend, I did the research. Ahead, let me bring you 10 different ways to wear cowboy boots, according to some of your favorite fashion girls. Dress them up or down – it’s hard to go wrong. Keep scrolling for the proofs.