How To Style Your Cowboy Boots, The Hottest Footwear Of The Summer

If you were to take a look at your Instagram feed right this second, it’s likely that you would see at least one set of cowboy boots — if not more. Since last summer, the Western kicks have exploded on TikTok, but they’ve arrived in even fuller force this year. The ‘coastal cowgirl’ aesthetic reigned supreme at Coachella, and with Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour and Beyoncé’s Renaissance Tour serving as the culture-defining events of 2023, party-ready glittery and metallic cowboy boots are more in demand than ever. While the style may appear most suited to poolside holidays and music festivals, we’re here to prove that cowboy boots work just as well for everyday errands, too.

A flick through the archives reveals that cowboy boots have always been worn by those known for their playful fashion. From Princess Diana rocking a pair with a blazer and a baseball cap to Pamela Anderson styling hers with jean shorts and a white tee, they’re the definition of statement shoes. While the resurgence of Y2K fashion and festive concert attire might account for their recent revival, the influx of cowboy boot-centric outfits on TikTok and Instagram sits within a wider ‘yeehaw agenda’.

For those wondering how they can style a pair of cowboy boots for day to day adventures, we’ve dived into our Instagram feed to find the most summer-appropriate ‘fits to suit every occasion. Whether you’re into bright, bold boots or classic vintage styles, we’ve gathered the best looks to serve as your style inspiration, rodeo not required.

So giddy up and click through the slides ahead to discover how to style and shop the best cowboy boots on the market for summer.

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Barbiecore

Western wear and Barbiecore fashion are a match made in heaven. The more pink, the better — just look at this look from @xiaolongbby on Instagram.

We The Free Montage Tall Boots, £298

Step into Barbie World with these blush-coloured, distressed leather boots from We The Free.

We The Free Montage Tall Boots, $, available at Free People

Space Cowgirl

Shimmering metallics are all the rage these days, so why not lean into the trend with a pair of space-age boots? See @audreyags for how to pull them off in a day-to-day look.

DIA Studios Cowboy Boots, £80

These iridescent boots are the epitome of the space cowboy aesthetic.

DIA Studios Cowboy Boots, $, available at asos marketplace

Coastal Cowgirl

Embody TikTok’s new favourite aesthetic by melding the ‘coastal grandmother’ look and Western style. A linen vest, denim mini skirt and dark brown leather boots à la @isabelleheikens is a winning combination.

Ariat Heritage R Toe Western Boot, £160

These vintage style cowboy boots from Ariat are a must if you’re looking for a classic pair of Western kicks.

Ariat Heritage R Toe Western Boot, $, available at Ariat

Rom-Comcore

It’s time we all start romanticizing life and dressing like we’re in a rom-com. Pair some white cowboy boots with a romantic dress for the TikTok-approved ‘soft girl’ look, like this dreamy outfit from @nk.medani on Instagram.

Billini Urson White Pointed-Toe Knee High Boots, £‌120

Sky-high cowboy boots elongate your legs and look great paired with skirts, dresses and shorts.

Billini Urson White Pointed-Toe Knee High Boots, $, available at Lulus

Classic Black

Nothing says classic like a pair of all black boots. Just swap out your usual knee-highs and mid-calfs for a pair of cowboy boots, like @sqvarforth on Instagram.

Ego Shoes Pen-To-Paper Embroidered Detail Square Toe Block Heel Western Cowboy Knee-High Long Boot, £37

Instead of pulling on a typical pair of black knee-high boots, reach for a Western style to mix your style up.

Ego Shoes Pen-To-Paper Embroidered Detail Knee-High Cowboy Boot, $, available at Ego Shoes

Preppy Meets Party

On paper, golden cowboy boots are the most maximalist of fancy footwear, but @juliegarcia16 is teaching us how to style them casually. Just embrace your inner Gossip Girl character.

Public Desire Calabasas Gold Western Embroidered Knee High Pointed Toe Cowboy Boots, £49.99

Talk about a statement shoe. You’ll bring the party with you wherever you go in these glittering gold boots.

Public Desire Calabasas Gold Western Embroidered Cowboy Boots, $, available at Public Desire

Rock ‘N Roll Edge

Into edgier looks? Cowboy boots are perfectly suited for rock ‘n roll or punk inspired ‘fits, too. Look to @spacecowboymaya for inspo.

ASOS Design Cupid Contrast Western Knee Boot, £60

A pair of red, black and white cowboy boots, like these ones by ASOS Design, give an immediate rock ‘n roll flair.

ASOS DESIGN Cupid Contrast Western Knee Boot, $, available at ASOS

Disco Cowgirl

These boots were made for…going to the Beyoncé Renaissance Tour. Take some inspiration from @downrainbowlane on Instagram for an outfit fully ready for a night of dancing.

Annie’s Ibiza x Terry de Havilland The Silver Cowboy Boot, £350

Someone turn on “ALIEN SUPERSTAR” stat!

Annie’s Ibiza x Terry de Havilland The Silver Cowboy Boot, $, available at Annie’s Ibiza

Holiday Ready

Pulling up your holiday destination dress to show off your boots? Absolutely. Wearing cowboy boots in the tropics just makes sense — look at @jazminvegaz on Instagram for inspo.

Steve Madden Wynter Boot, £196

We love the butterfly design on these bone white, croc-embossed boots from Steve Madden.

Steve Madden Wynter Boot, $, available at Revolve

Pop Of Colour

Subtlety? We don’t know her. Fire engine red cowboy boots immediately bring attention to your outfit, as shown by @kimcarnes.

GANNI Embroidered Leather Boots, £383

The heart stitch on these cherry red Western style boots from GANNI is to die for.

Ganni Embroidered Leather Boots, $, available at Farfetch

Country To City

Baseball cap > cowboy hat. Bring a touch of country to the city by wearing cowboy boots alongside streetwear accessories, like @itsisabellaloren does with a baseball hat, chic sunglasses and a bum bag.

Shyanne Encore Mad Dog Western Boots, £215

A classic style of brown leather cowboy boots is a versatile addition to any footwear collection.

Shyanne Encore Mad Dog Western Boots, $, available at Boot Barn

All Black Everything

An ultra-cool monochrome ‘fit like this one from @foodshelterfashion on Instagram is our summer to autumn uniform. This is also a reminder that cowboy boots look just as chic under a pair of jeans.

Stradivarius Heeled Cowboy Boots, £55.99

These simple black cowboy boots from Stradivarius feature subtle embroidered details throughout.

Stradivarius Heeled Cowboy Boots, $, available at Stradivarius

Sporty Cowgirl

Not a space cowboy? Then maybe you should be a sporty cowgirl this summer. Check out this vibrant outfit from @devapollon for inspiration.

Toral Far Boot, £631

Go bold with a colourful pair of Western boots like these ones by Toral.

Toral Far Boot, $, available at Revolve

Casual Country

Is there anything more ‘yeehaw chic’ than sipping iced coffee in your cowboy boots? Elevate any casual summer shorts and tank outfit with a pair of Western kicks, as shown by @alyssaburtis.

UO Cassidy Western Tan Leather Boots, £78

A pair of tan cowboy boots will go with just about everything in your summer wardrobe.

Urban Outfitters Cassidy Western Tan Leather Boots, $, available at Urban Outfitters

Summertime Shades

Green and blue colour combos scream Y2K — and they’re the perfect splashy hues for the summer. Plus, this bucket hat and boots look from @chloelecareux is the sartorial pairing we didn’t know we needed.

Azalea Wang Knox Embellished Western Boot, £99

These glitzy green and blue boots from Azalea Wang are definitely summer attire.

Azalea Wang Knox Embellished Western Boot, $, available at ASOS

Americana Chic

Nothing says Americana quite like a bandana, suede fringe vest and cowboy boots. And with the Chanel bag? Perfection. This ‘fit from @terriblementm on Instagram is très chic.

Pull&Bear Embellished Cowboy Boots, £59.99

The star design on these black and white cowboy boots is serving up subtle Western rockstar glam.

Pull&Bear Embellished Cowboy Boots, $, available at Pull&BearNothing says classic like a pair of all black boots.

Idyllwind Wheeler Western Boot – Snip Toe, $, available at Boot BarnSubtlety? We don’t know her.

Onlymaker Boots, $, available at asos marketplaceGreen and white make everything alright.

Jeffrey Campbell Dagget Boot, $, available at RevolveBaseball cap > cowboy hat.

Shyanne Encore Mad Dog Western Boots, $, available at Boot BarnAll black everything is our summer to autumn uniform.

Stradivarius Heeled Cowboy Boots, $, available at StradivariusChanel bag + cowboy boots = chic on chic.

Urban Outfitters UO Cass Western Black Boots, $, available at Urban OutfittersNothing says Americana quite like denim cut-offs and cowboy boots.

RoC Indio Ash Cobra Western Boots, $, available at Urban OutfittersIs there anything more ‘yeehaw chic’ than sipping iced coffee in your cowboy boots?

Ariat Heritage R Toe Western Boot, $, available at AriatA bucket hat and boots is the sartorial pairing we didn’t know we needed.

Toral Western Boot, $, available at RevolveGo bold or go home.

Sheplers Idyllwin Boots, $, available at SheplersThese boots were made for…taking pictures in.

Annie’s Ibiza x Terry de Havilland The Silver Cowboy Boot, $, available at Annie’s Ibiza

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