Taking a fresh pair of beautiful designer boots out of the box at the first sign of a chill in the air is a fashion person’s dream scenario, but it comes at a cost—literally. Most designer boots will run you anywhere between $500 and $1k. It’s a worthy splurge if you want to invest, but if you want a pair of boots that only looks expensive, that’s perfectly fine, too.
In an effort to bring you the best of both worlds, we’re highlighting some of our favorite designer boots of the season as well as more affordable (under $200) alternatives that you’ll also love. More than ever, affordable brands are finding ways to create shoes that look and feel high in quality, and we’re very much here for it. When shopping for affordable boots, we recommend sticking to pairs that are on the simple side. Translation: Avoid excessive hardware and other overly trendy details that might cheapen them. With that, read on for our favorite designer boots of the season if the sky is the limit and equally chic affordable alternatives if you don’t want to spend more than $200.