Boots are a critical piece of women’s fashion. They can be incredibly functional or merely ornate. No matter what style they are—ankle-high, knee-high, or above the thigh—your boots should make you look forward to wearing them. By building your closet with understated, elegant pieces, you can be sure you have the versatile wardrobe your life requires. With modern, clean lines, and minimalist charm guiding your selections, you can curate a timeless assortment that you’ll look forward to wearing. And, with the right combination, you may even start looking forward to rainy days.
So, if you find yourself looking to add to your collection or just want to have a peek at few really gorgeous selections, you’ve come to the right place. This is our list of 25 elegant, minimalist boots that you may find too hard to pass up.
1. Sorel – Women’s Emelie Short Lace Boot
The struggle when you live in a wetter climate is, do you stick with your cute, sunshine-boots and just hope you can get from your home to the car unscathed, or go for the ugly trudgers. Weather protective boots have traditionally been high on function, and super low fashion. It’s almost as if they assume no one lives outside of the California sun-dome. However, the many people who live in metropolitan cities with weather more diverse than perpetual sunshine, continually find ourselves looking for something else. The Emelie boot is just such an alternative. Waterproof, full-grain leather, cut together beautifully with suede, and seam-sealed to keep your feet dry. The moulded rubber soles keep you up-right in even the slickest of conditions. And, removable die-cut memory EVA footbed and microfleece top cover make sure they’re also exceptionally comfortable.
- Seam-sealed waterproof construction
- Rain-defying waterproof burgundy leather
- Medial side zipper
- Brand: Sorel
- Model: Emelie™ Short Lace Boot
- Sizes: 5 to 12
2. Lulus – My Generation Black Suede High Heel Mid-Calf Boots
If you don’t have a good, High Heel, Mid-Calf, Boot in your collection, these may be just what you need. If you do have one, you might want these anyway. Made from a Vegan suede, they will pair with almost any outfit. Dress them up or down, and you won’t feel out of place. The squared toe and 7-inch shaft, give you an elegant lift, and the subtle zipper at instep means they’re easy to take on and off without sacrificing minimalist style.
- 3.5-inch wrapped block heel
- Lightly cushioned insole
- Felted rubber sole
- Brand: Lulus
- Model: My Generation
- Sizes: 5.5 to 10
3. Stuart Weitzman – Vernell 75 Boots
Sock booties are must-have in every wardrobe. They have that timeless style that cuts one hell of a silhouette. Sure they could be office boots, but these beauties were made for going out. These black or burgundy suede minimalist gems will turn heads from across the room and require very little light to get noticed. And, the cylindrical block heel adds a significant bit of stability without detracting from the look.
- Exaggerated angular black heel
- Stretch suede and leather insole construction
- Made in Spain
- Brand: Stuart Weitzman
- Model: Vernell 75
- Sizes: 5-9.5
4. Lulus – Rabea Black and Nude High Heel Ankle Booties
These ankle boots have a modern, feminine charm that’s hard to ignore. The solid black leather construction pairs gorgeously with the tan coloured “nude” elastic gussets on either side. The diving black lines from ankle to sole look like nothing else. Of course, this style also comes in red with black gussets, but once you’ve seen the black leather, why bother looking at the other option. It doesn’t even come close.
- 4-inch wrapped block heel
- Felted rubber sole
- All vegan-friendly, man-made materials
- Brand: Lulus
- Model: Rabea Black and Nude High Heel Ankle Booties
- Sizes: 5.5 to 11
5. Australian Boot Company – Blundstone 1970 – Women’s Series Low Heel Antique Brown
When you think of great boots, Blundstone has to be near the top of the list. And while they are generally well-made and last a good long time, they don’t usually rank as elegant footwear. Although these boots do deserve a spot on this list. The angled heel cut and nubuck finish means that for at least the first couple of years, these boots can be worn to the office or dressed up for the club. Of course, being Blundstones, when the finish starts to fade, they make amazing all-purpose boots. Put them on for a long hike, wear them to the cottage, or turn them into incredible work boots in the garden. Not many other boots that start off this nice can ever hope to expect this sort of extended lifespan.
- Antique brown leather-lined
- All-season versatility
- Brand: Blundstone
- Model: 1970 Women’s Series in Black Nubuck with heel
- Sizes: 6 to 11
6. Matt & Nat – Montroyal Boots – Black
It used to be almost impossible to find stylish boots that were made from Vegan-friendly materials. There were options, but they were cheap, and the vinyl usually started to flake after a couple months. Matt & Nat products, on the other hand, are high quality, well designed and continuing to attract non-vegans in droves with their sustainable product lines. The Mountroyal is a particular favourite. Clean, minimalist lines, pull-on styling, with a back gusset that lets your calve cutaway perfectly from your heel. Easily transition from office to evening and back again.
- Rubber outsole bootie with elastic trim
- High-quality polyurethane uppers
- 2-inch heel
- Brand: Matt & Nat
- Model: Mountroyal
- Sizes: 36 to 41
7. Dr. Martens – 2976 Smooth Leather Chelsea Boots
Some situations call for an incredibly comfortable, casual, flat-soled boot. And when they do, why not make that boot a Dr. Marten’s Layton. It uses a slimmed-down version of their Air Wair sole (the Waffel sole), with lightweight, soft leather, inspired by athletic shoes. The seven eye height means they are pretty much in line with a high-top sneaker, but they look so much better. These pair perfectly with jeans, and will tone down a dressier look to everyday acceptable.
- Amped up Chelsea boot
- Manufactured since the 70’s
- Brand: Dr. Marten’s
- Model: LEYTON WOMEN’S LEATHER CASUAL BOOTS
- Sizes: 5 to 11
8. Kate Spade – Sally Boots
If you need a classically minimalistic finish for an outfit, and the weather looks like rain, the Sally boot by Kate Spade is a perfect piece. I would suggest every woman that works an office should have these ready in case a day of off-site meetings falls during a wet spell. Of course, they’re so adorable that you could wear them most any day and just be pleasantly prepared if it does happen to rain. While these gorgeous boots probably pair best with skirts, they will also turn a pair of jeans and blazer into a classy office statement.
- 78% PVC, 22% elastic
- Brand: Kate Spade
- Model: Sally Boots
- Sizes: 6 to 10
9. A.P.C. Low Heel Boots
This low-heel boot shows obvious signs of western influence in the best possible way. The beautiful Italian leather sliding neatly to a round toe, with Cuban wood grain 3.75-inch heel, provide just enough of an outlaw feel to make any outfit look confident. However, unlike a proper cowboy boot, the height and angle of these boots push and define your heel before tapering into your ankle and calves, giving you a natural edge line.
- Crafted in Italy from smooth black leather
- Cuban heel and rounded toe
- Side zip fastening
- Brand: A.P.C
- Model: Low Heel Boots
- Sizes: 36 to 38
10. Ganni – Recycled Rubber Chelsea Boots
If you’ve ever wanted a minimalist style boot with a little something extra, this recycled chelsea boot from Ganni may be just what you’ve been looking for all along. Made from a recycled rubber with a matte finish, this stylish boot slips on easily with elastic side panels. The round toe completes the look for this distinctly masculine women’s boot.
- Crafted in Portugal
- Lug Sole
- Brand: Ganni
- Model: Recycled Rubber Chelsea Boots
- Sizes: 6-11
11. Eddie Bauer – Lodge Boot
Sometimes the perfect boots are ones that look like you could storm a castle with them on. That no obstacle will slow you down, and yet they still look super cute with leggings, a sweater, and a vest. The lodge boot by Eddie Bauer is that sort of footwear. Stable, comfortable, protection from the elements, and totally adorable as part of your fall wardrobe. Constructed in waterproof full-grain leather with WeatherEdge® and FreeHeat® technologies to keep you dry and warm when the weather turns wet and cold. The InsoFit® cushioning EVA footbed and MidLite® premium EVA midsole provides all-day support and comfort. This is the perfect minimalist boot for when the leaves start to change, right through when the flurries fly.
- Waterproof, seam-sealed, full-grain leather upper
- 100g fleece lining
- SportGrip® XT all-season carbon rubber outsole for added traction
- Brand: Eddie Bauer
- Model: Lodge Boot
- Sizes: 6 to 11
12. Alfred Cloutier – Camilla 8C66 Women’s Winter Boot
Sometimes it’s hard to find a good minimalist boot that can survive the winter and not sacrifice style in the process. The Camila is such a boot! Perfect minimalist styling, with a lace-up, that almost feels like a Victorian throwback. The one catch, these boots are going to take between two to four weeks to arrive, because each pair is custom-made to order by Quebec artisans. Now, I love the classic black leather finish, but be sure to check out their site. You’ll be lucky if you don’t spend the next twenty minutes customizing boots with their real-time selector tool.
- Custom made to order
- Genuine 530 g wool insulation for optimal warmth
- Thermoplastic rubber sole with block heel
- Brand: Alfred Cloutier
- Model: Camila 8C66
- Sizes: 36 to 41
13. Free People – Vegan Ranch Boot
The folks over at Free People have been designing some incredible pieces in the last couple of years. These Ranch boots are no exception. Think of them as a shortened cowboy boot, with so much more style. And, while they’ve worked in some subtle classic cowboy patterns, these boots hold tight to minimalist standards and look just right for everyday wear in the city. Available in five colours, the white has to be my favourite. Elegant and super versatile, with a perfectly tinted woodgrain sole. There is no end to the ways you can style this boot. Definitely a collection essential.
- Side zipper closure
- Pointed toe and a chunky block heel
- Classic stitched details
- Brand: Free People
- Model: Vegan Ranch Boot
- Size: 6 to 10