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. Vivo Barefoot - Fulham Womens Chelsea Boot
I have to start with this fresh take on the classic Chelsea. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and chock-full of minimalist elegance. Perfect for work, with clean dark lines, and yet comfortable enough to wear hiking. The specially designed tread is made tough, yet flexible, with a concave, hexagonal shape that maintains traction over wet, cold, and muddy surfaces. Which is great, but really just look at them, they’re beautiful. They would probably be my top choice even without the fancy sole. Made in Portugal, from local leather, these are going to be your favourite boots, I promise. Of course, they also have a 100-day trial, so if for some reason you don’t like them, merely send them back for a full refund. Probably the closest you could ever get to be able to choose just a single pair of boots.
Branded leather heel tab, for easy on and off
Removable Thermal Insole, for 4-season protection
100-day trial (Don’t like them, send them back)
Sizes: 35 to 43 (European Sizes)
2. Bed | Stu - Bonnies Women's Boots
The Bonnie is a handcrafted short combt ankle bootie from the famed Mexican cobblers at BedStu. Over the last number of years, these shoemakers have been building a reputation for forging quality products, the old-fashioned way. Of course, it’s worth noting they also look gorgeous. This version of this boot is going to be perfect for weekend trips to the country, bombing around the city on a day off, or adding some much-needed edge to a fancy outfit. If you’re ever wondering how you should complete a fall-look, the Bonnie is an excellent answer.
Heel measures 4″
Combination lace-up and zipper boot
Vegetable tanned leather
3. Dr. Martens - 1460 Pascal Virginia Women's Black & White Up Boots
There’s something about a good pair of Docs that makes you feel like you can accomplish anything. And, if you grew up with these lace-ups as your punk-rock teenage boot of choice, and you felt compelled to leave them behind, these might change your mind. The 1460 Virginia is a celebration of 60-years Dr. Marten’s production (January 4, 1960), and the white soft, fine-grain leather is smooth, supple, and easy to look after. Built on the iconic, comfortable, Dr. Martens air-cushioned sole with Goodyear-welted lines, heat-sealed at 700°C. Oh, and they are minimalist, charming, brash, and adorable.
Finished with grooved sides
Comfortable air-cushioned sole
Brand: Dr. Marten’s
Model: 1460 Virginia
Sizes: 5 to 11
4. 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
Model: Emelie™ Short Lace Boot
Sizes: 5 to 12
5. 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
Model: My Generation
Sizes: 5.5 to 10
6. 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
7. Taos Footwear - Billie
There’s just something amazing about a boot that’s barely tall enough not to be called a shoe. Billie is a classic minimalist low-rise, with an outside zipper that comes to a stop at a cutaway seam. These booties exude feminity without being over the top. Billies pair well with almost anything. As such, they tend to be a daily go-to boot for nearly anyone who owns them. Of course, if you’re wearing them daily, don’t forget how nicely they dress up. Swap business attire for evening wear, and you’ll feel like you’re wearing a different boot altogether.
Suede upper with contrast topstitching
Durable rubber outsole
Sizes: 6 to 11.5
8. 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
Model: Rabea Black and Nude High Heel Ankle Booties
Sizes: 5.5 to 11
9. Coconuts By Matisse - Glacier Lace-Up Boot
Gorgeous and affordable, there’s something of a Victorian look to these Coconuts. And yet the hook-style top laces and chunky black sole contrasting the eggshell white uppers give a gorgeous modern rocker-chic twist. The 2-inch block heel and 5-inch shaft height make sure these minimalist boots have just enough lift, but could be worn all day comfortably.
Lace-up style with side zip closure
Brand: Coconuts By Matisse
Model: Glacier Lace-Up Boot
Sizes: 6 to 11
10. 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
Model: 1970 Women’s Series in Black Nubuck with heel
Sizes: 6 to 11
11. Hunter - Original Short Gloss Waterproof Rain Boot
Hunter did something no one thought possible, they took the basic wellington boot and made it stylish. Adding a rubber buckle, slopping the instep a touch, and sticking a minimalist-cool logo at the top seemed to do the trick. That and adding a removable padded insole for some much-needed comfort. They’re actually such a simple design that it’s hard to say much more about them. Although, if it rains even twice a year where you live, you will love having a pair of these in the coat closet on the ready! Functional, practical, and super cute.
Model: Original Short Gloss Waterproof Rain Boot
Sizes: 5 to 11
12. Franco Sarto - Dani Ankle Bootie
If you don’t have an ankle bootie in your collection, these are an affordable option that will look like you spent a lot more on them than you did. Perfect for pairing with any skirt that sits above the knees, these low-cut suede boots will finish your look fabulously. The 2-inch heel with the slight forward rake punctuates your feet and forces attention back to the rest of your outfit. Dark stockings and a pencil skirt go particularly well with these.
2-inch block heel
Brand: Franco Sarto
Model: Dani Ankle Bootie
Sizes: 6m to 12m
13. 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
Brand: Matt & Nat
Sizes: 36 to 41
14. 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
15. Kate Spade - Sally Boots
If you need a classicly 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
16. 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
Model: Low Heel Boots
Sizes: 36 to 38
17. 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
Model: Recycled Rubber Chelsea Boots
18. Salvatore Ferragamo - Shadi Leather Ankle Boots
I don’t know that it’s possible to have a list of women’s boots and not have a Ferragamo on there. Now, these are likely not going to be your everyday sort of footwear. However, for that crucial meeting, or that special night out, a Shadi Ankle boot may be just what you need to give your confidence that little extra boost. Simple, minimalist, and elegant, the subtle black on black crisscross design attracts attention but is never ostentatious. Crafted in Italy, the entire boot, upper, liner and sole are all intentionally selected leather. The 1.6-inch heel gives you just enough lift but doesn’t take away from the just how comfortable these boots are on your feet.
Upper: Leather; Lining: Leather; Sole: Leather
Inside zipper closure
Made in Italy
Brand: SALVATORE FERRAGAMO
Model: Shadi Leather Ankle Boots Women’s Black
Sizes: 35 to 41 (Fits true to size)
19. Acne Studios - Bertine Leather Heeled Ankle Boots
These boots should qualify as modern, minimalist artwork, they are so incredibly stunning. Crafted in Italy from textured glossy leather and set on a stacked block heel, the white on wood grain provides an elegant, inspiring fashion piece. These boots, flowing with the curve of your heel up through your ankle, serve to accentuate your natural lines. And, by putting the zipper on the back seam, nothing interferes with their sophisticated shape. They pair perfectly with evening wear, although you will want to be careful to wear some more understated and let the boots steal the show.
Upper: Leather; Sole: Leather, Rubber
Back zipper closure
Brand: Acne Studios
Model: Bertine Leather Heeled Ankle Boots
Sizes: 35 to 41 (Fits true to size)
20. 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
21. 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
22. Dear Frances - Park Boot, Nutmeg
At the time of writing, the Nutmeg colour in this boot was sold out. However, I highly recommend you wait for it and buy it as soon as it’s back. It looks excellent in Esspresso, the Khaki green is a good look, and it’s hard to go wrong with black, but the Nutmeg is simply gorgeous. Think Timberlands, but with a minimalist designer who is intent on making you look beautiful. The sole is a little bit chunky, but not obnoxiously so. The laces are rugged, but not the sort thing you’ll find on a construction site (they’re actually Organic cotton, but you can’t tell for looking at them). And the leather is nubuck, handcrafted in Italy, which feels fantastic. These casual looking boots go wonderfully with jeans and a sweater, but honestly, they look amazing dressed up.
Lightweight rubber sole
Brand: Dear Frances
Model: Park Boot
Sizes: 35 to 42
23. 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
24. Dr. Martens - Hurston Chelsea Boots
Dr. Marten’s has another spot on this list because they continue to make amazing minimalist variations on their already impeccable designs. The Hurston Chelsea is just such a design. And a way to know they are producing boots that women want is that these ones have a coveted spot on the Free People website. Of course, you can find them on the Dr. Marten site, right here. But, on Free People, they show you some great ways to style them that the Docs folks don’t bother with. It’s so lovely to see the 3.5-inch heel, matched with Dr. Martens AirWair™ air-cushioned sole, paired with Free People Ranch Pants. These are stunning boots.
Dr. Martens AirWair™ air-cushioned sole
Made with Sendal, a semi-Analine, natural-look Nappa leather with a smooth full-grain finish
Brand: Dr. Martens
Model: Hurston Chelsea
Sizes: 5 to 11
25. Free People - Jackson Shoeboots
The last boot on our list pushes the idea of what it means to be a boot, just a little. Jackson Shoeboots are going to be useless in the rain and even worse in the snow. That said, they are absolutely gorgeous. With their boot tread, topped with open-toed, ankle height uppers, these Shoeboots are brilliantly suited for the end of spring through the end of summer. They provide comfort, stability, and heaps of sartorial charm all in one gorgeous pair of boots. Artisan crafted in Portugal, from fine leathers and premium materials, you’re unlikely to find anything else quite like them.
Cutout side detail
Brand: Free People
Model: Jackson Shoeboots
Sizing: 36 to 41