Saddle up this season as the cowboy boots trend isn’t going anywhere. A world away from their horsemen roots, the fashionable shoe is now a staple of the style set.
The boot style is high on the agenda for dressing in 2022. Western-style shoewear was spotted all over AW22 collections, with labels including Isabel Marant, Chloe, Ganni and Alexander McQueen making a case for cowboy boots.
And while houses like Saint Laurent opted for suede-finish and steel-capped authentic takes on the classic boot, others such as Miu Miu showcased more contemporary chunky creations. The high street was quick to jump on the bandwagon (sorry not sorry), with trend-led cowboy boots popping up in all silhouettes, lengths and colours.
Beyond the catwalks, the cowboy revival is just as popular on the pavements. Dua Lipa has been championing co-ords and mid-calf boots, Emily Ratakowski plumps for knee-high designs (with jeans in autumn or a mini in summer), while Kendall Jenner recently showed off statement yellow and orange boots poking out of white jeans.
How we tested
Wearing the boots to festivals, packing them on holidays and donning them on night outs, we assessed how versatile, comfortable, stylish and top-quality each pair was. From designer boots that are well worth their price tag to budget buys that feel far more premium, we looked for trend-led designs that lived up to the boot style’s trans-seasonal reputation.
The best women’s cowboy boots for 2022 are:
- Best overall cowboy boot – Asos Design cacti suede western cowboy boots, sand: £125, Asos.com
- Best designer cowboy boot – Jeffrey Campbell Finn tall western cowboy boots: £300, Freepeople.com
- Best white cowboy boot – Asos Design Andi flat western cowboy boots in white: £46, Asos.com
- Best black cowboy boots – Urban Outfitters Cass western cowboy boots: £60, Urbanoutfitters.com
- Best ankle cowboy boots – Mango leather cowboy ankle boots: £299.99, Mango.com
- Best vintage-inspired cowboy boots – Free People Montage tall cowboy boots, birch: £268, Freepeople.com
- Best red cowboy boots – Nasty Gal faux leather burnished knee high cowboy boots: £68, Nastygal.com
- Best contemporary cowboy boots – AllSaints valley leather cowboy boot: £239, Allsaints.com
- Best knee high cowboy boot – Warehouse real leather western knee high boot: £135.20, Warehousefashion.com
Asos Design cacti premium suede western knee boots, sand
Best: Cowboy boots overall
At the top of our wishlist were this suede pair from Asos – and they didn’t disappoint. Ticking all the boxes for wearability, comfort and style, we were instantly smitten. The suede finish felt in keeping with authentic cowboy boots while the zip-up design enabled a snug fit around the calves. Adding delicate detailing, an embroidered pattern decorated the shaft and we liked the contrasting effect of the suede and black block heel. Above all, we didn’t feel any discomfort during their first outing (a blessing since we wore them to a festival). The timeless take will be a wardrobe staple for years to come.
Jeffrey Campbell Finn tall western boots
Best: Designer cowboy boot
This metallic blue pair hailing from shoe connoisseur Jeffrey Campbell made us feel like a space-age cowboy. The knee high design boasts a shimmery blue finish and slim shaft, resulting in a statement choice for a festival and party season. Easy to pull on, the design features a pointed toe, low-rise block heel and pretty embroidered patterning that adds texture to the boot. Made from soft leather and rubber, the cushioned insole ensured a comfortable fit and they didn’t require much wearing it. Owing to the pointed toe we’d suggest sizing up if you’re between fits.
Asos Design Andi flat western boots in white
Best: White cowboy boots
Ideal for summer, this pair of white cowboy boots go with just about everything. The design features embroidered detailing, pull tabs for easy entry, along with the cowboy boot signatures of a pointed toe and low block heel. Roomy and comfortable, the mid-calf shaft has a wide fit and the sole is cushioned. Whether you go full cowgirl and team with a denim mini or pair with a floaty midi dress, the Asos boots are perfect for festival season (sans the mud).
Urban Outfitters Cass western black boots
Best: Black cowboy boots
Urban Outfitters have kept it classic with this versatile pair of black leather boots. Owing to the monochrome design, they compliment most outfits while the low block heel and cushioned insole mean they’re a breeze to wear-in. Featuring a mid-calf fit, the boot boasts a curved opening and pull tabs, with silver-hued embroidered detailing decorating the shaft and pointed toe. These came up quite large so we’d suggest sizing down.
Mango leather cowboy ankle boots
Best: Ankle cowboy boots
Mango’s offering is a sleek take on the cowboy boot revival. The exaggerated curved silhouette and chunky 4.5cm block heel feel contemporary while the curved top, embroidered stitching and structured pointed toe incorporate western influences. We loved the low-calf length that looks just as slick with a pair of jeans as it does with a mini dress. Crafted from 100 per cent leather, the premium quality is long-lasting enough to justify the price tag. Take note from Kendall Jenner and team the black boots with a classic black slip dress.
Free People Montage tall boots, birch
Best: Vintage-inspired cowboy boots
Free People’s signature brand look has a vintage-inspired feel, so it’s no surprise that it’s home to such a great selection cowboy boots. The label’s own soft leather Montage boots come in a choice of 12 finishes – but we love the off-white and slightly worn-in birch colourway best. Endlessly wearable – and very comfortable – the mid-calf boot has a wide shaft that’s perfect for tucking in jeans. The distressed design exaggerates the western-inspired detailing of the pointed toe and low block heel, while a brown seam down the shafts provides some contrast.
Nasty Gal faux leather burnished knee high cowboy boots
Best: Red cowboy boots
The ideal choice for a gig or festival, these arresting red cowboy boots have already done the rounds in our houseshare. The burnished pull on and mid-length pair have a loose fit structured silhouette, pointed toe and an authentic slanted block heel, while embroidered detailing adds texturing to the pair. Owing to the tougher faux-leather design, they were harder to wear-in than other boots in our edit – but if you’ve got the patience, the striking red pair are a bold look.
AllSaints vally leather boot
Best: Contemporary cowboy boots
Though western-inspired, this AllSaints pair of ankle boots feel thoroughly contemporary. A slanted block heel and pointed silhouette add cowboy touches, while the block toe, sleek off-white finish and contrasting black add sleek detailing. Crafted from leather with a buffed finish, they feel premium quality with the pull-on design adding practicality. Whether poking out of flares or dressing up a midi dress, the elegant boots will take you from day to night.
Warehouse real leather western knee high boot
Best: Knee high cowboy boot
Keeping knee high boots firmly on the agenda for AW22, Warehouse’s offering has plenty of western-style influences. The curved top, pull tabs and angular pointed toe are elevated by a contemporary chunky block heel and slim-shaft design. Crafted from real leather, the boot boasts a sturdy and structured silhouette. Perfect for glamming up your evening look, take a page from Emily Ratakowski’s book and team with a bodycon mini dress.