Today, let’s go on a hunt for the best black knee-high boots! If you’re unfamiliar with our Hunts…
Sure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.
We haven’t gone on a hunt for boots for a zillion years (or so it feels) so let’s go on one today. The problem with boots, of course, is that there are SO MANY really distinct styles. In the past we’ve gone on hunts for flat knee-high boots, heeled knee-high boots, weatherproof boots, flat ankle boots, shooties, heeled ankle boots, and block-heel boots. There’s a lot to update and we’re going to start with one we haven’t done in a while: the tall knee-high boot.
Tall knee-high boots were supposed to have gone out of style several years ago. Yet: every store still sells them, and I still see women wearing them. I think tall boots work great for commutes (particularly in bad weather or cold weather), they look great with tights, leggings, and skinny jeans.
While tall boots aren’t my first choice to wear with bootcut, straight, and cropped pants, I often find myself grabbing my skinnier pant styles anyway in bad weather, to better avoid slush and wet hems. I have a feeling (and I think a lot of retailers do as well) that a lot of women will be grabbing tall boots to wear with skinny pant styles this winter. (Funnily enough readers just had a discussion on this topic a week or two ago…)
As I’ve noted in the past, if you’re trying to get a versatile boot to wear for both the weekend and work (when we eventually return to the office), I’d look for black suede or black leather without Western details like harnesses, with a toe shape that doesn’t feel too trendy, and without too many buttons. I will also note that a leather boot is going to breathe a lot more naturally than a synthetic material, which means they’ll be wearable for longer and more comfortable.
So, let’s go on a hunt for the best black knee-high boots for work and weekend…
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Hunting for black knee-high boots? Here are some of our long-standing favorites as of 2023!
- Hall of Famers: Sam Edelman, Steven, Sofft, La Canadienne
- Under $150: Target ($39!), Naturalizer, Steven, Frye (on sale!), Blondo (on sale)
- Waterproof: Ara, Ariat, Naturalizer, Sofft, La Canadienne, Rockport, Aquadiva (and of course, Hunters!)
- Wide widths: (come in sizes like C, W, etc): Sam Edelman (W), La Canadienne (W),
- Wide calves: Naturalizer, Sam Edelman, Steven, Sofft, Born, Franco Sarto
- Narrow widths: (come in sizes like AA, N, etc): La Canadienne (NN), La Canadienne (N), Munro (SS, N)
- Comfort: Eileen Fisher, Ara, Ariat, Naturalizer, Born, Sofft (don’t forget to check out our entire guide to comfortable heels)
Curious about our older roundups? Here are links to roundups in 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 — and our last discussion on whether knee-high boots are appropriate for the office. (Do you still think this is a question at all, ladies?)
These boots from Born are $171, and come in regular and wide calf sizes — I’m always a huge fan of Born shoes from a comfort perspective, and I like that these have a sleek look to them.
These Sofft boots are waterproof and come in a zillion different colors and fabrics. I like that the laces make them adjustable, but there’s also an inside zip — and this boot has been around for years.
We’re picturing the flat option above, but there are some available with a slightly higher heel.
Another nice option from Sofft if you’re not a fan of the laces: the Samantha boot.
I love the textured leather backs to these Cole Haan boots, as well as the interior zip and padded footbed.
They’ve got a lot of nice reviews, and (woot!) are on sale — they’re normally $300, but are down to $182 today. Nice.
These J.Crew boots are best sellers — I love the sleek look. They come in black and brown for $348, sizes 5-12 — but today you can take 50% off full price with code FALLTIME.
La Canadienne boots are always splurgeworthy because they’re experts in waterproofing — and these tall, sophisticated flat boots have 465 glowing reviews at Zappos.
I like that they come in three width options, are waterproof, and are available in black leather, black suede, and espresso suede. Nice! They’re $525.
I like the lightly crinkled texture and almond toe to these boots from Prada — as well as the fact that the heel height is just under 2″, making it walkable but still giving you a bit of height. They’re $1,350 at Nordstrom.
Ladies, please weigh in — what boots are you wearing this season? Which do you think are the best black knee-high boots for work and weekend?
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Late to comment but I bought the La Canadienne boots in black suede 6 years ago. The boots are still in impeccable conditions. I have wore them at the office and on the weekend for the past 6 years (I usually alternate with 1-2 other pairs of boots ) during fall and winter season. I live in Montreal, Quebec and there are perfect for cold and rainy weather. I am thinking that I should buy the black leather ones.
Not that being on trend is a priority for everyone but the look of knee high boots with skinny jeans looks incredibly dated and stale to me.