Time for a moment of contrition: for the past few winters, I’ve worn Uggs. Shamelessly, in public, for all to see. And I’ve loved my Uggs, since I embrace comfort, but I don’t think I can continue to wear them this fall. Good thing I don’t have to: motorcycle boots are popular again!
This trend showed its presence last year, but now that nearly every major brand is producing a motorcycle boot of some sort (Valentino even has one with a bow on it. I’m not kidding), it’s time to round them up and discuss. There are knee-high versions, stiletto versions, platform versions and every other type that you could possibly think of, but what I’m interested in right now is those that could replace Uggs for a lot of us – flat, ankle or midcalf and utilitarian.
Gucci Edie Ankle Boots: If you’re not sure that you want to go whole-hog with a bold, chunky boot, then these are your best choice – think of them as motorcycle boots for someone that rides a Vespa. They still have all the charm and detail without a hyper-masculine feel, which makes them the most versatile of the bunch. Buy through Saks for $840.
Jimmy Choo Bike Leather Boots: This pair is my personal favorite – they retain all the chunky attitude of traditional motorcycle boots without a few of the hardest edges, and the wrinkled, soft-looking leather keeps them luxurious. For the price, they better be. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1050.
Dolce & Gabbana Lug-Sole Ankle Boots: Naturally this trend borrows a great deal from early-90s grunge, and this pair references those styles more than most. The super-thick sole probably reminds everyone under 45 of a pair of shoes that they had in 1993, for better or for worse. Buy through Saks for $825.
DSquared Biker Boots: DSquared’s interpretation of the motorcycle boot trend is where you look if you want a version that’s very straightforward. These may not be as distinctive as what some brands are doing, but they do a good job capturing the prototypical motorcycle boot feel. You might actually be able to wear these on a bike, if you were so inclined. Buy through Luisa Via Roma for $825.
Frye Engineer Boots: Frye was doing biker boots before they were trendy and they’ll be doing them long after; it would be silly not to include them in this list. This pair also presents the best value: all of the other shoes listed here are more than $800. Buy through ShopBop for $208.