The 34 Best Summer Boots You'll Abandon Your Sandals For

Perfect for pairing with your floatiest dresses.

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So you're looking for boots to wear this summer. We've got you covered, but let's set some basic ground rules. First, keep it light when it comes to color and fabric. Heavy leathers and chunky ankle boots can hang out until September with the rest of your black shoes. Second, consider suede in soft colors—you'll find they go with everything. Third, try to find some ventilation. Cut-outs, perforations, and open-toes will help dramatically to keep your feet feeling good. And last, have fun! Try on a moccasin if you haven't before; check out new takes on cowboy boots; experiment with fun fabric like denim. (Side note: It's a good idea to switch up your shoes often in the summer when feet are at their puffiest and most blistered.)

Like your go-to sandal or summer sneaker, a boot can be surprisingly versatile this time of year. Try pairing your new summer boot with a Bermuda-length short suit or a denim maxi skirt that you haven't quite figured out how to wear yet. Sure, some of these summer boots might not be appropriate for every occasion—you probably want to grab a different shoe if you're heading to the beach—but we can get behind giving any of the below options a try this season.

Julia Gall is the Style Director at Marie Claire, covering all things fashion, as well as styling tips, wardrobe upkeep and sustainability. Check her out at @juliasgall.