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20 Best Summer Boots for Women of 2021


While winter boots are designed to keep you warm when trudging through snow, summer boots are just focused on fashion and style. You can pair these leather, suede and fabric styles with flowy dresses, cut-off shorts and twirly skirts for an added edge.

The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab is comprised of footwear experts who put all types of shoes to the test, including walking sneakers, hiking shoes and rain boots. Our pros used their footwear expertise to find the cutest and most comfortable boot styles for summer. To avoid overheating, our experts recommend opting for summer boots without additional inner linings or pairs with cut-outs and perforations for increased airflow.

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Best Value Summer Boots for Women

Women’s Modern Western Cowboy Distressed Boot

Charles Albert

These best-selling boots on Amazon have over 6,000 reviews for being a perfect summer boot. Made with synthetic fabrics, these boots are available in 11 colors, including neutrals as well as bold pinks and blues. Plus, they’re only $35 — grab one in every shade! 


Best Summer Boot Sneaker Hybrid for Women

PUMA x Fenty Chelsea Sneaker Boot

Can’t decide if you want to wear sneakers or boots? Try these sneaker boots from PUMA x Fenty. They have a short platform, rugged outsole, and ankle high upper. With over 1,000 positive reviews, one reviewer says they’re her “new favorite boots of the season.”


Best Strappy Summer Boots for Women

Women’s Cutout Side Strap Ankle Booties

City Classified

The adjustable ankle straps are both trendy and functional — allowing you to adjust how tightly they fit. Somewhere between a sandal and a boot, these shoes can easily be paired with a ton of different outfits. Hundreds of reviewers are impressed with just how luxe thee booties are for under $30. 


Best Lace-up Summer Boots

Sky Bay Lace-Up Bootie



While most Timberland boots are heavy and warm, these booties are breathable and lightweight enough to wear all summer long. At $50, these booties are an excellent value for how versatile they are — they can easily be styled as boots or high top sneakers! 


Best Kitten Heel Summer Boots for Women

Women Chic Low Kitten Heels Ankle Boots

Bright colors are ideal for summer fun and these kitten heels are available in a huge size range from 4-15 with an option for everyone. With 34 color and pattern options, reviewers love the bold look, getting tons of compliments when they wear them!


Best Versatile Summer Boots for Women

The Glove Boot in ReKnit



An Everlane best seller, these booties are known for their versatility: easily styled for work or out on the town. Opt for the recycled polyester material that’s ideal for summer wear (wool is better suited for colder weather). The two inch heel is “comfortable for everyday wear,” says one reviewer.


Best Professional Summer Boots for Women

Women’s Upright Madeline Ankle Boot



These shockingly comfy heeled booties from Vionic transition easily from season to season. With the brand’s signature supportive EVA footbed, hundreds of reviewers were impressed with just how comfortable heeled boots can be. 


Best Low-Cut Ankle Summer Booties for Women

Women’s Towne Ankle Boot

Dolce Vita


Low cut ankle booties are ideal for summer because they won’t cause overheating and show off your legs. Made with 100% leather, these booties feature a small heel for a bit of extra height while being comfy when on your feet. Reviewers love the seven neutral shade options with one even saying “they look more expensive than they were.” 


Best Wedge Summer Booties for Women

Women’s Harlow Ankle Boot

Dr. Scholl’s Shoes

While Dr.Scholl’s isn’t known for high fashion designs, these wedge booties are completely on trend. The perforated back details add a feminine element. There are over 3,00 reviewers who find these booties comfortable, supportive and trendy. 


Best Cowboy Boots for Women

Trudy Western Cowboy Boots



Cowboy boots, boho and chic, are the ideal boot to pair with skirts and dresses. Popular for outdoor concerts, reviewers love these boots for being surprisingly comfortable when on your feet all day. They’re made with leather, but have a cotton liner for extra comfort. The brand recommends going down half a size for the perfect fit. 


Best Cut-Out Summer Boots for Women

Free People Wilder Pointed Toe Bootie



Cut-out boots are a lightweight option that also allow for great airflow. Free People is known for its elevated bohemian designs. These boots are made with supple leather for a super soft feel. Note that these boots are available in whole sizes only. 


Best Summer Rain Boots for Women

Original Tall Waterproof Rain Boot



When it comes to rain boots, Hunter is a household name for a reason. Made with rubber, these tall boots are entirely waterproof. The brand offers additional liners, so you can wear these in the winter too. 


Best Chelsea Summer Boots for Women

Suede Leather Side Zip Flat Chelsea Boots

Lands’ End


Chelsea boots are a popular pick for summer as they’re easy to put on and take off, pair with a variety of outfits and have a supportive footbed when on your feet all day. These Lands’ End boots are available in medium and wide sizing with half sizes available too. 


Best Summer Combat Boots for Women

1460 Combat Boot – Women’s

Dr. Martens


While combat boots aren’t as breathable as other picks, the light pink color makes these Dr. Martens boots great summer fashion.  Reviewers say these boots take a few wears to break in, but then they “mold to your feet perfectly.” 


Best Moto Summer Boots for Women

Sunbelt Santa Fe Moto Boots

FP Collection


These neutral moto-inspired leather boots from Free People will transition easily from summer to fall. With trendy ankle straps, there’s a back zipper for easy on/off. Reviewers said they were comfy for all day wear thanks to the short heel and round toe box. 


Most Comfortable Summer Booties

Women’s Perforated Cut Out Block Heel Ankle Booties

The triangle side cutouts help keep you cool in the summer heat. With over 3,500 rave Amazon reviews, these booties are so popular for being extremely comfortable — one reviewer even said “sometimes I even forget to take them off once I’m home because they’re so comfy.” 


Best Summer Hiking Boots for Women

Womens Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Hiking Boot

When hitting the trails this summer, avoid a twisted ankle with hiking boots. These hiking boots from Columbia impressed our textile pros for staying in great shape even in terrible conditions. These popular boots feature a high traction outsole and are available in a ton of stylish shades. 


Best Leather Summer Boots for Women

Women’s Melissa Button 2 Riding Boot

Riding boots are a closet staple as they can be styled up and down for every season. Frye leather boots are an investment that’s sure to last through heavy wear. Available in an impressive 13 different leather options, these boots have over 1,000 reviews on Amazon too. 


Best Printed Summer Boots for Women

Arendara Bootie



These snakeskin booties have had a summer makeover with the wooden block heel and platform. Versatile yet bold, reviewers love that these booties complete their wardrobe with one reviewer saying they’re “comfortable right out of the box and the heel is not too high but not too low either.” If between sizes, the brand recommends going up half a size for a better fit. 


Best Long Lasting Summer Boots for Women

Women’s BL585 Rustic Brown



While they’re an initial investment, Blundstone boots are designed to last through every season.  The outer leather is available in 15 different shades. Reviewers say that these are great work or travel boots, especially loving the pull tabs for easy on/off. Note that the size chart is a bit confusing as it includes men’s and women’s sizing, so be careful when ordering to ensure you get your correct size! 

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