The 9 Best Thigh-High Boots to Buy This Year

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Best Thigh High Boots to Buy This Year

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Thigh-high boots are having something of a moment this year. Seen on everyone from Kim Kardashian to Dua Lipa to Amal Clooney, the irresistibly sexy silhouette can be worn in just about any way you’d like. Take a hint from Megan Fox and Bella Hadid’s style book by wearing them with a sultry bodycon dress or try out a jumpsuit á la Khloe Kardashian. If you’d like to follow suit, we rounded up the best ones to shop right now with a little help from some stylists and exhaustive research.

Right now, everyone could use Staud’s Aimee Boot in their closet. They can easily be dressed up with a mini dress and tights for your next dinner out or worn with a blazer for those who have a more fashion-forward office. But in case you’d like to shop around, we’ve rounded up the rest of our favorite thigh-high boots, whether you’re looking for suede or leather; for wider calves or thinner legs alike.

What We Love: This boot is an all-around reliable staple that meets all of our over-the-knee boot needs.

What We Don’t Love: This pair is on the pricey side — but truly worth the splurge, if you ask us.

Made of high-quality and sustainable materials, like vegan leather, the Staud Aimee boots, which come in basic black to match everything, wear comfortably and pair well with an infinite number of looks. The stretchy, supple faux leather feels lightweight when wearing them, but they’re definitely heavy enough to retain their shape. To further assist, the thin side zipper allows the boot to slide on the knee and thigh easily — meaning it won’t require a second person to help pull them off.

This specific boot features a smaller chunky heel and an elegant round toe that dresses down the drama from the already tall shaft. They’ll work with anything from a flowy maxi dress to a glitzy mini skirt, so it’s safe to say they’re the ultimate everyday staple and definitely work the higher price tag.

Price at time of publish: $495

Size: 35-42 | Color: Black | Material: Vegan Leather | Heel Height: 1.6 inches

Best Splurge

Isabel Marant Laelle Leather Over-The-Knee Boots

Isabel Marant Laelle

Isabel Marant

What We Love: The structure of these boots makes them great day-to-night transition shoes.

What We Don’t Love: We wish these boots came in half sizes.

Looking to splurge on a pair of luxurious boots rich in color and material? Look no further than the Isabel Marant Riria Suede Knee High Boot, which we think is the perfect definition of a splurge-worthy shoe. Made of quality calfskin leather, the slouchy boot is draped in velvety suede. We appreciate the relaxed structure that’s great for work, but the height and undeniable sex appeal obviously lend themselves to a night out. Plus, they feature a unique pyramid-shaped heel that adds dimension and structure to the relaxed boot.

The heel is super comfortable to walk in, despite being 3.5 inches high. And the shoe comes in three neutral colors: black, brown, and white. But we have our eyes on the fiery red pair that’ll be sure to stand out amongst a sea of black boots. One downside: We wish these boots came in half sizes to accommodate those that are in between sizes.

Price at time of publish: $1,550

Size: 35-41 | Color: Natural, Rust, White, Black | Material: Calfskin Leather | Heel Height: 3.5 inches

Best Budget

Marc Fisher Women’s Lezli Over The Knee Boots

Marc Fisher Women’s Lezli Over The Knee Boots

Macy's

What We Love: These over-the-knee boots are a great option if you want to try out the trend.

What We Don’t Love: The ivory pair will show signs of wear faster than some other boots on this list.

Want to try out the trend, but aren’t sure if it’s your style? Marc Fisher Women’s Lezli Over The Knee Boots are a great place to start. Made of a synthetic blend, the thigh-highs look like suede only without the hefty pricetag. With a block heel and pointed toe, they dress up any look from your after-hours mini dresses and work-appropriate skirts. Plus, they come in three colors: black, brown, and ivory. Just be careful when wearing the white pair, as they are (obviously) prone to show more signs of wear and tear. For this good of a steal, we may have to purchase multiple pairs.

Price at time of publish: $169

Size: 5-9.5 | Color: Black, Brown, Ivory | Material: Faux Suede | Heel Height: 3.54 inches

Best for Wide Calves

Vince Camuto Minnada Wide-Calf Over The Knee Boot

Vince Camuto Minnada Wide-Calf Over The Knee Boot

Amazon

What We Love: The pointy toe and slit offer a very chic and sophisticated look suitable for everyday and dressier events.

What We Don’t Love: We wish the zipper went up an inch or two higher to make them easier to close. 

Finding thigh high boots that fit wider calves is a tough feat (trust us). Fortunately, we hit the jackpot with these Vince Camuto boots. They easily slide over wider legs, featuring an additional side zipper to help aid you in slipping them on. Available in both black leather and a crinkled patent leather, the boot’s 4-inch heel elongates your leg, making them appear nice and slim. And, the buttery and shiny leather options have a bit of give to them, molding to your leg the more you wear them. Surprisingly, despite the height, the shoe is super comfortable to walk around in.

Amanda Rosenthal, InStyle writer (and one of the authors of this story) wore these shoes from morning to night one day without worrying about any blisters or arch pain, “something I am definitely prone to after wearing a heel for hours on end,” she says. Plus, the pointy toe easily elevates any look and is a go-to for fall and winter styling. Rosenthal adds, “I only wish the zipper went up an inch or two higher to make them easier to close, but they were still super manageable.”

Price at time of publish: $259

Size: 5-12 | Color: Black, Brown | Material: Leather, Patent Leather | Heel Height: 3.75 inches

Best for Narrow Calves

Schutz Ashlee Over The Knee Boot

Schutz Ashlee Over The Knee Boot

Schutz

What We Love: The slanted design over the knee makes your legs appear slimmer and longer.

What We Don’t Love: The thin heel isn’t the most supportive.

Schutz didn’t miss a beat with these over-the-knee boots. The silhouette that lightly slouches as it stretches from wear is ideal for those with narrow legs, as the structure of the boot is inherently narrow. Made of luxurious Nappa leather, this pointy-toe boot boasts a tiny, 5-inch stiletto heel. Just be careful not to roll your ankle, as the chic heel isn’t the most supportive. Pair your boots with your favorite mini skirt and tights for a date night or wear them with a maxi skirt and graphic tee while you run errands — endless styling possibilities.

Price at time of publish: $218

Size: 5-11 | Color: Black | Material: Leather | Heel Height: 4.7 inches

Best Heeled

Nine West Tacy Over The Knee Boots

Nine West Tacy Over The Knee Boots

Nine West

What We Love: The stiletto heel and pointed toe give your legs a flattering and sexy look.

What We Don’t Love: The dressy nature of these boots doesn’t always go with an everyday look.

If your favorite pump were to transform into a tall boot, you would get the Nine West Tacy Over The Knee Boots. Made of stretchy synthetic material these boots glide effortlessly over your legs. The pointed toe and stiletto heel are a sultry combo sure to spice up any ordinary outfit. Plus, this shoe comes in both black and brown, the best neutral staples, and in sizes 5 through 12. Because the boots hug your leg, they feature a side zipper to help you slide them on (and get them off).

Price at time of publish: $50 (Originally $179)

Size: 5-12 | Color: Black, Brown | Material: Synthetic | Heel Height: 4.13 inches

Best Platform

Kurt Geiger London Over The Knee Stretch Boot

Kurt Geiger London Over The Knee Stretch Boot

Kurt Geiger

What We Love: Despite having such an intense platform, these shoes remain lightweight and easy to walk in.

What We Don’t Love: These platform booties are better suited for those with narrower calves.

These edgy platform shoes spotlight a dramatic platform sole that will add a fashionable flare to any look.  Made of both real and faux leather, these rugged shoes include a 1.5-inch sole — the perfect amount of added height while still being manageable to walk in — adorned with a quilted pattern. Despite appearing thick and heavy (due to their rugged platform sole), these shoes are surprisingly light and easy to walk around in.

The lean boot lengthens your leg, while still managing to have a relaxed fit on the calf. Just note, these shoes are best suited for those with narrow to medium calves because they hug the calf tightly and might be uncomfortable for anyone with wider calves.

Price at time of publish: $310

Size: 6-10 | Color: Black | Material: Leather, Faux Leather  | Heel Height: 1.5 inches

Best Leather

Stuart Weitzman Highland Boot

Stuart Weitzman Highland Boot

Stuart Weitzman

What We Love: This boot fits multiple calf widths and features a tie to adjust the boot to your desired width.

What We Don’t Love: The boot fits slightly looser in the ankle area.

Made of luxurious leather, these thigh-high boots feature a heel just under 4 inches, but believe it or not, they're still very comfortable to walk in. Plus, they come in sizes 3.5 to 12 and various widths (narrow, medium, wide), tailored for anyone’s silhouette. The stretch fit and adjustable upper tie, hug your legs giving them a stylish look. The only downside is that these boots are slightly wider in the ankle, so keep that in mind if you have smaller ankles.

Price at time of publish: $950

Size: 3.5-12 | Color: Black | Material: Leather, Suede | Heel Height: 3.7 inches

Best Suede

Crown Vintage Emira 2 Over-The-Knee Boot

Crown Vintage Emira 2 Over-The-Knee Boot

DSW

What We Love: The stacked blocked heel adds height while still remaining chic and comfortable.

What We Don’t Love: Suede will show signs of wear and tear more easily than other materials.

On top of its sleek suede finish that adds a layer of sophistication, this pair of flat over-the-knee boots from Crown Vintage features a flattering triangle-shaped slit that complements all leg shapes. While the suede puts this pair at the top of our list, be aware that suede is more susceptible to signs of wear and tear. We suggest treating the suede first with a waterproofing spray to avoid any mishaps. The stacked block heel also adds some personality to your footwear, while being surprisingly comfortable.

Price at time of publish: $130

Size: 6-11 | Color: Black, Taupe | Material: Suede | Heel Height: 3 inches

What to Keep in Mind

Material

Thigh-high boots are notoriously difficult to put on — especially when they hug the leg, like many of the boots featured in this story. More malleable materials, like suede and synthetics, might make the boots easier to slide on, while stiffer leathers could require a bit of tugging in order to get them on (and off).

Zippers and Closures

In order to make them easier to put on, look for an external zipper — usually hidden on the inside of the leg — that allows the shoe to have more give when slipping them on. Many boots, like the Stuart Weitzman choice, also feature a tie around the top of the boot to keep them snug to the thigh without slipping down. (But of course, those with an intended slouchy fit, such as the Shutz Ashlee boot, intentionally have that appeal, so just be mindful of the style before purchasing.)

Your Questions, Answered

How do you style over-the-knee boots?

When it comes to pants, pair thigh-high boots with skinny jeans, so the boots can be seen — after all, what's the point of wearing them if you can't see them? But we've been seeing more influencers and celebrities, like Megan Fox, Dua Lipa, and Khloe Kardashian, wearing the boots with mini and midi skirts for a more layered look.

What socks should you wear with over-the-knee boots?

Stuart Weitzman’s Global Head of Design, Edmundo Castillo, suggests the least chunky sock possible when slipping into a pair of over-the-knee boots. “Whenever I’m working with over-the-knee boots, whether with developing prototypes on a fit model or connecting with customers in stores, I always suggest wearing a thin sock.” To that, he adds, “Not only is it comfortable, it can also preserve the inner lining of the boots to help make them last season after season.”

Why Shop With Us

Amanda Rosenthal and Avery Matera are freelance writers for InStyle. They tried many pairs themself, while also consulting experts for the story to give you a well-rounded survey of the best thigh-high boots on the market right now.

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