Ask any fashion person and they’ll tell you that black knee-high boots are the epitome of chic and a versatile footwear option that shouldn’t be overlooked, even when presented with some more—for lack of a better word—exciting boot trends. These sleek, sophisticated boots effortlessly fuse fashion with function, especially when the come with a heel in toe (although flats are all the rage right now, nothing says “elevated” like a heeled boot—just ask Anna Wintour).
Not only are black heeled knee-highs timeless, they transcend seasons and effortlessly complement various outfits. Equally hardworking when worn with both dresses and skirts, another fashion-approved way to don your black boots is by wearing them over top of jeans or tailored trousers. Their knee-high length offers an element of drama to any ensemble, while a heel adds a sense of structure—simply choose a height that you feel comfortable in all-day wear. Get your black heeled knee-high boots right and they’ll prove to be an adaptable footwear option, taking you from the office to a night out with friends.
Universally appealing, they’re the one boot style I see women in every major fashion city consistently wearing, from Sylvie Mus’s trench coat-and-mini skirt look in Paris, to Ilirida Krasniqi’s penchant for patent in Copenhagen, all the way to Liv Madeline’s leather-on-leather ensemble in London. Thus confirming their appeal.
The only downside to black boots is that the market is saturated with them—so much so, finding the very best pairs becomes an arduous task. So, I thought I’d take on the load by searching for the best black heeled knee-high boots for every budget. From £55 to £750, scroll on to see the hottest pairs on the market.
Mock croc always looks so high end.
Keep your silhouette sleek with a sock pair.
These will look great with jeans tucked in.
You can always count on M&S to deliver a purse-friendly option.
Patent is a key trend for boots this season.
Mark my words; toe-cap detailing will be everywhere this winter.
Such a strong side profile.
These also come in a gorgeous chocolate brown hue.
These are so sultry.
Kitten heels keep going strong.
A nuanced take on the cowboy-boot trend.
These feel very Princess Catherine.
Wooden-sole boots never date.
The addition of a tiny buckle makes these boots feel so current.
I own these boots and can attest to their high comfort levels.
I love this minimal, riding boot silhouette.
Two tone? Too cool!
The perfect black knee-high boot does exist.
In comes COS with a directional pair.
If you’re seriously into heels, you’re going to fall for these Reiss boots.
The ultimate cool-girl black boot.
Paris Texas boots are instantly recognisable.
The gold buttons make these boots feel extra special,
Take note: Curved heels are very much a thing.
See what I mean about tiny buckles?
Another black boot I own and can’t speak highly enough of.
Classicists—this one’s for you.