The sun’s out and you can’t imagine ever needing a pair of black boots again. The human brain is funny like that. We get it, but you’re wrong. Unfortunately, summer won’t last forever and that pair of leather-soled loafers you’ve been wearing won’t look so attractive, nor will muddying the pristine white mesh of your sneaker rotation. At that point, you’ll be wishing you listened to Highsnob when they told you to look ahead and cop a pair of sturdy black boots.

We know that transitioning from lightweight sneakers to leather boots for autumn and winter is neither easy nor natural, so with the help of Luisaviaroma, we’re here to guide you through it all. We’ve rounded up selections from Raf Simons, Maison Margiela, Bottega Veneta, and more which amount to the 10 best black boots to buy right now.

Of course, with names like that, you can expect a lot more than your average pair of leather boots. We’re looking at sneaker hybrids, split-toe masterpieces, and a whole lot more. Who said black boots were boring?

Shop the best black boots below.

Seboy's Brushed Leather Chelsea Boots

Brushed Leather Chelsea Boots

Brushed Leather Chelsea Boots

$428

Seboy's

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When you're in the market for a pair of bad-weather boots, you should be looking for a chunky sole unit. This pair of brushed leather Chelsea boots from Seboy's features a rugged foundation to combat the elements.

Maison Margiela 60mm Tabi Boots

60mm Tabi Boots

60mm Tabi Boots

$1220

Maison Margiela

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PSA: gents, you can wear high heels too. This pair of iconic Tabi Boots is a seriously strong look for the colder months.

Axel Arigato Chelsea Boots

Chelsea Boots

Chelsea Boots

$270

Axel Arigato

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For every bold look, there's a pair of understated leather boots to match. Axel Arigato keeps things very toned down with this pair which features gold branding to the heel.

1017 ALYX 9SM Buckle Chelsea Boots

Buckle Chelsea Boots

Buckle Chelsea Boots

$960

1017 ALYX 9SM

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Is there anything that the rollercoaster buckle doesn't improve? Not that this pair of powerful leather boots from 1017 ALYX 9SM needed any improvement. Technical and traditional all at once.

Bottega Veneta Flash Boots

Flash Boots

Flash Boots

$1100

Bottega Veneta

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Letting go of sneakers is a big deal, so ease the transition with the help of Bottega Veneta's Flash Boots. A futuristic sole unit makes for a comfortable ride as well as an eye-catching contradiction to the classic leather uppers.

Jil Sander Chelsea Boots

Chelsea Boots

Chelsea Boots

$1050

Jil Sander

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Like so much of Jil Sander's output, this pair looks pretty normal at first sight. Take some time, though, and you'll see the subtle subversions that make them so special. An elongated collar and a riveted heel tab, for example.

Loewe Chelsea Boots

Chelsea Boots

Chelsea Boots

$650

Loewe

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Loewe's new-season take on the Chelsea boot is a functional masterpiece. A chunky rubber outsole combines with the protective leather upper for a shoe that you can beat, knowing it'll stand up to the test.

Raf Simons Cycloid-4-High-Top Boots

Cycloid-4-High-Top Boots

Cycloid-4-High-Top Boots

$880

Raf Simons

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We suggested looking ahead to autumn and winter, but Raf Simons is looking ahead to 2050. This sneaker-boot hybrid is a serious showstopper.

AMBUSH 30mm Rubber Boots

30mm Rubber Boots

30mm Rubber Boots

$570

AMBUSH

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Rubber and neoprene form this pair of AMBUSH boots, offering a comfortable, snug fit as well as an impermeable finish. Jump in as many puddles as you like — you won't feel a thing.

Lanvin Arpege Ankle Boots

Arpege Ankle Boots

Arpege Ankle Boots

$890

Lanvin

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The chunky sole just won't go away. We're not mad though. Lanvin gives us good reason to believe it's here to stay and deserves every minute of it.

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