Boot Styles & How to Wear Them - Steve Madden Australia

Free Standard Shipping On Orders Over $25 AUS Wide

Wear Now, Pay Later | Klarna | Afterpay | Zip

Students Get 25% Off* Full Price Styles With UNiDAYS!



We're sure you've heard that boot season is coming! But let's be real, it's always time for a Steve Madden boot! From chunky boots reminiscent of the y2k era, platform boots fit for a Bratz doll, festival-ready cowboy boots, or a simple heeled ankle boot for every day, there is nothing Madden can't do. This trans-seasonal fave can be worn a multitude of different ways, making the styling options endless.

Cowboy Boots

Cowboy boots, cowgirl boots, western boots; whatever you call them, they’re a failsafe way to add some fun to your ‘fit. Generally speaking, cowboy boots have a lower heel than most other boot styles, making them perfect for festivals and long weekends out. We love a coloured or metallic version for an extra pop. Wondering how to style your new Western babies? Here are a few styling options we love.

How to Style Cowboy Boots

Shine On:

Play on the classic look of cowboy boots and dresses by making the silhouettes, fabrications and colours unexpected. Pair a silky midi dress with metallic boots, the combination of two high-shine elements will elevate the relaxed silhouette. A perfect look for weekends away or afternoon drinks.

Sleek Sophistication:

Can’t wear delicate fabrics? Try a minimal mini t-shirt dress with tall, thigh-high cowgirl boots in a matching shade. The tonal colourways will balance the thigh-skimming length, making it the ideal pairing for a night out.

Cowboy landscape

Festival Ready:

Your festival ‘fits will love the addition of a Western silhouette; a low-rise maxi skirt paired with a vintage baby tee and easy leather cowgirl boots is the ultimate cool-girl take on festival dressing. Otherwise, throw it back to an old-school vibe and pair a tan boot with a floral dress for the perfect combination of cute and nostalgia.

Ankle Boots

Always in style, ankle boots are truly THE staple in any wardrobe. This classic boot style is a must-have for many reasons, coming in a range of heel heights, and fabrications, with the silhouette making it extremely versatile. There truly is something for every occasion and style, from casual to corporate.

How to Wear Ankle Boots

Work It:

Perfect for elevating your work-wear attire, pair patent black ankle boots with wide-leg jeans or trousers, and crisp white t-shirt half tucked in. This casual cool look is the off-duty model uniform, and although you’re running to your 9- 5 and not castings in Paris, the overall vibe is the same (kinda). More of a dress-to-work girl? Match a kitten-heeled sock boot with a knit midi dress to indulge the corporate cutie in you.

Ankle landscape

Off Duty Cutie:

Another ankle boot vibe we are loving is the oversized and slouchy take. Pair a chunky, oversized knit over a preppy button-up and a neutral mini skirt. Make sure you have thick and slouchy socks peeking above the shoe. This look works best when the ankle boot has a few modern details, like a modern lug sole or chunky silhouette.

Knee High & Thigh High Boots

Two of our most loved boot silhouettes, tracking from knee to thigh! Fun, on-trend and sultry, what’s not to love? This type of boot is universally flattering, the high shaft slims and elongates the leg even if the heel is of moderate height.

A thing we truly love about these types of boots is how knee-highs and thigh-scrapers immediately make any outfit look put together, giving the illusion that you DIDN’T spend hours sending every detail of your outfit to bestie for approval.

How to Style Knee-High Boots and Thigh-High Boots

Chic Cool:

Play up the French girl aesthetic by pairing your knee-high boots with a high-rise mini skirt and a fitted ribbed tee. The Jane Birkin uniform, this look is a classic for a reason, flattering and chic. Add a long-line trench coat if the weather is cool or modernise it by swapping the plain tee for a graphic print. 

Knee landscape

Sporty Glam:

Athleisure has been on everyone’s radar for a while now, why not try the trend in the most glam way possible? Bike shorts and thigh-high boots may not be the most obvious choice, but trust us, it works!

Make sure the bike shorts you choose are crafted in an elevated material, or have some luxe details, then add a pair of thigh-scraping boots. This look works best when the top half is oversized, think boxy tee and an oversized biker jacket. Add some gold hoop earrings and a red lip; sleek, elevated, and modern. 

Platform Boots

No one does a platform boot like Madden! Truly iconic, Steve Madden has spent years perfecting the renowned double-stacked silhouette. This shape comes in all lengths, hitting the knee, thigh or staying at the ankle, making them suited to any look or wardrobe. Platform boots have and always will be popular, due to the ultimate y2k vibe and the fact they give legs-eleven height without compromising on comfort.

How to Wear Platform Boots

Timeless Styling:

The amount of ways to wear this style of boot is truly endless. They are simply a must-have in the wardrobe. Play up the way they lengthen your legs by pairing them with long jeans or dresses. Our fave look is with boot-cute jeans and a slinky cowl neck top.

Y2K Comeback:

Denim skirts and platforms are a match Madden heaven, it’s the ultimate look if you’re wanting to play into the Bratz doll trend. Choose a pink platform boot or a brown chunky boot to really amp up the aesthetic. All types of mid to low-rise denim skirts work here, especially a pleated mini style. Pair it back with a simple tee in an earthy tone and a cropped denim biker jacket. Accessorize with slim sunglasses and a spiky 90s style bun, details that will make the ‘fit,

Platform landscape

On-Trend Take:

Another cute way to change up your platform boots is by draping a pair of chunky leg warmers over the top. Super on-trend, this simple addition works with both monochrome and coloured boots. Envision a denim platform boot with tan striped leg warmers or go ballet-core with pink platforms and a white knitted pair. Otherwise, stay true to the minimal girl in you and wear black on black.


We can’t wait to see how you style your new Madden cuties! Don’t forget to tag us @stevemaddeau and you could win a $150 giftcard!



You have no items in your shopping cart.