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These are the top boots you need to know about this fall

by Melissa Garcia /

It's time to start thinking about one of the most important fall fashion essentials: boots! But with so many different styles to choose from, which pair should you invest in? TODAY Style has done all the legwork and found some of the best boots for fall below.

And if you're in the market for more fall shoes, we've got a list of some of the hottest trends to look out for.

Over-the-Knee Boots

So many women are afraid to try an over-the-knee boot, so here are some of the best tips for beginners.

  1. Stick to a neutral color — think black, brown or gray.
  2. Don’t do a high heel the first time around.
  3. Make sure if you’re wearing them with a dress or skirt and there is only one inch of skin showing (if any) between the end of the boot and the bottom of your clothing. And if pairing with pants, make sure they’re a legging or jegging because the last thing you want is to have fabric bunching by the top of the boot.

If you're so inclined to give the "lampshading" trend a try, these are the boots you'll need.

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Lynx Stretch Over-the-Knee Boot, $100, Nordstrom

  Nordstrom

Lynx Stretch Over-the-Knee Boot, $100, Nordstrom

Madden Girl Prissley Riding Boot, $30 - $108, Amazon

  Amazon

Madden Girl Prissley Riding Boot, $30 - $108, Amazon

Chinese Laundry Rainey, $65, Zappos

  Zappos

Chinese Laundry Rainey, $65, Zappos

Jeffrey Campbell Cienega Velvet Over-the-Knee Boot, $75, Nordstrom Rack

  Nordstrom Rack

Jeffrey Campbell Cienega Velvet Over-the-Knee Boot, $75, Nordstrom Rack

Carlos by Carlos Santana Quality Embroidered Over-the-Knee Boot, $70, Nordstrom Rack

  Nordstrom Rack

Carlos by Carlos Santana Quality Embroidered Over-the-Knee Boot, $70, Nordstrom Rack

Carlos by Carlos Santana Quantum Over-the-Knee Boot, $65, Nordstrom Rack

  Nordstrom Rack

Carlos by Carlos Santana Quantum Over-the-Knee Boot, $65, Nordstrom Rack

Ankle Booties

Ankle booties are easily the most versatile boot out there, and they're hands down a must-have this season. From flats to a heels, and solids to prints, there is sure to be an ankle bootie out there for everyone. They're perfect for day or night, worn with jeans and a T-shirt or your favorite fall dress.

Lucky Brand Basel Boot, $50 - $228, Amazon

  Amazon

Lucky Brand Basel Boot, $50 - $228, Amazon

Hinge Baris Block Heel Bootie, $80, Nordstrom

  Nordstrom

Hinge Baris Block Heel Bootie, $80, Nordstrom

BP Just Block Heel Bootie, $100, Nordstrom

  Nordstrom

BP Just Block Heel Bootie, $100, Nordstrom

Call It Spring Luscar Flat Ankle Boots, $87, ASOS

  ASOS

Call It Spring Luscar Flat Ankle Boots, $87, ASOS

Sam Edelman Paige Ankle Boot, $43 - $225, Amazon

  Amazon

Sam Edelman Paige Ankle Boot, $43 - $225, Amazon

Sam Edelman Petty Ankle Boot, $57 - $290, Amazon

  Amazon

Sam Edelman Petty Ankle Boot, $57 - $290, Amazon

Fiona Floral Embroidered Cylinder Heel Boot, $66, Boohoo

  Boohoo

Fiona Floral Embroidered Cylinder Heel Boot, $66, Boohoo

Katie Stud Trim Pointed Toe Sock Boot, $66, Boohoo

  Boohoo

Katie Stud Trim Pointed Toe Sock Boot, $66, Boohoo

Chelsea Boots

The Chelsea boot is essentially an ankle boot that fits super tight with elastic paneling on both sides. Most of the time they also have a small loop at the back of the boot to help pull it on. These boots can be worn with anything from jeans to skirts to dresses. Their versatility and comfort (these tend to be a flat boot) make them another fall must-have.

Rachel Pull-on Elastic Gusset Chelsea Boot, $36, Boohoo

  Boohoo

Rachel Pull-on Elastic Gusset Chelsea Boot, $36, Boohoo

Millie Stud Trim Chelsea Boot, $56, Boohoo

  Boohoo

Millie Stud Trim Chelsea Boot, $56, Boohoo

Brown Suede Western Ankle Boots, $95, Missguided

  Missguided

Brown Suede Western Ankle Boots, $95, Missguided

Seychelles Offstage Chelsea Boots, $128, Anthropologie

  Anthropologie

Seychelles Offstage Chelsea Boots, $128, Anthropologie

Toms Ella, $119, Zappos

  Toms

Toms Ella, $119, Zappos

Quinn Flared Heel Chelsea Bootie, $100, Nordstrom

  Nordstrom

Quinn Flared Heel Chelsea Bootie, $100, Nordstrom

Ivlee Stella Leather Chelsea Boot, $170, Nordstrom Rack

  Nordstrom Rack

Ivlee Stella Leather Chelsea Boot, $170, Nordstrom Rack

Sorrel Addington Waterproof Chelsea Boot, $100, Nordstrom Rack

  Nordstrom Rack

Sorrel Addington Waterproof Chelsea Boot, $100, Nordstrom Rack

San Edelman Tinsley Rain Boot, $55, Nordstrom

  Nordstrom

San Edelman Tinsley Rain Boot, $55, Nordstrom

Connie Suedette Pull On Chelsea Boot, $18, Boohoo

  Boohoo

Connie Suedette Pull On Chelsea Boot, $18, Boohoo

White Boots

White after Labor Day, yes! Especially when it comes to boots. If there's any shade of bootie to have this fall – white is the one to own.

Vince Haider Block Heel Bootie, $159, Nordstrom Rack

  Nordstrom Rack

Vince Haider Block Heel Bootie, $159, Nordstrom Rack

Topshop Artichoke Sock Boot, $70, Nordstrom Rack

  Nordstrom

Topshop Artichoke Sock Boot, $70, Nordstrom Rack

White Faux Leather Western Pointed Ankle Boots, $27, Missguided

  Missguided

White Faux Leather Western Pointed Ankle Boots, $27, Missguided

Steve Madden Editor, $130, Zappos

  Zappos

Steve Madden Editor, $130, Zappos

Chinese Laundry Fayme, $120, Zappos

  Zappos

Chinese Laundry Fayme, $120, Zappos

Kendall + Kylie Haedyn, $195, Zappos

  Zappos

Kendall + Kylie Haedyn, $195, Zappos

Still looking for other styles? If you're in the market for rain boots, here are some of the best for fall.

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