The steampunk fashion movement gained momentum in the 1970s and 1980s and has been going strong in certain communities ever since. It’s inspired by goth, burlesque and Victorian elements, with buckles, lace and leather details running rampant among apparel. For footwear, the same futuristic-meets-Victorian themes apply — whether worn for a costume or everyday wear. If you’re in the market for a pair, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite steampunk boots for women.
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1. Pleaser Crypto-302 Knee-High Boot
Pleaser’s knee-high boots are made from synthetic materials with a four-inch heel and a 0.75-inch platform; they feature added goldtone gears, a bee charm and decorative buckles around the back of the calf.
Pros: These feature a fitting lace-up design but include a side zipper for easy on-off wear.
Cons: These tend to run small.
2. Ellie Shoes 181-Silas Combat Boot
Ellie Shoes’ boots have a 1.5-inch heel with bronze buckles.
Pros: These knee-high boots feature light colored overlays and small side pockets for an intricate look. The side zipper makes for easy on-off wear.
Cons: May fit snug on wider feet.
3. Demonia Gothika Calf-High Boot
These faux leather boots feature a 3.75-inch heel and a one-inch platform to make your legs look even longer.
Pros: Zippers and oversized buckles add to the steampunk look.
Cons: These aren’t waterproof.