Nordstrom has an entire style category devoted to “boyfriend boots” on its site for Autumn and Winter. It’s the first time I’ve heard of these boot styles described as “boyfriend”.

The boyfriend boots category groups together styles like combat boots, biker boots, spat booties, haute hiking boots, clog lace-ups and desert boots, in both flat and higher heel heights.  As you can see from the examples below, most of the boot styles have a rugged and masculine edge, hence the term “boyfriend”.

The 00’s might go down as the decade of the boyfriend. For several seasons now it’s been all about  boyfriend jeans, the boyfriend blazer, the boyfriend cardigan, the boyfriend watch, the boyfriend shirt – and now the boots.