Animal print has made a big comeback.
Though, for me, it never really went out of style. I have a soft spot for it, especially a well-executed croc effect. Unlike cheetah or zebra print, the visual beauty of faux croc comes mainly from the texture; it’s sleek and elegant in every way. And given that the material has been deemed by the larger fashion community as one of the “good fakes” for its affordability and close resemblance to real croc, the material is an all-around guilt-free indulgence. Who doesn’t love that?
Boots are one of the sharpest ways to wear the material, and with a slew of designers making use of it for every type of boot you could possibly think of, I thought it’d be prudent to make compile a list of the best faux croc boots out there to help guide you to the best pair for you.
Read on to learn who’s crafting the best faux croc boots right now.
Alexandre Birman mixes influences and silhouettes for shoes and boots that could tie any look together; his croc-effect styles are no exception. I love his Benta Crocodile-Embossed Leather Bootie ($750) for its Western vibe, which the croc effect makes sleek and sophisticated. Also, the designer recently collaborated with Banana Republic to create a shoe collection, which includes a handful of chic faux croc boots that start around $700.
Bulgarian label BY FAR’s footwear and accessories have long been a favorite among everyone from editors to models and cultural icons, like Beyoncé and Michelle Obama. The brand offers refined silhouettes, which include faux croc boots, that pull any outfit together—and make it look expensive. (The price for a pair of By Far boots ranges from approximately $500 to $800.) All of its creations are sleek and understatedly glamorous, with a subtle ‘90s cool-girl appeal.
Versatile and polished—that’s the best way to describe this brand’s faux croc boots, which come in ankle and knee-high versions (for $670 and $795 respectively). “I look to develop investment styles with a quiet aesthetic,” says founder Jane Frances on Dear Frances’ website. “Pieces that can be worn and cherished forever is the heart of our slow fashion ethos.”
It’s been roughly 70 years since Achille Maramotti founded Max Mara. Back then, Maramotti was a driven young entrepreneur who envisaged the market for his emerging line of coats as the wives of Italy’s male workforce. Nowadays, its customers are sharp professionals of the highest esteem—doctors, lawyers, even the Speaker of the House of the United States. And the brand offers more than just outwear; they craft everything from pantsuits to stilettos. As far as a selection of faux croc boots goes, they make some of the most elegant styles.
Despite what its name may suggest, Paris Texas is a brand from Milan, Italy. Founded in 2015 by sisters Annamaria and Margherita Brivio, it’s become known for its fashion-forward footwear, particularly its boots made from all kinds of embossed, or textured, leather, including faux croc. Chiara Ferragni, Eva Chen, and Emily Ratajkowski are all fans of the footwear, which ranges from $500 to $850.
Schutz makes the ultimate croc-effect boot with various shaft heights, toe shapes, and heel types. In the last decade, the brand, which was founded by Alexandre Birman in 1995, is beloved by fashionistas everywhere for its on-trend designs and affordability (prices for faux croc boots range from approximately $150 to $300). In the last decade, it garnered endorsements from social media stars like Arielle Charnas and Olivia Palermo.
Stuart Weitzman makes croc-embossed boots that you’ll want to wear with everything. Some are chunky, while others are slim; all are versatile, well-made, and very chic. Right now, I especially love the Nisha Bootie ($650), a lace-up ankle boot style with a lug sole and block heel for its edginess.
Stockholm-based ready-to-wear brand Totême explores the appeal of a modern uniform through sleek design and meticulous craftsmanship, so it should be no wonder why its faux croc boots are so covetable. It offers knee-high and over-the-knee styles in glossy croc-effect leather that are simple but striking. A pair of them will run you $1,000 or more, but it makes for a great investment, as they’ll always be an asset to your wardrobe.
Ready to walk on the wild side?
If you can’t find a pair that you love on this list or in your wider search, consider contacting a bespoke or made-to-order shoe designer, like Esquivel, to help you realize your perfect pair.
As always, these are just guidelines for procuring a great pair of faux croc boots. With over 20 years in the fashion industry, Esquivel Shoes takes pride in being a quality resource for shoppers. To learn more about our products and services, send us a message through this link. We’re here to give you peace of mind and help you make the best buying decisions for you.
George is a Southern California-based designer and craftsman who designed his first pair of shoes in 1994 and began honing his craft thereafter. For over 20 years, he’s operated his namesake brand, Esquivel, which specializes in handmade shoes and accessories. In the last decade, George served as Creative Director of renowned luxury bag and luggage brand Tumi Inc. and as Creative Consultant for Italian heritage brand Fratelli Rossetti, and has collaborated with many others for his own brand. George was a 2009 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, and has been a CFDA member since 2010. When he’s not working alongside his team of artisans at his atelier, Esquivel House, in Downtown Los Angeles, George is enjoying time with his wife and high school sweetheart, Shelley, and their three grown children. He also loves mountain biking and hosting good friends for dinners and fêtes.