How to Wear Biker Boots

Gone are the days when biker boots were the preserve of motorbike riders. They’ve been a wardrobe staple for a long time now, adding a tough edge to a variety of outfits.

Sitting anywhere from ankle-length to just below the knee, biker boots usually feature a low heel and a chunky sole with a moulded tread. Typically, they’re made from leather, though you’ll also find suede alternatives, and they frequently feature lace-up, buckle and stud detailing.

If you’re tempted by biker boots but aren’t quite sure how to style them, then you’ve come to the right place. Read on to discover the different types of biker boots and tips on what to wear with them.

Clarks Orinoco Spice boot in Black Nubuck

The different types of biker boots

Leather biker boots

Classic biker boots are made from leather, as they’re designed to protect riders out on the road. Most current styles are made from leather too, like our Orinoco Spice in black.

Suede biker boots

Modern biker boots come in a range of materials, including suede. Suede biker boots, like our Demi Flow in dark brown suede, offer a slightly slouchier alternative to leather.

Lace-up biker boots

Lace-up biker boots, like our Orinoco Spice range, are one of the most popular styles and offer a particular edge.

Buckle biker boots

If you like your boots to have a touch of embellishment, then a pair with buckle detailing, like our Demi Flow in black or dark brown, could be for you.

Heeled biker boots

Biker boots are designed to look tough, but if you want yours to look a little more elegant, choose a heeled pair like the Thornby Lace.

Clarks Thornby Lace boots in Black Leather

How to wear biker boots

The beauty of biker boots is that they can be paired with almost any outfit and worn at any time of the year. In summer they look great with a dress, and in winter they work well with jeans and other trousers.

Biker boots with a dress or skirt

Add a tough edge to a feminine outfit by pairing biker boots with your favourite dress. Mini dresses, midi dresses and maxi dresses all work well, in any pattern. The contrast of leather against a ditsy-print floral dress is particularly striking, creating a romantic yet cool look. Throw on a leather jacket for an outfit that’s perfectly balanced.

Biker boots also look bold with a leather mini skirt. Go bare legged in summer or wear with tights when the weather is cooler. Add a cosy knitted jumper for texture, warmth and to soften the overall effect.

Biker boots with jeans

It doesn’t get much more effortless than a pair of biker boots and jeans. Both blue and black denim work well ̶ choose skinny jeans to emphasise the chunkiness of your boots, or mom jeans for an on-trend, relaxed feel. Team with layers like a plain t-shirt, knitted jumper, leather jacket or blazer and a blanket scarf to complete the look.

Skinny jeans will tuck neatly into your biker boots, while mom jeans or other wider leg jeans look best cropped or turned up so that the bottom of your jeans sits just above the top of your boots, allowing your boots to stand out.

Biker boots with leather trousers

For the ultimate biker look, wear your biker boots with leather-look trousers and a classic white t-shirt. Finish with a floaty blouse or a chunky knit jumper to soften the outfit.

Ready to rock a pair of biker boots? Explore our full collection, or find out more about the best boots to wear in autumn.