On the Fall 2015 runways in Paris, Milan, London, and New York, designers were taking things to new heights when it came to footwear. And no, we’re not talking heels, but rather, thigh-high boots!

While boots are popular every fall, it’s always fun to see what styles designers are bringing to the forefront of the fashion game. In the past few years we’ve seen our share of ankle booties, over-the-knee boots and mid-calf styles, and this year designers and livening up the game a bit with thigh-highs.

model wearing thigh high boots on the runway

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This style isn’t going just a bit over the knee, it’s going way up to about mid-thigh! It’s a sure way to keep your legs warm as the days get cooler, especially with all the leg-baring skirts and dresses that are trending this season.

These boots are so high they’re almost pants! And that just might be the point. Maybe designers are getting tired of seeing so many women wearing oh-so-comfy leggings and are giving us a different option.

When you’re going up against comfort, you need to offer an eye-catching alternative, and thigh-highs are definitely that.

Model walks runway with lace-up thigh high boots

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Height aside, there were also a few styles that stuck out. Leather and latex were everywhere, showing themselves to be the most popular materials for the season.

Attention-grabbing colors were also all the rage on the runways, with bright orange at Laura Biagiotti, green at Versace and blue at MSGM. A bright orange thigh high boot is a sure way to get noticed, but if that’s not your thing, you could go for the subtler alligator or snake skin materials that were also super popular.

Emilio Pucci and Alberta Ferretti also had some funky patterned boots that were looking pretty retro. A geometric print would look great with a micro-mini skirt and long jacket for some 60s vibes. If those all sound a bit too wild for you, there’s always the sexy black lace-up to add a little edge.

I’m not too sure how this trend will translate from the runway to department stores, but I’m hoping we’ll see some affordable options for us normal folk. I haven’t done my fall shoe shopping yet, but you bet I’ll be keeping my eyes open for a pair of thigh-highs!