4 ways to style boots if you’re devoted to trainers

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Soggy trainers and cold ankles aren’t an enjoyable way to transition into autumn. Here’s how to embrace the boot this season without sacrificing comfort…

They’re like walking on pillows, endorsed by the most stylish women in the world: not many of us would volunteer to give up our sneaker habit for the sake of a change. 

But autumn is here, and as trainer devotees will know, there comes a time when the chill biting at your ankles and the rain working its way down to your toes is impossible to ignore.

The knack is to find boots that combine the wearability of a trainer while still looking on-trend. 

Here’s how to give your sneakers a break and transition to warm, happy feet this season. 

1. Join the fash-pack

If you’ve paid attention to what the street style trends are, you’ll know that the sock boot is where it’s at.

Like a second skin and surprisingly versatile, a sock boot will swiftly make friends with everything in your wardrobe. 

Whether it’s straight-fit jeans, culottes, a mini or a midi dress, these flat boots will inject a fresh spin to your outfit.

Streamlined and crafted from a luxe stretch knit, this pair isn’t a million miles away from trainers aesthetically. They’re essentially the perfect love child between trainers and boots.

2. Mimic hi-tops 

Like trainers, ankle boots should be hardworking; the ultimate in pull-on-and-go. 

Effortless and comfortable, FitFlop’s styles fuse covetable design with functionality. 

This pair, with its glossy patent finish, will add a slick edge to cropped jeans and leather staples while keeping your feet protected from the elements. 

And best of all, they have an inside zip fastening – so fiddling with laces doesn’t apply.  

3. Fully embrace length

Commonly regarded as the hardest boot shape to style, the ‘rules’ – so to speak – around styling over-the-knee boots is to keep your silhouette slightly slouchy.

Knitted jersey dresses and miniskirts were made for being paired with thigh-grazing footwear. Just throw in something oversized, like a jumper or a long, loose coat to offset a short hemline. 

Remember that every time you go to pull a pair on, the compliments are guaranteed to roll in. 

4. Give your calves some love

If you’re not a knee-high boot convert, listen up. The floaty wrap dresses and floral midi skirts you wore all summer will instantly become autumn-appropriate by introducing a pair of knee-highs (and a cosy layer) to the mix. 

After all, white sneakers and black opaque tights is a look that’s hard to pull off in everyday life, so maximise wear out of your favourite pieces by transitioning them into a new season with this easy footwear trick.

Start with flats and look for subtle embellishments, such as buckles or metal hardware. Add tights when winter really hits.

Make the transition from trainers to boots with FitFlop