It’s well and truly boot season. If you’re looking to update your wardrobe with your favourite footwear staple, then you’re in luck: we’ve rounded up the new boots style to invest in now.
The scope of occasions to dress for may have dwindled this year, but boot season is well and truly upon us and the fashion gods have been kind. Not only is there a myriad of sensible styles available, from chunky tread Cheslea styles to low-heeled ankle boots, but the statement day-to-night knee high boot is back too. And there are so many iterations you will not be disappointed.
From subtle updates to new, distinctive silhouettes, here is our ultimate guide to autumn/winter’s must-have boots. Invest accordingly.
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Spring’s stomper boots are practical, cool and flattering and this winter it’s still all about those chunky treads and elongated uppers that were done so brilliantly at Prada and Bottega Veneta. Not only that but fashion houses including Valentino, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Prada have some playful new updates on that chunky Chelsea boot style. High street brands from Topshop to Russell & Bromley also some excellent, slightly less statement but no less stylish versions for the new season.
Bottega’s Daniel Lee was one of the first to showcase the square-toed, western-inspired ankle boot that we are obsessed with right now. A low heel makes this style so easy to wear as part of your everyday wardrobe, elevating even the most basic daywear. Contemporary brands like Coach and Flattered have more polished ankle boot styles that are great for day-to-night, while the high street have some more casual versions either in a lighter colour palette or softer silhouette, which work really well with wardrobes staples like jeans and sweatshirts or Dad jumpers.
This season’s knee-high boots are a mash up of 80s, Western and practical influences. Think chunky treads, roomy uppers and snake print panels in autumnal shades of rust, burgundy and khaki.
Everyone’s favourite for evening shoes, Jimmy Choo, have some beautiful black leather boots that finish mid-calf with a printed snake panel and a high-but-not-too-high 85mm heel. New York based label Tory Burch have some statement knee-high snake-print boots that look great with slim jeans and a chunky knit and Ayede have some low-heeled full snake-print boots that will pull together any outfit in an instant.
From basic black to cool cognacs and every shade of caramel, there are a wealth of styles available. Take care of your boots at the end of each season – with a good polish and re-heeling if need be – and in return, they will keep you stylish for seasons to come.
Russell and Bromley
These Russell & Bromley boots fuse biker and Chelsea boot details. With a chunky tread and detailed leather upper they are the perfect nod to the stomper boot trend.
These lace-up boots offer a solution for anyone wanting something more versatile than a purely practical daytime boot. With a thick tread and chunky design details they tick all of the trend boxes, but the polished leather and slight heel means that they also look great with more dressy looks, especially longline dresses and chic wrap coats.
These boots are great for anyone looking for a more classic take on the trend to wear with slim leg trousers and jeans or dresses. They look great with cropped jeans and a longline knit, or even an ankle grazing skirt and crombie coat.
If you’re looking for a well-priced, low-key winter boot that is classic enough to last, these New Look boots are for you. All of the key trend elements are here but in a simple, detail-free way that looks glossy and slick.
These Whistles boots are the ultimate hybrid between statement and practicality. Wear them with a dress that falls just below the knee - or this season’s new mini skirt - and a cosy knit for chic festive style this party season.
The super chunky tread on these ankle boots is not only stylish, nodding to the styles we saw on the international catwalks, but it’s practical too. The perfect style to wear all winter long.
When it comes to effortless style the French do it best, and these boots by The Kooples are the perfect shortcut to effortless style. Western-inspired boot meets Chelsea stomper here in this perfectly formed black leather ankle boot. Wear them with everything from straight leg jeans and a statement knit to long dresses and a cardigan coat.
Don’t be afraid to invest in a non-black pair of boots. Subtle tones of off-white, tan and burgundy are incredibly versatile, making them not just easier to style for daytime, but also more useful outside of the winter months when our outfits are no longer all black.
Coach does polished New-York cool with aplomb. A smart mid-height heel, on-trend square toe and some chic hardware qualifies these ankle boots perfect for now and for years to come too. Wear yours with a loose, longline midi skirt, oversized shirt and chunky scarf.
Marks and Spencer
If you’re unsure where to start with new season boots then this square-toed, chunky heeled style from Marks and Spencer is pretty failsafe. Wear yours under full length wide leg trousers or flares with a cropped, hooded jacket and a crossbody bag.
Aeyde boots are a firm favourite with fashion insiders thanks to their minimal silhouettes and comfortable heel heights. These beige snakeprint boots are a nod to this season’s 70s trend, so embrace it and wear them with indigo jeans and a statement blouse.
If you are looking for an investment purchase, then these Jimmy Choo boots are sitting firmly at the top of our winter wish-lists. Wear with tonal shades of beige and camel or a beautiful black pleated midi skirt and bright knit for elegant day-to-night dressing.
These patchwork leather knee-high boots will add edge to a polished midi skirt and blouse combo. Or, if you prefer, they will elevate jeans and an embroidered knit. An investment worth making, we think.
These Zara boots mean business. Over the knee, tough black leather and a high wedge heel, they are perfect for dressing up jeans or wearing with a leather jacket or skirt. Keep to a monochrome palette and you won’t go far wrong.
Hero Image: Topshop
First image: Whistles
Second image: Valentino boots at Net-a-Porter.com
Further images: Aeyde, Tory Burch, others courtesy of brands