The autumn boots to invest in now, according to fashion insiders

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From the cowboy comeback to those Zara lace-ups on everyone’s Instagram feed right now, these are the boots to add to your shopping list before the cold snap kicks in.

The surprise September heatwave mixed with the ongoing so-will-it-or-won’t-it-rain-today debate has left us standing at the foot of our wardrobe every morning unsure whether to dig out our trusty trench or stick to a slick t-shirt and city shorts.

But one fashion item remains at the very top of our wish list right now regardless of what the weather’s playing at: boots.   

Show-goers at Paris Fashion Week spring/summer 2020

Perfect for chucking on with our worn-to-death summer dress when the sunshine says hello, or splashing through puddles on the work commute, boots are a seasonal must-have. Essentially, it’s high time we all invest in a pair that’ll see us through until next spring.

Let the street style set inspire your next purchase

So we looked to the Fashion Month set to see what the industry’s street style stars are wearing right now. From the return of the western trend, to the Chelsea boot revival, all of these boots are made for walking – and you are very welcome.

Cowboy boots make a comeback

Cowboy boots are back for another round this season

A trend which has been spotted on the runway (courtesy of industry big-hitters including Calvin Klein, Maison Margiela and Chloé), the western cuban heel has become somewhat of a trans-seasonal item in recent years.

Ganni is the most obvious sweet spot for the fashion pack while & Other Stories has brought back its sell-out two-tone booties from last winter which is sure to see shoppers make a beeline for the tills.

  • Uterqüe cowboy boots


    Look to Zara’s little sister for a whole edit dedicated to the ‘it’ boot. We’ll be throwing these on with last season’s floral frock and a rain-proof trench.

    Cowboy ankle boots, £180, Uterqüe

  • Ganni cowboy boots


    Cult Scandi powerhouse Ganni continues to reign the trend with front row fixtures often photographed in the brand’s sell-out boots. Super trans-seasonal, they’ll see you through until next summer in one fell (seriously chic) swoop.  

    ’High Texas’ cowboy boots,  £460, Ganni

  • & Other Stories cowboy boots


    The hyped-about boots of last winter just returned to the shelves so make sure to move fast if you missed out last season.

    Duo-toned cowboy boots, £129, & Other Stories

Stompy Chelsea boots bag a front row seat

Chelsea boots made a surprise comeback this season

Need to rest your feet after a season spent in those Bottega Veneta mules? Then you’ll be relieved to learn that super-soled Chelsea boots are mega news this season, with front row attendees pounding the pavements across all four capitals in the look.

  • COS Chelsea boots


    Minimal devotees, there’s a boot out there for everyone and these chunky-soled Chelsea boots will work well with everything from jeans and a tee to that 90s leather blazer the street style set keep banging on about. 

    Chunky sole leather boots, £135, COS

  • & Other Stories Chelsea boots

    Behold, the investment Chelsea boot of all Chelsea boots. The chunky take on a failsafe classic is sure to make a great addition to your autumn/winter wardrobe.

    Leather Chelsea boots, £135, & Other Stories 

  • Eytys Chelsea boots

    Spotted on the feet of fashion’s elite, the Eytys Chelsea boot is doing the rounds this season. So good, you’ll want a second pair.

    ’Ortega’ Chelsea boots, £309, Eytys

The spring/summer 20 trend to try now: lace-up boots

Lace-up boots have been doing the social media rounds this season both on and off the catwalk

Spotted on models walking for Rejina Pyo and Dion Lee, the lace-up boot has finally graced the great British high street. Zara and Mango have the most covetable options while By Far is the ultimate pit-stop for those looking to invest.    

  • Zara lace-up boots


    The fashion desk can’t stop talking about Zara’s boot of the season. They’re a more purse-friendly interpretation of the runway-approved trend.

    Blue lace-up leather boots, £95.99, Zara

  • Mango lace-up boots

    Just because the weather’s dreary, it doesn’t mean you can’t embrace a pop of colour with sunny yellow, cobalt blue and hot pink (yep, it’s back again) dominating the runways right now. 

    Lace-up leather boots, £79.99, Mango

  • By Far lace-up boots


    Cool girl brand-of-the-moment By Far just served up the boot of our wildest sartorial dreams. Wear with everything from a half-tucked white shirt and jeans to the silk skirt you’re still holding on to from last season until the cold snap kicks in.   

    ’Becca’ lace-up boots, £420, Matches 

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