Buying a new pair of boots has become an autumnal rite of passage, in the same way as choosing a new coat for winter. They're incredibly versatile, they go with everything (hopefully) and they're ideal for the British climate, which isn't that kind to trainers and more flimsy shoes by the time October rolls around. Finding the right pair can make the Winter more bearable - and infinitely more stylish. But what style should you go for?
Much like a coat, they're also often a pricier investment, so you want to be sure you're making an informed decision. But with so many different styles currently in the shops – ankle, knee-high, velvet, satin, sock boots – how are you really supposed to navigate the shelves without losing a) your patience or b) your mind?
The good news is, I have scoured the current selection for you, in order to find out exactly where's selling the nicest styles at the moment, and how to wear them...
A block heel ankle boot are this season's wear-with-everything style. Easy everyday boot with a bit of height to lengthen your legs. Lace-up is the updated style that looks best when worn with a pretty floral dress and biker jacket, but if you keep the slim then they will look great with straight leg denim and cropped trousers.
Channelling the 80s, these knee high, slouchy, pointed boots are sophisticated to wear over your jeans with a longline blazer.
The high stepper
make the biggest statement of the season with highest boot, the thigh-highs. The modern way to wear them is with dresses or skirts, showing a flash of skin - wearing them like you would wear tights - are you brave enough?
Show some serious style on your feet wearing a boot with exquisite embellishment, brocade detailing, maximalist sequins and embroidery and let your boot lead your outfit. Everything else can be paired down while your boot does all the work.
The kitten heel sock
Fusing the biggest boot trends of the season (sock shape and kitten heel) to create one seriously hot hybrid. Mini heels are making a comeback, high or low they can make an impact on your outfit because of their colour, the length of them or even the detail on the heel. Easy to wear day to night, this style is worth investing in now and keeping for a few seasons to come.
The statement colour
As you know this season it's all about red and one of the easiest ways to wear it is on your feet. Red looks great with dark washed denim or floral dresses in the daytime and make a real statement in the evening with black leather trousers and a red clutch to match.
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