It’s that time again: the season to make room in your wardrobe for cosy knits, weather-proof coats and, most exciting of all, winter boots. But this season, boots are not quite as you know them.
From updates on the classic Chelsea boot, to new party pairs, to cowboy boots—which have been blazing a trail on the feet of catwalk models and Instagram stars alike—pulling on any of these pairs is a sure-fire way to make any winter outfit feel fresh.
Here’s a few of our most-wanted pairs, along with our top tips on how to wear dresses with boots, your favourite jeans and more of autumn’s sartorial staples.
The Chelsea Boot
No more muted shades or classic finishes. The faithful Chelsea boot has wandered back from its summer break with a subtle update. What is it that’s making them feel so ‘now’? Softer, fresher hues and supple iridescent leather. This is how to wear jeans with boots. It’s the perfect way to elevate blue jeans, complement autumn’s long skirts or add a sleek touch to heavy outerwear.
The Western Boot
A maxi dress or skirt is the perfect partner for the western boot. Pairing floaty skirts with boots can initially feel tricky, but the pointed toe peeking out from a flowing hem is the perfect way of marrying the masculine and feminine. If it’s not your first rodeo, really commit to the western theme by wearing them with denim.
The Hiking Boot
Rain-, wind-, snow- and sleet-proof, the arrival of the hiking boot is the fashion-meets-function footwear our winter wardrobes have been craving. Tough on the sole and soft on top—hello, faux fur and supple leather—the hiking boot is the perfect balancer for a floral maxi dress: take note, a flash of bare leg is an essential styling point here. For those who can’t bear to bare legs in the current climate, a trusty pair of straight-leg jeans will look just as cool.
The Party Boot
Our winter party boots are things of irresistible beauty. Despite their iridescent and embellished party-power, they are surprisingly wearable. A chunky heel helps them feel both comfortable and appropriate for all outfits, from maxi dresses, to sequinned skirts, to the classic jeans-and-a-nice top ensemble.
The Patent Boot
Let patent boots have their moment with mini-style hemlines. A houndstooth skirt or solid-coloured mini is ideal—a shorter length means their lustrous finishes really has its moment. If skirt-weather is not forecast, a pair of printed trousers is an ideal alternative. Clean, classic and pared-back, an office-friendly check pattern is the perfect companion to a patent boots playful sheen.
Find your perfect pair of winter boots here.