Boot season is here! While we’ve enjoyed a summer of sandals (and well let’s face it the weather’s been shocking so occasionally wellies too), we are now firmly in the midst of boot season. We can’t stress enough, how worthwhile it is to invest in good footwear and when we talk about boots, this is especially true. Of course we have an amazing high street that helps to make some of the key footwear trends more accessible and the truth is you do not have to spend a fortune to get good shoes and boots, but if and when you can, investing in well made and strong soled boots and shoes is a really excellent investment.
And while we’re just entering the boot wearing season, do not forget that when the end of winter comes, it’s important to look after your new favourite items of footwear. Good shoes and boots will last if you show them a little TLC, so before you pack them away, make sure to polish up and clean boots, store in boxes or good shoe containers and get any repairs done. That way when October rolls around in 2022, you are all set. But of course during the season if you notice worn down heels and battered soles, get them mended as soon as possible!
Here are some of our favourite women’s boots to shop right now.
The snuggly one
These Valentino winter boots are seriously pricey but also utterly beautiful. If Ugg boots have never quite done it for you but you still want to feel super cosy in the depths of the winter, then these beautiful winter boots with shearling and tie fastening detailing are very much the perfect look for Apres Ski. Or failing a snowy holiday, meeting the girls for coffee on a cold December morning. The hefty lug sole also suggests these can take some serious wintery conditions.
Of course black boots in the winter is a no brainer, but a light beige, flesh toned boot is a super chic year rounder. A short boot that cuts above the ankle works brilliantly with dresses/skirts and trousers – in particular with slightly cropped jeans and culottes. This cute pair of boots does have a fairly decent heel but the added height and narrow toe will elongate your silhouette in a jiffy. They also can be teamed with floral prints for a bit of neutrality.
Whether you want them to be or not, black knee high boots always offer a little more va-va-voom, a silent bit of sex appeal. This pair of patent boots with slim heel and lace up front has it in droves. But while they’re a fairly sassy pair of boots, you don’t have to lean into the dominatrix vibes as much as you think. Pair these great black patent, lace front boots with on-trend, pretty floral midi dresses and pleated skirts and cashmere sweaters to add a bit of toughness to a softer look. Also, patent leather is generally pretty hardy in wet weather, so there is a strong element of just plain practical here too.
Hike It Up
Hiker boots are still massively on trend. Thrown into public consciousness by the likes of Holly Willoughby in her Grenson Nanette boots on I’m A Celebrity, this style has really stuck around. Super stylish, not intended for rambles, the hiker boot is practical and chic for those who are always on the go. But while you might be tempted to pair these boots with waterproofs, you should be teaming them with anything BUT winter walking wear. Style these boots with pretty dresses, gorgeous midi skirts and on trend jean silhouettes for maximum fashion points.
This quilt detailing is really synonymous with the Chanel 2.55 bag (you know the one). The added chain detail around the bottom continues the nod to the infamous accessory and while a Chanel bag will set you back thousands, these sweet boots are under £50. We love the practical shape and while this silhouette is normally quite casual, the added detailing here will allow you to get away with these for more smart/casual occasions. Pair with blouses and blazers and oversized sunnies.
Wide fit knee high boots for bigger calves can be a nightmare. Both Antonia and I have struggled over the years to get boots to fit so if you feel alone in this pursuit, you really aren’t, alongside jeans that fit perfectly it is probably one of the most common shopping problems. These beautiful black riding boots with ankle strap detailing caught our eye because they come in different calf widths. Simply Be are always good for fuller figures and these boots are listed in a host of width and calf sizes online, making this trend more accessible. Riding boots are possibly one of my all time favourite silhouettes. While they look great with jeans tucked in, they work beautifully with dresses and smarter pieces too and for me are one of the most versatile of boot shapes. Definitely worth investing in.
While the high street used to be awash with high heeled boots come October, thankfully the tides have changed and comfort when it comes to footwear has certainly moved higher up on the agenda. These nifty lace up boots, with strong, flat sole are again easily worn with a multitude of looks. While they certainly give a nod to more military trends that tend to surface come the winter months, they will look brilliant with more feminine pieces as a way of adding a tougher edge. Great for those days when only a dress will do, but the weather has other plans.
I’ve never really got the whole ‘DM’ thing. They look cool on other people, but I’ve never even tried on a pair. However, these little faux fur lined booties might just change my mind. Also available in a Chelsea boot silhouette, this is my kinda stompy boot. A faux fur lined boot that looks like it can actually stand up to winter weather, yes please.
The Cosy Ones
‘Gold’… Ok so these are not your everyday boots (I mean if they are, can we be friends?) but these are awesome boots for the party season. A serious statement, metallics are a sure fire way to jazz up any outfit, even if you just pair these with a pair of skinny jeans, you’re sure to turn heads.
The Designer Ones
These might be designer boots, but price tag wise they do measure up with the rest of the high street, so don’t be put off by the subheading. These are definitely n investment piecer and one you can wear season after season. With a strong sole and a smart lace up fastening, these are classic enough to wear with smarter and more casual pieces, while the gold hardware adds a point of difference and style.
I am a big big lover of tan boots. I once had the most perfect pair of tan, slightly cowboy inspired boots and I still rue the day I decided to ditch them rather than fix them. I genuinely think of them often. This gorgeous deep camel hue is bang on trend and the sharp and pointed toe make these perfect for smart trousers this season. Again the short boot silhouette will also work really well with the cropped trouser and jean shape we’re seeing a lot of this season.
Another cracking pair of riding boots, the DD detailing gives a nice nod to Hermès, that are particular well known for their riding boots and equestrian style. Of course a pair of Hermès boots will set you back around £2,000, so instead, try these gorgeous Dune London ones for size at a fraction of the price. A classic boot this is great for smarter occasions and will look great with dresses.
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The Western One
Having been lucky enough to travel through Colorado, my love of Western inspired boots is very strong. There is just something about the angle of the heel and the style of leather work that gets me giddy with excitement. A set of ankle boots is always handy and again, opt for neutral hues of black or tan as they will work with a multitude of looks. I love the detailing on the back of this boot, it really stands out from the crowd.
Lug soles are defined by their heavy soles with deep indentations. They’re quite grungy and stompy and can be hard to pull off. Again,I’d advice mixing with softer pieces. Pair a heavy boot with a pretty midi dress or A-line skirt. Or if you’re wearing jeans, opt for a prettier, floatier top to add some lightness back into your outfit. This sturdy pair of boots looks like it can handle everything from lunch in the pub to your dog walk in the park. Although they’re lacking in hardware, they also have something of a biker boot about them (another favourite silhouette of mine, but these look like they can take a lot of wear and love).
Animal print is still going strong, these Zebra print boots give a fairly subtle nod to the trend as they avoid the Pat Butcher department but still take you to the realm of the animal kingdom. Stylishly suede, they’re part of Erica Davies’ boot edit for John Lewis and Partners and also feature a wider calf size.
The Suede Ones
Suede boots or suede style are a tricky one in winter. If you’re braving it… or your boots are more car to bar than bus stop blues, then please make sure to scotch guard them / rain protect them and be sensible… if rain is forecast, go for something more appropriate. But I digress. These gorgeous suede style boots are super chic and at under £25 an absolute style steal. Boots are often hard to do for more evening occasions, but the beauty of suede or suedette is that it really is a fabric that transcends day to evening with ease. Team with Christmas sparkle and evening dresses.
Bold but a classic, snake print boots are a really fun edition to your shoe collection. If you’ve already got the basics down, then you can add some fun to your wardrobe with a snake print boot. These will look fabulous with a new season, classic trench coat.
Feeling quirky? I love these ankle boots. They’re just a great bit of fun and as tan and leopard print are too things that never date when it comes to boots, you can easily invest in these and wear for many years to come. Remember to just make sure you protect both fabrics appropriately.
Similar to earlier hiking styles, this really is one of the key looks for the season and I don’t think this trend is exiting fashion anytime soon. But if you’re not sure you want to heavily invest, these Matalan boots are a great nod to the Nanette boot and are just £26! You really can’t go wrong.
Looking for something a little smarter? These great brogue inspired boots with thick lug soles are a great mix of smart and casual. Pair with floral dresses for a softer finish or slim leg tailored trousers for a more androgynous feel.
Embellished buckles was a huge trend pre Pandemic and while it isn’t front and centre anymore, it hasn’t gone away by any means. If you were an early adopter, brush those blingy boots off and rewear them for the Christmas period to add a touch of sparkle and if you haven’t yet bought into it but want something twinkly that still stands up to winter wind, then the jewelled boot might be the one for you.
I love a wellington boot, but they’re quite tricky with wider calves. They’re not really great for all day, unless you’re off on a Boxing Day walk or a muddy trail, so I’ve found these cute little ankle wellies that are perfect for when you need a wellington boot but actually have a spare pair of shoes to switch out into. Small enough to tuck back into a tote, these are fun, practical and winter weather ready.
Put The Boot In
Another lug boot, you are going to find it hard to avoid this silhouette this season as it is just so popular. I do love how chic and smart these are on the top half / main part of the boot and the lug sole literally just adds some serious weight and practicality to what is otherwise a super chic and beautiful boot. They may seem quite stompy and hefty and in truth they are pretty robust, but that is the trend for the season. Perhaps Covid has made us desire hardier footwear, something that makes us feel in control and these boots are glam enough to take you from work to play but sturdy enough that you can still leg it for the last tube. What else could you possible want.
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