This week, we've already seen one torrential downpour and I expect that'll be the first of many. But it's OK, as that means one thing: We can legitimately pass this week off as autumn boot weather. I love my strappy sandals as much as the next Zara shopping fiend, or my comfy Tevas as much as every other editor in the Who What Wear UK office, but the Met Office app has spoken, and new boots are the order of the day.
Last week marked the turning point for our go-to high-street stores entering the new season. Suddenly, autumnal prints and colours were in stock, more luxurious, less flimsy fabrics were being added to the new-in sections, jackets were starting to filter through and (our weakness) the footwear offering was skewing towards close-toe styles and boots.
Even knee-highs and over-the-knees are appearing, which you may not feel ready to invest in quite yet, but the early shopping bird catches the most stylish worm, and we're only here to give you that heads-up.
Natasha Ndlovu wearing ASOS boots.
From a pair of lace-up Zara boots that sold out almost instantaneously to the latest drop at Topshop and London girls' favorite Dr. Martens to Marks and Spencer's autumnal shoe collection, we've trawled all of the best affordable stores online to bring you an edit of the boots that will sell out first, categorised into the major trends—even if it's only August.
SHOP THE HIGH-STREET'S BEST AUTUMN BOOTS FOR 2019
Topshop Maja Boots (£85)
Topshop is really winning at the boot game.
H&M Pointed Ankle Boots (£35)
I love it when a heel is covered in the same fabric as the boot. It always looks more expensive.
Office Achilles Boots (£92)
These sit really snugly on your ankles for a streamlined finish.
ASOS Design Rapids Boots (£40)
Snake patterns are getting more and more experimental this season.
WESTERN ANKLE BOOTS
& Other Stories Square Toe Leather Cowboy Boots (£135)
They'll get better and better the more you wear them in.
Mango Leather Cowboy Boots (£90)
Who says you have to opt for a classic colour? These blue Mango cowboy boots are spectacular.
River Island Leather Cowboy Boots (£110)
All the fancy finish you'd expect from a vintage pair.
Topshop Mercy Boots (£92)
Enjoying the snake chain detailing on these.
Uterqüe Suede Ankle Boots (£150)
The loveliest shade of tan to wear with true-blue straight-leg jeans.
Arket Lace-Up Leather Boots (£175)
In a word: chic.
Zara Lace-Up Boots (£95)
Selling like hotcakes.
E8 by Miista Emma Boots (£165)
From the shoe brand we're all really into right now.
CHUNKY-SOLE FLAT BOOTS
ASOS Design Artistry Boots (£75)
Even cute with a summer dress now.
Dr. Martens Sinclair Boots (£179)
These started to become popular last winter, but we think they're going to spike this year.
Marks and Spencer Lace Up Hiker Ankle Boots (£45)
We always appreciate a lace-up hiker boot with a secret side zip.
Aldo Adriama Boots (£115)
The stretchy ankle makes these far more comfortable.
Timberland Premium Boots (£215)
I have a strong feeling that Tims are going to make a comeback this autumn.
Next up, how to build a capsule wardrobe.
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