We've hit that point in the year where (aside from a pair of chic velvet platforms come NYE) we'll be sporting our warm boots right through until March. That's a long time in just one type of shoe, so it's time to take stock of your winter boot offering to ensure it ticks all of your style boxes.
This season there are tons of trends on offer, from the Western to the Victoriana, so before you hit the shops, check our guide to find out which boot best suits your style, and how to wear it this winter...
The statement animal print
Your footwear needs to work hard in your wardrobe: a scene-stealing pair of boots that'll make your signature cashmere and denim combo look more considered is a must, and as such, you're in need of a statement style. While a bright red or forest green pair would nicely tick this box, a classic animal print never goes out of fashion, and works almost a 'statement basic' in your wardrobe.
If you've already worn your leopard ones to death over the years, plump for a zebra, snake or cow print, and wear with everything from tonal looks to floral dresses.
The timeless knee-high boot
You’re not one to follow trends: you know what suits you and look all the more stylish for it. Your winter wardrobe is essentially a warmer version of your summer one - knitted dresses and boots take the place of cotton versions and sandals. If it ain't broke...
Having your signature style down pat means you know what's worth an investment, and wear-with-everything knee-high boots are one of them. You’ll be pairing burgundy versions with a smart navy frock and gold hoops for the office, and a silky bias cut midi skirt and a matching pout for festive drinks.
The classic lace-up ankle boot
You were one of the first to try the divisive white boot, but now you’re on to the next. ‘Classic-with-a-twist’ describes your style to a T. You have one eye on the trends, but equally, know what suits you. The Victoriana lace-up is your perfect cross between the two: a tried-and-tested low heel and ankle height, but with an interesting fashion detail.
Keep it chic by opting for neutral colourways so that you can wear with all of your go-to looks. They'll look great with a tweed blazer and a pie-crust blouse. Alexa Chung, eat your heart out.
The edgy cowboy boot
You know a stealth investment buy when you see one, and while you're not disputing just how useful a black ankle boot can be, you're after something a little less ubiquitous. Often overlooked as they can appear outré, cowboy boots add an effortless boho feel to any winter look.
Though you have a suede jacket and a fringed bag, you know better than to triple up on Western pieces. Instead, you’ll be channeling a more modern take, wearing yours with tailoring and knitwear for a quirky, edgy twist. If you're wary, steer clear of knee-high versions and opt for flattering block-heeled ankle iterations instead.
The functional hiking boot
You’re far too practical and low-key to totter around in a too-high heel (because: commute + blisters) so instead, you’ll be wafting around in a printed prairie maxi and chunky boots for now. Come snow and rain, you'll be stomping smugly along with no fear of sleet, pairing them with your trusty jeans, a printed knit and a puffer coat.
Branch away from black, as khaki and brown are just as versatile and will act as neutrals in a dark winter wardrobe.
The divisive white boot
You're on top of the trends without being a fashion victim: you're well aware that a heeled white ankle boot (in an off-white shade, mind, not a blingy optic white) is the easiest way to modernise last year's winter looks. Choose one that ends slightly higher than a traditional ankle boot for the most flattering shape.
For the brave and bold, knee-high versions look great under a floral midi dress, while this season's It boot, the mid-calf - works nicely under cropped trousers and jeans.