Boots are a crucial contender in the fashion-meets-function line-up, and this season in particular, brands have been expanding their offerings with eclectic styles that add a new edge to this long-loved autumn/winter staple. Though boots can be considered a year-round go-to for many, for us Mediterraneans they no doubt make their real resurgence on the cusp of the shift into autumn. We’re well into the chilly months by now, and new-in sections are filled to the brim with boots galore, catering for all preferences and sartorial requirements.
Of all the autumn items in my wardrobe, nothing quite sets the tone of my outfits as my boots can, and so I always have and will give my boot purchases serious consideration. Not only do I want them to look stylish and also be versatile so that they are able to work seamlessly with the majority of my wardrobe, but they also need to be tough and durable. This sartorial trifecta isn’t something you simply happen upon, so it certainly pays to consider boots a true investment purchase.
Boots are a crucial contender.
Most boots styles work well for transitional dressing; even though we’re in the thick of autumn now, we still get gorgeous warmer days now and again, so I love nothing more than pairing one of my summer dresses or midi skirts with some chunky boots and a ribbed cardigan when the warmer weather strikes. Best of all, pretty much any boot will go with any pair of jeans, so whether you’re a flares fanatic or straight leg lover, it doesn’t really matter. This pairing is an easy fallback on those thick levanter days when we’re just not in the mood to get as creative with our wardrobes as we’d like to be. Jeans and boots are simply one of those pairings that were just made to be together.
Track soles, (particularly colour-contrasting rubber soles) are absolutely dominating the overall footwear offering at the moment. I personally love designs that blend function and fashion, which is probably why I’m drawn to these so much. This wellie-inspired boot has gained a great deal of traction and cropped up at all of our high-street favourites this season. Comfortable, versatile and easy to clean, this trend seems to resonate with the masses, and not to mention that they have an innate ability to give any outfit that extra edge.
From chunky to streamlined, laces are all over the place at the moment, but the sock styles that were in a few years ago are definitely reigning supreme in this category. These styles elevate any outfit and make for a perfect desk to drinks option if you already tend to wear heels to work. On the other end of the spectrum, combat boots are my personal go-to option. They’re comfy and versatile and give any outfit an injection of effortless cool, making them one of my top autumn shoe options. Platforms are also absolutely everywhere too; another great way of adding some polished funk to cold-weather separates.
While track soles and combat boots have exploded onto the fashion scene as of late, it seems as though they’re going to have to make some room for knee-highs. Styling-wise, you can essentially treat this trend the same way you would any boot, although I’d argue they probably don’t look their best with wide-leg jeans. I think they look coolest when paired with midi knit dresses or with leggings and a cool oversized blazer, creating a cool aesthetical contrast but also playing around with dimensions and proportions.
CHELSEA & KITTEN
There are some shoe trends that rise to the forefront of the trend list, and then disappear quickly, never to be seen again. Others only fade away for a few seasons before making their updated comeback. And then there are those that have such staying power that they firmly cement themselves as forever wardrobe staples. A solid pair of Chelsea or kitten-heeled boots are my work go-tos when it comes to autumn and winter, and best of all, they make for super appropriate desk to drinks options too, as they strike that perfect balance between casual and smart.
Anchored in the explosive 1990s renaissance, kitten heels made their comeback a few seasons ago, with summer offering us cute pastel slingbacks and mules, and for the cooler months, a gorgeous variety of ultra-chic kitten booties in many colours and textures. When it comes to Chelsea boots, of course, you really can’t get much more classic than that! They’re arguably one of the most fuss-free to style and look good with pretty much anything, no matter the occasion!