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While I wear boots through all seasons, Autumn is when they really come into their own and it’s pretty much what I live in between October and March. With a variety of different styles, shapes and fits there are many options to choose from. I wanted to do a run down of some of my favourites as styled before along with sharing some of the best pairs on the market at the moment.
1. Ankle Boot
The trusty ankle boot will see you through the dark winter days and they are the easiest to style for everyday wear. Comfort is king when it comes to boots and it can be difficult to find the right fit. Some come up too high, others too low and there’s a fine line to be met. The wrong cut of ankle boot can make you look shorter or out of proportion.
I love a high heeled ankle boot and I’ve been through a lot of different styles however the classic shape in leather or suede and a pointed toe is what suits me best. They give me height and confidence and go with any and every outfit whether it’s a pretty dress or jeans and a white tee. My best pair are from Topshop and I bought them twice in order to have a ‘good’ pair and ‘worn’ pair. That’s just what I do when I find something I like, buy it twice and then I have a fresh pair when the first ones are done.
More recently, I’ve been getting creative with different prints and designs, incorporating into my day to day wardrobe. Snakeprint is a firm favourite and I have various tones and designs. It’s an easy way to liven up a neutral or otherwise basic outfit and add some detail.
2. Knee High
I only have two very similar pairs of knee high boots as I do find it a tricky style to master as a petite lady. Some of the styles which are supposed to be knee high actually come up mid-thigh on me. I think it’s also a challenge for tall girls and they probably experience the opposite issue with thigh highs only coming up knee or mid-thigh. It’s likely a style that works best for those in between or who’d be considered as ‘average’ height. I do often lust after knee high boots especially when I get inspired by how others have styled them. The reality is what works well for someone else won’t necessarily work for you. There are a lot of different options available but I like the slouchy/ruched styles best. Steve Madden always have fashion forward styles and they are my go to when I’m looking to see what’s trending.
3. Thigh High
I only got in to thigh high boots in December 2018 when I got the snake print pair from Mango which you’ll have seen approx. 573 times already on this blog. I didn’t initially think it would be a style that worked for me being short and with a petite frame. The Mango pair changed all of that and now I actually think they are a great option for petites. They elongate the legs and create a slim silhouette due to the fit. I was kindly gifted a black pair last year as part of a collaboration with Kurt Geiger and they are also super chic.
I love styling with big chunky knits in Autumn with a tiny bit of skin showing between the material and the boot. They surprisingly keep your legs warm due to the tight and figure hugging fit. You’ll find various finishes from patent to leather, to suede or sock style which I’ll come on to next.
4. Sock Boot
The sock boot is one of my all time favourite styles and as a result I thought I’d give it a standalone category. I got my first pair way back in 2015 I believe. It was a pair from ASOS which were a size 5 even though I’m only a 4. They weren’t the best fit but I made it work and wore them so much. I loved the slim and form fitting shape. They were almost a faux suede and I loved the texture especially when worn with leather trousers or against a patent bag.
My second pair came from Mango and they were more of a textured material if that makes sense. The heel height was slightly lower than I normally go for and more of a mid-heel. They come up much higher on the leg though which I find surprisingly flattering. This enables a real slim silhouette as they have more opportunity to follow the calf down to ankle while keeping everything supported.
My third pair were kindly gifted from Kurt Geiger and they are of course my favourite. I had my eye on them for about a year before I got them and they did not disappoint. The ribbed material makes them different from my other pairs although it’s not overly obvious from a distance. The cigarette heel is extremely eye catching and they’re definitely the sexiest pair of boots I own. They are also one of my most comfortable pairs which I know will surprise people. Although the metal pole heel is extremely thin, it’s well supported due to the design and the weight is evenly distributed. The height being low to mid helps as well as the foot has less of an arch. These are easily one of my most worn pairs of boots and I bust them out at any given opportunity. They are super versatile and can be dressed up or down. They have the ability to take a basic outfit from 0 to 100 and I still get comments every time I wear them.
5. Biker Chic
Biker boots are an Autumn/Winter staple in my opinion. Although I already have loads of them, I always seem to manage to add another pair each time Autumn rolls around. This year is no different despite the reduction in day to day activities, I guess I’ve formed more of a habit than anything else. What I will say though is that they are a timeless option. I still wear pairs from 3 or 4 years ago and they are such an easy option to throw on to run some errands, for a walk in the park on a cold, crisp day or for a lunch date.
My latest pair from Steve Madden are more of a statement pair with the logo laces giving a strong street style vibe. I also got some custom laces created by Josefinas Portugal which I plan to add to an existing pair of biker boots. This enables you to liven up a plain pair or create a different look from everyone else while supporting a really important cause. I’ll leave a link below if you want to find out more.
6. Chunky Boots
I couldn’t exclude my adored Louis Vuitton Trail boots from this post, they deserve a category of their own. Chunky/Block Heel boots are great for all seasons but particularly Autumn/Winter. They don’t get caught in cobbles or you’re much less likely to slip or fall over with a solid base. It’s safe to say I’ve had my money’s worth out of this pair however there are lots of affordable alternatives available.
I was kindly gifted the black pair of chunky croc boots as part of a previous collaboration. They are a great option for day to day wear or for workwear. They are a mid-height so easy to walk in and they are really comfortable. I’ve worn these for full days of meetings and events with no issues. The patent finish is eye catching and makes them wearable during all weather conditions. They are a great wardrobe staple and a good choice if you’re not confident or just starting out with heels which I touched on in my learning to walk in heels post.
What kind of boot do you like best?