The Must-Have Boots for Winter
The dip in temperature isn’t all doom and gloom. When the mercury plummets, so too does one’s pedicure bill, and cold mornings herald our favourite time of year: boots season. Step firmly into it with the best pairs to buy now.
A good pair of ankle boots is our feet’s equivalent to a loyal best friend. Stompy soles remain very much en vogue at Chloé, The Row, Alexander McQueen and more, while Totême, Roger Vivier and Carel lean into footwear’s return to more low-key silhouettes, needing only a simple block heel to put their pairs on the map.
Leather Estime Ankle Boots 40$506
Leather Zipped Ankle Boots 50$1,777
Fireman Chelsea Boots$1,501
Tread Slick Boots 45$1,190
Marsh Heeled Rain Boots 65$850
Leather Rebecca Boots 40$1,181
Leather Medusa Ankle Boots 35$1,066
What started with the cowboy boot (more on that later) has evolved into a class all of its own – neither ankle nor knee-high, the mid-calf boot is the Goldilocks of the shoe world. Whether it’s the viral buckled biker-boot trend at Miu Miu, slouchy styles at Paris Texas and Loewe or wide-leg silhouettes at Amina Muaddi, Givenchy and Jil Sander, these are some of the coolest pairs to be seen in this season.
Spotted on certified trendsetters Kendall Jenner, FKA Twigs, Emily Ratajkowski and more, cowboy boots have made their way out of Nashville to become the ultimate cool-girl shoe. More brands than ever are weighing in on the trend this season, though Isabel Marant, Paris Texas and Ganni – all early adopters – remain the names to know.
Leather Rosario Boots 60$778
Debbie Beatles Ankle Boots$675
Cece 80 Leather Knee-High Boots$1,695
Leather Duerto Cowboy Boots 40$1,003
Suede El Dorado Boots 100$778
Suede Cowboy Boots 70$1,332
Boogie Cowboy Boots 70$1,098
Leather Western Cowboy Boots 40$680
Behind every well-heeled woman, there’s a knee-high boot – a style that steps up the game of any ensemble, be it a midi dress or mini skirt. Givenchy’s Shark Lock boots – a favourite of the 2010s – have made a monumental comeback in recent years, sparking a trend for the edgy fold-over look. Meanwhile point-toe, stiletto styles at Diesel and Stuart Weitzman are as Y2K as they come, while Burberry, Gucci and Valentino Garavani keep things timeless with sleek riding boots.
Calfskin Ariel Boots 120$2,450
Leather Markle Knee-High Boots 70$1,395Now $699
Leather Roman Stud Riding Boots$2,154
Leather Maverick Boots 75$1,021Now $628
Lambskin Atomic Boots 90$1,732
Suede Cheope Boots 105$1,514
Blake 85 Leather Knee-High Boots$1,695
Alizze 85 Suede Boots$1,695
Thigh’s the Limit
If you’re not yet ready to abandon bare legs altogether, over-the-knee boots will be your autumn shoe salvation. AW23 is less about the second-skin look and more about oversized slouchiness, as seen on the runways at Stella McCartney, Loewe, Burberry and more. That said, when evenings call for something more streamlined, a thigh-high sock boot from the likes of Gedebe and Jimmy Choo will make an edgy alternative to hosiery.
Hot on the Heels
Ballet flats may be back in favour, but there’s no shortage of height where this season’s boots are concerned. Loewe, Bottega Veneta and Salvatore Ferragamo make a focal point out of their heels with unique design signatures, while Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin can always be relied upon for the quintessential heeled boot – an investment that will see you through the seasons.
Leather Toy Ankle Boots 90$2,135
Calfskin Heeled Ankle Boots 90$1,834
Leather Maverick Ankle Boots 75$757Now $528
So Eleonor Leather Boots 85$1,195
Leather Padlock Ankle Boots 105$1,783
Leather Giorgia Ankle Boots 95$1,117
Calfskin Canalazzo Ankle Boots 100$1,271
Faux Leather D-Eclipse Boots 85$539
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