From ankle boots to riding boots we’ll help you choose the right style for your wardrobe this winter. This season we are spoilt with a variety of lengths (ankle, mid and knee-high) and heels (flats, stiletto and wedge). While trends are great, boots can be expensive – particularly when buying a leather pair – so it is essential to take your wardrobe and body shape into consideration when choosing your winter boots.
Start by thinking about where you want to wear your boots the most. As much as we love fashion, we have to also be practical and think about function. If you like the casual, flat boots but want to wear your boots to work and your dress code at the office is formal then you should be looking at the stiletto styles.
Then, think about fabric. If your budget permits buy leather boots, while more costly they are a long-term investment because with proper care they will last several winters.
If you find that you’re on your feet a lot, a flat pair of boots would be ideal. However, if you’re short or have short legs and would like to elongate them then opt for a pair of wedge boots. Alternatively, opt for a wide, block heel to give you a bit of a lift but not sacrifice comfort.
Knee-length boots are generally more flattering for women with bigger calves but if you struggle to find a pair that closes over your calf then choose a pair of midi boots which come just under the calf muscle. (Shopping tip: when shopping for knee-high boots take a pair of knee-high stockings with you as it’ll make it easier to slip the boots on.)
The wrong ankle boots can make your legs look shorter and wider than they are, so it’s important to find the right pair. The most flattering style sits on the ankle and not above it.
Don’t buy leather boots that are too tight thinking they’ll stretch. Leather can only stretch to a point and while you can get them professionally stretched, you don’t want to spend that amount of money on an uncomfortable pair of boots.
When in doubt, keep it simple. We love the studded details or lace-up styles but if you’re not sure it suits you (or the other items in your wardrobe) then keep it understated and select a pair of classic, black boots – a staple in any woman’s wardrobe.
Below are a few styles that we think will help you choose your must-have pair.