As we swiftly move from open toe sandal to autumn boot territory, the array of options out there can be somewhat daunting. Fear not dear reader, as we’re here to guide you through – hell you could say that we’ve done the leg work for you, so sit back and enjoy the read.
Lace up boots
Lace up boots sum up the whole military trend this season. We’ve already seen army style boots give a 2010 take on grunge at festivals and they now come in flat, stiletto, square heeled and wedge heels. But laces up boots are not just about revisiting the 90’s.
They can be worn with more “girly” outfits – dresses or pencil skirts or indeed with smart trousers, as seen on Charlize Theron (pictured). Olivia Palermo like to wear hers with combats and Charlotte Olympia lace up boots (€1053) while Theron rocks the minimalism trend in a blazer and silk top, tweed trousers and Christian Dior lace-up boots.
See what Ask the Stylist recommends for one of our readers who’s looking for a pair of wedge boots.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, sheepskin has come back in a big way this season. It’s all in the lining detail and everything from UGG’s to clogs to lace up boots and knee highs come with a sherling lining this autumn winter.
My favourites pair are these Asos fur lined boots (€72.79, £55).
Ankle boots, just like last winter, continue to reign and are the safer option for those who don’t want to go the whole lace up boot route.
Styling them is easy - wear them with dresses, or under your jeans. Be warned though, with bare legs, they will shorten your legs somewhat unless you’ve models legs, so if you’re showing some leg, best to wear with tights.
On my wish list are a pair of YSL at Brown Thomas (€565) and Ash at Cocobelle, Royal Hibernian Way, Dublin 2.
If you’re aiming to channel the whole heritage trend (country chic), then riding boots are your best bet. They also are eternally in fashion, so by investing in a good pair, you’ll have them for life.
So there you have it. Which style will you be vyying for this season as you pack away your summer shoes?
Trends aside, here are some tips to guide you through boot wearing every winter.