Buying a new pair of boots has become an autumnal rite of passage, in the same way as choosing a new coat for winter. They're incredibly versatile, they go with everything (hopefully) and they're ideal for the British climate, which isn't that kind to trainers and more flimsy shoes by the time October rolls around.
Much like a coat, they're also often a pricier investment, so you want to be sure you're making an infomed decision. But with so many different styles currently in the shops – ankle, knee-high, velvet, satin, sock boots – how are you really supposed to navigate the shelves without losing a) your patience or b) your mind? Well, The Pool team has scoured the current selection for you, in order to find out exactly where's selling the nicest styles at the moment, and how to wear them...
I am not normally a boots kind of girl. Apart from my beloved DMs, I tend to live in trainers or brogues. But these boots won me over – nothing says cool to me like chunky buckles and stud detail. They're definitely a statement item, which I'll wear with a simple grey turtleneck and cropped palazzo pants.
I love the idea of over-the-knee boots but find it's tricky to find a pair that don't look completely hideous. In my experience, they're normally way too clingy, having apparently been made for people without calves. But this black pair from Dune have elastic on the back, which is adjustable, and therefore they fit everybody's legs. I like wearing them with midi dresses and long skirts – it makes for a great outfit that you don't have to think about too much.
On paper, there's no way I'd want to wear a pair of almost calf-length, patent boots but when I tried them on, I was convinced. This particular length boot has been championed on the catwalks for a while, although I never thought it's something that would be flattering on me. But, as they have a bit of give in them and don't cling to the leg, they're actually very wearable. Plus, they look as good with smart trousers as they do longer skirts or dresses.
When I first saw these, I was slightly alarmed at how patterned they are (being a bit of a print-phobe) but paired with a very plain outfit, they froof the whole thing up. I'm sold. I'd wear them with jeans and navy jumpers or my favourite silver space skirt.
The rich brocade fabric makes them look much more expensive than they are and despite the heel, they're exceptionally comfortable.
I love ankle boots so I'm delighted that it's officially ankle boot season. My default is black - leather or velvet - but this year, I like the idea of experimenting with colour. Miista is my new shoe obsession - pricier than high street but beautifully made and not something everyone else will be wearing. This russet pair has a very doable heel height and feels suitably autumnal.