The chicest boots to invest in this winter

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 (Evening Standard )
(Evening Standard )

Look down as you walk through the city and you’ll notice one thing: boots, boots and more boots. You really can’t miss them this season, because when it comes to the footwear staple: big and bulky is the way to go.

There are trends popping up all over, from the feet-hugging puffer boots to the riding knee-highs you can giddy up and get out in. And thanks to the new rules of party dressing, they can stay on all the way from business to the bar.

Struggling to know where to start? Here is our pick of the most bootylicious pieces going...

Western Wanderer

If you were an early adopter of the cowboy boots and mini skirt trend circa 2018, then —yee-haw — it’s time to pull them back out. That was the message at Paris Fashion Week, where Coperni paired white, calf-high Westerns with flowing black sheer or bright micro dresses for its SS22 collection. Meanwhile, for AW21, Celine showed how to style them for the day-to-day. Theirs, in black leather with a slanted heel and stitching swirled around the ankle, were dressed down with slouchy light denim and oversized country tweed blazers.

Eytys and Zara do very similar versions on the high street, and Ganni’s, in brown suede, are the best affordable designer pair at £229.

Western Wanderer (Evening Standard)
Western Wanderer (Evening Standard)

L-R: Bershka leather cowboy boots, £79.99, bershka.com; The Kooples heeled western glossy leather ankle boots, £297.50, thekooples.com; Ganni Western boots, £229, flannels.com; Eytys Luciano boots, £375, eytys.com; Zara leather cowboy boots, £119, zara.com

Puff Daddy

These might seem a little off-beat, but bear with us. Louis Vuitton launched duvet booties into the style stratosphere with their ‘pillow comfort boot’ last winter. Early adopters included Viola Davis, Sophie Turner and Selena Gomez – a strong start. This year, creative director Nicolas Ghesquière has made them in a host of water-repellent, nylon colourways; from tonal shades to monogram print with colourful Greek Antiquity symbols. They even come knee high.

Finding a pair that won’t break the bank isn’t impossible, Kurt Geiger’s are a close match with warm faux fur, while Russell & Bromley’s provide the heat with some puff but have a firmer structure for those after the middle ground.

Puff Daddy (Evening Standard)
Puff Daddy (Evening Standard)

L-R: Isabel Marant Zerik boots, £495, isabelmarant.com; Louis Vuitton pillow comfort ankle boots, £835, louisvuitton.com; Moncler Mhyke low boot, £500, moncler.com; Kurt Geiger puffer ankle boots, £169, harrods.com; Russell and Bromley Moritz nylon puffer boot, £255, russellandbromley.co.uk

Stomp of approval

Investing in a pair of chunky stompers will be the gift that keeps giving. They’ve already taken the streets by storm, but have manage to sustain the interest of top designers for next year, too. Most recently, Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen gave them her support, sending them out thick soled with tie-dyed gowns and oversized trench coats at her SS22 runway.

The mid-range high street shops are the place to go for a hard wearing pair. Arket’s look great, with leather tanned using vegetables not chromium sulphate. If you really want to stand out in the stomping crowd? Inject colour. Gant does a pair in patent red, while & Other Stories offer them in creamy beige. One tip: though cheaper options are tempting, be weary dipping too far below £100 to avoid them falling apart before we hit December.

Stomp of approval (Evening Standard)
Stomp of approval (Evening Standard)

L-R: aeyde Chris black calf boot, £395, net-a-porter.com; Arket chunky-sole leather boots, £190, arket.com; Gant Prepnovo Chelsea boots, £170, gant.co.uk; Alexander McQueen Wander Chelsea boot, £690, alexandermcqueen.com; & Other Stories Chunky leather Chelsea boots, £135, stories.com

Best in Show

Trot on with a pair of long equestrian boots to stay on trend yet smart. Naturally, Kate Middleton is the icon of this look, and takes her subtle tan pairs from public appointments to chilly walks on Norfolk beaches. They’ve drawn in the high fashion set too, most notably appearing at Gucci’s super-show along Hollywood Boulevard last week. There, python print numbers with black spur straps were worn with peach silk satin dresses and big tulle coats, a testament to their multi-functionality. Get yours cool and classic from Ralph Lauren and Clarks, or laced up the front with Malone Souliers.

Best in Show (Evening Standard)
Best in Show (Evening Standard)

L-R: Malone Souliers Bryn boots, £745, malonesouliers.com; Ralph Lauren Bradleigh burnished leather boot, £199, ralphlauren.com; Prada 30 logo-embossed leather knee boots, £1,405, net-a-porter.com; Russell & Bromley Matrix flatform knee high boot, £345; Clarks Hamble High Black Leather, £128, clarks.co.uk

Happy Hiker

This functional shoe has been on a steady move from Cotswolds walk-wear to the street style set for a while, but if you have yet to climb on board, now is as good a time. Daniel Lee, the hyped new designer at Bottega Veneta, made a convincing argument for them at his SS22 show, where they came in white with statement yellow laces. M&S has followed suit with its own thick soled pair with bright red ties.

When looking to buy, visible metal eyelets for lacing up is key to the trekker style. All Saints has done this well, and make theirs in khaki green leather. Ted Baker is the place to go for entry level classic black, while at Tommy Hilfiger, a shearling lining gives some added comfort to the already supportive design.

Happy Hiker (Evening Standard)
Happy Hiker (Evening Standard)

L-R: Ted Baker Ammella leather hiker boot, £165, tedbaker.com; Marks & Spencer chunky hiker boots, £45, marksandspencer.com; All Saints Wanda leather boots, £259, allsaints.com; Tommy Hilfiger leather cleat lace-up boots, £150, tommy.com; Grenson Nannette boot, £325, grenson.com

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