Cast those basic boots aside, and make way for these new knockouts...
WORDS BY AMELIA BELL
Whether you’re a classically cool kind of woman, or prefer your footwear on fashion’s edge, there’s a style for every girl about town (and country) this season. From Salvatore Ferragamo's gravity-defying finish to Sies Marjan’s works of art, it’s guaranteed you’ll find your perfect match here. And no, you’ll never want to take them off...
For the girl with an edge: R13’s Flower Print Boots
If Dr. Martens are your thing, you’ll be wanting to add these R13 platforms to your shoe arsenal immediately. More versatile than your average biker shoe, the pretty prints here add a welcome feminine touch to an otherwise tough combat boot. How to style? Versace Vintage dungarees + Christopher Kane T-shirt = you’re in business.
For the girl with a sense of humour: Off-White’s For Walking Knee Boots
Off-White’s Virgil Abloh is known for bringing cult streetwear to life by fusing high fashion with luxury athleisure. But these white knee-high boots, which pay homage to Nancy Sinatra's 1966 classic These Boots Were Made For Walkin’, might just be his cheekiest creation yet. Styling note: mix up your look via a Burberry trench, mini skirt and the label’s fringed-sleeve jumper.
For the girl next door: Gucci’s Ankle Boots
That good old staple the black ankle boot...but with a Gucci makeover! Antique accessories and glass pearls transform this otherwise classic shoe into something standout. For the Gucci diehard among us (sticks own hand up), throw on the label’s lust-worthy Marmont bag, an oversized shirt and embroidered jeans too.
For the Girl 3000: Balenciaga’s Booties
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (probably), the Balenciaga metallic bootie was born. Use them to add intergalactic drama to your wardrobe this winter by pairing with some glittered trousers, or bring your look back down to earth by opting for some flared RE/DONE jeans and a white Saint Laurent T-shirt to let your shoes shine (Han) Solo.
For the avant-garde girl: Salvatore Ferragamo’s F Heel Booties
Innovation trumps functionality in Salvatore Ferragamo's masterworks, and the designer known for his architecturally minded designs strikes gold once again with this sculpted and fanciful heel. Follow suit by experimenting with alternative shapes and bold hues in your outfit, looking to known rule-breakers such as Yohji Yamamoto and Jean Paul Gaultier.
For the party girl: Rue St Sequinned Boots
Party season is approaching, but if it still doesn’t feel near enough fear not - this Rue St number with its patent brogue finish and sequinned dazzle is sure to put you in the festive mood. A leather dress, like Saint Laurent’s sweetheart version, will make the perfect partner for an after-dark look.
For the girl who likes art: Sies Marjan’s Stacked Boots
Both in texture and form, New York-based Sies Marjan’s platforms are much like a work of art. And, just like its ready-to-wear, the fledgling label’s shoe armoury is full of intense colour, unique finishes and artistic design. Take this bold piece with you into the coldest season to enliven your winter wardrobe, teaming with a Prada pin-up skirt and painterly knit.
For the Farfetch girl: Fabrizio Viti’s Take a Bow Boots
The cut-out boot shows no sign of abating even for the colder months and Fabrizio Viti’s Take a Bow is tipped to be the last boot standing when winter sets in. The styling trick here is to add some sparkly socks or fishnets.