If there’s one thing every stylish woman absolutely needs in her closet this fall and winter, it’s a great pair of boots. No matter what the shifting trends of the moment may be, a good pair of boots never goes out of style.
To help you out, we’ve come up with a handful of styles every woman needs in her footwear collection. The good news? There are only five and we’ve curated plenty of fashionable options in each category to tickle your fancy.
First of all we have the one and only wardrobe essential: The Chelsea Boot. Their rock ‘n’ roll vibe pairs well with skinny black jeans when choosing the flat version. Chelsea boots, which are usually ankle high, also come in a higher version with a heel.
Combined with a 7/8 jeans and a wide blazer, Chelseas are both chic and practical at the same time. The heel version of the Chelsea Boot also looks stunning with a maxi dress worn on warmer fall days. No matter what, the Chelsea boot is always a good choice. And yes, don’t worry, it’s fine to have more than one pair of Chelseas in your wardrobe, since you may need a heel version, as well as a flat version. You may have them in a more sporty version in shiny material or in a classic leather version. Whether worn in rock ‘n’ roll fashion, like Alexa Chung, or more elegantly – this boot is down with every occasion. The good news: there are warmer versions of the Chelsea Boot (yes, with a profile sole) and you can say goodbye to wet feet.
Chelseas at alexa chung. For dressier occasions, you may switch your chelsea boots for ankle boots - wardrobe essential number two and one of two types of winter boots with heels. From thigh-highs to barely-above-the-ankle styles, there is a huge variety of boot lengths out there. Ankle boots work with everything from skinny jeans to trousers to a classic LBD. Ankle boots usually have a wider bootleg and a thinner heel than Chelsea boots with heels, but there are thousands of different types.
Another version of heeled boots this fall/winter is the really warm (ankle) boot with a profile sole and inner lining, which looks best with tights or socks crimped over. This style is not only warm, but looks more elegant and stylish than the typical “I just want to feel warm”-look. For a more elegant look, stiletto boots are every stylish woman’s go-to. They combine the cool vibe of boots with the appeal of a great pair of stilettos—a win-win. Either as suede boots, polished leather or other fabrics: you should put those on your shopping list soon!
The Panama Jack Boots are probably the most practical boots of all. Ankle high and equipped with a profile sole, you will conquer every weather occasion. The Dr. Martens boots are probably the most common Panama Jack Boots. These boots are the most casual version and not that easy to combine for an elegant or as a perfect office look. Wear them with warm socks (probably crimped over the bootleg) and a wide skirt to give the look a more feminine touch and get away from the typical rock ‘n’ roll Panama Jack Boots style. You may not expect this, but they look nice with culottes, too. As a perfect companion to jeans and a blazer on a wet and cold winter day, you’ll have the perfect casual look for the office. Also known as Moto Boots, they are your best friend for days when you want to wear flats, but would like a little more edge. They’re great with a pair of jeans and can add a significant cool factor to a feminine dress.
Just to perfect your day, we have some winter suitable sneaker for you on our list. High-top sneaker are a great choice for winter and still keep your feet warm. Isabel Marant and Balenciaga show that high top sneaker with a metallic effect can look pretty cool and elegant. Combine them with a nice pair of skinny jeans and a cashmere sweater on cold days and get the perfect cozy, elegant look with a touch of effortless casualness. Nike’s Air Force One are the best winter sneaker version for Nike followers and replace your Roshe Run or Nike Free's when it’s just too cold or too wet for those babies. Whether leather basics or crafted from high tech performance fabrics, winter sneakers will serve you well for the coming colder months. Obviously, it’s not the best idea to be wearing 500€ plus sneakers in snowdrifts, but there are many other affordable sneakers that will keep your feet dry (look out for waterproof ones!) and stylish.
Last but not least, the over knee boot is a classic. Some years ago, they had a wicked image. Sure they add a really sexy vibe when paired with a mini skirt or when worn with a super high heel, so check some rules for not looking naff. We have to admit, on the catwalk they look effortlessly stunning and easy to pull off when nonchalantly paired with a micro mini or a floating dress. In real life, they’re a little bit trickier to wear. Especially when combining them with a skirt, make sure the hem of the skirt has a serious length and probably don’t choose the super high heel over knee boot version.
If you want to keep it professional, stray away from pairing your over knee boots with short skirts/dresses, shorts or leggings. Go for a midi a-line skirt, a modernist boxy dress or a power lady dress. The power lady dress will bring your look from day into evening with a switch of bag to clutch. Check out the flat suede type of over knee boots and pair them with a mini skirt in lieu of tights or hike up some high-heel leather ones over your skinniest jeans. Over knee boots are actually some of the most versatile shoes in your wardrobe for fall and winter and, yes, they are proper shoes for the office. An all-black outfit somehow looks even more chic when you add black over-the-knee-boots and a floppy hat.