The weather is miserable. Let’s be honest. And one thing I hate about rain in particular is the risk of wet feet. It’s a horrible feeling. Surprisingly, after my decade as a stylist, you would think that I have weather-proofed my feet, but no, my New Balance white fabric trainers are still worn in the sopping wet. I just never learn. But I’ve found that this winter I’m wearing more boots. There are a few reasons. Number one, I’ve found some flat styles I really like and make me feel dressed up as well as comfortable. Two, the tights-boots combo is almost failsafe. Same goes for jeans-boots. And third, leather and faux leather is fairly secure in terms of keeping out the wet. Not entirely in some cases, but you will get what you pay for.
I’ve tried and tested some really nice styles, so I wanted to share my best winter boots to both inspire you, and help keep a smile on your face as you march to work in the rain, but with dry feet.
THE BLACK ANKLE BOOT
I’ve had several from Kurt Geiger and Carvela over the years and they have lasted. This year’s investment, are flat, in leather, and have some detail. The leather has softened and I’ve worn these on long shoot days where I barely sit down. Hardworking and stylish. Winning.
THE KNEE HIGH BOOT
River Island are killing it right now with winter style, and their range of knee high boots has not escaped my eyes. I have several pairs of black styles already and now I want some cream ones. These have a wide fitting on the calf and will fit a skinny jean in them no problem. My styling option is to layer under midi dresses and skirts to channel some fashion week style.
THE COMBAT BOOT
The chunky boot is everywhere. And every high street brand has it’s own version. But I rather like the original. Chloe’s leather trim nubuck boot is one that is built to last. I also quite like the contrasting colours, as well as the slightly higher heel on the back. Initially, they feel cumbersome but once broken in, you will not be disappointed with your cost per wear. Empty out your piggy bank for these, as they’ll set you back about €400.
THE TRENDY BOOT
One thing I love about this time of year is the range of boots that appear for dressy wear. Probably not styles I would even consider during the year, but say the word Christmas, and I am there for the embellishment, high heels and shiny leather. None such boot has pleased me more than Primark’s diamante shoe boot. I mean, they are extra right? Match up with a velvet mini dress, or satin midi to add some bling to your toes. A bargain at €30.
THE OVER THE KNEE BOOT
I don’t tend to buy shoes online, but H&M’s online selection of boots is excellent. Over the knee boots are always a favourite of mine, and this year I have been on the lookout for a leather pair. These caught my eye for €150 and they more than do the job. I love these with long knitted jumpers that fall over the top of the boot. It’s kind of sexy in a comfy sort of way.