Boots2_1 I know, I know, it's barely mid-August and we're already talking about what you should be wearing this Autumn and Winter. The problem is, those pesky shoe designers surprise us every year by releasing their A/W collections whilst our minds are still on wedges and toe-posts. By the time we're freezing our toes off in October, everywear has sold out.

So what's a girl to do? Well, for one thing, cast aside your thoughts of your summer sandals for a moment, and read our rundown of that essential A/W wardrobe stable: the calf or knee-high black boot. Here's our top 10, with choices for all budgets.

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Lucchese 14548. $303.98 / £171.

- We love these hand-painted calf-length heels.

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Kit Women's Lace Up Knee High Boots. £49 / $86

- We've already told you that lace-ups are the future. Here's an affordable style.

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Faith Reilly. Reduced from £75 to £32.

- We love the strap and tassle details on these calf-high boots.

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Schuh Fab Fur Calf Boot, via Vivaladiva.com £15

- If you're a size six you're in luck, these bargain beauties are now only available in that size.

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Debenhams black slouch boots. £85.

- The round toe and slouch style gives these an original, unique feel.

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Kors by Michael Kor, black stretch boot. $147 in the sale.

- We're liking the buckle detail and the price with these leather lovelies.

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Ruche Buckle Boot from asos.com. £28.

- Personally, I'm not a huge fan of this style, but I know some people are and these are a bargain.

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Bakers 'Dana' leather boot. $79.95.

- Leather + metallic heel + pointy toe = boot beauties. Not a bad price, either!

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Charles David Lush black suede boots. $385.95.

- Something a bit different; the silver motif on these makes them stand out from the crowd.

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Office toe-cap knee boots in leather. £89.99.

- A chunkier heel for those on their feet all day.

By Toni Stokes, with much appreciated research help from Claire Davidson.