asso-bow-flat-boots.jpg High heels are all well and good (in fact, a lot of the time they're more than just good) but sometimes when that cold, winter wind is blowing and there's an icy path to negotiate as you go about your daily business, flats can be a lot more practical.

Happily, flat boots can also be pretty these days, with a lot of designs around that you'll want to wear all day, rather than take off and exchange for stilettos once you get to wherever you're going. I love the bow detailing on these black slouch boots from ASOS. It helps pretty-up what would otherwise be a standard pair of black boots, and the small heel also gives it a bit of an edge over something totally flat. Read on to see four more of our favourite flat boots for this season...

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Biker boots have never really gone out of fashion completely, but this year they're going through something of a revival. As well as being hard-wearing and comfortable, they're also good for giving a bit of a rockier edge to your outfits. This pair by Anna Sui is in a lovely bronze metallic leather, which you probably won't see on too many real bikers, but which will nevertheless make a nice change from black. Again, there's a small wooden stacked heel to give you just a little bit of extra height if you need it.

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I defy you not to find a colour you like amongst the 22 different shades Steve Madden's 'Titania' flat boots are available in. The plum suede shown here is my favourite, but you'll find everything from trusty old black and grey to a really quite frightening pink and green patent. Colours aside, the shape is a classic, and will look great over leggings or skinny jeans. They're £129.95.

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Famous for their chunk Campus boots, Frye have retained the military influence but gone for a more feminine shape with these 'Annie' mid-calf boots, which come in tan and black. As the ShopBop website points out, these will only get better with age (which is a good thing considering they're $298) so they'll be good for a few more winters yet. Again, this is a style that looks good over skinnies or leggings, but they'll also work with a casual skirt or dress.

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More harness detailing, this time from Kickers, which is a brand I tend to forget about. These boots are available at Next for £75, and while the slouchy shape is fairly familiar, it's the taupe colour that grabbed my attention with these. It makes an interesting alternative to black or brown, but is still fairly versatile, and will work with lots of different colours. These are also available in black, though, if you're not sure about it.

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