Boot Camp: best buys for the new season
A boot that will take you through all weathers (and still look good) is a hard thing to find, so we've summarised a few of our favourite winter boots that are sturdy, substantial and not scared of a little adverse weather.
Best Budget: Matalan fur-trim lace-up boots
Matalan have undercut almost everyone else with their winter boots this season, turning out some highly wearable pieces at under £25. Fur-effect trim is going to be big again this season, and is a particularly good choice if you're going for a cheaper shoe as adds the extra warmth you can lose without real leather. I can imagine being very happy to have these boots around on days when the world outside is windy and wet. Pick up a pair for £22 at Matalan.
Best all-rounder: Radley Grosvenor riding boot
Three-figures for a pair of boots is pretty much standard, so we think that £160 for this originally £200 pair is a pretty good deal. They're such a classic style that you'll be able to keep them for years, and being made by Radley, they've constructed from seriously tough leather. Quintessentially British and bursting with style, they'll look good either on top of tights or keeping your warm underneath your trousers. £120 at Radley.
If you don't normally go designer but are willing to stretch a little for your perfect winter boots, I think that this style from Kors Michael Kors will provide years of happy wearing. With just enough of a platform to provide height and support, this is a great boot silhouette from a very trustworthy brand. These boots will give an edge to any outfit, from your favourite jeans to a fashion-savvy black skirted ensemble. And the elasticated ankle makes them great for all shapes. £305 at Net-a-Porter
If you're fortunate enough to be in the market for high-end utility boots, you want to find a pair that will last you a lifetime. Bottega Veneta has one of the best reputations for supreme quality leather worldwide, so we've picked out a style that's a universal classic from the Italian brand. Biker boots are perfect for those who don't want to go too 'country' (i.e. riding boots) but are looking for a pair that will go with anything. These will do just nicely! £765 at Net-a-Porter