Best Boots for Autumn/Winter 2017

by Carnie Washbrook
women wearing winter boots in the street

The nights are drawing in, and it’s time to start looking for this season’s stylish winter boots. From ankle boots to over-the-knee, we’ve found the best winter boots for women. Check out our celebrity style inspiration and quick guide to buying the best boots for autumn/winter.

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Best Winter Boots – The alexie Edit

Before you buy winter boots, you need to check out our favourites. We’ll show you the best colour and kind to buy, as well as revealing the newest trend in fashion boots: sock boots.

Over-the-Knee Boots

Anna Field - Over-the-knee-boots - bordo
Anna Field Over-the-Knee Boots Bordo - £36.99
Missguided Navy Faux Suede Over-the-Knee Boots - $86
grey feature heel thigh high boots
Missguided Grey Feature Heel Thigh High Boots - $86
Belstaff - Ashbridge Boots
Shopbop Belstaff Ashbridge Boots - $1,095
HINTERLAND - Mid Heel Over the Knee Boots - Black
Russell & Bromley Hinterland Mid Heel Over-the-Knee Boots - £695
mint&berry Over-the-knee-boots - khaki
mint&berry Over-the-Knee Boots Khaki - £99.99

There’s nothing better than stepping out in winter in a gorgeous pair of over-the-knee boots. These winter lace up boots from Zalando mean you can wear a dress in winter without the pain of cold legs. Choose burgundy for an autumn look, or black for winter wear.

We’ve also chosen a pair of Russell and Bromley thigh high boots in black. These flat winter boots will look gorgeous with skinny jeans, and the elasticated top means that they are both comfortable and flattering.

Knee-High Boots

Black Contrasting Material Knee High Flats
Missguided Black Contrasting Material Knee High Flats - $76
IRO Drapy Knee Boots
Shopbop Iro Drapy Knee Boots - $745
ASOS CAUGHT UP Leather Knee High Boots
ASOS Caught Up Leather Knee High Boots - $119

When choosing shoes for winter, knee high boots are a classic. You can pull them on over jeans or wear with a dress, no matter whether it is raining or snowing. The best knee high boots we have found are Joe Browns’ knee high boots from Debenhams. These statement winter lace up boots are also available in black.

If you are a high street shopper, take a look at the River Island ladies boots. We love the limited edition dark red knee high riding boots. With a low block heel, they are perfect for those of you who are looking for winter flat boots.

Mid-Calf Boots

M&S COLLECTION - Wide Fit Side Zip Mid-calf Boots
M&S Collection Wide Fit Side Zip Mid-Calf Boots - £45
s.Oliver RED LABEL - CowboyBiker Boots - Brown
Zalando s.Oliver Red Label Cowboy/Biker Boots - £79.99
TOM TAILOR - Winter Boots - Navy
Tom Tailor Winter Boots - £59.99
Head Over Heels Rayna Side Bow Detail Calf Boots
Head Over Heels Rayna Side Bow Detail Calf Boots - £70
HOLLIE Pull On Boots
Hollie Pull On Boots - $130
Matiko - Miraval Boots
Matiko Miraval Boots - $196

Mid-calf boots are some of the best winter shoes as they are long enough to keep you warm, but short enough to be practical. Looking at online winter shoes, UK store Zalando has a wide range. The TOM TAILOR winter boots are leather and imitation leather, and are padded for extra comfort.

If you are looking for something prettier, the Head Over Heels Rayna Side Bow Detail Calf Boots from House of Fraser are charming winter fashion boots with a side bow detail. If your style is more chic, the slouchy pull-on boots from Topshop are stunning in rust orange.

Ankle Boots

Tamaris - High Heeled Ankle Boots - Vine
Tamaris High Heeled Ankle Boots Vine - £49.99
Steve Madden Doruss Leather Studded Boots
Steve Madden Doruss Leather Studded Boots - $143
ara - Chelsea - Boots - street-fucile
Ara Chelsea Boots Street/Fucile - £99.99
NO. 21 Embellished plaid canvas ankle boots
No. 21 Embellished Plaid Canvas Ankle Boots - $745
MANUEL Patent Leather Boots
Manuel Patent Leather Boots - $140
M&S Collection - Block Heel Embroidered Ankle Boots
M&S Collection Block Heel Embroidered Ankle Boots - $80

Ankle boots are some of the most versatile shoes you can buy for winter. But just because it is getting colder, don’t let the colour drain out of your outfit. The Manuel Patent Leather Boots from Topshop come in lilac, silver, yellow and black. We’ve chosen yellow as it a very popular colour for cool ankle boots this autumn.

If you’re looking for something more unusual but want to stay on trend, the embellished plaid canvas ankle boots from Net-a-Porter are a must-buy. At $745 they are an investment, but with the soft leather lining and embellishment at the toe, they will add some style to your tailored look.

Following on from the summer embroidery trend, the Chelsea ankle boots. Chelsea boots can be worn casually with turned-up jeans, or wool dress and knitted tights for a winter lunch date. If you’re not sure on colours, tan never goes out of fashion.

Combat Boots

ALTUZARRA Faux pearl-embellished canvas-trimmed leather ankle boots
Net-a-Porter Altuzarra Faux Pearl-Embellished Canvas-Trimmed Leather Ankle Boots - $1395
Hilfiger Denim - Winter Boots - Grey
Hilfiger Denim Winter Boots Grey - £144.99
Missguided Khaki Suede Buckle Bow Detail Boots - $76

Thinking practically, the best winter lace up boots are combat boots, and this year they have hit the runways by storm. But the difficulty with combat boots is finding the balance between practical and fashionable. We’ve found the solution with the ALTUZARRA faux pearl-embellished canvas-trimmed leather ankle boots from Net-a-Porter, which can be worn with everything from floral dresses to distressed denim. For the edgier lady, the suede buckle bow detail boots from Missguided are quirky in khaki.

Sock Boots

burgundy sock leg suedette midi boots
Missguided Burgundy Sock Leg Suedette Midi Boots - $67
Raye X Revolve Farley in Black Stretch - $248
ASOS REGIONAL Point Sock Boots
ASOS Regional Point Sock Boots - $56
MADAME Sock Boots
Topshop Madame Sock Boots - $65
ASOS RUNWAY Sock Boots
ASOS Runway Sock Boots - $51
Heel sock boots
Mango Heel Sock Boots - $129.99

The latest trend in autumn boots is sock boots. These stretch-fit boots combine comfort and high-fashion to create a stylish, yet cosy, look. You’ll mainly find these fashionable boots in ankle-height, but the snug fit also lends itself to over-the-knee boots.

The over-the-knee boots we’ve chosen from Revolve are classic in black, with the added ease of being able to slip them right on. If you’re looking for a less snug fit, the burgundy sock leg suedette midi boots from Missguided also come in tan and black.

Celeb Inspiration

Jennifer Aniston and Rosie Huntington-Whitely show how knee-high boots can be worn from autumn to winter, whether your style is classic or more edgy.

Rosie Huntington-Whitely

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Rosie Huntington-Whitely is wearing tan knee-high boots with skinny jeans and a classic-cut wool trench coat. To replicate her winter look we’ve chosen the Gianvito Rossi suede knee boots from Net-a- Porter, paired with a military-style coat from ASOS.

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

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Jennifer Aniston has chosen an edgier outfit to go with her tan knee-high boots. The leather jacket and frayed scarf create modern autumn look that can be worn for a day out or casual drinks with friends.

Quick Guide to Autumn/Winter Boots

  • Ankle boots can be worn with anything from tailored suits to flowing skirts.
  • Sock boots are the latest ankle winter boots to be introduced this year.
  • If you are looking for something chunkier, combat boots are on trend at the moment.
  • Over-the-knee boots are the best boots to choose if you want to wear shorter skirts and dresses during the colder seasons.
  • Knee-high boots look great with skinny jeans or a dress, from autumn to winter.
  • Mid-calf boots are a stylish choice for those of you who want that halfway point between ankle and knee-high boots.

Have You Found Your Boots for Winter?

Now you’ve read our guide to the best boots for autumn/winter, you should have your eye on a couple of favourites. If not, take another look through our seasonal picks for some ideas. Then it’s time to get shopping before the cold weather sets in.

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