Sunday, 24 October 2010

Get on your boots!

It’s getting near to that time of year again when we all shake off the dust from our winter coats and pull out last year’s boots in preparation for the cold. For last year’s will have to do until we spy that perfect pair this season that will take us through to spring. Ankle, knee-high, mid-length, over-the-knee, heeled, wedged flat, there are just so many to choose from and often it takes a lot of looking to get your perfect winter pair.

I’ve always been very picky with boots as I have a bit of a chunkier leg than most and so I find it hard to find an ankle boot that doesn’t make my legs look like sausages, always envying the girls with slim legs that can wear any boots especially the little pixie ones. And its after years of trial and error that I have now found not one, but two styles that I know I can pull off.

Boot number one: The Clarks Desert boot £75

Now I know what you’re thinking, it doesn’t LOOK very stylish or glamorous. But the appeal of the Desert boot is that it’s so understated. A bit of a cult favourite, I have noticed these suede numbers popping up on both men and women all over the major cities in the UK and celebrities such as Professor Green, Ashley Olsen and Robert Pattinson have all been seen sporting a pair. Ranging in pastel colours, various shades of this season tan, black and brown, they’re a staple. There was even a limited edition Liberty print in paisley earlier this year.

If you’re not into this laidback style then there’s a few lovely heeled and wedge versions floating about. Like these from Office £78

Boot number two: The Chelsea boot, River Island £29.99

Like the Desert boot, the Chelsea boot is both for men and women. It once again plays on the understated. There isn’t a lot to say about this boot, they've got a lot of history and I don’t think it will ever be unstylish. Vintage finds of this style of boot are probably the best as they have their ow


little quirkiness. I recommend scouring eBay and your local Vintage shops to find your pair, but here are some of the best from the high street

Topshop £65

Urban Outfitters £45

Boot shopping is always difficult. By investing in a pair we have to that fulfil several needs; Top priority is keeping your feet warm and dry, followed by the “Can I wear it with both trousers and dresses?” and then we have to think about Recession looming again and ask ourselves the question “Will this still be stylish to wear next winter?”

My pick for this season are these beauties from Topshop, a steal at £35

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