As temperatures plummet, make sure your feet stay cosy and warm in this season’s hottest boots, says Amy Norbury
Winter boots. An undisputed wardrobe hero. Your go-to footwear solution from the first frost, right until the first shoots of spring start to appear. When it comes to your winter wardrobe, those boots are second only to your big coat, so choosing the right pair is crucial. After all, you’ll be seeing a lot of each other over the next few months.
But with so many boots to choose from, which way do you go? Ankle, knee or even thigh-high? Everyday casual or fancy and fabulous?
Well, if chunky and platform shoes weren’t already leading the way for footwear trends, they will be imminently as this season’s winter boots are all about the sole. Forget your stilettos and leave your skyscraper block heels at home, because for AW22, heels are minimal.
Chunky track soles were the hot ticket at many AW22 shows, with designers including Chloé, Bottega Veneta and Jimmy Choo opting for fierce footwear.
Chunky soles made an appearance on everything from rain-friendly gumboots to Chelsea-style boots, adding a trendy twist to a selection of footwear favourites. So if you’re going to invest in just one pair of hero boots this season, make them chunky.
At least this trend is practical for the winter, as snow, sleet, and salted roads call for shoes that can stand up to the elements. While still looking stylish, of course.
Biker and combat styles, too, are proving to be particularly on-trend this year – with amped-up soles, of course. So look out for the addition of straps and tough embellishments like studs. Wear with your everyday litany of jeans and leggings, or give pretty dresses a 90s grunge-era twist by pairing with statement boots.