Great Boots Are a Capsule Wardrobe Staple—Here Are the 36 Best Pairs for Autumn

Can we all agree that boots belong right up there with jeans and white shirts in the 'forever staples' category? Particularly at this time of year, when we will do whatever it takes to keep our toes shielded from the elements.

But boots offer more than just a practical antidote to the cold; I don't know about you, but this season, I've decided to be particularly strict with myself when it comes to boot-buying. Otherwise, my repertoire of ankle, knee-high and heeled pairs would have doubled in size over the past few weeks. They're classics for a reason, and even though boots of all kinds never go out of style, that doesn't stop new iterations from catching my eye on the regular. 

It's difficult to maintain this willpower when brands—high street and luxury alike—are doing such a good job of creating fresh and functional designs. So, for those who aren't on a boot ban like myself, I've rounded up the best pairs out there for you to enjoy, as well as outlined the six most timeless styles that I'm sure you'll love and wear for years to come. From sleek Chelsea shapes to sleek knee-highs, consider this your ultimate boot guide. 

Scroll on to discover the very best boots for women to invest in this year and wear for plenty more to come.

1. Best Chunky Boots

Style Notes: Chunky boots may sit at the statement end of the spectrum, but their versatility is undisputed. Wear yours with a midi dress and longline coat, like Emma, or with cropped jeans and a shirt. 

Shop chunky boots:

These are a great dupe for The Row's Zipped boots.

Wedge ankle boots are going to be BIG news this year. Wear yours with relaxed denim and a blazer or a mini dress.

These are some of the best chunky boots I've seen on the high street in a while.

I'm predicting lace-up boots will make a comeback this year. Watch this space.

The whole WWW team has been so impressed by & Other Stories' shoe selection lately.

2. Best Knee-High Boots

Best boots for women: @sylviemus_ wears knee-high boots with a leather skirt and denim jacket



Style Notes: We've been singing the praises of knee-high boots for over a year now, but with this chic silhouette set to dominate the season ahead, it's the perfect time to pick up a pair. 

Shop knee-high boots:

Perfect for a night out when you don't want to bare your legs to the elements.

Mango sure knows how to make a directional boot.

Could these be the most beautiful knee-highs around? Very possibly...

Knee-high boots needn't be heeled. This flat pair with go with so many outfits, from floral dresses to leggings and shirts.

A tan pair of high boots is such a staple come autumn. I wear mine with midi dresses and slip skirts. 

They also come in black leather! And feature the perfect heel height, too.

This western-style pair look so expensive in real life.

3. Best Heeled Boots

Best boots for women: @ada_oguntodu wears patent heeled boots with a midi dress



Style Notes: Whether you reserve your heeled boots for evening excursions or like adding a bit of height to your daily look, everyone needs *at least* one pair in their collection.

Shop heeled boots:

Make every outfit feel more luxurious with these sleek boots.

A great pair of heeled boots will work hard in your wardrobe. Pair these with jeans, trousers, dresses and more.

For a real investment, look to Toteme's instagram-famous iteration. They come as above, in leather and in suede.

Nod to the western trend (it's not going anywhere by the way) with these simple ankle boots that give you just the perfect amount of added height.

This rich brown colour works beautifully with shades of beige, camel and rust.

Every fashion person loves Chloé's curved heel boots.

This putty shade will go with so many colourways, from bright primary hues to understated neutrals.

4. Best Flat Boots

Style Notes: You won't find a more suitable shoe for everyday wear than the humble flat boot. Style it with trousers, skirts, dresses or jeans, like Francesca Saffari—the options are endless.

Shop flat boots:

You'll never run out of ways to wear classic black Chelsea boots.

The only thing cooler than a Chelsea boot is a Chelsea boot in this patent coffee finish.

If you're on a budget, H&M's boots are some of the best on the high street.

5. Best Wide-Calf Boots

Best boots for women: @giasinatra wears a pair of wide-calf boots with a black co-ord



Style Notes: Struggling to find boots that fit comfortably around your calf? We went ahead and sought out the chicest options available now.

Shop wide-calf boots:

Team with a mini skirt for a totally retro look. 

You can choose from eight different calf widths. Cool, right?

The stretchy panel means comfort is guaranteed.

This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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