It's time to channel your inner Brontë heroine because this season, lace-up boots are staging a quiet fashion revolution. Slowly but surely, the Victorian-inspired style is being embraced by Instagram's elite and stealing the spotlight from the extroverted trends that have dominated this season—think throwback '70s suede numbers and theatrical cowboy boots.
The lace-up boot style dates back to the 19th century where women would wear them for activities such as horse riding and driving. Practical yet chic, they would typically feature a high heel, pointed toes and tight lacing. The 2018 iterations are in the same vein (except with the addition of a practical side zip. and maybe a tad less horse riding) and everyone from Zara and Whistles to By Far and Tabitha Simmons has offered up their own interpretations.
Many influencers are drawing inspiration from the epoch and styling theirs with ankle-grazing, long-sleeved dresses and tailored coats. Far from being a one-trick pony, this boot style can also be worn with ripped denim and printed suits, as seen on Trine Kjaer. So make like Mary Poppins this winter and invest in some lace-up boots—you won't regret it. Scroll down to see and shop our edit of the best.
Lace-up boots needn't be reserved for midi dresses. Be inspired by Trine Kjaer and try styling a checked suit with a patent pair.
We're obsessed with Zara's lace-up boots, which look even better in real life—trust us. We'll be wearing these with all our winter maxi dresses.
If you're bored of black, try these brown iterations out for size. The square front is also great if you find pointed toes uncomfortable.
Shop Our Favourite Lace-Up Boots
The chunky heel makes these By Far boots.
A great alternative to the many black boots around.
The nude hue offers a modern twist on the trend.
These feel so expensive in real life but come in under £100.
Lace-up boot plus snake skin equals shoe perfection.
Wear with cropped flares and a chunky knit.
The kitten heel makes these super easy to walk in.