Polished yet versatile, grown-up yet comfortable, knee-high boots are surely the Holy Grail in the autumn shoe stakes. With a history that dates back over six decades (more if you include military uniform), this is the sort of wardrobe staple that you know you'll be wearing from your 20s right into your 60s and beyond. I bought a pair from Zara two years ago, and they were all I wore to work last winter, whether it was with a printed dress, floaty midi skirt or wide-leg jeans. They instantly elevated any outfit while still keeping me warm and my feet dry during an arctic January. I honestly could not live without them.
Perfect for both work and play, there are so many ways to spin this trend. Fancy bringing out the '70s vibes? Buy a pair in tan leather and style them with flared jeans. For a '90s twist, go for a black suede pair worn over skinny jeans à la Katherine Ormerod. So many options, so little time. Trust us—knee-high boots are the new season saviours you'll return to year after year (just ask Kate Middleton). Scroll down to see five easy ways to style knee-high boots this autumn.
Style Notes: The '60s are a clear source of inspiration for Hannah Stefansson's cute co-ord, and we love how she's added white tights. Get her look with Mango's new-season green checked skirt suit, which would look equally good with tan boots, FYI.
Style Notes: If you weren't sure whether knee-high boots would work over printed trousers, then just check out Nnenna Echem's checkered look. Our takeaway? Keep everything within the same colour spectrum to avoid print overkill.
Style Notes: If you prefer to keep things a little more simple, take your cues from Katherine Ormerod who creates a classic '90s look with suede boots, skinny jeans, a roll-neck and a pinstriped blazer.