It might not be to your taste, and no, it might not be cutting-edge, but you can't deny that Kate Middleton has got her royal wardrobe down. It has taken years of careful refining and editing to get to where she is now; she went from preppy, countrified separates to timeless, grown-up elegance. Of course, like any good royal, she has got her shoe collection down to a functional few, and alongside the likes of court shoes, wellies and brogues, knee-high boots have got to be one of Kate's most beloved styles.
Kate wholeheartedly embraces the boots' equestrian roots, and it's clear the fashion crowd has been taking notes from the duchess this season. Warm, chic and comfortable (well, more than average heeled shoes), knee-high boots present an appealing option when the weather drops below zero. Available at a variety of budgets, this hardworking piece will cater to all your sartorial needs—from the office to weekend festivities.
Fancy bringing out the '70s vibes? Buy a pair in tan leather and style them with flared jeans, or, 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 winter saviours you'll return to season after season, year after year (just ask Kate). Scroll down to see our five favourite ways to style knee-high boots.
Skirt Suit + White Tights + White Boots
Midi Dress + Oversized Jumper + Pointed Boots
Style Notes: Knee-high boots are perfect for making your summer frock work for the winter months. This showgoer keeps things practical by adding an oversized roll-neck knit and blazer.
Checked Separates + Neutral Blazer + White Boots
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.
Roll-Neck + Jeans + Suede Black Boots
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.
Tan Leather Co-Ord + Snake-Print Boots
Style Notes: If your outfit is in need of a lift then try a pair of snake-print boots. Ellie from Slip Into Style uses hers to add interest to a leather midi skirt and shirt.