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.
Tan Leather Co-Ord + Snake-Print Boots
'60s Skirt Suit + White Boots
Checked Separates + Neutral Blazer + White Boots
Tonal Separates + Suede Boots