Boots are an essential part of any wardrobe. In fact, we'd say that we rely on the fail-safe footwear option year-round, even during the balmy summer months where it wouldn't be uncommon for the Who What Wear UK team to style a pair of kitten-heel ankle boots with a swishy floral sundress. While we're aware this might sound totally bonkers to some, for us, it's not an exaggeration to say our wardrobes couldn't function without one or two pairs on rotation at any given time.
Now that we're headed into autumn (and a long stretch of cool weather ahead), we couldn't think of a better time to run through the new-season styles currently dropping into stores. Some are classics and investment styles we turn to again and again, but others may seem more directional (though well worth a look if you've been stockpiling basics and need a trend-led boost). Scroll below to see and shop autumn's 10 key boot styles, from super-slouchy heeled options to chunky hiking boots that wouldn't be out of place during a snowstorm.
While hiking boots are still firmly on the agenda (more on those later), we couldn't help but notice that combat boots are having a bit of a moment too. Always modelled in black leather, wear them with everything from floral dresses to high-waist trousers.
Want one super-versatile, wear-with-everything pair of ankle boots? Opt for something white with a mid heel. Pointed-toes always feel glamorous but, for day-to-day wear, try a round-toe.
A pair of suede knee-high boots will forever be a hero style. If you're unsure of how to style your timeless pair, take a cue from Hanna Stefansson and slip yours on underneath a midi dress.
Red might seem like a daunting colour to wear but, choose a slightly darker take on the hue, and you'll fid it'll go with just about everything you own. Though if Nnenna's look is anything to go by, you should certainly consider wearing it top-to-toe.