Hands up if, when you go clothes shopping, you make a beeline for the pieces you know will suit your body shape? Now, hands up if you’ve ever applied that logic to buying a new pair of boots? Not so much, we’d bet. But, just as V-necklines flatter bigger chests and high-waisted trousers help to elongate petite frames, some boot styles suit certain body types better than others. Obviously, we’re not saying everyone can’t wear an ankle boot (or knee-high or over-the-knee for that matter) just that certain iterations of those styles are more flattering than others. Our handy boot guide will help you find the boots to nail autumn in style…
If you’re petite but leggy, over the knee and knee high boots are definitely on the menu and Kurt Geiger London’s 'Waterloo' is a never-date knee-boot you’ll wear time and again. If you’re on the shorter side, ankle boots will help to make legs look longer. Look to Miss KG 'Shez', Carvela Kurt Geiger 'Smiling' and Carvela Kurt Geiger 'Sphinx' to do the job whatever your heel height preference. Pointed styles are another nifty way to elongate petite pins, and you can’t go wrong with Carvela Kurt Geiger’s cool 'Slight' style.
Been working hard to sculpt those thighs and calves? The best way to show them off is with a heeled ankle boot. If you’re a pro in heels, KG Kurt Geiger’s 'Spring' platform is a go-with-everything must-have. For something lower, a chunky block midi heel makes Carvela Kurt Geiger’s 'Snore' as comfy as they are cool. Avoid the dreaded leg cut off with lower cut vamps (the bit of the boot that covers the foot) like Carvela Kurt Geiger’s 'Rida', or work this season’s sock boot trend with the kitten-heeled Carvela Kurt Geiger 'Scilly'. They cling to – and therefore slim – the ankle to create a surprisingly flattering silhouette. Don’t write off OTK styles either – a black or grey pair worn with dark skinny jeans can create the illusion of longer, leaner legs.
Taller ladies are blessed with the stature to pull off over-the-knees and knee-high boots with aplomb. Don’t want to add extra height? KG Kurt Geiger 'Volt' is the perfect work to weekend flat OTK option. If you’re not afraid of boosting your vital statistics, you’ll love Kurt Geiger London’s luxe 'Violet' – the 90mm cone-shaped heel is chic enough for day but statement enough for after-dark. Forever in flats? Carvela Kurt Geiger’s equestrian-inspired 'Saddle' ankle boot is a style you’ll pull out season after season.
Ankle boots that sit slightly higher up and hug the leg are made for you. Kurt Geiger London’s 'Damsel' is our mid-height update on the timeless Chelsea boot and will become a modern boot classic – choose from tan, navy or rich burgundy. As you might have heard us mention, OTK’s are having a major moment this season, which is good news for you – they create the illusion of shapelier legs. Slim pins can handle bold prints and colours, so go all-out in Kurt Geiger London’s leopard print 'Vallence' or metallic blue 'Vita'.