Buying a new pair of boots is now as a high priority on the autumn shopping agenda as choosing your winter coat. They’re super versatile, look good with pretty much anything, and you’re going to live in them until at least the end of March. With that in mind, picking your perfect pair isn’t something to be taken lightly. Just as you’d spend a little more than usual on that aforementioned coat, it’s totally worth splurging on a well-made, comfortable, go-with-everything pair that you’ll wear season after season. Handily, we’ve got plenty. Meet the five to add to your boot arsenal, asap…
The Black Ankle Boot
Hands up if a trusty black ankle boot is what you reach for on those in a rush/can’t be bothered/don’t know what to wear mornings? Whether you’re a flat or heel fan, you’ll be aware that their versatility knows no bounds, meaning they’re often the first port of call when it comes to new boots. For a sturdy, comfortable and cool flat option, you can’t go wrong with Carvela Kurt Geiger’s 'Snail'. Brogue detailing elevates the classic lace-up style, while the tread sole can take on whatever the weather throws at you. For a heel that you can legitimately wear 24/7, say hello to Carvela Kurt Geiger’s 'Snore'. Simple from the front but statement at the back thanks to a zip fastening and pewter studs, the stacked heel and flexible sole means serious comfort without any style sacrifice.
The Knee-High Boot
Sitting between ankle and over-the-knee’s as the middle child of the boot family, knee-high boots are simultaneously classic, polished and cool. Decorated with military-inspired buttons (a perennial trend, meaning they’ll always feel relevant) Carvela Kurt Geiger’s 'Waterloo' has an 85mm block heel for all-day comfort. And you can’t put a price on that, right? A balance of classic style and statement details make an investment boot, and KG Kurt Geiger’s 'Trance' is a case in point. Crafted from smooth leather, the crocodile embossed cylindrical heel puts a fresh spin on the staple knee-high. For a flat option, Carvela Kurt Geiger’s 'Waffle' fuse comfort and luxury thanks to a timeless horse bit detail.
The OTK Boot
In terms of keep-you-cosy credentials, over-the-knee boots are off the scale. Once deemed difficult to wear, they’ve become a bona fide boot essential. The last word in OTK luxury, Carvela Kurt Geiger’s 'Winner' offers an elegant take on the sexy style. Made from the softest nubuck leather, in classic black or on-trend wine, the stiletto heel may be sharp, but the 90mm height takes you from day to night. Steal a styling hack from the fashion set and wear them slightly slouchy. Flat OTK’s possess all the leg-lengthening powers of their heeled counterparts, but with added comfort. Speaking of which, the elasticated gusset (the bit that makes getting them on and off much less of a faff) and padded sock of the stud-adorned KG Kurt Geiger 'Volt' make for a style you’ll want to live in all winter.
The Chelsea Boot
A simple but enduring style (it’s been in vogue since the 60s) the appeal of the classic Chelsea boot lies in its simplicity, practicality and understated cool. Super easy to wear thanks to its slip-on construction and side panel, the Chelsea looks good with, well, everything. Kurt Geiger London’s 'Siren' is our 2017 take; an on-point update with a higher cut that tapers to the leg with an elevating block heel, destined to become a modern classic. A timeless addition to any shoe-drobe, there’s a reason (or should that be reasons) Carvela Kurt Geiger’s 'Slow' consistently tops the best-seller list. Unbelievably comfy thanks to a flexible sole, it’s the perfect mix of classic and versatile and as hard-wearing as it is hard-working.
The Biker Boot
Synonymous with the sartorial nonchalance exuded by off-duty models, edge-adding biker boots have migrated from passing trend to full-blown boot staple. Much like a Chelsea, they’re tough, hardwearing and perfect for taking on winter. Kurt Geiger London’s 'Richmond' perfectly juxtaposes comfort and style, combining signature biker buckled straps with a cosy real shearling lining and supportive cushioned sock. This season sees the rise of the high fashion biker – think studs, jewels, pearls and bows adorning the stompy shape – and Carvela Kurt Geiger’s 'Sander' is a seriously luxe way to take on the elements.