Ah, January. Christmas already feels like a distant memory and you’re in the market for a wardrobe update (new year, new you etc) but what to buy to refresh your look when it’s still freezing outside? A new pair of boots, obviously. Call us biased, but as far as we’re concerned, you can never have too many boots, and with everything from slouch to western to white on offer, there’s always room for something new in your arsenal…
The Block Heel Boot
You don’t need us to tell you that a great black ankle boot will be the hardest-working option in your shoe collection. Inherently cool, they work day or night, with everything from skirts and dresses to denim and tailored trousers. Seriously, in terms of cost-per-wear value, black ankle boots are unrivalled and setting Kurt Geiger 'Strut' apart from the competition is a Perspex block heel and on-point square toe. Covered on the black ankle boot front? Make like Kendall Jenner and snap up the off-white version – the supermodel barely took them off her feet last year.
The Slouch Boot
Championed on the catwalks and cemented as a cult buy by future royalty Meghan Markle, the slouch boot is here to stay for another season. Kurt Geiger’s 'Violet' over-the-knee boots were an instant sell-out after being sported by Ms Markle herself (call it the ‘Meghan effect’) but are back in stock – for now. If you want a break from black to brighten up your January wardrobe, it’s all about the tan suede Carvela 'Shimmy' (coming soon!). A stacked wooden cone heel makes them great for festival season too. Both styles are the perfect partner for the floaty, asymmetric floral midi dresses that are going nowhere - just add a jumper on those extra chilly days. Love Violet but more of a knee-high kinda girl? Say hello to Carvela 'Willa', crafted from the same soft suede, they can be worn at knee height or scrunched down to create a slouchier shape. Try with a pleated midi and polo neck. Mid-calf boots are still big news in 2018 and provide the ultimate transitional update. Carvela’s best-selling 'Scrunch' boot (the suede version was snapped up by many a fashion blogger for AW17) is re-worked in leather for the new season. Sitting on an oh-so-now con heel, the statement shape demands minimal styling – think skinny jeans and an oversized knit.
The White Ankle Boot
White ankle boots were the breakout trend of autumn/winter, but the breath of fresh air they provide makes them perfect for the new season too. Trust us; their power to pep up the simplest of outfits is nothing short of magical. We’re not going to pretend white boots are as practical as their black or tan counterparts, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a place in your wardrobe. Kurt Geiger London’s 'Ride' and Carvela Kurt Geiger’s 'Spectacle' are exactly what white boots should be; statement but seriously wearable. The former is a minimalist masterpiece, while the latter is decorated with a subtle gold stud trim. The best bit? Both will go with everything in your wardrobe, but we’ve found that shades of tan and oatmeal prove a pleasingly chic winter combo.
The Western Boot
Say howdy (sorry) to SS18’s hottest boot trend. There’s a Western revival afoot, and you’ve got Givenchy, Calvin Klein and Coach to thank for it. Cowboy boots made a surprise return to the catwalks and we predict they’ll be all over the street style scene this season. Get ahead of the crowd with Carvela 'Sheriff', a versatile take on the trend. Wear with jeans and chunky jumpers now then switch to dresses and denim jackets for a festival spin later in the season.
The Edgy OTK
Last season saw the over-the-knee boot transition from statement piece to footwear staple, and if you didn’t invest, it’s not too late. Fierce with a capital F, Kurt Geiger London 'Vita' is surprisingly practical too – nothing will keep the winter chill at bay like them. Play with proportions by styling with a mini skirt and overcoat that falls just below the hemline or try with an oversized jumper dress for a chic take on cosy dressing. Extra style points for wearing them slouchy.