We don’t know about you, but if there’s one thing we want from our autumn/winter boot investment, its versatility. Sure, versatile may not be the most exciting adjective to describe a key new season purchase, but trust us, the sartorial rewards you’ll reap from a pair of boots that can take you from work to weekend are plentiful. While we’ve got nothing against an impulse buy – nothing beats the thrill of buying something you never knew you needed but suddenly can’t imagine life without – we firmly believe boots should be a considered purchase.
There’ll always be flavours of the season to tempt you when it comes to boots – red, white, OTK, kitten heel and slouch to name a few AW17 biggies – but a savvy starting point for your autumn wardrobe is a classic pair of boots that you can wear to the office and beyond. To be clear, versatile does not equal boring. Take Carvela Kurt Geiger 'Soldier', a classic black ankle boot elevated by military-esque gold studs. The block heel makes them comfortable enough to wear round the clock and they’ll work with everything from this season’s checked trousers to printed midi dresses.
Crave comfort but not at the sacrifice of style? Get ready to live in Carvela Kurt Geiger’s best-selling 'Slow' boots. A luxe Chelsea/brogue boot hybrid in black or tan, style with a shift dress for the office, jeans and oversized knit and trench coat on weekends.
OTK doesn’t have to equal OTT. Once deemed difficult to pull off, over-the-knee boots are now a wardrobe staple, and opting for a flat style is a fast-track to pulling off the trend with aplomb. For a style that won’t date but has that extra special something, look no further than KG Kurt Geiger’s stud-adorned 'Volt'. Luxurious, comfortable and cool (pretty much the boot holy trinity right there), think A-line pelmet skirts and chic shirts for the 9-5, skinny jeans and fluffy knits off-duty.
The rise of the OTK by no means relegates the classic knee-high to the back of the closet. Always in style – that’ll be down to their off-the-scale comfort and cosiness – Carvela Kurt Geiger’s 'Waffle' is a riff on the riding boot, combining a snaffle trim with statement gold side zip. Try with a striped polo neck and knitted skirt for a look that will work for the office and beyond. And, while blazers may be having a moment right now, resist pairing them with riding boots or prepare for a slew of jokes about where you’ve left your horse.
Got black and tan boots ticked? Switch it up this season with navy – variety is the spice of life after all. As versatile (yep, there’s that word again) as the aforementioned shades, navy looks especially good with this season’s rust and jewel tones. Oh, and forget the ‘rules’ – it looks impossibly chic when paired with black too. Carvela Kurt Geiger’s 'Smile' may seem unassuming at first glance, but the cylindrical, patent croc heel gives them a serious fashion edge. Midi dresses (try a knitted style to contrast with the soft suede) and cropped trousers are a must to showcase that statement heel - extra style points for cord trews.