It's October - how did THAT happen? - which means we can ignore autumn no longer. No amount of Indian Summer can change the fact that the weather is turning and the nights are drawing in. Before we all get too depressed and start mentioning the C-word, let's rejoice in the wonders that a new season can bring to our wardrobes. As far as I am concerned, this time of the year is about coats and boots. While my coat addiction shows no signs of abating for now I'm turning my attention to boots. Ankle boots to be specific as I think they are the most universally flattering and versatile. At the moment the shops are full of boots in every conceivable fabric one can imagine; suede, sequins, tweed, velvet, lace, the list is endless. Now some of these are utterly ridiculous as you can only really wear lace boots inside given the British weather system but now is definitely the time to break away from traditional leather and experiment.
Topshop do a fabulous selection of different finishes and here are a few of my favourites:
Clockwise from top left:
Red MUSTARD western boot £75 - These are just gorgeous in the flesh and if they ever re-stock them in a 41 I shall consider mugging my own granny to get them.
Black MAXIMUM fringe loafer boot £82 - Gucci are currently selling a pair incredibly similar to these in their design. Obviously the leather on these Topshop ones is a far cry from the buttery soft deliciousness used by the Italian powerhouse but then so is the price tag. These are best worn with cropped slightly flared jeans as they are a bit harder to style with skinnies.
Floral KRAZY pointed boot £36 - I'm not sure how practical these are - actually I am sure; not at all - but they are quite fun and are a good price.
Silver AUBERGINE perspex heeled boot £82 - Metallic boots are a great way to update your look. Just keep everything else simple and let the boots do the talking and the walking.
Lace ALEGRA boot £75 - These have a classic shape and heel with a lace and suede update. Very wearable and a great twist on a basic black boot but just check the weather forecast before you venture out in them.
Leopard APPLE chelsea boot £79 - I am a leopard print obsessive and these boots are just lovely. Flats are having a moment right now so the shops are full of them. If flats are your thing then make hay while the sun shines.
There are other places to buy your boots from so here are the best of the rest:
Clockwise from top left:
Office Literally teal velvet boot £64 - With a practicality rating of zero these boots are made of this season's hottest fabric; velvet. All I think of when I hear that word are my early 90s crushed velvet dresses from Miss Selfridge but these boots are a touch more grown-up. They also come in black and bright pink depending on how glam rock you wish to go.
Office Lucky Charm boot £85 - These are a pretty good homage to the cult Chloe Susanna boot but in black nubuck. The Chloes are just divine but they cost about as much as my first car so I'll be sticking with these Office ones. Team with black skinnies and a band t-shirt and you'll be mistaken for Kate Moss when you walk down the street. They also come in black, red or white leather for £82 a pair.
& other stories sequinned ankle boot £125 - Add some real sparkle to your look with these sequinned ankle boots. There is no need to make any effort with your outfit whatsoever as everyone will be looking at your feet.
Whistles Belmont zebra Chelsea boot £225 - It's anything goes as far as animal print is concerned this season so take your pick from zebra, leopard, snake or whatever else you fancy. This zebra pair will toughen up any outfit.
River Island black metallic block heel boot £50 - If you'd prefer to stick to a black boot but fancy a subtle update then the metallic heel on these beauties does just that.
Zara flat leather ankle boots £69.99 - An androgynous flat pointed style with a feminine pony hair finish, I really like these boots and think they will look good with skinnies and skirts.
My advice here is not to spend too much on these as I don't see the trend for velvet floral or sequinned boots sticking around. Have fun with it and fingers crossed for a bright crisp Autumn with no rain so we can actually wear them. I'm off to every Topshop in the land to find those red ones - oh, and don't worry about my granny, she is perfectly safe.