No outfit is complete without a stylish pair of boots. Comfy, practical and flattering, they're the sturdy footwear you need to get you through the chillier end of the year and into spring. They're easy to walk in, look great with skirts, trousers and shorts, and if you buy high-quality they should last the years. Picking a pair isn't always easy though, so we've spent time trawling the internet for the best options you can buy in 2020 to help you along.
From trusted footwear brands like Ugg and Clarks to up-and-coming designers like Mint Velvet, there are some spectacular pairs online which will keep your feet healthy and snug through strolls in the snow, classy parties and that early morning march to work. Our buying guide will help you find your style, whether that's casual black Chelsea boots, waterproof ankle boots for hiking, snakeskin knee-high heels or a leather lace-up pair. Read on to give your feet a proper treat!
Is your battered old pair of boots in need of an upgrade? We can help. Choosing the right women's boots shouldn't be too hard if you think about what style suits your wardrobe and where you'll wear them. Our buying guide is packed with tips to make sure you shoe-shop smarter!
Heels or flats? Many of us have a preference, and some of us love to switch between both depending on the occasion. It's best to start out by deciding which are the most comfortable for you, which are the most flattering to your leg shape and where you'll wear them.
To elongate your legs, give you some added height (and possibly confidence?) and put you into a powerful, elegant mindset, a heeled boot is just the ticket!
Make sure you're happy walking in them, and consider the heel thickness – a chunky heel will of course be practical enough for work, while a slimmer heel requires a little more balance and gives a truly flamboyant touch to whatever you've planned to wear.
If you plan to walk to work in your new boots, head out on hikes or generally keep them for casual, energetic adventures, a flat boot is surely your best bet. You can also check for good grip if you live rurally, or just for safety come black ice season!
Flat boots may not be as flattering as higher heels, as they don't elongate your legs quite as much, but what they lack in sex appeal they certainly make up for in practicality and comfort.
Next on your list of considerations is the length of the boot. As well as what you're wearing and how warm you'd like them to be, this will depend on your body shape and how you like to feel when wearing them.
Ankle boots are very versatile and can be worn for most of the year, but depending on which you go for, some styles can end up cutting off the leg at an unflattering point. Equally, some may find knee-high boots more restrictive or just not their thing style-wise – it all depends on what you like best!
Another important consideration is how your boots are fastened. This will of course influence how quickly you can put them on, along with how sturdy, secure and close-fitting they are. All good details to keep in mind before you buy!
If saving time is a priority, opt for boots with a zip. They will often have other details like faux laces or a decorative buckle, but can be taken on and off super easily – perfect if you're always running late or simply don't like too much fuss.
For footwear fiends who like to be able to adjust the tightness, and therefore the comfort and support, of their boots, laces may be the answer. They can be pulled taut or left loose according to both your preference and how wide or narrow your feet are.
Laces also give a particular schoolgirl aesthetic which can be at once preppy and grungey, looking great with almost every outfit choice. Once they're worn out, laces are cheap and cheerful to replace, too.
Slip-on boots are the laziest option of all, and can be pulled on and kicked off instantly. A slouchy, snuggly pair can be worn along to the corner shop or to a friend's house for dinner with minimum effort and work well with both a tracksuit and a stretchy dress.
A smarter leather pair of slip-ons are low-key cool no matter your outfit, but if you have particularly wide or narrow feet you may have to look for a brand that caters to different widths to ensure a proper fit.
Leather boots are extremely durable and often very well-made, so can last over the years if treated carefully. Unfortunately they are not cruelty-free if this is a concern, although nowadays you will be able to hunt down some higher-quality faux-leather pairs by vegan brands.
Patent shoes have a shiny, stylish effect that looks fun and flirtatious with any outfit. It's all a matter of taste of course, as to some people's minds patent leather or glossy plastic can look a little cheap!
Suede or hair-covered shoes look exceptionally chic, but will require some additional care and treatment to ensure they don't get damaged. Look out for a suede protector spray or similar, and be sure to check the weather before you leave the house, and suede shoes and puddles are not the best of friends.
Next, we introduce our top ten favourite women's boots from a range of brands, including both designer labels and timeless classic shoemakers. Don't forget to check out the spec tables to help you compare which boots have the qualities you desire!
|Fabric||Leather and suede|
|Heel||High (8.5 cm)|
John Lewis & Partners
Made in England 1460 Vintage Lace Up Boots
Women's Leather Ankle Boots
Suede Block Heel Ankle Boots
Faith Leather Snake Print Knee High Boots
Katy Crocodile Leather Pointed Ankle Boots
Classic II Short Sheepskin Ankle Boots
Sandy Leather Riding Boots
Women's Sheer Flora Chelsea Boots
Women's Premium Waterproof Lace Up Boots
Orinoco Spice Biker Boots
Best Boots in the Business
Timeless Chelsea Boots
Classic Shape, Eye-Catching Shade
Pure 70s Nostalgia
Croco-Dial Up the Drama
Casual as Can Be
Top of the Crops
Never Change Your Spots
The One and Only
|Heel||Flat||Flat||Medium||High (8.5 cm)||Medium||Flat||Flat||Medium||Flat||Medium|
|Fastening||Lace-up||Slip-on||Zip||Zip||Zip||Slip-on||Adjustable buckles||Slip-on||Lace-up||Lace-up, zip|
|Fabric||Leather||Leather||Suede||Leather||Patent Leather||Suede||Leather and suede||Synthetic hair||Leather||Leather|
New year, new shoes, right? The right footwear will ensure your hardworking feet are comfortable, warm and looking great no matter the occasion or season, so why not have a peek at our related buying guides?
All of these boots are made for walking... and that's just what they'll do! We hope our buying guide has inspired you to pick yourself some gorgeous new footwear. Maybe something in our ranking catches your eye, but if not, if nothing else you've been given the tools to browse better and shop more cleverly for the ideal pair.
Author: Annie Hopkins
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