Throughout 2012, fashion weeks and catwalks were buzzing with the latest boot trends, inspired no doubt by the increasingly colder temperatures and a return to the Heritage-inspired style that favours traditional English winter wear. Of particular note were the quality leather riding boots currently favoured by Ralph Lauren, which you can match with a tweed coat or Burberry scarf to complete the look. For a high-street alternative, Clarks’ range of women’s shoes include some great options inspired by country living. Their GORE-TEX range, which uses special materials that are waterproof while still allowing your feet to breathe, is particularly welcome in the wet winter months!
Extra-high boots have also made a big impression this year, with top designers like Versus and Roland Mouret sending thigh-hugging leather boots down the runway in colours to match the rest of the outfit. This over-the-knee style brings a real boldness to an outfit – although a pair of warm leggings in the same colour will have a similar, more subtle effect for a softer look. Wear with a dress that ends just above the knee, or create a more daring ensemble by leaving a visible gap between the boot top and the hemline.
Finally, ankle-boots are as popular as they ever have been. These give your outfit a far more feminine look and, while they might not keep your legs warm, they will ensure your feet remain dry and toasty. They’ll accentuate the shape of your legs more, and in soft grey-ish hues contribute an almost baroque appearance, especially when worn with gold prints and bold colours. Alternatively, look out for those with fur-like lining and match with a double-breasted jacket to complete the popular military dress look that’s been big this year.
Whatever look you’re going for this winter, a good pair of boots will see you in good stead until the first signs of spring. Of course, there’s no guarantee the UK will have warmed up by then, but at least you’ll look good, and will be able to head out into the snow without getting cold feet![/no skim]