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With the chill descending on the fashion world, many of us have already jumped into our trusty winter boots. And no, we’re not talking about the visually painful Moon boots, but in fact this season’s luxe leather, printed and embellished options.

But fashion is never without a face-off, and in this case, a boot-off between the beloved ankle boot and the more serious knee high version is ensuing, making it pretty difficult to choose our preferred version!

Ankle (in order of appearance):

Eleanor-Dalmation Almond Toe Shoe Boot, £35, available at Stylistpick

Rag & Bone Harrow Suede Boots, £385, available at Matches

Black Stud Toe Ankle Boots, £65, available at Next


Knee High (in order of appearance):

Pierre Hardy Glossed-leather and Suede Knee Boots, £655, available at Net-A-Porter

Diane von Furstenberg Crystal High Heel Boots, £354.58, available at shopbop

Kurt Geiger London Talia Boots, £295, available at Kurt Geiger

The ankle boot is unarguably a wardrobe staple. Perfect for pairing with tucked in or slightly rolled up skinny jeans, or wear with trousers for a winter-appropriate diversion from open toe heels. They’re also the easiest way to toughen up a saccharine sweet dress for daytime, and you could even wear yours à la trendsetter Fearne Cotton, with frilled socks peeking out at the ankle.

On the other hand, the suitably demure new season knee high boot is far removed from its previous dominatrix associations. The Equestrian trend has galloped into the lead with flat riding boots, whilst the fashion pack willingly took Givenchy’s leather knee high sheath boots into their stylish stride. Victoria Beckham is at the top of our knee high boot sporting list, having paired them with everything from a mid-length dress to a tight-fitting pencil skirt, and boy does that mother of four know how to make it work!

Browse through our top picks above and we’ll leave it to you to decide on the winner of this rather intense boot-off…

Are you an ankle-skimmer or a knee-knocker?

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