The ankle boot is a classic of winter footwear – reliable whatever the weather and occasion. The high street has designs that fit into trends – see the cowboy ankle boot with a twist. If you want to invest, a durable hiking style or a chunky-soled Chelsea boot will last several seasons.
Or you may be in the market for something a bit more glitzy. Heeled boots that have a one-night-only feel are plentiful at rental sites. Go rock’n’roll with snakeskin or choose midnight blue velvet for a luxe edge. Pair them with a rented party dress for a “wow” effect.
And if you don’t mind walking in someone else’s shoes, you can pick up secondhand designer boots for a steal. Leather ones wear particularly well; or if you’re lucky you might find a never-worn pair.
Cream chunky, £240, essentiel-antwerp.com
These work with wide-leg jeans and midi dresses.
Cowboy ankle, £119, zara.com
A twist on a classic, these boots will look fun with a party dress.
Black lace-ups, £118, nae-vegan.com
Made from vegan leather, with a flexible sole that prevents blisters.
Crocodile-look, from £43, by Paris Texas, hurrcollective.com
Style these with a long-line knitted dress.
Black lace-ups, £14 for three days’ rental, by Karen Millen wearmywardrobeout.com
Lace-up boots are the perfect addition to a tailored suit.
Blue velvet, from £7 a day, by 3.1 Phillip Lim, mywardrobehq.com
Ease back into high heels with this statement style.
Burgundy leopard print, £75, us.vestiairecollective.com
Snap up a bargain: these never-worn Calvin Kleins are a real find.
Black suede, £35, cosresell.com
Suede is always versatile – just be sure to protect it against the elements.
Tan lace-up, £44, marketplace.asos.com
These lace-ups will be the focal point of your look – style with a floral dress.