Winter boots for me are a wardrobe essential.
Personally I live in boots from the autumn right through to when I get my toes out for summer! They are versatile, looking great with daywear – smart or casual, or for a more glammed up look.
As a runner and step aerobic addict enthusiast, finding boots to fit was my worst nightmare! Boot styles were not designed for my muscly calves and so my boot collection was entirely ankle boots. This may go some way to explain my personal extended boot season!
Gradually designers have realized we don’t all have naturally slender legs. This is great news, but with more choice, what styles should we look for?
Our choice of boots depends on a number of factors:
- body shape
- leg length
- width of calves
Far too many factors, when all you want to do is buy a pair of winter boots!
But I’ve done the hard work for you just follow my top tips for winter boots!
Post Christmas sales are a good source of ‘bargain hunting’ for boots. Why? Well retailers have one eye on incoming spring fashion and our recent mild autumns have not been great boot selling weather! But don’t get seduced with the price tag! The fact you are getting a bargain is the cherry on the top, not the reason for buying!
My tips below cover the five body shapes and then I also cover tips for petite and taller women. If you’re not sure what body shape you are then check out my guide.
Apple Body Shape
If you are a luscious apple, you will have a full tummy and but lovely slender legs. You want to create balance and so wedges are perfect for this. Calf length boots will show off your lovely legs.
If you are an apple body shape with short legs then choose a more slender heel. If you have longer legs then go for a chunkier wedge heel.
Pear Shaped Body
You carry your weight in your lower half.
Avoid calf length winter boots. These will simply make you look broader.
Instead look for knee length winter boots or ankle boots.
Choose boots that do not have a lot of embellishment and wear tights or leggings that match the boots and have an elongating effect.
Hourglass Body Shape
With your lovely curves, you will look great in a pair of ankle boots.
These will show off your lovely curvy ankles.
Rounded toes will also accentuate your curves. Heels should be stacked to show off your curves and add balance to your body.
You should consider mid-height heels, as the boots will be in proportion, low or high heels will look too clumpy.
Athletic Body Shape
You are looking to create curves.
Stilettos will add definition to your lower legs and in particular your calves.
You can also wear boots with embellishment and details that will add width to your lower body.
With regard to length of winter boots, you can wear all styles except for slouchy boots, as these will be disproportionate to your slim legs.
Inverted Triangle Body Shape
You want to add definition and balance to your lower half, so consider chunky heels and winter boot designs for this.
Calf length, slouch boots or cowboy boots will look fabulous on you to balance your broader top half.
Boots with embellishments or details will also help to balance your body shape.
If you are a petite woman with long legs then over the knee boots will look fabulous. Pointed toes will also help to elongate your height.
Avoid embellishments and details around your ankles as this will create a horizontal line and have the effect of undoing the illusion of height.
If you are petite with short legs, then go for ankle boots with a heel.
Winter boots look fantastic on tall women, particularly if you are tall and slender.
You can wear heels but you will also look amazing in low heel winter boots.
Riding boots with a low heel will look really glamorous.
If you have large feet then go for styles with a more rounded toe to help balance the length.
So What About ‘Difficult Feet’?
I have wide feet and find that Dune’s shoes and boots generally work for me and so do some Russell & Bromley styles. Apart from that it’s pot luck and very often tears of frustration!
For me this was always one of those ‘nice to have problems’. That was until a friend who has very narrow feet told me that she struggles to find footwear where her feet stay in the shoe! James Inglis cater for narrow feet.
Brands that cater for different width fittings (not necessarily across their entire range) are:
Hopefully this will give you some ideas and inspiration for boot shopping!
Just One Last Thing…
One question I’m regularly asked is how to style ankle boots with jeans or skirts/dresses.
My simple answer is you need to feel comfortable and confident. You do not want to feel self-conscious or faintly ridiculous with your outfit. This goes much deeper than simply boots but winter boots are a great example.
Here are a few suggestions, which are generalist and don’t take into account body shape:
Skinny or straight jeans are best with ankle boots.
You can either tuck jeans in to your ankle boots or you can roll them over the top or create cuffs to sit on the top of your boots.
Ankle boots look great with mini, knee length or midi skirts depending on the style and design of each.
I’ve found that wearing ankle boots extended the life of some of my summer skirts.
Mini or knee length skirts – you can add opaque tights, the same colour as your boots if you want to blend your look.
Finally … A Huge Thank You
I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who reads my blogs, either comments on the blog posts or on social media. Your input means such a lot to me.
I would love to hear from you in the comments below what subjects you would like me to cover in 2017.