Whilst the last of the Indian summer fades into the memories of ‘the summer of love’, darker nights begin to roll in, and the first round of bright green leaves turns to a shimmering amber. With all arrows pointing firmly to autumn, it’s time to think about autumn boots and fashion. Whether you love or loathe the looming big chill, autumn is that hazy in between period where you can experiment with fashion and layers without having to cover the whole look in a thick duvet coat. With many of us looking to get more wear, versatility and styling options out of our wardrobes, we look to styles which offer us effortlessly chic transeasonal dressing. Classic styles which we know so well (the Chelsea boot, the biker boot), have been reinvented for the upcoming season in grown up profiles and premium finishes. So, when it comes to staying stylish this season, what shoes should we wear in autumn?
The Could-Be-Designer Tall Boot
You would be forgiven for thinking that our Cadee tall boot had just walked straight off the New York fashion week catwalks, but alas it has not. With rain, snow and everything in between on the not too distant horizon, rubber boots are the perfect solution for staying chic and dry at the same time. Here to take the pressure off your usual hiker boots and biker boots, tall rubber boots are sure to be a hero style for the upcoming seasons. First seen splashed across the A/W 2020 catwalks, the rubber boot is back again, and we don’t see it going anywhere. A transeasonal style with year-round potential, the boots also look trės chic worn with bare legs during festival season á la Alexa Chung at Glastonbury. The more fashionable younger sister of our well-loved Wellington boots, Cadee’s pull on silhouette gives not only effortless wear but a flattering leg fit too. Given the same chunky sole treatment as biker boots and Chelsea boots, these are the perfect boots for everything from a winter walk to late-night cocktails.
The tough talking biker boot
Year after year a biker boot is always high on the sartorial agenda. Typically crafted in leather, and typically black, the biker boot is a go-to for fashionistas everywhere. This year, the biker boot has been given an attitude makeover, loaded with buckles, metal hardware and leather straps. Our answer to the contemporary biker boot: Casimira. A leather ankle boot with major stomping power, Casimira is sat upon a chunky, combat inspired outsole for major confidence. When shopping for biker boots look for beautiful quality leathers and excellent craftsmanship, as this will give the casual style a more premium edge. It is this premium look that allows biker boots to be mixed effortlessly in high-low fashion. Try pairing them with soft wools and fine knits, the perfect contrast to the supple leather and chunky buckles of Casimira. Or, try tucking leather trousers into them and draping a structured coat over the shoulders for a casual Friday approach.
The Under-The-Knee Boot
Thanks to the fashionable Gen Z, the most fashionable boots are now those that sit under the knee. Cagliari’s tall silhouette and chunky block heel gives it endless all day appeal, whilst the beautiful quality leather gives every look it touches a premium finish. Inspired by the tall boots of the 1970s, this versatile style looks great with everything from mini lengths to midi lengths. A fantastic addition to any capsule wardrobe, a pair of tall, sleek boots are a closet staple. Cagliari’s fuss-free and streamlined profile makes them perfect for pairing under long length dresses whilst still keeping a flattering silhouette free from bulkiness. Perfect for taking you for day to night with ease, pair with flippy skirts for office hours and sequins come after dark.
The Tall Chelsea Boot
The Chelsea boot needs no introductions. A style loved for decades of generations gone by, the classic Chelsea boot is a transeasonal style which returns year after year. For 2021, however, the boots have been given a contemporary twist with the addition of a taller silhouette. Extended to come past the ankle, this new height of boot is endlessly flattering. The deep elastic panel remains, stretched into a long oblong, whilst the block heel gives a boost of height that could easily work for both daytime and evenings. With many of us looking to get more versatility out of the pieces in our wardrobe, the Clemenzia boot is a true fashion shapeshifter.
The Contrasting Boot
A playful favourite, the latest collection of ladies’ boots are the perfect styles for experimenting with contrasting looks. For a juxtaposing look that Belle and Bunty would be proud of, try pairing tiered tulle or floral chiffons with a pair of tough-talking biker boots. The contrasting pairing of lace up leather boots and the soft, romantic textures creates a really interesting and contemporary look. The neutral shade of the Lauryn boots makes them the perfect style to contrast with warm, sumptuous shades of soft fabrics, without creating a harsh or stark contrast. Key tip: keep things tonal to avoid the look appearing messy.
The Cream Boot
For decades gone by ‘black or brown?’ have been the main colour options available when shopping for our autumn winter boots. No longer. The cream boot is here to answer all of your shoe styling dilemmas! Remarkably versatile, the cream boot finishes outfits in a softer way than that of a dark black or brown. Perfect for the gentle progression into autumn, and the more hurried progression into Spring, the cream boots offer a contemporary styling resolution for countless looks. Styled with a deep panel of contrasting elastic, and a chunky contrasting outsole, the dark elements of the boots give them the ability to tie into all-dark outfits with ease. Or, for a playful look, juxtapose them against mismatched textures with embroidered details for a look which is interesting from every angle.