Posted on: January 17, 2024 Posted by: Comments: 0

Can we all agree that boots belong right up there with jeans and white shirts in the ‘forever staples’ category? Particularly at this time of year, when we will do whatever it takes to keep our toes shielded from the elements.

But boots offer more than just a practical antidote to the cold; I don’t know about you, but this season, I’ve decided to be particularly strict with myself when it comes to boot-buying. Otherwise, my repertoire of ankle, knee-high and heeled pairs would have doubled in size over the past few weeks. They’re classics for a reason, and even though boots of all kinds never go out of style, that doesn’t stop new iterations from catching my eye on the regular. 

It’s difficult to maintain this willpower when brands—high street and luxury alike—are doing such a good job of creating fresh and functional designs. So, for those who aren’t on a boot ban like myself, I’ve rounded up the best pairs out there for you to enjoy, as well as outlined the six most timeless styles that I’m sure you’ll love and wear for years to come. From cool Chelsea shapes to sleek knee-highs, consider this your ultimate boot guide. 

Scroll on to discover the very best boots for women to invest in this year and wear for plenty more to come.

Style Notes: Chunky boots may sit at the statement end of the spectrum, but their versatility is undisputed. Wear yours with a midi dress and longline coat, like Emma, or with cropped jeans and a shirt. 

These are some of the best chunky boots I’ve seen on the high street in a while.


These are a great dupe for The Row’s Zipped boots.

Change things up with a brown suede stomper.

Prada is well known for edgy designs with this ultra-thick sole.

Simply obsessed.

Biker boots are going to be big news this year. Wear yours with relaxed denim or a mini dress.

I’m predicting lace-up boots will make a comeback this year. Watch this space.

The whole Who What Wear team has been so impressed by H&M’s shoe selection lately.

Style Notes: We’ve been singing the praises of knee-high boots for over a year now, but with this chic silhouette set to dominate the season ahead, it’s the perfect time to pick up a pair. 

Ideal for a night out when you don’t want to bare your legs to the elements.

Low enough to wear day-to-day.

Mango sure knows how to make a directional boot.

Could these be the most beautiful knee-highs around? Very possibly…

Knee-high boots needn’t be heeled. This flat pair with go with so many outfits, from floral dresses to leggings and shirts.

A tan pair of high boots is such a staple. I wear mine with midi dresses and slip skirts. 

Classic and gorgeous.

This western-style pair look so expensive in real life.

Style Notes: Whether you reserve your heeled boots for evening excursions or like adding a bit of height to your daily look, everyone needs *at least* one pair in their collection.

Make every outfit feel more luxurious with these sleek boots.

A great pair of heeled boots will work hard in your wardrobe. Pair these with jeans, trousers, dresses and more.

For a real investment, look to Toteme’s instagram-famous iteration. They come as above, in leather and in suede.

This pale colour works beautifully with shades of beige, camel and rust.

Nod to the western trend (it’s not going anywhere, by the way) with these simple ankle boots that give you just the right amount of added height.

White isn’t just for summer.

One of 2024’s most-coveted boots.

Prepare to wear these with everything you own.

I love this H&M pair.

I love these.

Style Notes: You won’t find a more suitable shoe for everyday wear than the humble flat boot. Style it with trousers, skirts, dresses or jeans, like Francesca Saffari—the options are endless.

You’ll never run out of ways to style classic black Chelsea boots.

The only thing cooler than a Chelsea boot is a Chelsea boot in this patent coffee finish.

A minimalist’s dream.

If you’re on a budget, H&M’s boots are some of the best on the high street.

Oh-so chic. 

Remember what I said about lace-up boots?

I love the monochrome colourway.

Style Notes: Struggling to find boots that fit comfortably around your calf? We went ahead and sought out the chicest options available now.

Team with a mini skirt for a totally retro look. 

I can’t believe how affordable this pair is.

You can choose from eight different calf widths. Cool, right?

Comfort is literally in the name.

This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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