Best boots for winter: chunky stompers, ankle and knee options
It’s still time. Our sandals are once again resigned to “back of the wardrobe” status and we dust off our confidence boots to cover our feet (literally) when the cold sets in – and we couldn’t be happier.
The essential must-have winter shoes require little to no effort. You don’t have to worry about the condition of your feet or brave a loaded commute with your feet squashed underfoot.
Boots can be paired with almost any outfit, whether you wear dresses, skirts or pants. Pair your OOTD with heel, knee-length, cowboy, clean, or voluminous iterations to instantly give your look a refined or bold finish.
After the monotony of our confinement wardrobes, there has been an evolution towards more playful pieces and in bright colors. In terms of boot, this translates to green, red and ecru hues, cutting through the usual oceans of black. Without forgetting that comfort, practicality and ease will always be in the foreground in our daily life. In fact, searches for “chunky”, “heavy” or “stomper” boots have increased by 34% in the past two weeks according to the fashion research platform Lyst.
A light heel is always welcome among the 5-foot-5 and under among us, but when it comes to shoes in which you can actually brave the commute no matter the weather, flats win hands down. Unified by the AW21 runway, this season’s biggest footwear trends include rubberized constructions, oversized all-terrain, equestrian-inspired soles and an unwavering demand for knee-high boots.
Check out our selection of the best boots of the season below.
8-eyelet Audrick boot
Dr Martens has inflated his classic silhouette with a new two-piece Quad sole. The platform has been redesigned with an imposing design for an exaggerated look and extra height (1.8 “), but with a lightweight construction to ensure portability. This is unmistakably a Dr Marten boot: this look retains the brand’s iconic yellow stitching and heel loop and is constructed with supple nappa leather.
Flat rubber ankle boots with elastic inserts
Chunky boots are the focus of shoe season and with this versatile ecru colourway, you can be sure to match them to just about any outfit. More elegant than a pair of rubber boots too.
ASOS DESIGN Adjust premium leather chelsea boots
If you are a fan of country dressing without Puddles and sticky mud, these big stompers have an all-terrain appeal. The XL sole transforms the classic silhouette of the Chelsea boot with a textile panel with a more daring feel.
Grenson Nanette shearling-trimmed leather ankle boots
Footwear brand Heritage Grenson holds its crown as one of Britain’s best bootmakers. The brand uses traditional paving techniques to ensure the highest quality and so it’s no surprise that they are the shoes of choice among the front row and the street style ensemble. The Nanette is one of the most sought after silhouettes with a hiking inspired D-ring on the front.
Clarkdale Arlo Black
Sometimes you don’t play with the basics. Clarks offers this traditional Chelsea silhouette to fill the void in your wardrobe where a sturdy and reliable work shoe is missing. The boots are made of leather with an elasticated panel and a 2 cm heel.
Angela Malto Boots in Nubuck
Fit is of the utmost importance at DuoBoots where the brand has an online service to personalize your shopping experience and find the perfect boots to suit you – and it takes less than three minutes. With an extensive size offer – ranging from UK2 to 10 – the Angela is turning hiking boots upside down. While they have many of the same features including a heavy tread, lace-up closure with D-rings in a gold hue, and a padded tongue, they really are a fashion shoe in stone suede or gray leather. .
Square-toe leather boots
If you’re not ready to dive into a cowboy boot, & Other Stories has a style to dip your toe into the trend without feeling like you’re at your first rodeo. Crafted from buttery soft leather, they have a block heel and a smooth square toe.
Dune Palmz chunky sole Chelsea boots
A mainstay of Dune’s boot offering, the Palmz silhouette gets a playful upgrade this season in coveted new colourways. Equipped with a Chelsea boot and a chunky sole, they are now available in ecru, gray and the resistant black shade.
M&S Chunky block heel ankle boots
M&S got the chunky boot mission here with its caramel-hued slip-on design with a delightfully utilitarian aesthetic. The innovative construction uses specialized Insolia Flex technology to ensure that your feet stay in the optimal position and therefore comfortable, no matter how long you wear them. There is also the added benefit of antibacterial padding to keep them cool.
ASOS DESIGN high heeled leather eagle square toe ankle boots
If the boredom of locked loungewear makes you crave a little more height and flair in your fall / winter footwear, set your style on ASOS and these unique boot heels. The block offers more stability and comfort than a thinner heel, while the minimalist leather design offers endless styling possibilities.
Paramount Backstretch knee socks
You don’t have to be a horse fan to take advantage of the equestrian boot offer. One of the big show trends this season, Russel & Bromley excelled at creating a pair with everyday appeal. They’re crafted from black grained leather with stretchy elastic inserts.
Split Suede Cowboy Boots
Off the ranch and into your shoe rotation, these knee-high cowboy boots from Zara ooze casual elegance with a more wearable quality than some of the other iterations of the style we’ve seen. They are offered in a sand brown color with stitching details.
High Heeled Leather Knee High Boots
Are you missing a pair of sophisticated high boots in your wardrobe? Enter these Oasis faux croc options.
Prada Monolith leather ankle boots
Shortly after these boots were showcased at Prada’s Fall / Winter 2019 menswear runway show, they rose to cult status and sparked many dupes in the fast fashion landscape. The chunky sole and lace-up design alone would make it a compelling buy, but with the tiny Prada pouch on the ankle, it tightens it up.
If the thought of walking in heels seems impossible, give Scandinavian brand Ganni a go for their selection of chic utility boots. These uncluttered ankle boots are available in shades of green and black.
Chloé Betty square heel rubber boots
You might already own a range of black boots, so why not add some color to your collection with these rubber boots from French fashion house Chloé? Think rubber boots but much more chic thanks to the fitted shape, chunky block heel and embossed logo.
Arman flat leather ankle boots
Creating a capsule wardrobe of eternally stylish items begins with these sophisticated leather boots from Jigsaw. The Arman silhouette was handcrafted in Spain with strong leather and can therefore easily withstand wear and tear and weather.
Quilted platform ankle boots
For those who aren’t quite ready to part with the comfy slippers of your confining life, Mango has the home-to-the-street dream shoe. Less garish than Moon Boots, they have NASA-ready quality with their quilted design. The shoes are mounted on a platform and are available in black or brown.
Franka leather boots
For all of your leather needs, whether you’re shopping for a jacket or boots, AllSaints should be one of your first stopovers. The Franka is one of the brand’s most popular models and the reason is clear. They have a timeless aesthetic with a military hiking cross that you can wear year after year and they will only get better with age.
Chelsea boots with platform
No bells and whistles, just a great pair of shoes. H&M pulled off the chunky boot trend with this faux leather pair featuring this season’s favorite oversized sole.