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Style Advisor: Four Ways To Wear Winter Boots

Style Advisor: Four Ways To Wear Winter Boots

Think of yourself as more of a ‘trainers guy’? In your book, are boots about functionality over style? Think again. We’re here to argue the case for sturdy, firm-soled boots - the kind that would satisfy your mother’s preoccupation with practicality, but with a lot more stylish flair. Be they lace up, pull-on, or the kind with a nifty concealed zip, a pair of winter boots are your best footwear friend come autumn and winter, when the weather sets in and the puddles start to swell. This season’s offering of luxe designer boots combine form with function to very stylish effect. From the slick sophistication of Saint Laurent to the combat boots of the moment from Prada, we’re talking BBE. That’s Big Boot Energy to the uninitiated. Here are four ways to style out the colder weather in a pair of boots.

REFINED WORKWEAR

The leaves are falling, there’s a chill in the air, and whilst the temptation might be to reach for the nearest blanket and TV remote, nothing quite beats getting out into the crisp autumn air. Don denim, shearling coats, patchwork shirts, and a pair of British-designed Grenson hiking boots for a casual weekend look inspired by functional workwear pieces. The definition of practicality and style.

AFTER-DARK SOPHISTICATION

When the dress code is anything more formal than smart-casual, and you’re not down for dress shoes, a pair of super-slick black leather boots is the answer. Look to the king of after dark design, Saint Laurent, for classic pieces with an edge. Take advantage of your pared-back footwear and wear with statement tartan trousers from Burberry and a classic Tom Ford leather jacket. Smooth.

OUTDOOR URBAN

Heavy-duty combat style boots have taken centre stage this autumn, and no one has done it quite like Prada. Pavement, meet a boot that was made for walking on you with considerably more panache than the average shoe. Part streetwear statement, part functional boot, it’s a hybrid style that reflects the complex man you are - as comfortable out in the elements as you are on the city streets.

WESTERN AESTHETIC

Well hey there, cowboy. Amiri's Bandana boots tap into the California label’s rock ‘n’ roll influences with a Western silhouette and silver buckles. Get in the rodeo spirit by teaming this block-heeled boot with slim jeans, a denim jacket and a cactus-print shirt in desert beige tones. Yee haw.