Style by Claire Lopez


Sometimes I am not entirely sure how much I have in common (other than DNA) with my seven year old son. But this season our sartorial tastes are most certainly aligned as we are both coveting a pair of sock boots. But this is where the similarities end because his are of the football boot variety and mine are of a kitten heeled persuasion. Like mother, like son…

Whether you are sold on the sock boot or not, one thing is for sure: it’s coming up to boot time again. We are on the verge of retiring those white trainers to the back of the closet and putting on proper socks and boots. So here are the styles out there to keep those feet a walking.

Everyday Ankles

We all need a pair of boots for everyday and here are a couple of goodies:

Steve Madden which is sold at House of Fraser does a great boot and these Kyle Side Zip Point Boots £11o are no exception. They come in black and also a stone colour and are the perfect heel height for pounding the pavements. But they are also smart enough to wear on a night out.

At Boden there are a couple of styles that I like:

The Alford £120 – £130 depending on colour (black, grey, navy and tan -which I love for this transitional time of year). They also come in a leopard which is everyday for me but may not be for all.

And the Atherstone £120 – £130 which come in black and grey and then a couple of more jazzy options – cracked gold and a spot.

While at Air & Grace their legendary Coachella boot £189 comes in tan and black. They are also now stocked in John Lewis too so you can try them on.

For under £100, then I would also recommend these Casual Ankle Boots £45 from Oasis.

Or these Block Heel Side Zip Ankle Boots £35 from M&S which come in black, grey and red.

River Island also has these Suede Ankle Boots £48 which are in grey and black.

Now I appreciate these are by no means everyday – who could stomp around all day in these? But they are very nice nonetheless: Skylar Star Ankle Boot £149 from Mint Velvet.

Made in Chelsea

For something a bit tougher than these ankle boots which will be a good winter boot, go for a Chelsea Boot like this Leather one for £49.99 from H&M.

New Look also has a very affordable leather pair in its Wide Fit range for £34.99.

Or Boden has is Montpellier Ankle Boot £130 in tan and grey.

Buckle My Shoe

Get in on the hardware action with a buckle or two on your boot. I have these Kobble Stud Strap Ankle Boots £42 from Topshop to toughen up my skinny jeans this season.

But for something a bit less in your face, M&S has these Block Heel Stud Strap Ankle Boots £35.

The ones I really was coveting were these Derby Buckle Boots £220 from Hush. Hey ho…

But at an in-between price Mint Velvet has these two styles:

Lee Triple Buckle Boots £149 which come in black or a dark grey suede.

Or the Frankie Buckle Boot £149 which comes in grey and black.

Kitten Heels

Well as you may know from last week, the LK Bennett’s aren’t with me anymore so to do their job, M&S has these Wide Fit Leather Kitten Heel Boots £69 which are in black leather as well as the red suede. And for the very brave, white and a high shine gold. Nope not me.

But these Leather High Heel Ankle Boots £79.99 from Zara I could do. And they are definitely not high heeled.

Alternatively, Mint Velvet has these Gracie Smoke Kitten Heel Boots £139.

Sock Boots

And here they are to finish off with – Fabric High Heel Ankle Boots £69.99 only in a size 3 – my size… is it meant to be?

If you aren’t a 3, then they also have these High Heel Sock-Style Ankle Boots £49.99.



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