Style by Claire Lopez

Well heeled

If it’s a pair of killer heeled boots that you’re after then you’re not going to find them here (well maybe the odd one). This is about boots that you can actually walk in, that flatter the leg and generally do the job. I know the sun is shining and it doesn’t feel remotely like boot weather but if you are in need of updating your footwear for the winter, then don’t delay because the good stuff always goes. Fact.


A low heeled ankle boot may well be your staple autumn/winter footwear. Something you pop on with jeans and dresses or skirts alike. The problem with ankle boots is that they can often hit in the wrong place and sit too high on your leg, cutting you off at an unflattering point or end up just not quite working with your jeans. If you find that is the case or you feel you lack ankle definition which makes ankle boot shopping more of an issue, then you probably just need to go for a style that isn’t very tall. These Putnam Cropped Ankle Boots £95 from Dune are just the ticket and having done a lot of research are the best the high street has to offer. They come in black and stone.

Alternatively, Mint Velvet’s Ritta Zipped Ankle Boot £139 is another style worth trying and often a dark grey like this can work even better than a black.

For a smarter version Russell & Bromley Boot has this Falco Dry Ankle Boot £295 which you can easily dress up or down. Incidentally, these are a good boot if you have foot/bunion issues…


And if you are after something a bit more substantial then these Bingley Boots £195 from Hush will toughen up any ensemble. And with the code LCS1018 you can get 10% off all Hush styles until midnight on Sunday. This is what I am in need of – a stomping around in boot for wearing with jeans predominantly but also dresses.

The main thing to look out for on the ankle boot front is styles that sit away from your leg. If they hug it or cut in then it doesn’t tend to look that good.

Kitten Heels

The other style to go for is more of a shoe boot and these Ada Boots £225 from Hobbs are a great height with a heel that isn’t going to punish you. Perfect for work or dressing up these will work with skirts, trousers and dresses alike. They also come in red and white as well as the animal below.

Or try Zara’s Mid Heel Leather Ankle Boots £59.99


I’m not sure how I feel about the emergence of the wild, wild west – but I reckon I could do a nod to it in the form of these Flat Leather Ankle Boots £69.99 from Zara.

Or these Zipper Leather Ankle Boots £49.99 from Mango.

But I do very much like these Paloma Studded suede Boots £119 from John Lewis’ AND/OR range which also come in tan suede.

Another tan option is these Mantaray Olive Suedette Mindy Boots £42 from Debenhams.

Probably more of a  Cuban than a cowboy but I like these Ash Heidi Block Heel Ankle Boots £175 at John Lewis.

And these Cosmos Cone Heel Ankle Boots £175 – also not really a western but an interesting heel!

Animal – well leopard really.

I know that snake and zebra are also having a bit of a moment but I’m not sold – somehow they feel too literal, whereas leopard is super wearable.

This Ada Boot £225 from Hobbs is very lovely and with a low kitten heel shoe boot style will actually be a very wearable bit of leopard. Wear with denim, pleated skirts and midi dresses for a footwear statement.

Or Hush’s Rye Boots £220 do the same job.

For a chunkier heel try Zara’s offering at £95.99

Or these Paquita Ankle Boots £129 from AND/OR at John Lewis.

I had these from Office last year: Aruba Block Heeled boots £89 which were my absolute favourite and they still have in sizes 3, 4 and 5.

Dune’s Orra £115 is another good one and it also comes in black, red and white.


The other statement footwear around is red. I have a pair of red sock boots from Zara and far from being a slightly left field purchase, they have made a lot of my outfits. Admittedly, I can’t really go out in the rain in them but hey ho! M&S has these Wide Fit Kitten Heel Ankle Boots £39.50.

Mint Velvet has these Tommie Ankle Boots £139 and also come in black, navy and burgundy if red is not your cup of tea.

Or Hush has these Upton Chelsea Boots £185 which have a bit of a metallic sheen to them.

And for just over £100 there are the Orra boots from Dune £115.

At the other end of the colour spectrum is white. Yep, you read right. The 80’s classic is back and while they won’t be for everyone, I am toying with the idea… Massimo Dutti has a Leather pair for £179.

Or Mango has these Leather High Leg Boots £149.99.

For a shorter style try Mango’s Zipped Leather Ankle Boots £59.99

While on the subject of taller boots, Zara’s High Heel Leather Boots £119 come in a whole host of different colours (white obvs) from black to burgundy and camel. These are the perfect way to update your skirts and dresses for the season ahead.

As far as I’m concerned a statement boot is the way forward but you gotta have the more pedestrian ones too – you know for the actual walking.



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  • Emma Gable

    Claire – What about the trend for flat lace-up boots/biker boots?

    • Claire Lopez

      Yep 100% – looking at those for another blog post! Just too much out there to cover everything!

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