5 Key Boot Trends That Are Going to Dominate This Winter

Welcome to boot season. Yes, it's that time of the year when boots are the must-have footwear, and whilst the classics will always be a reliable go-to for stylishly completing any outfit, there are also plenty of fresh trends to explore this season. 


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Whilst knee-high boots are undoubtedly the silhouette of the season, when it comes to boot trends, there's a plethora to choose from. On the sultry end of the spectrum are the croc-effect and patent-leather styles, which can range from the more discreet ankle boot to high-octane thigh-highs. Then there are the more aesthetic-inspired trends, western and biker, that are sure to fuel fun vibes. And just in time for festive season, there are the party boots—silver and gold metallic, heeled designs that will transform any outfit into a dancefloor-ready look. 


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Whatever your personal aesthetic—whether minimalist or maximalist—there's sure to be a boot trend to suit you. Scroll on to discover my pick of the top five boot trends to embrace this winter, as co-signed by some of our favourite influencers and editors.



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Style Notes: If there's one boot that can make an outfit look effortlessly polished, it's a croc-effect leather boot. With just the right amount of shine, these add the perfect amount of texture to a minimalist look. 

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Style Notes: It's a style that never leaves, and this year in particular, it's top of fashionable minds. Pair yours with tailored trousers or long dresses for a sleek rather than "cowboy" look.

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Style Notes: Put your best party foot forward with a pair of dancefloor-ready metallic boots in gold or silver. In fact, as Marianne proves above, these statement boots can even work for daytime wear, adding a glimmering touch to a dark-toned, tailored outfit. 

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Style Notes: These buckled boots can add a tough edge to even the most delicate outfit. Embrace the contrast by styling them with silk slips or floaty dresses.

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Style Notes: This winter, go patent. Glossy boots are the style du jour, adding a brilliant contrast to soft knits, suedes and wools. 

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Freelance Fashion Editor

Jess Kelham-Hohler is a freelance writer, editor and content strategist. She has been a contributor for Who What Wear UK since 2023. Currently based in London following six years in Washington D.C. and New York, she was previously the Digital Editor for Soho House & Co, an international group of private members’ clubs for creatives. She has interviewed a range of artists, creators and more, including Alighieri founder Rosh Mahtani, photographer Misan Harriman and fashion editor Lindsay Peoples Wagner. Today, she writes primarily about fashion, travel and culture for various publications, and has worked as a copywriter and content strategist for brands such as Belstaff, Olivela and Equinox.