10 Types of Boots We're All Going to Be Wearing This Season

Boots are an essential part of any wardrobe. In fact, we'd say that we rely on the fail-safe footwear option year-round, even during the balmy summer months where it wouldn't be uncommon for the Who What Wear UK team to style a pair of kitten-heel ankle boots with a swishy floral sundress. While we're aware this might sound totally bonkers to some, for us, it's not an exaggeration to say our wardrobes couldn't function without one or two pairs on rotation at any given time.

Now that we're headed into autumn (and a long stretch of cool weather ahead), we couldn't think of a better time to run through the new-season styles currently dropping into stores. Some are classics and investment styles we turn to again and again, but others may seem more directional (though well worth a look if you've been stockpiling basics and need a trend-led boost). Scroll below to see and shop autumn's 10 key boot styles, from super-slouchy heeled options to chunky hiking boots that wouldn't be out of place during a snowstorm.

#1. Western Styles

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Thanks to the fashion crowd, the Western boot trend shows no sign of slowing any time soon. We're into every variation of this trend—ankle styles or something taller to wear with midi skirts. Any pair will make your everyday outfit feel infinitely cooler.

#2. Slouchy Boots

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Slouchy boots are a stylish option if you're looking for something to wear with day dresses and slim-leg jeans. For comfort, we're slipping into block-heel styles in soft leather or suede.

#3. Chelsea Boots

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You won't find another style as versatile as Chelsea boots. The flat (preferably black) boot style is your off-duty wardrobe saviour. Luckily they've been embraced by some of our favourite influencers, which is a welcome relief if you're not a huge fan of heels.

Leave it to Naomi Shimada to tempt us with a pair of white-and-pink round-heel ankle boots. If you're on the fence about standout heel shapes, consider snapping up a neutral pair from Neous (up next), and style them with cropped denim and a chunky knit.

#5. Sock Boots

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You've probably already found the perfect pair of sock boots, but if you haven't (or like us, you mostly own black iterations), head straight for Mango for burgundy styles that are perfect for autumn.

#6. White Ankle Boots

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Want one super-versatile, wear-with-everything pair of ankle boots? Opt for something white with a mid heel.

#7. Animal-Printed Boots

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From leopard to zebra, animal prints are one of this season's biggest trends, and we're extending the trend to our footwear and slipping into a pair of wild-looking pointed-toed boots.

8. Knee-High Boots

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A pair of suede knee-high boots will forever be a hero style. If you're unsure of how to style your timeless pair, take a cue from Pernille Teisbaek and slip yours on over a pair of slim grey jeans with a leopard-printed coat.

#9. Lace-Up Boots

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Lace-up ankle boots have the edge this season, and look every bit as chic with a boilersuit or midi dress as they would with jeans and a chunky knit.

#10. Hiking Boots

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Practical footwear fans rejoice: Hiking boots are back and ideal for replacing trainers when it's totally freezing out.

Next up, see our guide to the key autumn/winter 2018 trends.

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