We Can Always Count on These 13 Brands to Serve Up the Best Boots

Of all the winter items you have in your wardrobe, nothing sets the tone of your outfits quite like your boots, which is why it's essential to give any boot purchase serious consideration. Not only do they need to look stylish and be versatile so that they work seamlessly with the majority of your clothing, but boots also need to be durable, as they are up against the harshest weather conditions we'll see all year. This triad isn't something you simply happen upon, so it certainly pays to invest in boots of a quality calibre.

Over the years, our team members have tried more boots than your average person—it's just something that comes with the fashion-editor territory. While some have let us down, or at least didn't live up to our expectations, others stick out in our minds that were pretty darn impressive. And when we compared notes, a pattern began to emerge—all of the best boots we'd ever worn seemed to come from a handful of brands. 


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To get you a little more excited about the colder weather that's en route, we've combined our knowledge to bring you a definitive edit of the best boot brands our editors swear by, which we've charted for you below.

To make the cut, each brand had to be stylish—that's a given—but also known for its attention to detail and high quality. You might think that you need to spend a small fortune to get boots of such ilk, and while there are certainly some designer brands that feature on our list, they're balanced out by more affordable labels, too.

Covering every boot base, from knee-high to hiker, this list is sure to include something that's perfect for you, your aesthetic and your budget. So keep scrolling to see the best boot brands our in-house experts have deemed worthy of your attention.


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It's not just Staud's iconic arm candy that has caught the attention of fashion types; its boots have proven to be just as big of a hit thanks to their timeless but directional designs. 


When it comes to the best boot brands, we would be remiss not to mention Gianvito Rossi. Handmade in Italy, they're favourites amongst celebrities and editors alike, and although there are plenty of flat boots to choose from, Gianvito Rossi's knee-high options always make us swoon. 


While we're on the subject of celebrity-adored boots, we need to take a moment to acknowledge Stuart Weitzman, whose over-the-knee boots are an integral part of the A-list uniform. 


Our editors agree that Mango consistently creates some of, if not the, best boots on the high street. Made from premium materials and modelled in trend-ticking silhouettes, its pairs always look so much more expensive than they actually are. 


Dear Frances has only been around for five years or so, but the impact it has made on the boot scene is tremendous. Beloved by the likes of Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner, its beautiful boots never stick around for long. 


This season's chunky knee-high-boot trend can be traced back to Ganni's rubberised boots, which have taken the fashion world by storm. They're a key buy whatever the year or season, and if you can't get your hands on the cowboy knee-highs, rest assured Ganni has plenty of other excellent boots to choose from. 


Ah Zara, when it comes to stylish, comfy and affordable footwear, you rarely do us wrong. With a mixture of classic leather styles that are sure to become wardrobe staples and on-trend pairs that make a statement, this high street giant has something for every type of boot lover. 


On a mission to make the boot world a more inclusive place, DuoBoots' designs come in not one, not two, but eight calf widths, ensuring your best-ever fit. Shoe maverick Mary Alice Malone of Malone Soulier is now in the second year of her reign as creative director of the brand, so you know the latest collection is going to be a stylish one! 


Everything Bottega Veneta touches turns to gold, and its boots certainly live up to our now lofty expectations. The brand's lug-sole boots put chunky styles back on the style map a few seasons ago. Right now, its square-toe platform boots are emerging as the latest must-have. 


Vagabond is a brand fashion editors would love to keep a secret. However, to withhold designs so premium that come in at such reasonable prices would go against our code of honour. 


Italian shoe brand Paris Texas was launched in 2015 by sisters Annamaria and Margherita Brivio, but over the past couple of years, the brand has catapulted to cult status. Its iconic boots are immediately recognisable—as such, they're regularly spotted on the likes of Emily Ratajkowski and Gigi Hadid. 


At a time when accessories were loud and bold, Amsterdam-based founder Elza Wandler set out to create quiet but impactful shoes that would transcend seasons. We think it's safe to say she's done just that with her latest drop of style-ready boots. 


There's no pair of boots quite like a pair of Jimmy Choo boots. Sure, the brand is known for its heels, but its Jimmy Choo knee-highs fashion editors will save up their salaries for: affiliate editor, Emily Dawes owns a pair. 

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.