Great Boots Are a Capsule-Wardrobe Staple—Here Are the 38 Best Pairs for 2024

Can we all agree that boots belong right up there with jeans and white shirts in the ‘forever staples’ category? Particularly at this time of year, when we will do whatever it takes to keep our toes shielded from the elements.

But boots offer more than just a practical antidote to the cold; I don't know about you, but this season, I've decided to be particularly strict with myself when it comes to boot-buying. Otherwise, my repertoire of ankle, knee-high and heeled pairs would have doubled in size over the past few weeks. They're classics for a reason, and even though boots of all kinds never go out of style, that doesn't stop new iterations from catching my eye on the regular. 

It's difficult to maintain this willpower when brands—high street and luxury alike—are doing such a good job of creating fresh and functional designs. So, for those who aren't on a boot ban like myself, I've rounded up the best pairs out there for you to enjoy, as well as outlined the six most timeless styles that I'm sure you'll love and wear for years to come. From cool Chelsea shapes to sleek knee-highs, consider this your ultimate boot guide. 

Scroll on to discover the very best boots for women to invest in this year and wear for plenty more to come.

1. Best Chunky Boots


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Style Notes: Chunky boots may sit at the statement end of the spectrum, but their versatility is undisputed. Wear yours with a midi dress and longline coat, like Emma, or with cropped jeans and a shirt. 

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2. Best Knee-High Boots


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Style Notes: We've been singing the praises of knee-high boots for over a year now, but with this chic silhouette set to dominate the season ahead, it's the perfect time to pick up a pair. 

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3. Best Heeled Boots


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Style Notes: Whether you reserve your heeled boots for evening excursions or like adding a bit of height to your daily look, everyone needs *at least* one pair in their collection.

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4. Best Flat Boots


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Style Notes: You won't find a more suitable shoe for everyday wear than the humble flat boot. Style it with trousers, skirts, dresses or jeans, like Francesca Saffari—the options are endless.

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5. Best Wide-Calf Boots


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Style Notes: Struggling to find boots that fit comfortably around your calf? We went ahead and sought out the chicest options available now.

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This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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Freelance Fashion Editor

Bébhinn Campbell is an Edinburgh-based fashion and lifestyle writer and editor. She started her first blog at age 14 and went on to intern at print and digital publications in Berlin and London, including Dazed & Confused and Indie magazine.

A job at a fashion startup took Bébhinn from Ireland to Scotland in 2019, where she now works as a freelance journalist and copywriter covering everything from travel and interiors to styling advice. As a contributor to Who What Wear, Bébhinn always keeps her eyes peeled for emerging trends and looks worth writing about. She prides herself on her ability to cut through the noise and identify solid investment buys, exciting new brands and fresh takes on classic design.

In her spare time, Bébhinn enjoys perusing Edinburgh’s best vintage shops, working through her out-of-control book collection and watching dog reels on Instagram.