My favourite thing about winter is wearing boots!
They are so comfy and warm and can be an excellent styling tool for many different reasons.
Not only do boots elevate an outfit, but they reflect your personal style and can be used to elongate the leg!
Let’s face it, boots aren’t cheap!
They are one of the most expensive items in your wardrobe.
I always recommend buying a quality leather boot as the breathability, comfort and longevity is worth the investment.
Buying a classic boot is the best investment, however classic doesn’t have to mean boring!
If you purchase a boot with detail, a classic print or metallic accents you can use your footwear to really accentuate your personal style.
When purchasing a boot think about your current wardrobe and your style goals.
Would you like to get more creative in your wardrobe?
Consider if you will actually be able to wear your new boots with everything.
Think carefully about the colours in your wardrobe – is your palette relatively neutral? Or perhaps colourful?
Perhaps a tan boot would work better than a black boot?
Think about your accessories – if you wear gold or silver and match the detail on your boots.
Think about the pieces that you have in your wardrobe, what do you wear often and what would you wear more if you had the right boot?
Think outside the box, maybe a knee-high or above the knee could work with skirts and dresses?
What sort of pant options do you have in your wardrobe? Would ankle or knee-high/over the knee work?
How far into the season are we? If you are earlier in winter a higher boot is great for the chill, whereas an ankle boot is great to transition into the warmer weather.
There are lots of things to consider, it can become overwhelming, so if you need help just book a session with a personal stylist!
Body Shape and Proportions
My stylists have been trained to balancing the proportions of your body using many different tips and tricks with shoes.
I can’t share them all with you here as there is so much to learn but I will give you something to think about.
When you look in the mirror, don’t just focus on the shoe itself or how it looks with your outfit.
Consider the proportions of your overall reflection.
Where is the boot cutting you off? Is it elongating the leg or doing the opposite?
I can tell you when I put my client’s in the perfect boot for their proportions they look balanced, slimmer and confident.
Practicality and Comfort
Don’t buy a boot that is going to sit in your wardrobe!
Make sure they are a quality, comfortable shoe from stores such as Jo Mercer.
It can be the most beautiful pair of shoes you have ever laid eyes on but if they are uncomfortable you won’t wear them.
Make sure your boots are a versatile choice, going to work with everything and easy to maintain.
A light suede can be tempting but is it practical?
Spray your shoes and keep them clean, tidy them up before the next wear.
Don’t invest in them and then not look after them.
Please don’t buy a pair of ‘good boots’ that you store away for special occasions – you must wear them!
You might not love them next season as much as you do now.
Plus, you should look and feel your best every day – life is too short!
Share your favourite tips for buying boots or your most loved shoe purchase!