No matter where you spend the winter—the best armour for the season is not an all-weather jacket, but a supremely stylish boot. The best thing about them? They can dress things up with just a detail – suede against polished leather, say – or toughen a look with studs and buckles. Wear them to work with a skinny trouser or a chic dress. And if the weather is bad enough, they’ll double as a warm and comfortable take on an evening shoe.


This is about as elegant as an ankle boot gets. We’ve thrown the focus onto clean lines, beautiful leathers and artful detailing – check out those gorgeous studs and buckle. Then we put the whole chic package on a chunky heel to make it stand out – and easy to stand in…

• The mix of polished leather and soft suede means this boot can go from day to night in a flash

• And we put the suede at the top so it won’t get ruined in bad weather. Clever!

• The graphite colour is an elegant alternative to black (and don’t be afraid of wearing it with black!)

• Everything about the boot says super-sleek – the lines are clean; the buckle is elongated; the studs are smooth and domed

• The slightly flared, above the ankle cut is supremely flattering to legs

• The grippy sole means no slipping on wet pavements


High fashion it might be, but this boot has serious style history. From a fledgling superstar, via the most talked about Paris show, to a French style-icon whose look is copied the world over.


Back when she was brunette and had a surname, Madonna test-drove the leg-lengthening qualities of the high-heeled boot.

In his first A/W ’14 show for Louis Vuitton, Nicolas Ghesquiere gave his A-Line dresses and skirts extra leggy-ness with high-heeled booties.

French Vogue editor, Emmanuelle Alt, has a knack for making the classic look super-cool. A mannish pea-coat over rolled-up jeans and sexy, little boots? C’est parfait!



This statement boot is too good-looking to hide. Showcase it with your chicest skirts and dresses or team it with slim trousers and skinny jeans.

One – A classic knit and tweed skirt paired with these shoes, makes a perfect winter outfit

Two – throw a sequin jacket over a classic jeans and t-shirt for an instant evening update

Three – Ditch the coat when you’re off-duty and throw on a waist-coat – fashion’s new outerwear.



SARAH WAITE, filmmaker,
road tests the Kacia Garnet


‘I LOVE shoes! I’ve lost count how many I have. I’m surrounded by them at home so I just built a shoe wardrobe in the hall way.’


‘My friends call me Little Miss Outfits. Sometimes I change my outfits and shoes 5 times in the morning.’


‘I love shoes. And bags. And dresses. And sparkly jewels.’


‘This shoe is perfect for winter. They’re wide at the top, so they’re really flattering to your legs. And – bizarrely – even though they’re high, they’re super-comfortable’

‘Heels really polish off an outfit and ankle boots are super-versatile – you can wear them with anything.’





The perfectly simple ankle boot. Seventies-inspired in toffee leather, it looks as cool with skirts as it does with skinny jeans


The ankle-skimming boot gets a cool, western spin. Zips add an edge while grey leather is a great change from ubiquitous black


Monk shoe meets shoe boot in a grained toffee leather that gives the whole thing a great vintage twist.


Movie Retro’s simpler sister, with a western twist on the heel and toe.