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Boots are probably the most invaluable item of footwear in the winter months. Suitable for wearing with skirts or trousers, they're perfect for cold, wet days, even if you're stuck outside. Leather is by far the best material, as it's breathable but also mostly waterproof. Suede always looks amazing in boot form, but sadly the slightest touch of water on suede and they're ruined, so no matter how good they look, they're a no-no for winter.

Ankle boots are the most versatile style, as they're easy to get on and off, don't make your feet too hot (especially problematic with cheaper styles) and if you buy the style with the turn-over tops, they go great with skirts for a really modern look. They come in a range of heel sizes, from flat to stiletto, and there are even wedge styles available now, which is perfect for snowier days. Prices vary from super-cheap (which will only last you the one season) at around £20 to decent leather bootage at around £80 - unless you go really top-end and cough up for a pair of Gucci's, in which case I suggest consulting your bank manager first.

Mid-calf and knee-high boots are next, being the traditional style of boot we tend to be familiar with. Again they come in a range of heel sizes, although as with the ankle boots the spectrum of colours is pretty limited. We're talking men's shoes here. Blacks, browns, blues: winter colours. That said, they keep your feet and legs toasty warm, so they're fantastic for days when you're out of the office.

The final boot that is so often overlooked is the humble wellington boot. For too long they've been associated with farmers, and people can't help but think of them in terms of that mid-bottle green colour that quite frankly doesn't suit anyone, except maybe the farmers.
But recently there's been a resurgence of interest, and fashion wellies are slowly taking over the country. Combining the practicality of the waterproof rubber material with funky, colourful designs, modern wellies are about as far from the dull, sensible country boot as can be. You can get just about any pattern nowadays, from psychedelic swirls to summery flowers to bright, bold geometric shapes. Prices are equally appealing, with average high street prices at around £30, although many supermarkets are now offering cheaper alternatives. Because they're not designed for 100% practicality, you can't expect miracles, so a pair will really only last about a year - but they're more than worth it.


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