Owning a good pair (or five) of boots for winter is as essential as your morning cappuccino, because without them, you will suffer. Not only are boots the most practical and comfortable sartorial chameleons of a shoe collection, they also breathe life into any winter look. There is no limit to what we pair our boots with these days, as fashion enthusiasts have become more ballsy with their interpretations of runway trends. This year’s autumn/winter runways showcased fashion houses’ best shoe offerings in a while, and I was absolutely taken by the following boots and the styling thereof.

Boots from the runway…

Remember Jane Fonda’s aerobics shuffle socks? Well, I’m happy to be the bearer of the good news that shuffle boots are now also a thing – a thing I’m loving, much like these Saint Laurent boots spotted by our fashion team.

How to take boots from the runway to the streets

Saint Laurent

If you can’t find a pair of shuffle boots, you always have the option of wearing your thigh-high boots and rolling them down slightly, as seen at the Benito Santos Fall/Winter ’18 runway show.

How to wear runway boots on the street

Benito Santos

My favourite trend right now is wearing boots with mid-length smart-casual dresses and skirts. The juxtaposition of traditional femininity (dress) and high-fashion swag (boots) makes for a very slick day-to-night look. You can even clash prints with this kind of style pairing, as seen at the Rochas show at Paris Fashion Week.

How to take boots from the runway to the streets

Rochas

Also spotted by the MC fashion team: Ellery corduroy ankle boots – ideal if mixing textures is what you fancy.

Runway boot trends worth wearing

Ellery ’17

…to the streets

Our June issue #shoesfirst page boasts a festive array of winter boots to covet, all individually picked by our fashion team. So below I have street-style inspo along with my best picks from the fashion team’s recommendations, to help us all achieve these photo-ready looks. (Plus, a few more boots I have on my radar.)

Fresh off the runway, reimagined in a casual-chic manner and paired with a puffer jacket. And yes, those corduroy boots are an absolute necessity.

Boots street style inspiration

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Of course, you can still wear thigh-high boots over tight-fitting pants of the same hue, and complete the look with a tailored blazer.

Boots street style inspiration

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Blue jeans and black ankle boots plus a black leather jacket (just like the ’90s taught us).

Boots street style inspiration

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If black boots are too predictable for you, you could always opt for white, which are definitely having a moment in 2018.

Street style inspiration for winter boots

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I could go on with this gallery, but I also love shopping just as much, so here are boots suggestions to add to your cart this payday:

Luxury boots

Boots to shop this winter

Gucci, R48 500

Investment boots

Winter boots to shop this season

Steve Madden R2 299

Winter boots to shop this payday

Country Road

Boots to shop this winter

Witchery

Boots made for walking

Winter boots to shop this season

Cotton On R759

Ankle boots to buy this season

Country Road

Ankle boots to shop this winter

Superbalist R599

Alternatively, you could treat yourself to a pair of our cover star Terry Pheto’s Charles & Keith ankle boots:

 

Ankle boots to shop this winter

Charles & Keith

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To see more trendy boots, all things denim and a celebration of creativity, get a copy of our ‘Denim and Design’ June issue, on shelf right now.