We Can Always Count on These 13 Brands to Serve Up the Best Boots

Of all the autumn items you have in your wardrobe, nothing sets the tone of your outfits quite like your boots, which is why it’s essential to give any boot purchase serious consideration. Not only do they need to look stylish and be versatile so that they work seamlessly with the majority of your clothing, but boots also need to be durable, as they are up against the harshest weather conditions we’ll see all year. This triad isn’t something you simply happen upon, so it certainly pays to invest in boots of a quality calibre.

Over the years, our team members have tried more boots than your average person—it’s just something that comes with the fashion-editor territory. While some have let us down, or at least didn’t live up to our expectations, others stick out in our minds that were pretty darn impressive. And when we compared notes, a pattern began to emerge—all of the best boots we’d ever worn seemed to come from a handful of brands. 

To get you a little more excited about the colder weather that’s en route, we’ve combined our knowledge to bring you a definitive edit of the best boot brands our editors swear by, which we’ve charted for you below.

To make the cut, each brand had to be stylish—that’s a given—but also known for its attention to detail and high quality. You might think that you need to spend a small fortune to get boots of such ilk, and while there are certainly some designer brands that feature on our list, they’re balanced out by more affordable labels, too.

Covering every boot base, from knee-high to hiker, this list is sure to include something that’s perfect for you, your aesthetic and your budget. So keep scrolling to see the best boot brands our in-house experts have deemed worthy of your attention.

It’s not just Staud’s iconic arm candy that has caught the attention of fashion types; its boots have proven to be just as big of a hit thanks to their timeless but directional designs. 

Pointed boots look great with almost any bottom: Midi skirts, raw-edge jeans, wide-leg trousers—you name it.

So sleek, especially worn with a voluminous mini dress.

The heel on these boots is just-right for everyday wear.

When it comes to the best boot brands, we would be remiss not to mention Gianvito Rossi. Handmade in Italy, they’re favourites amongst celebrities and editors alike, and although there are plenty of flat boots to choose from, Gianvito Rossi’s knee-high options always make us swoon. 

Change things up from your chunky black boots.

This mid-calf silhouette works great with midi and maxi dresses.

Tan boots like these look so chic with a camel coat.

While we’re on the subject of celebrity-adored boots, we need to take a moment to acknowledge Stuart Weitzman, whose over-the-knee boots are an integral part of the A-list uniform. 

I’d pair these thigh-highs with a blazer and mini skirt.

Easy elegance.

This spindle-heel might require some practice around the house, but it’ll be worth it.

Our editors agree that Mango consistently creates some of, if not the, best boots on the high street. Made from premium materials and modelled in trend-ticking silhouettes, its pairs always look so much more expensive than they actually are. 

Nail both the cowboy and metallic trends in one.

Sometimes the weather calls for a hardwearing military-style boot.

Mango has taken a typically ’60s shape and made it feel so modern.

Dear Frances has only been around for five years or so, but the impact it has made on the boot scene is tremendous. Beloved by the likes of Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner, its beautiful boots never stick around for long. 

The richness of this green has just about convinced me to add these boots to my wish list.

Lace-up and go.

I love, love, love the contrast sole here. Wear with a top-to-toe monochrome look.

This season’s chunky knee-high-boot trend can be traced back to Ganni’s rubberised boots, which have taken the fashion world by storm. They’re a key buy for autumn 2022, and if you can’t get your hands on the knee grazers, rest assured Ganni has plenty of other excellent boots to choose from. 

This is a perfectly-executed chunky sole, in my opinion.

With boots this good, you don’t have to give the rest of the outfit much thought.

So classic.

Ah Zara, when it comes to stylish, comfy and affordable footwear, you rarely do us wrong. With a mixture of classic leather styles that are sure to become wardrobe staples and on-trend pairs that make a statement, this high street giant has something for every type of boot lover. 

I just love these slouchy knee-high boots. Wear with midis, maxis or minis! 

These 100% leather boots have such a classic feel. Wear with denim and cosy knits now before swapping in blouses come spring. 

I have these and can confirm they’re the perfect day to night boot.

On a mission to make the boot world a more inclusive place, DuoBoots’ designs come in not one, not two, but seven calf widths, ensuring your best-ever fit. Shoe maverick Mary Alice Malone of Malone Soulier has just been announced as creative director of the brand, which has also just unveiled its most stylish collection to date. 

These knee-high boots feel familiar yet fresh.

Boho dressers, this one is for you.

I’d never considered a navy boot before I came across this glorious pair.

Everything Bottega Veneta touches turns to gold, and its boots certainly live up to our now lofty expectations. The brand’s lug-sole boots put chunky styles back on the style map a few seasons ago. Right now, its square-toe platform boots are emerging as the latest must-have. 

Now those are some serious stompers.

This is such a sophisticated option for an evening out. Did someone say ‘party season’?

Juxtapose this bulky silhouette with a streamlined jeans-and-blazer combo.

Vagabond is a brand fashion editors would love to keep a secret. However, to withhold designs so premium that come in at such reasonable prices would go against our code of honour. 

I promise people will be asking you where you got these fiery soles.

The platform on these boots makes them super comfortable and easy to get around in.

Vagabond does elevated staples so well.

Italian shoe brand Paris Texas was launched in 2015 by sisters Annamaria and Margherita Brivio, but over the past couple of years, the brand has catapulted to cult status. Its iconic boots are immediately recognisable—as such, they’re regularly spotted on the likes of Emily Ratajkowski and Gigi Hadid. 

Conversation-starting boots.

We’re seeing a lot of slouchy styles around, particularly peeking out from under midi skirts or with jeans tucked in.

These boots were made for showing off.

At a time when accessories were loud and bold, Amsterdam-based founder Elza Wandler set out to create quiet but impactful shoes that would transcend seasons. We think it’s safe to say she’s done just that with her latest drop of autumn-ready boots. 

A new take on the timeless Chelsea boot.

Wedged heels can sometimes feel outdated, but the pointed toe and slim-fitting ankle makes this pair really current.

Imagine these styled with an all-black look.

The epitome of classic, Church’s boots are, in the words of our shopping editor Joy Montgomery, “unfussy and straight-forward in their chicness [and feel] more premium because [they focus] on simple silhouettes and classic fits, drawing me back time and time again.”

Classic and practical.

Silver hardware is a micro-trend worth tapping into.

These will quickly become your go-to knee-highs.

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