25.10.2021

Boot trend is set to be huge this autumn

But what style of winter boot to go for? Of course, there are the classics that make waves year after year: the humble Chelsea boot, the ankle boot (as seen at Manu Atelier this season) and the lace-up boot as inspired by Proenza Schouler.

Knee-high boots are another winner; set to be big in brown in 2020.

But there’s another boot trend on the block right now and it’s set to blow up bigger than the rest for AW20. It takes inspo from two of the best decades to ever exist (the ’70s and ’90s, obvs) and it strikes the balance between comfort and height perfectly. (Petite girls, listen up). We’re talking about the platform boot trend.

Platform boots are set to be big news this season after being spotted (and drooled over) on the AW20 catwalks of Paco Rabanne, Dries Van Noten, and Anna Sui, so we’ve decided to whittle things down to the styles worthy of a spot on your shoe rack.

We’re on the brink of autumn, and one of the most exciting parts of the dawn of a new season is updating our footwear collection. Winter boots are undoubtedly the place to start: the first cold weather purchase any fashion aficionado should make – not least because they can be paired with skirts, shorts and mini dresses when we experience strange late-summer heat. Whatever the weather, they serve.

Reigning supreme in the platform boot arena are Dries Van Noten’s snake print pair which have almost sold out on Net-A-Porter before even being released. Paired with neutrals and a pair of wide-leg jeans, they’ll see you from office to restaurant in one fell swoop and are available for pre-order now.

For a more retro take on the trend, both Gucci’s Madame Block-Heel Leather Platform Boots and Coach’s Chelsea Platform Bootie are perfect for teaming with a structured blazer or brightly coloured layers.

There are also knee-high platform boots to wear atop skinny jeans or underneath a skirt à la Kamica Hampton, combat platform boots (Dr. Martens cannot be beaten) and platform boots with a skinny heel if you want something for a post-lockdown night out. Bottega Veneta’s leather ankle platform boots – available in four autumn-appropriate hues – are beaut.

The high street are also following suit. If you favour high-low dressing, make a beeline for H&M and ASOS who have both dropped all manner of platform boot styles for the new season. There’s a knee-high pair in satin on H&M that are flying off the virtual rails, a simple black pair of platform ankle boots on ASOS and a 70’s-inspired premium leather pair in brown which will set you back just £75.

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