The weather might be less-than-summery but the cooler days and nights are a perfect excuse to swap your summer sandals for some practical but stylish boots.
This little lot are all super-versatile, won’t hurt your feet, and between them cover all of the trends for autumn and winter 2014. From New Look’s good-value chunky black pair for under £30 up to Lama Peach’s cool customisable Taryn boots (£270), there’s something for all budgets too.
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10 best ankle boots for autumn
10 best ankle boots for autumn
1/9 Clarks Mariella Busby
Chelsea boots are classic, go with everything, and you can walk for miles in them. Clarks shoes are comfier than most, and this chic tan pair come in half sizes and a wide fit. Also available in black. £79.99, clarks.co.uk
2/9 Shellys London Campalto
Cult British brand Shellys may not have a physical store anymore but they are still bringing out edgy pieces with unusual details to buy online. Our pick from their latest collection is these cool two-tone boots; they’ll make your legs look longer and the wedge makes them super-easy to walk in. £80, asos.com
3/9 Office Lace-Up Leopard Pony Effect
Chunky block heel, check. Leopard print, check. Lace-up, check. These boots tick all our boxes for autumn 2014. The heels are 6cm, so they’ll take you from desk to after-work drinks without your feet hurting. £75, office.co.uk
4/9 M&S Limited Edition Pointed Toe Block Heel Ankle Strap
Blue’s everywhere this season, keep the trend going into your footwear with these chic little boots. They have M&S’s ‘Insolia’ inners which keep feet stable and comfy. This colour’s an online exclusive but they also come in light grey and they’re available in half sizes. £45, marksandspencer.com
5/9 Aldo Orphillia
Anyone who finds ankle boots can be unflattering, try these leather ones which are cut lower than most, have a leg-lengthening 9cm block heel, and are a light colour which will keep your colour palette our of drab territory. £80, aldoshoes.com
6/9 New Look Double Zip Chunky Heel
If you’re after this season’s must have chunky-heeled boots but are on a budget, this black pair is a steal. They have a matte leather-look finish and a cool double-zip fastening. Plus, the heel will give you the height advantage without killing your feet.£29.99, newlook.com
7/9 River Island Black Jennie
It’s not that cold yet, so it’s still okay to rock a pair of cut-out boots. This versatile black pair, with gold tone detailing, look just as good as many leather pairs we’ve seen and work brilliantly for your transitional wardrobe. £35, asos.com
8/9 Lama Peach Taryn
If black or brown boots don’t do it for you, invest in this dark burgundy pair with stud details from the up-and-coming brand. They’re part rock-chick, part wild west cowgirl, and if you fancy gold studs or a different leather, they can be customised. £270, lamapeach.com
9/9 Seven Boot Lane Charlotte Grey Suede
Established in 2012, Seven Boot Lane is a new kid on the block. All their shoes are hand-finished and they only make small quantities of each one so you won’t see them everywhere you go. We love these slouchy grey suede biker boots with contrasting leather straps. Wear them now with bare legs to toughen-up a summer dress. £175, sevenbootlane.com
If you don’t want to spend too much and you’re not quite ready to encase your feet just yet, go for River Island’s cut-out boots. For a pair that won’t date and you can walk miles in, our pick is Clarks' Mariella Busby, classic Chelsea boots. Or if you’re looking to splash out on something you won’t see on every high street, check out Seven Boot Lane’s super-cool, limited-edition pieces.