get the look ...and get it right
If you don't feel you can quite carry off the ubiquitous spike ankle boot, then take this season's other boot option: the super-tight skinny boot. They can be worn to the knee, or just over (a bit much for me), like these ones from Calvin Klein. They must be as tight as your socks, but, remember, circulation-stoppers are neither fetching nor practical. Pointy toes are killer at the moment and soft black leather looks best. If you don't fancy that, these embroidered creamy ones are a bit rock and roll chick, a bit Nashville. Very Meg Matthews.

Right: Catwalk shot from the Calvin Klein Autumn/Winter Collection

Top left: beige embroidered stretch suede boots (sizes 36-41), pounds 478, Stephane Kelian, 48 Sloane Street, London SW3, and John Ian, 7-11 Morgan Arcade, Cardiff. Enquiries: 0171 235 9459

Top right: black stretch suede boots (sizes 36-41), pounds 450, Gina, 189 Sloane Street, London SW3. Enquiries: 0171 235 2932

Above left: knee-length black suede stretch boots (sizes 35.5.-40.5), pounds 310, Pied a Terre, 3 Sloane Street, London SW3, and 58 King Street, Manchester. Enquiries: 0171 235 0564

Above right: black leather zip boots (sizes 35-40), pounds 395, Jimmy Choo, 20 Motcomb Street, London SW1, 0171 235 6008