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Six of the best boots

1 Pied a Terre Rouge, pounds 225 Devilishly high, and slim fitting, so not for those with athletic calf muscles. Also in black suede. Pied a Terre, 31 Old Bond Street, London W1, and 14 Sloane Street, London SW1

2 Gucci, pounds 295 The stuff that dreams are made of and magazines are presently filled with. Also in blue and brown patent. Gucci, 3 Bond Street, London W1, and 18 Sloane Street, London SW1

3 Office, pounds 89.99 Satin weave boots with a sturdy heel that makes them relatively easy to walk in. Also in red, mustard and black. From Office branches in London and mail order on 0181-838 4447

4 Russell & Bromley, pounds 195 Pearlised cream leather boot. Has a feature strap with square popper, and a good strong heel. Matching bag available. From Russell & Bromley branches nationwide (enquiries on 0171-629 6903)

5 Red or Dead, pounds 120 Metallic leather boots with cut-outs. These are on the flat side, but nicely proportioned, so they manage to be both deeply fashionable and comfortable. From Red or Dead branches nationwide (0171-937 3137)

6 Shelly's, pounds 64.99 Black suede boot with kitten heel (hot property in the footwear department). Generously cut on the leg, and good value. Also in off-white or camel with black patent. Shelly's branches (0181- 450 0066)