It’s that time of the year when you have to lock up dainty sandals, and to prevent your toes from turning into ice blocks, update your boots collection for all-day comfort during the chilly months. That said, the gradual transition shouldn’t cramp your style because we’ve selected the best open-toe ankle booties, knee-high and thigh-high boots to help you race around town, run between business meetings and even pitch up at dinner dates looking fabulous in the latest flats and heels.
The soft outer leather of open-toe booties act as canvas for Burberry’s hand-painted motifs inspired by the Bloomsbury Group’s British writers and artists in Charleston. Titled ‘Prorsum’, each lace-up item walks cheerful floral paint-brush strokes and ethnic African patterns into the fall, while luxurious black velvet, rich patent and textured leather steer clear of multi-colours. On wet days, step into blue, green or black rain boots marked by their famous check.
Classic brogue detail adds English charm to this shiny ankle boot. Crafted from 100% buffalo leather, it boasts a stacked 10cm heel, 1.5 cm platform, laces and zipper closure.
The signature Bottega Veneta ‘intrecciato’ is woven ??by hand into several sophisticated models of flat and heeled boots. For a timeless look, consider the ‘Biker’ in tan leather which features elegant, masculine details. These boots reach mid-way up the leg with a rough effect and a glossy sheen on the toe and heel, while a chunky stacked wooden heel promises all-day comfort and durability.
The ‘Edward’ knee-high boot in calfskin and canvas, is a stark contrast yet complementary union of creamy vanilla and chocolate with hand-engraved buckles.
From the Sergio Rossi range of exquisite footwear comes black boots in every conceivable shape – some inspired by the Wild Wild West. Strong, decisive gals will appreciate the dark, sultry appeal of the ‘Texas’ with its 12cm straight heel, leather stirrups and metal studs, or the ‘Biker Rockstar’ edition with hooks on the laces, a bottom lug and round toe. Need something formal? Try on the curvaceous ‘Blink’ with metal inserts or the bi-colour ‘Lady Jane’.
A new interpretation of the ‘Lady Jane’ design, this striking goat suede bootie in fantasy bi-colour has a 10.5cm stiletto heel, leather sole and almond toe.
There are boots galore at Gucci with everything from rubber rain boots marked with inter-locking G logos and leopard-print knee-highs to suede open-toe booties. Elongate your shapely pins with 4-inch heel ankle boots studded with gold metal, or stay warm with the ‘Courteney’ high boot which has furry shearling trim at the top to balance the 11.5cm wedge and 3cm platform.
The unusual ‘Olimpia’ bootie is a showstopper with its multi-faceted cone heel. Nude suede is trimmed with black while elastic inserts reveal flashes of skin.
There’s nothing understated about the Giusepppe Zanotti range of booties. This former radio jock exercises natural flair when sketching each piece, and the result is unfaltering eccentricity. Catch the light as you step into an embellished kaleidoscopic design; let flame cut-outs circle your ankles, or look pretty in pink suede boots with turnovers. Silver is the must-have hue of the season, so don’t shy away from the metallic nappa model with pleated detail.
Let your feet steal the limelight with this crystal embellished bootie in black suede. It has laminate-effect rainbow fabric inserts, an inner zip closure and 11,5cm heel.
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It’s easy to migrate between seasons in style with Jimmy Choo’s range of sexy booties. The ‘Mendez’ in tourmaline suede – best worn with short dresses and opaque stockings – creates an illusion of longer legs thanks to the flattering low frontal cut. A similar model – the ‘Rooney’ – is dyed electric blue or spotted in animalier while hints of flesh are exposed with the sexy ‘Luther’ and ‘Livid’. If you’re stretched like a runway model, relish in the thigh-high ‘Turner’ boot. It’s a streamlined, simple yet racy addition with its solid black exterior and 9cm heel.
The ‘Luther’ cut-out bootie evokes a sensual seductive feel with English floral print. The fully covered body meets a patent leather ankle and 11cm heel.
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Possessed by an inner cowgirl? Gianvito Rossi lets you flaunt charisma with well-heeled boots inspired by the heroines of old Western legends. Click the heels of the ‘Bonnie’ peep-toe; a sassy lace-up design with curvy black contrasting trim against nude leather, or earn admiring glances with ‘Annie’. Western flair creeps into this model available as an angular cut bootie or thigh-high boot.
The ‘Annie’ thigh-high boot, inspired by classic cowboy style, is distinguished with elegant piping which leads the eye all the way up.
Simply smitten with Christian Louboutin? This French designer sure treats footwear design as an art form. The theatrical ‘Viennana’ for example, is inspired by cabaret with its chic narrow straps across the foot. Made from smooth black kidskin, it promises to liven up your wardrobe with a touch of drama coupled with a 10cm heel. Do you already own the ‘Kate’ pump? Wear her cozy sister; the ‘So Kate’ bootie in python or black suede which features the same sexy pointed toe and thin stiletto.
Mesmerizing and boisterous, ‘Filette’ is an accent piece which combines patent leather, lace, glitter and a 10cm heel to achieve fantasy and 1920’s glamour.