We’ve stretched out wearing our loafers and ballerinas long enough, and now that we’re well into the cold weather, only boots will cut it. A stomping style is the It buy of the season: they’re fashion-forward without feeling outrageous, and equal parts practical and stylish. 

If you’re looking for a way to give an instant style update to your autumn/winter outfits this year, look no further than the chunky boot. Versatile, stylish and comfy – we promise you, we’re not having you on.

The chunky boot is all about thick, sturdy soles so the practicality element of this shoe trend is strong – but without compromising any fashion prowess. In fact, the right pair of chunky boots can be all you need to complete your outfit effortlessly and stylishly.

There’s so many styles to choose from too: you could go for a fashionable take on wellies; a knee-high style; opt for a pair of riding boots or go for a track sole design – as seen on the catwalk at Bottega Veneta.

Colour-wise, it’s completely your choice – perhaps you want to get a neutral shade pair which will last you for years to come or maybe you want to inject some fun into your autumn /winter outfit with a brighter hue.

Whether you’re toughening up a floral midi dress or heading off on a rainy walk, a chunky boot just works like no other, so they’re well worth an investment. Each of these brands excel at them and so see them as your shopping starting point. 

Dear Frances 

If you’re after a modern, slick, but crucially, comfortable, pair of boots, the under-the-radar footwear label Dear Frances should be the first place you go. The majority of its styles come in wearable black and classic tan, but it excels at giving them a stylish twist: think the luxe suede that the Tony boots (below) come in, or the buttery soft Park style in a trendy khaki hue. Rest assured you’ll be humblebragging about your Dear Frances pair all winter long.