(Pictures: Asos/Schuh/Dr Marten’s/Getty)
With snow predicted in UK weather forecasts for next week, it’s safe to say winter is coming.
And while we love a slinky stiletto or fashion-forward mule, sub-zero temperatures are not compatible with dainty shoes.
We need frost cracking, snowball stomping, puddle proof boots to see us through the great British cold snap – and we’re in luck when it comes to trends.
Chelsea boots have long been a staple in our wardrobes but have had an edgy makeover for 2021. The horse girl vibes given off by the classic style (sorry to the cheugy stacked heel pair lying at the back of my wardrobe) are now decidedly punkier, featuring cleated soles and industrial touches.
The clumpier the better is the rule for this season’s boots, and a simple flatform can elevate them from a nondescript school-run option to a statement element of your outfit.
The key to working this look is confidence. Lean in to the larger-than-life qualities of your footwear, striding with pride until the winter is finally over – at least until next year.
You can also mix things up with bright colours or unexpected textures. A pull-on boot goes with everything, so invest in a pair that’ll see you through the trend cycle and get plenty of wear.
Here are our top picks on the high street right now, with something for all sorts of styles:
Ganni Chelsea ankle boots
Ganni’s chunky Chelsea boots are the blueprint, combining a functional element with style and sustainable materials (Picture: Ganni)
Asos Design Addison premium chunky leather Chelsea boots
Go for a calf-length boot to save your ankles from the winter wind (Picture: Asos)
Patent Faux Croc High Cut Chelsea Boots
Red is one of the season’s hottest colours, and these oxblood Chelsea boots allow you to dip your toe into the trend without going super bright (Picture: New Look)
Natural Amalfi Chunky Chelsea Boots
Style this with wide leg jeans or a flowing midi dress (Picture: Schuh)
2976 Quad Fur Lined Platform Boots
You can’t go wrong with a pair of DMs. These pull-on boots are also lined with comfy faux fur. (Picture: Dr Martens)
Chocolate PU Chelsea Ankle Boots
Don’t shy away from chunky footwear – it can add an element of edge to any outfit (Picture: PLT)
Merilyn Bootie in Black Leather
This Steve Madden pair features striking cleated soles (Picture: Steve Madden)
Truly Clear Perspex Chunky Sole Ankle Boot
The colourful Scandi look of these makes them a bold but fashion-forward choice (Picture: Ego)
Vagabond knows how to do boots. The Tara design is a chunky Chelsea boot with a grown-up twist (Picture: Vagabond)
Pull On Chunky Chelsea Boot
Go for a different-coloured sole to mix things up (Picture: Warehouse)
Above Studded Chelsea Ankle Boots
We all need a little sparkle at this time of year (Picture: Office)
Chunky Leather Chelsea Boots
One for the brave, these Cos boots will see you getting endless compliments (Picture: Cos)
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