Navigating wet and wintry weather is undeniably better with a trusty pair of boots – ones that are sturdy and robust while looking good. Maybe it’s because they last for ages, or the fact that they feel appropriate for so many occasions, but a quality pair is one of the most satisfying wardrobe investments (along with well-fitting jeans and a classic trench coat) out there.

Whether you favour the Chelsea silhouette, a heeled number, the knee-high look or an enduring alternative to leather the options are bountiful. Here are the best styles to shop this season.

Chelsea

The easy-to-walk-in, timeless appeal of Chelsea boots makes the pull-on style a firm wardrobe staple. Sleek square-toed styles bring an updated look to the utilitarian classic. And waterproof finishes offer a practical choice for braving the rain.

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Willow suede boot

$200 Willow suede boot

Deadly Ponies Kaze Boot

$699 Deadly Ponies Kaze Boot

Aere Leather Chelsea boots

$200 Aere Leather Chelsea boots

Rollie Chelsea Utility Boot

$389.95 Rollie Chelsea Utility Boot

Lace up

Combat-inspired, the lace-up look has become a go-to in recent years that can easily be dressed up or down. Pick from minimal styles or amp up attitude with chunky, lugged soles.

Post Sole Beat Jumbo boots

$499 Post Sole Beat Jumbo boots

Bared Phalarope boots

$369 Bared Phalarope boots

Mollini Roha Boots

$269.95 Mollini Roha Boots

Tony Bianco Wya Black Como ankle boots

$279.95 Tony Bianco Wya Black Como ankle boots

Heeled

Block, pencil or kitten, a heeled boot has a knack for instantly pulling together a look. Look for leather, suede or even alternative materials in classic hues.

Nelson Made Sophie ankle boot

$499 Nelson Made Sophie ankle boot

Alias Mae Blanca boots

$329.95 Alias Mae Blanca boots

Assembly Label Kiara suede boot

$200 Assembly Label Kiara suede boot

A Emery Dillon boot

$870 A Emery Dillon boot

Bared Hylia boots

$369 Bared Hylia boots

Tony Bianco Sheba calf boots

$349.95 Tony Bianco Sheba calf boots

Knee-high

Taller silhouettes are on the rise. Elevating a look from casual to considered, they’re also great for keeping you warm on nights out. Lean into retro-inspired styles or dial up the drama with sleek pointed-toe silhouettes.

Essen Riding boot

$879 Essen Riding boot

St Agni Python high boot

$799 St Agni Python high boot

Alias Mae Alias Mae Crawford boots

$429.95 Alias Mae Alias Mae Crawford boots

Wittner Metallic boot

$429 Wittner Metallic boot

Viktoria & Woods Hector boot

$750 Viktoria & Woods Hector boot

Western

Thanks to the resurgence of Y2K fashion (and Beyoncé), cowboy boots have made a strong comeback and like vintage Levi’s, the best pairs are usually found deep in the corners of the country’s coolest op shops. But Western-inspired styles are seeping into core collections from some of our favourite brands too.

Senso Francesca II boots

$420 Senso Francesca II boots

RM Williams Lennox boot

$849 RM Williams Lennox boot

Alias Mae Jeanie Boots

$329.95 Alias Mae Jeanie Boots

Aere Knee High Cowgirl boots

$280 Aere Knee High Cowgirl boots

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