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The best boots for women

As the temperature continues to drop, naturally our attention turns to the ultimate fashion quest: a pair of boots to keep us both snug and chic for the coming months. Looking for versatile ankle boots or super smart knee-highs? Here's our roundup of the best boots for 2021.

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Jun 8, 2021

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Best ankle boots

M&S Leather Hiker Ankle Boots, £59

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These zip-fastening M&S ankle boots are made with special Insolia Flex® technology to make sure your foot is correctly aligned, and the sole has enhanced grip. Practical yet stylish, these boots would look great dressed down with skinny jeans, or dressed up with tights and a skirt or dress.


“I’ve just bought these from M&S. I’m not a biker or chunky boots person really but I love them and they look fab with tight trousers for work.”

Dr Martens Women's Shriver Hi Ankle Boots, £159

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These sturdy boots are incredibly versatile. They look fab with jeans in cold weather, but are also great for adding an edge to a dress or skirt when the weather is a little warmer. We also love the platform sole, chunky heel and subtle yellow stitching.

“I've just bought the Dr Martens Shriver Hi – I'm in love.”

Clarks Orinoco Spice Lace-up Boots, £68.99

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Clarks' Orinoco range is a real favourite among Mumsnet users because they're durable, comfortable and infinitely wearable. The Orinoco Spice style is a particularly great option if you have narrow feet as the laces allow you to adjust the fit. Available in four colours and both leather and nubuck finishes, this may be the start of a collection…

“I love Clarks' Orinoco Spice boots. I have them in tan but am planning on getting them in black and grey because I love them so much.”

“Clarks do these every year it seems, and they are fab. I have them in grey from last year and am buying some brown ones too.”

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Neous Ankle Boots, from £545

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If you're in the market for a pair of 'buy now, wear forever' ankle boots, then these could be just the ticket. Neous boots aren't cheap, but the quality is excellent and the sleek, minimalist design is striking yet classic. Pair with cropped, wide-legged trousers or a midi dress for a stylish, smart look.

“I bought two pairs of lovely leather boots from Neous in the sale. I got tan ones first and they were so beautiful and so comfy that I bought black ones too. They weren't cheap (even in the sale) – full retail price is over £500 each – but they feel like they're worth every penny.”

Best calf boots

7. Fly London Mes 2 Boots, from £70

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Not quite ankle, not quite a knee-high, this boot ticks all the boxes when it comes to comfort, style and practicality. The wedge heel offers gentle support and the mid-calf height allows for more movement than a classic knee-high boot. The Mes 2 are zip-fastening – perfect for getting them on and off with ease – but have decorative buckle detailing as well.

“I've got these. I love Fly boots because the heel is perfect for my dodgy back.”

Best knee-high boots

Ravel Lumsden Leather Heeled Knee-High Boots, £145

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Made using lovely, soft leather, this ‘70s inspired knee high boot features a 8.5cm wooden stacked heel and a chic pointed toe. A classic and a versatile style, these boots will see you through the autumn and winter in comfort and style.

“I love a classic, heeled knee boot and these are stunning. The photo doesn’t do them justice – they are a gorgeous conker colour and the perfect balance of fitted and slouchy shape.”

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Best sheepskin boots

Skechers On-The-Go Joy Ankle Boots, from £43

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If you're looking for something practical and comfy, then these Skechers synthetic fur ankle boots are your best friend. Wearing these feels a little bit like wearing your favourite slippers, only you can actually go outside in these. Hurrah!

“I got these Skechers. They're a bit old lady boffin boot but so warm and comfortable. Great with 7/8 jeans.”

Superdry Hurbis Biker Boots, £49

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These Superdry beauties have a leather upper and feature two adjustable buckle straps, braided detailing and a warm faux-fur lining. Super durable and effortlessly cool, they're an ideal buy if you want something you can wear any time, anywhere, and with pretty much everything too.

“I bought these Superdry boots in black last year and they are the most comfortable thing I've ever worn. Can't wait for autumn to start wearing them again!”

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Best walking boots

Moab 2 Mid GORE -TEX® Walking Boot, £130

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Whether you're a hardy all-weather hiker or just beginning to discover the joys of rambling, the right footwear is an essential part of enjoying the great outdoors. These Merrell walking boots are lightweight and comfortable thanks to their Vibram® sole and air-cushioned heel, and they're treated with GORE-TEX to make them completely waterproof.

"My Merrell boots have been bloody brilliant. They're seven years old now, and I've never had a pair so long. The Vibram sole is part of the comfiness, I'm sure."


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