Three Styles of Boots to Embrace This Winter

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When you err on the short side (I’m 5’2”/158cm), finding flattering styles of boots is a bit like shopping for jeans – there are certain styles that will flatter your frame and other styles that are left for those less vertically challenged.  So you can imagine how it feels to find boot silhouettes that actually work.  You hang onto those for dear life!

And while height or build doesn’t necessarily limit your choices, there are different considerations to keep in mind for what suits.  For example, when I’m trying ankle boots, I prefer that they don’t sit too high above my ankle otherwise my legs look shorter.  Or for over-the-knee boots, I want there to be a bit of flexibility as to where they finish so that I’m not feeling like the boot is wearing me. 

So with that in mind, and with much trial and error of the various boot silhouettes on offer, here are the three boot styles that I’m embracing this winter.  

Chelsea Boots

Timeless and classic – they’re a style of boot I’ve relied on for many winters past.  I’ve had this black pair for a few years (and they’re still going strong) but I recently added this chestnut pair to my collection (as you would have seen in this post here). 

R.M. Williams boots – AU link / International link, M&S linen shirt* (sz 8), M&S trousers* (sz 8), Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

I love the versatility of chocolate brown (and how well it goes with navy) so I’m really looking forward to incorporating these boots into more cold-weather outfits.  

jane debster kennedy suede boots in blog post about petite boot styles and stuart weitzman 5050 boot dupes

OTK Flat Boots

You can’t really go wrong with a pair of flat boots in the colder months and this over-the-knee style I’m wearing is a fantastic dupe for the Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots (at a fraction of the cost).  They come in both leather and suede and I opted for suede to add a textural component to my outfits.  

Jane Debster boots*, Reiss coat (old season, similar here), Everlane knit*, Everlane jeans*, Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

If you’re not familiar with the 5050 boot style, it has a split construction where the front comes in either a leather or suede finish and the back is comprised of a stretch panel. They’re an instantly recognisable design. And despite these being a rich black tone, they look great with white jeans, which I’m not averse to wearing during the colder months.  

jane debster germaine boots in blog post about petite boot styles

Knee-High Mid-Heel Boots

And the dressiest style of the lot would be these knee-high mid-heeled boots.  They’re a comfortable 7.5cm height with a block heel making these a practical choice if like me, you’re not so adept at getting around in high heels all day.  

Jane Debster boots*, Reiss dress (review here), H&M coat (new season release, similar here and here), Gucci belt (review here), Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

The chocolate brown hue is beautifully rich and it looks great paired with the neutrals in my wardrobe.  These are a great option for work and for going out (…and it’s getting increasingly safer to do so!). 

What boot styles have you been enjoying wearing?

P.S. Three pairs of shoes that I’ve been wearing to the office and a comprehensive review of the comfiest pair of heels I own.


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