Don’t you love it when fashion’s runway obsessions neatly intersect with genuine practicality? Right now, combat boots – those clompy, utilitarian classics – are strides ahead thanks to the fact they look good and are perfect for trans-seasonal dressing. Almost universally black – although we’ve seen more neutral and brown styles in recent seasons – these boots might have their roots in rebellious punk culture, but the latest styles offer heaps of attitude tempered with a luxe touch. Consider Salvatore Ferragamo and The Row’s butter-soft black leather versions, or opt for texture in the form of Prada’s suitably distinctive denim design. Best of all, boots that mean business are a top trend for this season, too – wear them to toughen up your printed skirts and midi dresses, or with straight-leg jeans or tapered pants (cropped or rolled above the top of your boots) and a statement coat when the temperatures drop.
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