I’m currently typing this at 4AM as I’m very jet lagged from my trip to Singapore and Hong Kong. I miss being away already – spending time with my boyfriend was perfect and getting to explore two new cities was so exciting (they’re both places I’d go back to, by the way, but I’ll leave that to the travel bloggers to write about!).

I arrived home yesterday morning and in a quest to beat jet lag (which didn’t work, see above); I went out for a coffee and a visit to the John Lewis shoe department with my mum – I do know how to live. It got me thinking – I love a good pair of ankle boots for winter, so I thought i’d give you a round up of what I’ve found recently. With boots especially, I’m a fan of buying ones which will last. If you invest in a decent pair of boots, even when they wear down, it can be worth getting re-healed or re-soled – and they can last you for years.

I bought these patent beauties last winter and absolutely fell in love with them – and consequently wore them to death (I’m actually taking them to be repaired today!). I’m so glad Russell & Bromley have got them again this year so more people can enjoy them. This is the most money I’ve ever spent on a pair of shoes, but for the wear I’ve got out of them, so worth it. Being patent and croc, they’re perfect to dress an outfit up slightly, without losing the comfort of flats, or feeling too OTT for the office.

Russell & Bromley Croc Chelsea Boot, £245

I tried these Steve Madden boots on yesterday and they were super comfy. I’m dithering between them and these Dune boots, which were also so comfy when I tried them. I love the stud detail on each of them – subtle, but a little different from your usual Chelsea boot. They’re both the same price, too, so I can’t even choose based on my bank balance! Hmm. I think both would be perfect with a dress or with jeans and an oversized boyfriend coat.

Steve Madden Stud Chelsea Boots, £125

Dune Portobello Boots, £125

These Dune biker style boots are perfect to ‘toughen up’ an outfit. They’d work just as well with a dainty dress and leather jacket as they would with a black skinny jean. I love the detail – the croc pattern on the toe, the stripe detail on the heel. They come in navy too – a perfect colour for autumn.

Dune Palomo Boots, £99

I do fancy a burgundy boot this season but haven’t taken the plunge just yet. I’m trying to make my wardrobe work harder, so I need to think about whether I have enough that would go with them to justify buying! If I were to buy a pair though, it’d be these (I’m definitely partial to a stud at the moment, aren’t I?!).

Dune Burgundy Croc Boots, £155

Lastly, if you want a classic style with a slight edge, these Geox boots are great. The boot is black suede, but with a patent heel. The heel is square, too, nodding to the trend of the season, whilst still being a classic cut. Wear with a short dress, or a maxi skirt. (My mum bought these yesterday to wear with this dress!).

]Geox Seylise Boots, £130

I’m seemingly a black ankle boot addict, but there are loads of fab ones out there right now. I think if you’re going to invest, now’s the time to do it so you can get full use of them this winter (I’ve made the mistake of waiting too late before and being gutted when spring has come early!).

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