So shiny, not a mark on them. And all that leather, suede or, for the extrovert, patent. Your little bitty strappy sandals are all very well but with a pair of boots there’s far more shoe to show-off and tell. New boots are reassuringly expensive. Guilt-free, too: Fashion maths dictates that boots x per wear = good value. Is it the knowledge you’ll soon be in so-cosy woolly tights again or the fact that you can wear them every day till March that sends us skipping to the shops? Ooh, and that big box to take them home in. Nice.
Shallow, us? This is a seasonal ritual to be undertaken alongside harvest festivals and leaf kicking – maybe not in your splendid new boots though.
Our favourite winter boots, clockwise from top left: