Every year when temperatures start to dip, we once again discover our love for the humble boot. However this year boots are anything BUT shy and retiring. Bright colours, unusual designs, studs, laces, even fringing – our feet are doing the talking this season, and the message is LOOK AT ME!

Investing in some killer boots is a great way to update your wardrobe for winter and bring all your usual looks bang-up-to-date. Here are six outfits you can make-over by adding some stylish footwear:

1. The work outfit

Instant update: Add flat over-the-knee boots with strip detailing

Your everyday work outfits get an instant pick-me-up with these uber-glam tall boots. Over-the-knee boots were hot last year and are back again for another season in the spotlight. Pick flat boots for comfort and laid-back style, rather than vamping it up with stiletto heels. No overkill – think sexy, subtle accessorising and your work look stays professional and yet still mega-stylish.

2. The smart-casual jeans outfit

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Skinny jeans were made for wearing with boots – it’s a combination that has always worked well. Your smart-casual look (jeans + jewel toned shirt + blazer) is just right with a pair of luxurious leather boots in mahogany. The gray, brown and rich teal are a pleasing alternative to the typical black pieces that tend to dominate in winter.

3. The casual cuff jeans

Instant update: Add suede wedge boots in a neutral shade

Chances are, you wear a version of this outfit all the time – cuffed or cropped jeans, a silky tee and a cardi. Why not take inspiration from Rachel Bilson and complete the look with a smart pair of suede boots? The light shade adds an interesting twist to a simple ensemble and the heel is practical enough for all-day comfort.

4. The sweater dress

Instant update: Add riding boots

Riding boots are big this winter, and a really fun way to wear them is to pair them with a more conservative item of clothing, like a sleek sweater dress. This simple dress looks perfect with a chain detail belt, opaque tights, and some seriously smart leather riding boots with laces.

5. The slouchy weekend outfit

Instant update: Add a pair of Uggs

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, you have to admit – Uggs are not going away. Though they may not look like the most stylish footwear on the planet, there is much to be said about the warmth, practicality and level of comfort they offer. If you’re slouching around on the weekend wearing an oversize jacket and your most comfortable jeans, what better to tuck them into than a pair of Uggs?

6. The cropped trousers

Instant update: Add a cute pair of ankle boots

Show off your sexy ankle booties by matching them with a pair of cropped trousers. Whether you’re dressing up in a classic white shirt and tweedy blazer, or down in a soft tee and boxy cardi, the bootie adds an element of grown-up glamour to the look. Choosing a colour aside from the typical black is also a good idea; like pairing deep aubergine with gray.

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