Dan Ahwa is fashion editor for Viva and Canvas magazines.

Fashion: Boot camp

These boots were made for walking ... and that’s just what they’ll do.

Alexander Wang pre-autumn 2014.
Alexander Wang pre-autumn 2014.

This selection of new season boots will see you through autumn and winter with their slick, updated, utility styling and subtle equestrian-inspired details.

Practical footwear is a key focus right now as designers develop luxe interpretations on sneakers (Celine, Dior, Chanel), and also man-style tailored loafers. A good pair of boots is one of those seasonal footwear necessities particularly when the weather takes a turn. The latest boot offerings work just as well worn over jeans as they do with this season's longer skirt hemlines for a sartorial nod to the 70s. The classic two-tone Church's boot from Scotties boutique is the perfect option for all-day, everyday wear paired with a pair of jeans and a belted, oversized coat.

For his pre-autumn 2014 collection, Alexander Wang focused on boots that went even higher than the knee, grazing the thigh for a new direction and creating an interesting silhouette in the process. His current footwear collection also highlights some serious boot offerings such as the "Muse" boot, complete with signature Wang cut-out heel.

You don't have to know about dressage either to take full advantage of riding boot styles.

Equestrian style boots have a lean and elegant look about them, making it easy to work into office or weekend looks. The Mi Piaci "Nella" boots are inspired by classic riding boots in a sleek black leather fitted close to the legs (perfect for keeping those pins warm) and with a sensible heel for added height that won't leave you with vertigo.

Check our favourite fall fashion boots here:


• Little Stitch (09) 214 6848
Lonely Hearts
Mi Piaci
• Runway (09) 522 0808
• Scotties 09-366 1664

- NZ Herald

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