Especially in keeping your feet clean, warm and dry. Boom boom! In all seriousness though, it never fails to amaze me how finding the perfect pair of boots or shoes can be the cure all for wardrobe dilemmas.
We've all done it. We know we have a wardrobe full of amazing things. Outfits that we love, that we've worn before. We've even added a few new season gems in as we know they'll work perfectly with what we already have.
So why then do all those aforementioned fabulous outfits that worked in Sept, Oct just feel meh now.
I know. I've worked it out. It's the fault of the footwear. I honestly think that coats and what you wear on your feet can have the biggest impacts on the look of an outfit.
Change the shoes for boots, the flats for heels and suddenly, the outfit just doesn't work anymore. Or it might even be that it's not quite the look you want at that moment in time. I don't know about anyone else but with the weather getting chillier (and my waistline getting bigger thanks to Mini Stollen - that's plural not just the one), I want to wear oversized jumpers, skinnies and boots. I want to be cosy with chunky clothes on.
And I need chunky boots. My bestie is the opposite and she was after a pair of knee high boots (which I have neglected to look at this season At All and should definitely give some consideration to) which I can see would give a whole new look to an old outfit but nope, for me, I wanted something a bit grungier.
Biker boots. I have old KG biker boots that have served me very well for the past five years and owe me diddly squat now but biker boots have come on in leaps and bounds and so when my friends at Seven Boot Lane asked me if I'd like to add to my collection with a pair of A/W boots, I nearly bit their hands off for their Caitlyns.
These are amazing. I had been looking at Biker Boots and so I've also got some alternatives from the High Street for you to have a look at. But for me, the Caitlyn is the perfect boot. I love the rose gold stud detailing (matches my black studded bag perfectly), I love the extra strap you get with them for more embellishment which I immediately threw on as well. I love the way they're wider at the top and you can in fact loosen or tighten them round your ankle, depending on which you prefer.
I chose the Caitlyn as I think, being tall, it gives a better sense of proportion as I can adjust the looseness of them as appropriate for the outfit. They're the perfect height up my leg (this is a case of preference) but for me I didn't want ankle or knee high - mid calf was exactly what I wanted.
Caitlyn Biker Boot from Seven Boot Lane £185
If the leather is too masculine then a suede option may be better and so the Carrie would be the one to look for - and before you ask, they're water resistant suede!
The Carrie biker boot £175 - fur lined with charcoal suede.
Someone did ask me on the blog the other day if I could recommend how to wear these if you're not as tall. Well, like I said, I think it does depend on the look that you want - some people do like these to be higher up the leg and so these would be fine then for all heights.
But if you're after a shorter pair then these are just the ticket.
The Charlotte in Charcoal Suede £175
Or the Carrie in Grey suede £175
Seven Boot Lane are offering, as I mentioned the other day, 15% off any product with the code DMBAW14 till the 24th December.
If you're after a chocolate leather pair then these looked great from M&S. These have enough extra detail to look interesting without having too much added hardware which I feel can tip you over into Hell's Angel territory. It's a fine balance. I have to say I prefer more metal bling than less but you can easily go over the top. These are definitely the lite version which I know lots of people will love.
Leather Stretch Zip Padded Biker Boots in Chocolate £85
And in black £85
Ditto an understated pair from Boden.
The Biker Boot from Boden was £139 now £97.30
They also do them in a brown as well.
If you did prefer a brown leather then I've seen these ones in the flesh at Clarks and they look pretty great. I personally don't think they're as gritty or as edgy as some of the other ones but that may well be the preference for some.
Clarks Orinocco Jive in Brown £89.99
They do also do them in black as well.
I know people rave about the Hobbs ones. Slightly boxier with less detailing - a cleaner look a la Hobbs style.
Black Zana Biker Boot £199
And these don't quite fit into the Biker mould but a friend has just bought them and they look amazing on her. Still a nod to all things Biker with the buckles but laces included for a slightly different look with a smooth sole.
Hobbs NW3 Ivan Boot £179
If you are looking for less chunky then these from Dune might be worth a look.
The Dune Robbin Buckle Biker boot - now on offer at £69
These remind me of my old KG ones which are gorgeous - I have to say I prefer the extra stud detailing on the Seven Boot Lane Caitlyn's but these would be my second choice.
The Jigsaw Marco Biker Boot £149
So have you found your perfect boots for the A/W yet? I am done. Lucky enough to have a pair of boots for every occasion which is handy seeing as the forecast is for cold, cold and more cold. Please don't anyone mention snow.........
Here I am today in an old outfit that I am totally re-feeling the love for with the addition of new boots.