Me with my sensible head on. I can literally smell the Autumn. I can now count on one hand the weeks till the end of term which means it's a very short hop, skip and a jump till they go back to school. Which is the Autumn. EEK.
And seeing as the impetus for me to buy sandals is a big fat zero, seeing as I've worn the pairs I have literally once, I'm all about the boots.
Following on from my sales thread the other day, after a leather jacket, boots are my number one choice for a current purchase.
In these slightly bonkers climes, these are a weekly wear. If not a daily one. And if you buy the right pair of boots, you will be able to wear them all year round.
So I did look at ankle boots the other day that had a little heel and were statement boots - boots that did all the talking.
Today I'm all about boots that do all the walking.
Flat ankle boots. I have a hunch that these are going to be our go to boots for Autumn. The midi dresses and skirts show no signs of going anywhere (I for one will be championing them till they develop a cure for flobby knees that is non evasive and costs 5p) and these are a match made in heaven. They also look great with peg leg trousers, skinnies and cropped wide legs and culottes. Pretty much any form of bottom, I'm banking on these working with.
Starting with the must have boot from last season - the Jensens. And I have actually had these on the blog previously in the white and I think there is a lot of mileage in white boots. The perfect shade for the Summer with all our neutrals. Black, navy and grey - simply gorgeous. And just straight into Autumn. Honestly you would get so much wear out of these. Just go for it.
Acne Studio Jensens in white were £370 now £259
Alternatively there is the Topshop Kola Version which isn't as pointed in the toe but also happens to be £36 (no they're not leather but they're errr £36!)
Or the silver version...that's your Christmas boot sorted right there.
Kola Version in Silver £36
Another great option is the Whistles Belmont which is a good alternative at full price, let alone in the sale. It's easy to take the premise of the Acne Jensens and buy into the trend with much less money. Essentially we're just talking a pointed Chelsea boot. And personally I did find the Jensens were quite baggy on the ankle which is something that you don't want.
Whistles Belmont Pointed Toe Boots was £185 now £130
Another much cheaper option from Net A Porter.
Michael Michael Kors Pierce Suede Ankle Boots was £175 now £80
And from La Redoute in the sale.
Leather Ankle Boots from Soft Grey were £79 now £47.50
Slightly lower on the leg (which I happen to love) but again in the sale and in a wine colour from Topshop. Was just having the conversation today about how versatile this shade is and how my money is on it being the one colour we will all be wearing come this A/W. Sublime with tan and perfect with grey.
Apple-Bee Ankle Boots from Topshop were £62 now £30
But my find of the day has to be from La Redoute. So these aren't leather and they're not Chelsea boots but I LOVE these. In your head, don't think cheap, think Stella McCartney. If it's good enough for her.. They are however - err really really cheap. Half price which means that less than £20. How many pairs of buckle boots can one have?
Biker boots with buckles from La Redoute were £39 now £19.50
Then of course, there is the shoe goldmine which is Shoeaholics. And don't forget an extra 15% off if you sign up for their newsletter (get finding another email address if you've already used one).
Twinsie Boots from Nine West were £129 now £39
But if it's Chelsea boots you love... ultimate bargain.
Turn by Carvela was £150 now £39 in black suede.
Love the detailing at the back of the ankle
Ever so slightly higher again as I know some people do like a bit of a heel.
Spirit Ankle Boots from Kurt Geiger were £140 now £59
And finally some more off piste numbers.
Throwing the budget out of the window at Balenciaga. These though, cost per wear, would be worth it if you love them and wore them all year round. And wear them I would. With everything.
Point-toe lace-up suede ankle boots from Balenciaga was £565 now £282
And a leopard... couldn't resist.
Shaw Flat Bootie from Michael Michael Kors was £220 now £69 (gotta love Shoeaholics).
And tassels... suede in this colour isn't the most practical but so long as you stick to sunny days, for £29??
Suede Tassel Ankle Boot from Firetrap were £100 now £29 again Shoeaholics so you would also get 15% off these.
But it was in fact a tan boot that I plumped for.
So there are these by Givenchy.
Embellished Suede Ankle boots were £630 now £441
But I couldn't get past the Ivy Copenhagen ones I tried on in Quattro Rish (which is a rather fabulous boutique in Reigate just 25 mins from me). So when I found out about their preview sale with 30% off for this week only, these were a no brainer. And I'm allowed to share the code with you.. quote if calling or going instore for this week - Private30. Alas they don't have an online ordering facility but you can call and they will do mail order. Lots of ideas of their stock on their Instagram account or if you're local, can't recommend a trip highly enough. Consider myself very lucky to have such a fabulous store on my doorstep.
These are what I bought - were £190 now £132
And here I am in them today.
Navy short sleeve jumper - Zara
Navy blazer - Me+Em
Khaki Ankle Grazer Skirt - Topshop
Leopard Print Bag - Tory Burch
Tan embellised boots - Ivylee Copenhagen from Quattro Rish
There was actually sun today. With no rain. Had the most lovely day on a dog walk, at a Charity Afternoon Tea and then earned a polish of my halo as I took the children to a National Trust Event at Knole House. Take that, Xbox.
So talk ankle boots to me... I can't tell you what a good idea they are. The amount of wear we get out of sandals compared to the amount of wear you get out of these? Like I say - No. Brainer.