If the winter fashion trends feel daunting, let them go to your feet, instead of your head.
You can work – or walk – any number of the latest looks by donning the appropriate pair of boots.
If the top-to-toe dominatrix look is a step too far, try the over-knee boots with something simpler.
Worried by the thought of going cuddly with lashings of faux fur?
Pull on a cuff bootie for a nod to the texture trend instead.
Wedge, flat or heel, you can easily put your own stamp on a top trend via your footwear.
Here’s our easy guide...
Burberry and Prada championed a Sixties style comeback and boots have followed in their footsteps.
Choose ankle styles with a mid-height block heel for a retro take that’s both versatile and walkable.
Go the whole hog and team with a Sixties shift.
Boot buy: Next black ’60s ankle boots, £48.
Jewel colours dazzled on the catwalks but it’s juicy berry tones that have really got mouths watering.
Look for ruby, garnet or crimson.
If you’re trying out top-to-toe colour, then match your tights or trousers to your boots for legs that go on and on.
Boot buy: Russell & Bromley Victoria red platform boots, £375.
Roberto Cavalli and Dolce & Gabbana set the tone for catwalk shimmer and shine with razzle-dazzle a-plenty.
If sequin dresses aren’t your thing, bling up your boots instead with Miu Miu-inspired glitter numbers.
Boot buy: ASOS Astrid glitter ankle boots, £50 (www.asos.com)
Fetish is the risqué trend of the season and bad girl heels are the easiest way to surrender.
Always black with a mean heel and plenty of lace-up or strappy detailing, these boots will have fashionistas cowering in style submission.
Go above the knee if you dare but avoid the Pretty Woman patent references and stick to slick leather.
Boot buy: Dune Paramount black lace-up boots, £199 (0116 284 7800 / www.dune.co.uk)
Big cat spots, Dalmatian dots, snake and animal skin looks... prints are prancing and prowling this season.
Go wild with leopard-print boots in the classic black and beige colourway or try something less conventional such as monochrome spots or coloured snakeskin a la Prada.
Boot buy: Topshop Anika leopard print boots, £65 (www.topshop.com)
Who knows if the Royal Wedding sparked the heritage obsession, but countryside chic certainly reigned on the catwalks at Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel.
If Highland weaves, plaid and check aren’t really your thing, stick to traditional riding boots to get on top of the trend.
Boot buy: Laura Ashley contrast trim riding boots, £135 (www.lauraashley.com)
A distinct lack of Arctic temperatures render faux fur coats redundant for most of the year, so decorate your legs instead.
The fixation with furs at Gucci and Versace has turned footwear cuddly.
Go full-on with an all-over faux fur boot or subtle with a cosy cuff around the ankle or calf.
Boot buy: Ellos faux fur wedge boots, £45 (0844 842 2222/www.laredoute.co.uk)
Metallic tones at Stella McCartney and Balmain proved heavy metal is in.
Even the chunkiest of boots look instantly glam with a metallic makeover.
Make it your time to shine, day or night, with a dirty metallic such as bronze, gunmetal or pewter.
Boot buy: Kurt Geiger Salem biker boots in gunmetal, £190 (www.kurtgeiger.com)
Embrace the boho spirit with a sepia take on boot colour in rustic tones like tan, mustard and burgundy.
Stick to stack-heel platforms and suede textures for true Seventies splendour.
Add a wide-brimmed floppy hat for added hippy impact.
Boot buy: Office June boots in rust suede, £70 (www.office.co.uk)
Work Dolce & Gabbana’s boyish look with mannish lace-ups.
This is your official get-out clause if you hate the discomfort of high heels.
These boots are flat and practical enough for all-day wear.
Do it like a dude by stepping out with smart brogue detailing.
Boot buy: Schuh Kimono brogue ankle boots, £75 (0845 307 2484/www.schuh.co.uk).