It’s that time of year. Sandals and various other examples of delicate footwear take their place at the back of the cupboard, the chunky socks come out and thoughts turn to soup, porridge and casseroles. That’s a long-winded way of saying it’s gonna get cold. Let’s stare at some lace-up boots in preparation, here’s some favourites from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Meg Company, Mr Hare and Ann Demeulemeester. For more Buyer’s Guides click here.Meg Company – Santo Domingo Boot
Santo Domingo, part of the Meg Company family, produce these wrong but strangely right patchwork boots, leather, suede and a little bit of madness.Mr Hare – Freud Boots
The most refined of the bunch, this combination of smooth and pebble leather and ghillie style lace up closure is a nice compromise between smart and sturdy.Alexander McQueen – Burgundy Boots
The leather on these is incredible. Burgundy always a good choice for a boot, the cap toe and paneled construction add something interesting to a relatively simple style.Ann Demeulemeester – Scamosciato Ingrassato Boots
Tall, Suede, all black stompers from Ann Demeulemeester. These are a bit of a cheat with that side zip but we’ll overlook, they’re ‘reverse calf’ after all.Grenson for Heritage Research – Toe Cap Boot
A collaboration that’s thrown out some great footwear, British-made and Goodyear welted, a traditional boot with contrast leather panels and a neat toe cap.Carven – Mixed Leather Boots
A great use of grain leather in that navy colourway. Grosgrain ribbon heel-tab, pinked tongues, red stitching…blue with black doubters take a look, sometimes it just works.