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Best Budget Boots for Winter

I have never been this excited for a blog post before!!

Trawling fashion sites and trend report for winter boot styles, it’s clear that 2019 is the year for total boot experimentation! Designs are perfectly placed to bring out your individual style and appeal to your inner fashion risk-taker! So let’s first talk about the trends that have the fashion world abuzz.

From the New York, London and Milan Fashion Week, the winter 2019 collection is lust-worthy styles that will have your heart racing. Ankle to thigh high to cowboy to laced up, there’s a boot for everybody! Boots can be pricey with styles starting at R599 but I found a few budget buys for well under R400, and included some R699 designs. If you’re not ready to dip your toe in the adventurous pool, I’ve saved the best for last. But know, ’tis the season to express yourself so you have an excuse to be extra!

One of the most refreshing changes we saw was the cutting-edge fascination with heels. Gone are the days when only the vamp or upper part of the boot got a (re)vamp, this season’s heels are assymmetrical blocks, slanted, sculptured, contoured, cylindrical and will help you put your best foot forward. The basic boot has become a fine masterpiece with a slight influence taken from modern architecture. It’s an unexpected silhouette appealing to the conservative boot buyer looking to switch things up, or to take the time honoured classic boot to an innovative high.



Shop from left:

Block Heel Ankle Boot, Mr Price R269.99
Pink, Yellow and Blue Block Heel, Mr Price from R150 to R249.99
Marbled Metallic Heel, R249
London Hub Boot, R499
Utopia Front Zip Boot, R249
Star Embellished Block Heel: R899
Utopia Gusset Ankle Boot, R379


Winter 2019 begs you to put pedal to the metal and we’re swooning over these glittery declarations of individuality! It’s definitely made for evening wear but opting for muted, matte and lacquered tones such as slate, plain grey, fractured fabric or options paired with another white-hot trend – snake skin – can make these boots easily office-ready.


Silver Public Desire Boot, Zando R409
Silver Thigh High Boots Zando, R409
Utopia Shimmer Heel Zando, R249
Mirror PU Boot Zando, R409
Atomic Kitten Boot, Superbalist, R514, Gold ones, R199

I cannot explain how hard I’m crushing on this trend. Red and black are iconic, timeless style, yes but unexpected stripes are a welcome bite that I’m loving. It’s biker meets everyday. As described in one of the articles I read, “Alexander McQueen’s offering is confidently wearable. Consider it elegance with an edge.” We couldn’t agree more. I can see these marrying blissfuly with opaque hefty tights or skinny black jeans.


Sock Boot, Mr Price R329.99
Red Flared Heel Boot, R699
Steve Madden Striped Black Boot, R1599 ( a girl can dream, right?)
Miami Ankle Boot, R699
Scorpio Sharp Point Boot, R489
Paula Red Flared Heel, R419


Crocodile and snake skin as well as leopard, cheetah prints have taken the blistery season by storm and has had Nikki swooning since day one! I can’t blame her. Prints present such envy-worthy textures and luxury and will have you looking as if you’re just about to jet off to any fashion capital. It’s daring and adaptable all at once and will find its home with denim, extravagant coats, cosy cashmere, silks and satins. It’s a sure-fire way to make your feet do the talking. So indulgent, I feel like I’m sinning just by coveting them. If you’re the non adventurous type (which face it, we all are most of the time), a black boot in a snake skin texture could be the statement-making trick you’re after.

Snake Skin Knee High, Cotton On, R799 (buy one pair, 50% off the second)
Animal Print Boot Mr Price, R180
Black Boots, Cotton On R599
Animal Print Stilettos, Mr Price R239.99
Dolce Vita Animal Print, Zando, R459
Leopard Print Boot Mr Price, R249.99


If there’s one trend that I have wanted to try season upon season but never tried, it’s thigh-high boots. Is it just too risqué, are my legs too short, are they too limited in terms of wear? I will never know. But year after year I’ve watched them from afar much like a first crush. Worn the right way, over-the-knee boots are sophisticated and polished, and worn by people who don’t take themselves too seriously. Over winter tights with a camel coat, it’s a sumptuous dream I don’t want to wake from, so 2019 may be the year that I am brave enough. Challenge time: I will, if you will.


Knee High Snake Skin Boot, R349.99
High Leg Boot, R329.99
Over-the-Knee Boot, R584

It’s as if designers tossed out the brief and budget this year because boots are adorned with tinsel-esque tassels, and generously strewn with sequins. Full-cover florals also made an inspiring appearance and feathers were abundant.


Floral Boot, Zando, R249
Royal Printer Boot, R499
Sissy Boy Faux Fur Boots, R584
Sequined Boots, Superbalist, R519

The transparent trend is one I’m not ready to try yet but suitable for the brave and perfect paired with bold black.


Perspex Boot, Superbalist R519
Block Perspex Heel, Superbalist, R584
Bodene Black Boot, Zando R759 
Sheer Patent Perspex Boots, R749 or in smoke; Steer Stiletto, Superbalist R584
Caesura Block Heel in Yellow, Zando, R379
Dallas Faux Suede Boot, R409


If you’re not quite ready to let your fashion risk-taker free, there are still a few awesome drool-worthy styles to try this winter. And here’s our top 20, well 21 🙂 Enjoy!

Cut Out Buckled Ankle Boot, Mr Price, R199.99
Chelsea Tan Boot (third in pic), Mr Price, R199.99

Cotton On is having a buy 1 pair, save 50% on the second sale at the moment!
Yasmine Ankle Boot in black or tan, Cotton On, R449 (second in pic)
Pointy Cowboy Ankle Boot, Mr Price R250
Isabelle Heeled Ankle Boot, Cotton On R599
Bella Heeled Gusset Boot, R599
Nala Cut Out Boot, R599
Black Chelsea Boot,
Stiletto white ankle boot, Mr Price, R150
Jada Cut Out Ankle Boot, R349
Utopia Pistol Plain Black, Zando R249
Utopia Flat Ankle Boot, R299
Side panel Ankle Boot, Superbalist, R499
Faux Leather Block Heel, R699
Nala Faux Suede, R389
Abir 2 Buckle Low Heel Ankle Boot, R421
Kathy Chelsea Boot, R259
Slip On Flat Ankle Boot, R399
Bella Faux Leather Block Heel, R599
Buckle Detail Ankle Boot, Superbalist, R549
Basic Stud Ankle Boot, Brown, R499


  1. I struggled to pick a fave but I’m lusting after the yellow and black buckle ones from MRP

  2. DSW has your Snake skin heels and more! Check out our huge selection with free shipping every day.

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