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Fashion: Get in step with winter trends

With the colder months on their way, it's time to make strides with your shoe game. Katie Wright walks you through the footwear to snap up now

Sosandar Floral Print 70s Chiffon Dress and Leather Snake Print High Boots, sosandar.com

Colder weather calls for more practical footwear choices, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun with your winter warmers.

The AW16 catwalks provided ample inspiration, with animal prints and luxe loafers coming to the fore - plus some of the best boots we've seen in years.

These are the shoes to walk tall in this season...

SLITHER IN STYLE

At Roberto Cavalli and Gucci, hyper-bright snakeskin slithered onto the runway, while at Chloe, gorgeous brown boots caught the eye of many a fashion editor.

It's the latter - neutral hues - that work best in the real world.

Grey-based snake prints add edge to an all-black ensemble, while tawny toned boots perfectly complement a classic camel coat.

:: Sosandar Floral Print 70's Chiffon Dress, £79; Leather Snake Print Knee Boots, £179 (www.sosandar.com)

:: Ecco Shape 35 Sand Boots, £135 (www.eccoshoesuk.com)

:: La Redoute Atelier R Python Leather Boots, currently reduced to £59.40 from £99 (www.laredoute.co.uk)

GIVE IT THE BOOT

Ankle boots have stomped ahead in recent years but this season, knee-high boots are back - big time.

You've got two options here: leather boots should be structured but a little bit roomy and definitely heeled (wider styles call for extra leg-lengthening height); soft suede or velvet boots should be super-skinny and extend over the knee.

For the ultimate in cutting-edge styling, pair clingy OTKs with bare legs and an oversized sweater or jumper dress - it's called 'lampshading' and if it's good enough for the Kardashian clan, it's good enough for us.

:: Tu Premium Textured Boucle Crombie Coat, £50; Premium Twinset Knit, £25; Premium Leather Pencil Skirt, £50; Premium Long Leather Boots, £80, Sainsbury's (in store November 9; www.sainsburys.co.uk/tu)

:: Lipsy Love Michelle Keegan Stripe Sleeveless Dress, £38; Over the Knee Boots, £89 (www.lipsy.co.uk)

:: Dune Stella Lace Up Back Over the Knee Burgundy Boots, £170 (www.dunelondon.com)

USE YOUR LOAFERS

It doesn't get much more classic than a pair of Gucci loafers, but for autumn/winter, Alessandro Michele remixed the house's iconic shoe almost beyond recognition, and now the high street has got in on the action too.

Fur-lined, metallic, stud-covered, tasselled, backless - these pimped-up slip-ons are a whole lot more eye-catching than their casual cousins, so you can mix them into both your day and night ensembles with ease.

:: Topshop Kendall Leather Loafers, £52 (www.topshop.com)

:: Van Dal Antique Gold Cashmere Loafer, £75 (available early December; www.vandalshoes.com)

:: Next Blue Metallic Loafers, £32 (www.next.co.uk)

TRIPLE THREAT

This season's update on the Mary Jane comes with a neat block heel, and not one but three straps.

Darker shades of the triple-whammy MJ lend a polished edge to kick-flare trousers and frayed-hem denim, while metallics and paler hues look super-cute worn with opaque tights and an A-line mini.

:: Next Floral Metallic Jacquard Jacket, £65; Long Sleeve Wool Blend Roll Neck, £30; Black Crepe Slouch Trousers, £38; Strappy Court Shoes, £38 (www.next.co.uk)

:: New Look Wide Fit Silver Patent Triple Strap Pointed Block Heels, £22.99 (www.newlook.com)

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