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Stompy boots are the cold weather cousins of comfy trainers - these are the best styles to invest in now

the stomping boots during fashion week autumn/winter 19
Left to right: a showgoer at Paris Fashion Week, Alexander McQueen autumn/winter 19, a showgoer and Coach autumn/winter 19

While we fashion editors have been going on about how knee-high boots with a bit of a heel are the boots of winter, anyone who has to traipse around in all weathers wanting to feel both comfortable and cool has had other ideas.

Can you run for a bus and then walk for miles in Totême’s divine (and already cult) wide-shaft boot? Erm, it might be tricky – and you’d certainly require a trip to the cobblers at the end of it. 

Which is why, with all the stealth of their combat roots, it’s actually the clompy boot that has set up camp in the nation’s shoe-drobes this season. 

The clues were there. Chunky boots might not have pervaded the catwalks like knee-highs, but they were deployed by some of the designers in whose taste we trust implicitly.

Miuccia Prada gave an edge to dark florals and feminine tailoring with amped-up Sex Pistols-worthy boots; Sarah Burton paired her exquisite tailoring and romantic party dresses with riffs on Dr Martens at McQueen; Chloé’s Highland-fling theme offered up stomptastic footwear galore.

But it’s two of the most butter-wouldn’t-melt women in Britain who have, ironically, paved the way for this symbol of punk to hit the mainstream.

Holly Willoughby sent sales of Grenson’s Nanette lace-ups sky-rocketing when they became a fundamental part of her I’m a Celebrity…! look. She made the chunky boot her ‘thing’ during the series, wearing similar styles by Russell & Bromley, Topshop and Maje and thus rendering them just as wantable as all the polite pencil skirts she causes to sell out from the This Morning sofa.

Shearling, £130, Clarks; Lace-up, £115, Geox; Patent, £129, Dr Martens

And in January, the Duchess of Cambridge – usually queen of the tasselled riding boot – brought her Dubarry tweeds kicking into 2019 with a new pair of See by Chloé hiking boots. 

So I think we can all agree that the current chunky boot trend has very little to do with yet another punk/military nostalgia trip and is more about that very modern styling obsession: practicality.

Think of them as the cold-weather cousin of trainers – mud-proof and much better with thick socks.

The secret to conquering the look is adding a little bit of softness. Last week, Telegraph senior fashion ed Caroline, who usually sports a slinky kitten heel, stomped her way to the tea station in the Nanettes with a pleated skirt and slouchy knit.

Fashion ed Tamara is transforming all her pretty floral summer dresses with tights and Zara’s streamlined combat boot, while Stella editor Caroline can’t stop thinking about the Alexander McQueen boots, which would look excellent with her collection of denim dresses and boiler suits.

And I’m off to Cornwall where I’ll be spending most of my break in Scarpa hiking boots and my beloved Babaà jumpers. Does that count?

Brown ‘Nanette’, £275, Grenson; Maroon, £950, Jimmy Choo; Brown, £450, Dear Frances; Block heel, £45, Marks & Spencer; Studded, £79.99, Zara

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