Aldo, F21 Or H&M: These Indie & High Street Brands Are The Best For Boots

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    I love boots, and I’d wear them everyday, despite India’s balmy weather (thank god winter is here, not like I needed reason, but still!). So, if you’re like me, or if you live in places in the country which actually have boot-worthy weather for some time at least, then this list is for you. Be it gum boots to trek up hills in, or stilettos for those nights out, or even cute Chelsea boots to pair with shorts or summery dresses, here are the brands that nail all styles of boots. 

    Zebba

    Zebba

    Available on LBB

    Zebba has some funky boot options that will make sure you stand out. What is great about this brand is that they make practical boots with solid block heels, but also throw in some cross-stitch detailing for that added jazz. Chelsea is their most popular style but they also make a limited collection of designer, fashion boots. They are comfortable, soft and from experience they can even be used to run around in. 

    Sizes: Euro 26 to 42. They charge a nominal fee of 20% for special sizes like 35 and 42.


    Zavo

    Zavo

    Available on LBB

    Chelsea boots are always a good thing to have in your shoe cabinet. Why? Because they are so chic, comfortable and versatile! Wear them with jeans, shorts, skirts, dresses or even playsuits, and you will look stellar. Zavo has easy-to-wear ones that come in a few options be it slip-ons, lace-ups or buckles. Men, there are options for you too! The brand also puts their boots to the test, wearing for long periods of time, all day and everyday and are happy to report back with no stitches coming undone and happy-not-tired feet. The soles are practically designed keeping in mind grip and comfort.

    Sizes: 36 to 41 for women and 40 to 44 for men.

    Forever 21

    Forever 21

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    Forever 21 will spoil you with their collection of boots that range from practical and flat to over-the-top party ones starting at INR 2,500. We particularly love their faux suede selection which comes in Chelsea style (block heel and flat) as well as ankle level. On offer are also knee high ones that are great for the mild winter. They have booties when winter rolls around, plus on trend options that last a season or two. Like the thigh-high denim ones they stock on and off. Oh, and combat boots (big, bold, clunky and edgy boots) that are having a major moment, in street-styles especially 

    Sizes: Euro 37 to 44

    Prices: INR 2,500 upwards

    Marks & Spencer

    It’s an English brand and seeing as one would wear boots all year long there, they’d a fantastic option for practical pairs. Check out their Chelsea boots, tan and biker ones, woollen UGG sorts, and block-heel knee high boots. They even have a few shoe boot options that work well for dresses and denims like the stiletto heel chelsea boots. 

    Sizes: Euro 35 to 41

    Price: INR 2,499 upwards


    H&M

    H&M

    Available Online

    Source of all things trending and at a decent price, for Chelsea boots, army ones, platform boots and sock boots too. Of course, they have a grand collection of patent leather ankle boots to sexy suede and comfy pile-lined flats too. Most of them are well under INR 3,000 anyway, so imagine if you get it on discount! Since thigh-highs and knee boots are in again, check out the selection that H&M has. Especially the premium ones. Those are upwards of UNR 4,500 but they’re super stylish! If you're visiting a really cold place, definitely snag a pair of warm-lined boots from, here, not only are they great quality (linings and insoles in soft faux shearling to keep feet warm), they are also budget-friendly.

    Sizes: Euro 33 to 41

    Price: INR 1499 upwards

    Aldo & Call It Spring

    Aldo

    Available Online

    Oof, this here is a slice of heaven for boots, albeit a tad expensive to stomp about in them daily. Pick from casual knee high ones in leather, suede ankle boots, Chelsea boots and combat ones too. Aldo and Call It Spring retail out of the same space most of the time, so you can check out both collections. Any pair you pick off the collection here is an investment, so choose wisely, in terms of style, as for quality, do not doubt it!

    Sizes: Euro 35 to 42.5

    Price: INR 6,999 upwards

    Zara

    Zara

    Available Online

    This high street brand always has some kind of boots, though they definitely have reduced the options over the years. Check out the wellies, the leather and suede ankle-length ones, and definitely look out for boots for kids here. They usually bring out the entire boots collection during the winter months. And then it’s a riot of leather, cowboy, thigh-high boots, metallic ones...and a dream, basically! Prices start upwards of INR 2,500 but the more current ones are above INR 5,000.

    Sizes: Euro 39 to 47

    Pepitoes

    Pepitoes

    Available on LBB

    Want boots on a budget? You're lucky Pepitoes is available on LBB Shop! This indie brand crafts classic boots - ankle cute, Chelsea boots, party boots, knee boots - all in solid and classic colours and at prices under INR 2,000 for ankle boots and under INR 4,000 for bigger party and knee boots. More so, the brand keeps function front and center with all their heel sizes not going beyond 1.5 inches. You won't have to spend more that 5 minutes to get into Pepitoes's boot either, they are all either slip-ons or have a zip enclosure. You can strut in them all day long too, these have comfort insoles.

    Sizes: Euro 35 to 44

    Price: INR 1,999 upwards