The long boots are slowly but surely coming back in style and pushing out the cutaway booties and ankle boots. The Pretty Woman style knee high boots lead the pack.
At least that is what the guys and gals over at The Sydney Morning Herald are noticing. “Sleek knee-highs in snaky textures, punchy primary colours, retro-style prints and classic neutrals are strong, and just right for this season’s seventies styling”, they say.
Over the years knee boots have had lots of different variations and usually only a couple of them dominate a given year. This year though it seems you might be spoiled for choice as designers are opting for a wide range of different styles.
Tom Ford for example is going for mid-heel, ruched toe, and full-leg lace-up and fringing, whilst London shoe designer Charlotte Olympia Delall has stretched hers right over the knee, and added a chic gold chain around the ankle.
See by Chole is going for sleek black leather knee-highs were teamed with much longer black socks. Calvin Klein is opting for low heels and high shine. Giambattista Valli is going for floral prints.
“Joseph Altuzarra found inspiration in the 18th century, crafting boots in pretty white lace complete with eyelets and frills. Etro added hard-core built-in suede fringing to theirs, Rodarte opted for open-toe and lace-ups, whilst Prada cropped their white skin-tight versions mid-calf and added rad pink soles and toe”, adds the SMH.
Lower and chunkier heels are expected to dominate the floors, but nobody will fault you for opting for stiletto boots either. It will be important to make the boots fit well on you legs though, so you may opt for a pair with an elasticated back to ensure a good fit. If wearing a shorter dress or skirt that exposes your knees, consider wearing tights to create a continuous line that will give you a longer, leggier look.
The color choices will be sixties pastels, marsala and of course the ever classic black. Suede and fringe are expected to be a preferred choice of materials. You will have the complete freedom of mixing and matching your boots with skirts, pants for any occasion – formal, casual, party, sexy, office and so on. It is definately shaping up to be the season of the boots.