WORDS BY FLORENCE TROTT
From the beloved chunky soled boots to sleek snakeskin knee-highs, these are the styles we can’t get enough of.
Around this time of year, getting dressed can get complicated. We’re looking forward to warmer days and sunnier skies, but the temperature remains stubbornly low. Not to mention that we haven’t had a pedicure yet. The answer? Boots. Paired with minis or trousers or dresses or jeans (the list is endless), they’re the key to sliding stylishly out of winter and into spring. The lesson is: whatever the weather, a good pair of boots will always lead to outfit success. Here are a few to try in now.
Yes, we’re still talking about Bottega Veneta’s Lug boots, but so are they. Whatever else is going on in this crazy world, they can be depended on. There’s something about a boot with a massive sole that is reassuringly solid. From Prada’s updated Monolith (a luxe riff on bovver boots) to chunky pastel soles, these will lead you straight into spring.
SHOP CHUNKY SPRING BOOTS
Remember when square toe shoes felt intimidating? Now, they’re a fashion circuit fixture and a staple of our wardrobes. And the best way to nail a seductively modern silhouette? With The Row’s Office leather boots or a pair of Wandler’s uber sexy thigh-highs. Alternatively, look to Proenza Schouler, By Far and Manu Atelier for elegant square-toe boots in spring-ready neutrals.
SHOP SQUARE TOE BOOTS
It sounds absurd, but a snakeskin boot is actually a neutral boot. Sure, they make a statement, but they go with practically everything. Take Paris Texas’ soft cream and grey boots – easy to pair with anything from black to fuchsia pink. The same can’t be said of Gucci’s bold burnt umber python boots. So fabulous, so daring.
SHOP SNAKESKIN BOOTS
This is not your cut-and-paste cowgirl boot. There isn’t a hay bale in sight. Spring 2021’s western boots are contemporary and refined – they look just as good with tailored jackets as they do with denim cut-offs. For modern silhouettes and a subtle nod to Americana, look to Gianvito Rossi, Tom Ford and Khaite. Line-dancing skills not required.
SHOP WESTERN BOOTS
Much like the chunky boot trend, sleek and tall riding boots satisfy our appetite for fashion with a side of grit. Rebellious and incredibly chic, our favourites of the season come from Ann Demeulemeester, Jil Sander and Ayede, not to mention The Row who just re-issued their much loved Moto boots.
SHOP EQUESTRIAN BOOTS
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