WORDS BY FLORENCE TROTT
Hiking boots, combat boots and rubber soles are the are the new fashion stomping ground.
Arguably, it all kicked off last season with the fresh take on luxe minimalism ushered in by Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee. The trend has since become a staple. Now, we couldn’t imagine our wardrobes without luxuriously thick leather and soles as wide as doorsteps. For anyone living in a cold-weather climate, they’re a practical and stylish solution to everyday dressing. Other than cashmere, carbs and large glasses of red wine in front of the fire, there is no greater joy than a chunky sole come winter. They run the gamut of events – from autumnal walks in the countryside to date night (paired with a slinky mini). Things remain uncertain in the world RN, but you can rely on your big, chunky boots to see you through winter and out the other side. Here are some of the best.
Prada’s sold-out lace-up combat boots have been choking up our IG feeds for weeks. Inspired by Goth subcultures, they come with nifty shell ankle pouches that are perfect for storing your black lipstick in. Want something a bit more low-key? Look to the OG queen of chunky lace-ups, Ann Demeulemeester, for timeless military-chic style with a side of attitude.
SHOP LACE-UP BOOTS
Part classic Chelsea, part bovver boot, this season’s Chelsea boots have huge lug soles at odds with the style’s elegant heritage. Feeling anarchic this season? Rebel against small shoes in Bottega Veneta’s must-have Tire boots and Acne’s leather Chelseas. You want them to look at least three sizes too big, if not more.
SHOP CHUNKY CHELSEA BOOTS
HIKING, BUT MAKE IT FASHION
This might be the pair we never really thought would reach high fashion status, but those chunky, practical hiking boots are in. A style Scandi designers have been pushing for years, mainly Ganni, but Louis Vuitton’s and Dior’s runway boots sums up the ‘all-terrain’ trend that has us longing for a glamping get-away.
SHOP HIKING BOOTS
Wellington boots, AKA wellies, made a surprise appearance on the runways last February. A real marmite trend, there’s no denying their practicality. Winning the category for all-terrain boots, think ‘Mossy at Glasto’ in an urban setting, with a chunkier sole. Whether you love ‘em or hate ‘em, Ganni, Bottega Veneta and Jil Sander have cornered the market for high-fashion rubber. Functional? Yes. Chic? The jury’s still out on that one.
SHOP RUBBER BOOTS
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