WORDS BY NATALIE YIASSOUMI
Chanel and Miu Miu took some virtual trips to the Alps and offered snow boots in all shapes and forms, for FW21.
Images courtesy of Chanel.
You might have missed your annual ski trip this year – and with it the aprés ski and the myriads of opportunities to dress up in puffers, Moon boots and all things shearling – but designers are making sure that next winter season you’ll be ready to make up for lost time in the most stylish winter gear — yeti boots included.
On Tuesday, Chanel creative director Virginie Viard presented the brand’s fall 2021-22 collection that drew inspiration from winter sports and featured an array of shaggy snow boots, which are bound to turn into an instant sell-out and a coveted collectors’ item when they land into stores next year.
The chunky style comes up to the knee and features shaggy fur in mostly neutral tones, with the exception of one electric blue style, destined for the maximalist Chanel shoppers. A white iteration with a contrasting black toe, was a clever spin on the brand’s famous two-tone ballet flats. The boots were paired with long tweed coats, tucked into loose denim or simply worn with bare legs and short shorts on the virtual Chanel runway, adding a warm, cozy touch to every look.
In real life, the boots would undoubtedly make for the perfect snow companion, but can also easily transition to city life, as the voluminous shearling can be removed, leaving a sleek leather boot underneath.
Images courtesy of Miu Miu.
It wasn’t just Viard who’s been daydreaming about trips to the Alps and skiing. Miuccia Prada had similar cravings, presenting her take on alpine chic with her latest Miu Miu collection: And it included even more yeti boots. Her version was a little more dramatic and included over-the-knee faux fur styles, with some even coming embellished with studded leather straps – talk about post-pandemic revenge shoes. There were also knee-high iterations, as well as shearling-trimmed clogs, furry flat slip-ons, and some pretty fierce leather, lace-up styles with extra chunky platforms that channeled a punk, rebellious attitude.
Gabriela Hearst – who showed her first Chloé collection this season – didn’t go as far as the snowy Alps, but she also looked to the great outdoors for inspiration and debuted a collaboration with Moon Boot, where she updated the chunky boot style with knitted panels, made up from recycled cashmere and wool.
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