WE TELL ABOUT TRENDS FROM THE PODIUM, which you can adapt to your wardrobe for the next six months. Six months ago, Vogue wondered "2016 is the year of cowboy boots"? And he himself answered him: "Of course." And we would add - in 2017 they will not go anywhere either. In this issue, we understand how the Cossacks are on a par with the most comfortable shoes of autumn - sneakers and loafers - they lose all connotations with the Wild West and are ready to easily fit into a modern wardrobe.
How it all started
year 2001. Photographed by Stephen Meisel for the July issue of Vogue. Stella Tennant is wearing a light, printed dress to the floor, and on her legs are high cowboy boots. This picture is like direct evidence: even at the beginning of the 2000s, when ostentatious luxury and love of embellishment were gaining momentum, rough shoes still existed in spite of everything. They were not made by all brands in a row, but almost every season one, but a serious one, most often American, using understandable "folk" codes, like Ralph Lauren, produced cowboy boots in one variation or another - practically from the 80s to the present day.
Cowboy boots - shoes that were primarily invented for riding around the end of the North-South war in the United States; they are, in fact, work shoes for the farm. Beveled heel, pointed nose, high bootleg - every detail was created for a reason, but for convenience. The cape has always been slightly tapered so that it is faster to insert the foot into the stirrup. The high bootleg protected the leg not only when walking, playing the role of a kind of protection from rattlesnakes, but also when falling: if the leg was still stuck in the stirrup, the free form allowed the leg to slip out of the boot more easily. Now, if we are not talking about specialized brands for riding, but about ordinary ones, all the details of cowboy boots are just conventions. Designers have reinterpreted cowboy shoes a thousand times, sometimes leaving only hints of the original.
Cowboy boots for everyday life became popular in the 30s and 40s. The growing influence of Hollywood has led to a craze for colorful shoes made from exotic leathers. Actors such as Gregory Peck and John Wayne were among the first to wear them, leading to increased demand among ordinary people. Boots with an ornament, contrasting stitches became less popular in the 60s, when young people began to be interested in simple shapes and did not want to be like their parents.
The most famous form of 70s footwear is known to be the incredible platform. But at the same time, the style of country singers was finally formed, and cowboy boots, for both men and women, became an obligatory element of their costume. They remain so to this day - easily spotted in early photographs of Taylor Swift, who started out as a country pop singer.
How cowboy boots are back in fashion
In fact, cowboy boots never went out of style. They were periodically shown on the catwalk of brands rethinking the codes of American culture: for example, one of the most striking examples is the 2014 Chanel pre-fall show, which was actually held in the homeland of cowboys - in Dallas. Hedi Slimane's debut men's collection for Saint Laurent also had cowboy boots - since then they have appeared almost every season.
In the spring-summer show of Céline, Phoebe Fileo showed cowboy boots with a narrow shaft with and without a heel, which were later repeated by everyone. They bear little resemblance to cowboy boots in the classical sense - the more interesting. Marc Jacobs, who made a cheerful homage to American culture from his show of the same season, also showed cowboy boots - such that it is difficult not to notice in the crowd. By the way, they can now be bought at a discount.But, perhaps, the pair from the Miu Miu cruise collection surpassed them in flashiness - their quirky boots with a bright print will surely go down in history along with huge Alexander McQueen shoes.
In the fall collections, cowboy boots will also be - for example, Coach and Fausto Puglisi. They are more reminiscent of traditional boots: no pink cats in the form of a print and silver sequins, which means that it is easier to combine with everything.
What to wear with
Rough cowboy boots are first of all classics of the festival genre. They are comfortable to dance in front of the stage in the mud, they are not afraid of puddles and look familiar in combination with slip dresses, denim shorts and light short overalls.
But we advise you to be more far-sighted and look wider than the usual combinations: a classic suit with a voluminous jacket and wide trousers, asymmetric midi skirts, straight jeans at a high waist look really fresh and cool with the Cossacks. It is also worth trying to act in contrast: delicate dresses and blouses with bare shoulders look uncommon and fashionable with such shoes.
For obvious reasons, coarse shoes, namely the Cossacks, will start to appear in stores around the fall. But with discounts in the mass market, these boots are already available at Mango and Jeffrey Campbell.
Photos: Warner Bros. Pictures, FLOW, Givenchy, Fausto Puglisi