WE TELL ABOUT TRENDS FROM THE PODIUM, which you can adapt to your wardrobe for the next six months. With the onset of cold weather, it becomes clear that one pair of your favorite white sneakers is not enough. For those who are faced with the choice of a new autumn pair of shoes, we decided to talk about over the knee boots - boots that have lost their conflicting connotations and have become the same constant of the autumn-winter season as a coat, hat or gloves.
How it all started
Over the knee boots have more than four hundred years of history. At first, they were part of military equipment, but in the form in which they exist now, they appeared in the middle of the century. As the skirts got shorter, the boots got taller. In the early 60s, Balenciaga launched a pair of over the knee boots with shoemaker Rene Mancini, breaking the stereotype of boots as purely utilitarian shoes. In 1963, they were also shown by Yves Saint Laurent - a model with a narrow toe and a small heel, which can easily be presented in stores today. Futurism, dreams of space, hippie style influenced the look of that time, including boots and boots. So, they were made from vinyl, plastic, metallized leather and suede.
By the early 70s, the general craze for over the knee boots reached its climax. High boots have ceased to be the lot of the "elite", that is, models and celebrities, and they began to be worn by everyone. By the end of the 70s and all 80s, boots remained only as an attribute of subcultures. In such boots, for example, singer Debbie Harry, the leader of the Blondie group, performed.
They will return in the early 90s. The famous image of Julia Roberts in the film Pretty Woman is familiar even to those who are not interested in cinema or fashion: a white T-shirt, short shorts and patent leather boots have become the same sign of the times as denim overalls. In the middle of the decade, boots appeared on the catwalk in Versace collections. So the brand finally got the image of exploiting ostentatious sexuality. Balmain is doing about the same today, who show boots from season to season, choosing for themselves the role models of the Kardashian sisters.
How treads are back in fashion
Treads went through the controversial 2000s, appearing in a variety of designers: from the propagandists of "calm femininity" Phoebe Fileo and Stella McCartney, who combined stocking boots with simple clothes, to Peter Dundas (then designer Emilio Pucci), who experimented with the legacy in every possible way. brands and 60s.
Today, over the knee boots are produced by all leading brands. The head of Vetements Demna Gvasalia suggests wearing them not only for girls, but also for guys. The high boots have become the hallmark of his personal brand and remain so at Balenciaga, where Demna is the creative director. In addition to those mentioned, in the autumn-winter season, boots appeared at MSGM, Fendi, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini and many others. Today, most designers advocate practicality and offer boots either with flat soles (exceptions, however, also occur), or with small, stable heels. Now the boots are sold in any mass market: from vinyl or traditional smooth leather, with fringe or embroidery, like, sorry, the same Vetements.
What to wear them with
It is unlikely that we will discover something new, saying that they look the most advantageous with calm things. This does not mean that boots cannot be worn, for example, with mini-skirts. In this case, try to balance the proportions and choose giant sweaters, coats and hoodies as the top. With things of a deliberately large size, both stocking boots and coarse pairs, similar to fishing ones, look equally interesting.
The combination in the spirit of the times - over the knee boots along with coats or mid-calf dresses. This, for example, can be seen in Isabel Marant's pre-fall lookbook. At the same time, contrasting textures look the most interesting: for example, metallized boots and a satin dress, matte leather boots and a woolen coat.
Photos: Wikipedia Commons, Balenciaga (1, 2, 3)