From ankle boots to over the knee boots, biker to knee high boots, key designers have made the season of the boot confidently chic for AW14. And whether dressed up for evening with embellished elements and statement detailing, or a more low-key, biker look for day, discover how to wear the key styles with our boots guide below and shop our edit of the boots to own right now...
No longer just your winter style saviour, ankle boots have fast become a perennial wardrobe staple, transitioning into the Spring/Summer season styled sans tights, while for Autumn/Winter, making the perfect pairing with tapered trousers, skinnies and skirts of all hemlines.
While its longer-legged over-the-knee counterparts may take that bit more of a style commitment, the ankle boot is the ultimate go-with-any-outfit silhouette, coming served in all heel heights from flat through to stiletto and can be as statement or pared-down as the outfit allows.
How To Wear Ankle Boots
Wear yours with skinny trousers or leggings for a more lean, streamlined, leg-lengthening look, or for shorter legs, go for a slightly lower ankle cut with a heel so it sits more like a shoe-boot. Team with any mini-skirt hemline, while for longer hems, opt for pencil silhouettes to give a more structured look.
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With many of the major fashion houses championing their own take on the trend, the biker boot has risen the ranks to become a firm modern classic and absolute cold weather must-have. With its origins rooted in a tougher, more functional domain, the detailing has softened somewhat for the fashion appetite, but the key elements still remain - the shiny buckle, a chunky low-cut heel and sole and a robust all-weather leather finish.
How To Wear Biker Boots
When it comes to teaming with trews, the Biker demands a more tapered and skinny cut, but can be dressed up with a more formal tailored trouser silhouette. For the non-tapered trouser leg, opt for a shorter cut of Biker boot to accommodate. Toughen up skirts or dresses for a more statement look.
Knee High Boots
Somewhat more demanding than its lower-leg cousins, Knee High boots had been taking a bit of a style backseat until the AW14 season with its '60s a-go-go Mod trend as seen at Gucci, Saint Laurent and Valentino. Now back on the scene with a more relevant stride, the hard-working Knee High comes in an array of different styles, textures and embellishments, from all-out glitter adornment to the quiet confidence of the humble riding boot - elegantly transcending the stables and into our everyday working wardrobes.
How To Wear Knee High Boots
This season is all about playing with proportions, so work with asymmetric skirt hemlines and splits to show off just a flash of skin. Take hemlines higher with higher heeled Knee Highs for a more flattering, leg-lengthening effect. Mix and match with textures to pair leather with leather in skirts or tops, or opt for suede in paler shades teamed with a slouchy, oversized knit for a more pared-down daytime look. Wider top Knee High and Over The Knee boots work best with shorter skirts to play with the different proportions. And for those super-embellished, notice-me styles, work a more muted outfit to let the boots be the main event.
Over The Knee Boots
Loved by the A-list, pioneered by the fashion crowd, Over The Knee boots make a bold step forward this season as the ultimate style investment. The Ferrari of the boots family, get them right and they can be your footwear wardrobe best friend, elongating, streamlining and turning heads with each stride - the secret's all in the styling.
How To Wear Over The Knee Boots
With plenty of attitude and confidence for starters. Perfectly partnered with mini-skirts or dresses, that sliver of skin can be oh-so flattering and alluring. For trousers, it's all about the skinny - a tight fit with a little give, mixed or matched in shades or textures to contrast or complement the boot for that illusion of sky-high pins. If it's a more low-key styling occasion, go for a slouchier texture in suede with a wider top, and pair with chunky knits.
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