Stylish Winter Boots: Over-the-Knee Boots for Women
A Brief History
Over-the-knee boots didn’t emerge as fashionable footwear for women until the early 1960s when fashion designers like Balenciaga featured them in a new footwear collection, and Yves Saint Laurent included them in their fall collection as an “adaptation of hyper-masculine boots” for women, inferred as part of a trend against the femininity of the post war new look of Christian Dior.
A few hundred years before then, around the 15th Century, they served as riding boots exclusively worn by men. The popularity of this footwear as an important part of riding gear continued well into the 17th and 18th Centuries and remained “in common usage through to the late 1800s”.
Also referred to as thigh boots, cuissardes, hip-boots, or fishing waders, over-the-knee boots are made to cover the knee fully or partially.
Short Skirts, Jeans, and Over-the-Knee Boots
Its adoption as a fashion accessory for women came about when skirt hemlines became shorter and Pierre Cardin (in the late 60s) featured shiny black PVC thigh boots as part of his futuristic couture fashion collection.
By the early 70s, the renowned fashion store Biba brought out multi-coloured versions of the boots made from suede and canvas. They were highly sought after; so much so that ‘mile long’ (almost) queues would form outside the store as soon as a delivery was due.
Over-the-knee boot styles became popular again (in an off-and-on manner) in the early years of the 21st Century and by the end of the decade had become a major fashion item, a trend that has continued until this day.
Today, many fashion conscious women love the look of this ‘to-die-for’ footwear not only because they are stylish and ‘cool’, but because they look absolutely great on ‘leggy’ ladies
But then, not everyone can ‘pull them off’ successfully.
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Thigh Boots – Flat, Spike, or Chunky Heels
There are various designs of over-the-knee boots, made in many colours, materials, and textures imaginable. From platforms, stilettos, and pointy-toe styles, to round-toed, flat-heeled, wedges or the chunky-heeled genre, these boots have become somewhat of a hot fashion item.
They are available in suede, patent leather, real or faux leather, stretchy textiles, denim, fabric/leather mix, cut-out materials, suede, etc... Folded, pleated, strappy, ruched, tasseled, embroidered, embellished, and cut-outs too!
So whether you love these boots with flat or spiked heels, they will make you look quite chic and sophisticated, a look all fashionable ladies desire.
Best Ways to Wear Over-the-Knee High Boots
Thigh high boots can be worn with anything from miniskirts and bum shorts, to leggings, skinny jeans, body hugging cat-suits, and micro shirt-dresses. However, never wear them with loose-fitting pants, flare-legged pants, boot-cut denim, wide-leg trousers, or bell bottoms . . . or you’ll end up looking like a clown!
If you feel knee-highs are way too sassy for you and wish to neutralize that ‘sexiness’ factor, opt to buy a flat-heeled boots. These can equally transform your looks into an equestrian foxhunt chic.
And for those fashionistas who seek that ‘drop-dead’ gorgeous look, folded over-the-knee boots (large fold that drops over the knee) as in the "Puss in Boots" look, is wonderfully stylish.
With you thigh high boots on, walk straight and tall; take wide strides, and sashay with confidence in your very best posture.
How to Wear Thigh High Boots
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