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Thigh High Boots and How to Wear Them

Updated on April 15, 2019
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Wendy is a journalist who has been writing online since 2007 on topics such as plus size fashion, learning languages and traveling.

Wearing Thigh High boots With Black Knitted Dress

Here I am Wearing Thigh High boots from La Redoute. 2011
Here I am Wearing Thigh High boots from La Redoute. 2011 | Source

Winter Fashion : Thigh-High Boots

Predator, master of your desires… wearing thigh high boots a woman gives the impression that she and only she chooses what she wants. For years, the thigh high boot has been a symbol of domination with a very high sexual implication but this winter, the long boots are stepping out from the domination scene to step up the catwalks and going straight into mainstream high street shops much to the delight of fashion lovers.

I have been wearing them for about two years now –Chanel brought them back to the fashion scene for its 2006/7 collection- but it is only this year that thigh high boots have become a real must have winter item for any fashion follower here in France. Almost every fashion designer has their own version of this classic and in only a couple of months the thigh high boot has become the must have item for this winter.

Red Thigh High Boots

Photo taken in 2003 at a shoe exhibition at Drammen Museum in Drammen, Norway.
Photo taken in 2003 at a shoe exhibition at Drammen Museum in Drammen, Norway. | Source

Thigh High Boots

For those of you who are not familiar with shoe-lingo, thigh-high boots are the ones that extend above the knees all the way to the thigh. If they are only above the knee they are called over the knee boots and if they go over the thigh they are called crotch boots. In France they are known as cuissardes and they were the stars in the fall-winter 2009/2010 fashion shows in Paris. Whether they are signed Louis Vuitton, Hermes or Isabel Marant; the tall boots are here to stay and keep us hot all winter.

How To Wear Thigh-High Boots In Style

Thigh-high boots are accessories to be treated very carefully. They can make you look trashy or they can make you look extremely classy and fashionable. In theory thigh-high boots can be worn with everything; it all depends on the effect you want to achieve.

When buying your tall boots think about where are you going to wear them. If you are going to wear them mainly for nights out in the city you can allow yourself any extravagance and choose any material and height of heels. On the contrary if you are buying your tall boots for every day use you must consider your main occupation. If you are a student and spend the day running from one class to another, your best option is to go for flat heel tall boots. If you are buying them to wear them at work, consider buying a classy pair of opaque suede thigh-high boots with a mid size heel.

To wear it at the office you can try to mix a very masculine tailored jacket with a pair of sexy suede thigh-high boots . You can also try a little wool dress very loose with your tall boots. The office rule is: If you are wearing sexy boots, wear something serious on top, wear opaque tights and monochromatic outfits. Masculine and loose cuts are better to balance the sexiness of your boots. If in doubt, follow Chanel who showed its thigh-high boots with extremely sober, modest and dignified dresses or follow Hermes avoiding any unwanted slutty look matching thigh high boots to baggy clothes and long jackets and cardigans.

For a sporty look wear your long boots over skinny jeans or leggings. The more daring and younger ones, can also wear them with shorts to embrace Prada’s Fall runway look. Just keep the shorts baggy and not too short if you don’t want to look tacky.

For a fun look you can get inspiration from Vivienne Westwood's Fall 2009 runway look matching long boots with understated mini dresses in neutral shades.

For a balanced look match your tall boots with a voluminous coat.



Thigh High Boots : The Symbol of a Generation

During the 60s thigh-high boots made their appearance on the catwalks under the signatures of Paco Rabanne, Pierre Cardin and Yves Saint Laurent who launched the leather and vinyl thigh-high boot for their collections. At the time Brigitte Bardot became the symbol of a generation when she wore a leather mini skirt and thigh high boots to interpret the song "Harley-Davidson" written by Serge Gainsbourg.

Since then, the thigh high boot appeared several times in the fashion shows from the year 2000. Chanel brought them back in 2006/2007 but it is only this fall/winter that the thigh high boot is really taking over as the winter must have fashion item. Roberto Cavalli showed in his collection matching small mini skirts and mini dresses. Pucci went further and gave us colourful boots, Prada surprised us with a fisherman look, LV added laces to them and Hermes offered them as a second skin. Click here for a peek into the best of the designers tall boots for this year.

1963 Promotional Poster

"tall boots that hide your knees"
"tall boots that hide your knees"

Isabel Marant's Thigh High Boots Married With A Boheme Style Dress

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Celebrities in Tall Boots

Kate Moss
Kate Moss
Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham

How do Celebrities Wear Them?

Kate Moss wears hers with skinny jeans. The result, a very casual look.

Madonna wears them with an extravagant mini dress. The result, a pin pup look that only Madonna can carry.

Victoria Beckham wears hers like a second skin with NO heels!!! The result? I leave it to you to judge…

Love them or hate them, thigh-high footwear is having a fashion moment.

Kim Kardashian in Christian Louboutin Thigh High Boots

Kim Kardashian in Christian Louboutin Thigh High Boots
Kim Kardashian in Christian Louboutin Thigh High Boots

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Flat over-the-knee boots with jeans for a casual weekend look

The casual look, skinny jeans and over the knee boots is the favourite one choosen by most women. Easy to wear and very comfortable to keep warm during the cold season.

The Catwalk Look

Tall Boots are Back and here it is how to wear them!

© 2009 Wendy Iturrizaga

How do you wear your over the knee boots?

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      3 years ago

      Give a girl the right boots and she can conquer the world.

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      3 years ago

      Princessa  i think the red boots are very sexy with erotic overtones so in the bedroom with just a smile or is that just me ? :)

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      3 years ago from France

      andy: the answer is... it would depend where I am wearing them.

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      4 years ago

      Princessa I think you would look stunning in the red thigh high boots your a classy lady but what outfit would you wear them with ?

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      4 years ago

      Princessa  i think you would look stunning in the red thigh high boots :-)

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      4 years ago from France

      Andy: Of course I would, why wouldn't I?

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      4 years ago

      i think thigh boots are sexy and in some ways they are a little like stockings as hug the leg and thigh and the top of the boot relates to the top of the stocking leaving the same gap so sexy to some men

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      8 years ago from timor laste

      nice......simple but comfort....

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      9 years ago

      Althogh I am a man, I would have a hot desire to wearing these beautiful thigh-high boots. Theye're warm, trendy, sexy and expose the beuty of the legs.

      I am sad, that designers never think about the men.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      cowgirljess: to make your legs look longer try wearing high heeled boots and the ones that come with platforms incorporated but do not show at first sight.

      couponalbum: I love them too and they are soooo warm for winter. It doesn't matter what I am wearing if I have my thigh high boots I am sure I'll keep warm.

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      10 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

      Very Stylish! I love these boots. Great hub

    • cowgirljess profile image


      10 years ago from Nor Cal

      I love boots or all heights, my problem is I do not have long legs so finding boots that look good is kinds hard. Great hub

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      10 years ago

      I really liked your Hub! I'm 6ft1 inches tall and I would wear these sexy boots at least 3x a week. They would look great with this dress that Rihanna wore today on Good Morning America

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      10 years ago from Indonesia

      Wow..Madonna looks so good on her boots! She's awesome, great hub!

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      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Good to hear you are back on your heels dancing! :)

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      Hi Violet: That's right, the tall boots are not new in the fashion scene, hey have already done their world tour!

      I am ok now, fully recovered from my injuries, back on my heels dancing again :) Thanks for asking.

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      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I wore high boots when they were in fashion years ago, had suede and leather ones. They are so pretty and sexy. I wouldn't wear them nowadays as I am a baby boomer, but can enjoy wearing other feminine fashions.

      How are you doing? I remember you had a bad fall during the Summer and I smiled when you shared your photo in the forums because even after a fall you still looked fashionable. :)

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      Hi Triplet Mom, I absolutely love mine, especially the black high heeled pair, I have used them so often that I need a new pair LOL.

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      Triplet Mom 

      10 years ago from West Coast

      Princessa - I am so into thigh high boots. I dont have a pair but I have been coveting them for a while now. This makes me want to find the perfect pair (I am so picky sometimes). Thanks for a fab hub!!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      IslandVoice:I know what you mean, I have seen Brazilian girls wearing them at 35+ °C and I don't know how they could stand them. They looked absolutely stunning with them on, but at 35°C I did go for the stiletto sandals instead!

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      10 years ago from Hawaii

      I would wear 'em. but i live in Hawaii (land of the flip flops!). I love fashion and i think these boots are fabulous! I enjoyed this hub .

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      Ethel Smith 

      10 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      These are great but sadly I had to vote NO I would not wear them. The spirit is willing but this old body is not up to the job lol

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      Sue Adams: Actually, yes but they are very expensive :) You can find them in the Prada collection they are the "fisherman rubber thigh high boots" with garters.

      About comfort, I can assure they are very comfortable. I have several pairs ranging from extremely high heels to flat ones. If you are looking for the UGG comfort a pair of flat thigh high boots are the answer to keep you looking stilysh. I can run all day after my children when I am wearing them ;-)

      lyricsingray: One reason why I like them so much is that they are incredibly warm, I am never cold when I am wearing them. If you like wearing pants a lot, remember that you can match them with skinny jeans, leggins and treggins.

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      10 years ago

      I love these boots so much - i was just looking into buying a pair - I think they are so stylish, sexy and somewhat functional if you are always cold like me.I also like a heel. My only dilemma is I wear pants a lot. Problem solved- ,just bought long winter coat and must now go buy sweater dresses and winter skirts. You have made my day- who could resist these - now I am going to order them on-line right now - I'll check out your hub ads for ideas too. Thanks!

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      Juliette Kando FI Chor 

      10 years ago from Andalusia

      Very sexy. This brings back the stockings look. Are there any high boots with garters I wonder. Nice for dressing up but if you want comfort I'd stick to Uggs.



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