anatomy of a boot

by vipgal

Wishing everyone a wonderful festive season 

In Australia the few days after Christmas in the retail industry only means one thing: sale

The greatest bargains in this period are from the premier designers such as Chanel, Chloe and Burberry etc. Their products can take you much further than some of the more shabby designers for just a hundred or more dollars extra. Even though the premier designers are a hundred times more consistent in delivering quality products in aesthetics and workmanship that doesn’t mean you have to give up looking for the other designer’s products, I actually found a fantastic pair of peridot green boots by Diana Ferrari.

With the quality aspect sorted out, I’d like to point out that the actual product you decide to buy determine’s its worth too. I personally think I’m better off buying lasting coats, shoes, hats, gloves, glasses and bags rather than the blouse I simply cannot live without at the moment.

Anyway… sorry for going off track a bit here. I just wanted to write something about the sales since it’s made quite a big deal out of itself

A boot (noun) is defined as a covering of leather, rubber, or the like, for the foot and all or part of the leg (bought to you from More specifically like many objects a boot has many of its own characteristics, variations occur in its length, fabric, fitting, stitching, embellishments, heel and colour. A subtle change in one or more of these characteristics change the way a boot matches the wearer’s age, clothing, use and attitude.

Some styles do carry an air of youth or maturity to them by a certain extent so just be careful with your styling. Other than that, in my opinion, the style of the boot and age are no longer strongly correlated, if you know how to work the outfit with the boot, go for it. In general, knee length boots are traditionally seen as a more mature style and suede boots are traditionally burdened with the image of athleticism (some painful generalisations here)

Ankle boots
Worn by itself is the only rule. Best worn with anything without a hemline covering it in other words the only no-no is pants
Quarter calf boots
 There is no hope of creating a look of sophistication out of this length so it looks best on anyone under 60 unless you want to look old and trashy. Great with leg warmers, it looks great and is in in FW08 = the perfect combination
Lace ups/Doc Martin style
This style is more versatile than I thought. Looks really great with wide-hemmed cropped pants and over pants. It is feminine if you want it to be and it can also be extremely masculine.. if you want it to be, your imagination and creativity is the only limit here
Half calf boots
Tricky length and with this shoe in particular, tricky fabric. Traditionally not to be seen with skirts but I say try it out. Always looks great with jeans
Knee high
Men say no other shoe beats the knee length boots paired with a coat leaving just a hint of bare skin between the knee and hemline. What do you think?
Unique styles
Quite limited to a high budget as the makers are usually premier designers. Generally, style is less versatile with mix and matching but again, if you’ve got a sharp sense of style and work clothes with flair, it is possible to find a loophole
My last piece of advice with boots is if you would like something different, try out an outrageous colour. Because I’ve come across too many playing it safe, outrageous actually means a colour like moss green or even lilac. But if you’re absolutely crazy and so are the shoe manufacturers, I guess there’s a pair of fluoro pink boots lying somewhere in the world..