I think it is near about the time I put away my collection of sandals, even the ones I have not had a chance to wear yet! As much as this pains me, a little smile still manages to spread across my face, well, at least I can start looking towards purchasing some new autumn/winter boots!
This autumn boots are going to be huge! Comfort is going to be the main beneficial factor where heels will be chunkier and slightly smaller, which will mean walking in snow will take less time!
Thigh-high boots are being introduced again, where they have been teamed with turtle necked jumper dresses and collared coats. They bring a sexy look to winter layers and add great coverage to the leg. Christian Dior, Vivienne Westwood and Burberry Prorsum have all featured thigh-high boots on their catwalks for later this year. In a range of materials from black leather, to camel suede and even animal print, thigh-high boots are ruling once again!
Fur is not only being seen on the coats this year but also boots as featured in the shows of Thakoon, Chanel and Lanvin. To keep the look to a minimal without resembling the Honey Monster, add fur boots to black leggings or skinny jeans with a neutral sweater. It will let the boots stand out without everything else being too busy and over the top.
Another great look will be buckles on boots, the look has been seen again in the Burberry Prorsum collection, and brings the phrase, ‘the more buckles the better’. Not only a key trend but the buckles also provide great support to the boots and means wearing them is a lot more comfortable. One of my favourites has to be the Lanvin Stud Buckle Patent Boots which I would sell my house just to have! Maybe next year…
In addition ankle and shoe boots, or low boots, will be a force to be reckoned with! They make a great substitute to shoes and still look amazing teamed up with a dress and thick tights! Instead of the normal leather appearance, they have been seen in suede and also lace designs as featured by Louis Vuitton.
Colours are still being used also, so no need to worry about footwear appearing dull. The technique of combining colours has been used by many designers as a way to brighten up footwear for Autumn/Winter 2011-12. Many have mixed yellow with brown, as well as red with pink.
So instead of packing up summer shoes with tears rolling down our cheeks we have at least new and improved boots to look forward to!