The Hot Product: Knee-High Chunky Boots
Bottega Veneta’s track sole boots have inspired new levels in the chunky footwear stakes. Brands from Ganni to Gia Borghini are all releasing their own takes, so it’s no wonder the fashion crowd are all over it. Here’s what you need to know…27 October 2021
Last year, Bottega Veneta’s Tire boot took the fashion world by storm. It seemed every influencer, stylist and fashionista worth their salt owned a pair lug-sole ankle boots. This season, track soles are back – only this time, in a knee-high length. Bottega has unveiled a pair, as have Ganni and The Row, while fellow Italian brand Gia Borghini might have delivered this year’s must-have design. Part of the label’s collaboration with influencer Pernille Teisbaek, the ‘Perni 07’ has already sparked a wave of similar styles. From high street to high end, it’s safe to say there’s something to suit every budget.
Flat knee-high boots have been on the backburner in recent seasons, but thanks to that track sole, the latest designs are both cool and practical. They might divide opinion – some people think they look like wellies, while others embrace their ugly-cool appeal – but they’re everywhere right now. To play it safe, opt for classic black leather, while white or fully rubberised designs offer a more daring take on the trend.
The SL fashion team has discussed this Camille Charriere look at length – some thought it a fashion-forward hit, others felt the boots were a step too far. A few weeks later, Leandra Medine Cohen debuted a sleeker pair by The Row on her Instagram, declaring: “[I] used to think I hated knee-high boots but they were just… out of fashion. Trends are a funny expression of the mind’s malleability.” Indeed, with Medine and Charriere plus women like Leia Sfez and Claire Rose Cliteur all getting on board, it seems knee-high boots are set to be one of this season’s biggest trends.
Just like a track sole ankle boot, a chunky knee-high boot is a great way to add some edge to your outfit. Use them to toughen up a printed midi dress, or tuck in a pair of leggings or jeans for an easy, everyday look. Just remember to stick to a black colour palette and balance out a slimmer bottom half with a boxy jacket or chunky roll neck. If you’re feeling more adventurous, try them with leather shorts or a mini dress while the weather’s still mild.