As the sun sets on summer, I start to think about boots. There is something so back to school about boots, and kitting myself out with a new pair always makes me feel ready for the dark days ahead. Even though I already have waaaay too many pairs (I am a hoarder), at this time of year I like to cast a critical eye over my closet and to check for gaps and consider updates.
There are some exciting new boot trends around this year. The unforgiving flatforms of normcore have thankfully shuffled off to wherever really awful fashion trends go to die, and the new styles are more flatteringly proportioned for large feet.
The big news is comfort. Yup, while stepping out in the height of style this year we can reasonably expect not to be limping after one block. Can I get a Hoo-ray? Block heels offer stability, and mid-heels and kitten heels are a fashion-approved thing. Add to that the continuing popularity of flat styles and it’s good times for boot shopping.
The main fall 2015 boot trends:
1. The 70s
It was That 70s Show all over the runways this year, with block-heeled suede or velvet boots in seventies-favorite shades of teal, burgundy and ginger styled with folk dresses and ‘A’ line skirts. Mostly without platforms, they look good on big feet as the block heel balances the foot, and the round toe flatters. Look out for impractical but pretty styles in velvet to really nail the new boho.
Clockwise from top left: Fendi boots $791 Yoox.com, Burberry patchwork over-the-knee-boots $2295 Neimanmarcus.com, Gianvito Rossi suede patchwork boots $1,160 Net-a-porter.com, Prada suede patchwork boots $1,350 Barneys.com, Dolce & Gabbana patent boots $785 Yoox.com, Marni midcalf heeled boots $920
2. Baroque and roll
So-called by the mighty Vogue, ‘Baroque and Roll’ is the meeting of the moody black of the gothic trend with the sexy black of the rock ‘n’ roll vibe that’s been peddled by Saint Laurent over the last few seasons. So, yeah, black. To style the look, wear black leather ankle boots, or over the knee boots, with sheer black hose and finish with a black leather jacket and some attitude.
Clockwise from top left: Valentino patent mid-calf boot $1,795 Matchesfashion.com, Saint Laurent FW15, 3.1 Phillip Lim lace up ankle booties $688 Shopbop.com, Saint Laurent suede ankle boots $1,193 Mytheresa.com, Balenciaga lace up ankle boot $995 matchesfashion.com
3. Over the knee boots
This one has been floating around for a while, but this fall/winter it’s the ‘It’ boot of the season. Previously the preserve of… ahem.. ladies of the night (think Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman), the over the knee boot has gone mainstream. These boots look great on tall women, as they give a continuous length to the leg that shows off long pins. They are such a bold statement, they certainly also lead the eye away from the feet! Appearing on runways under conservative knee-length ‘A’ line skirts and boho floaty dresses, over the knee boots are now pretty much a sensible boot purchase. Honest.
Clockwise from top left: Gianvito Rossi suede boots $1,975 Net-a-porter.com, Miu Miu embelished heel over the knee boots $2,049 Neimanmarcus.com, Dior Couture FW15, Stuart Weitzman Lowland boots $785 Revolveclothing.com, Alexander McQueen $986 Stylebop.com
4. Ankle booties
There are two very different ankle booties to choose from this fall. The first, and my favourite, is the Chelsea boot. At its most perfect it has a low block heel and a flattering round/almond toe, and can be worn with tailoring or jeans, dresses or pants. To style it like a French woman, wear them with cropped pants or an above the knee skirt. The other bootie style this season is the 80s-style stiletto boot. Complete with pointy toes and sky high heels it’s not an everyday boot choice, but is the more edgy option. To stop big feet looking huge in pointy toe styles opt for an almond toe; somewhere between a hard point and round toe.
Clockwise from top left: Saint Laurent crystal embellished boot $1040 Harveynicholls.com, Gucci mirror heeled boot $1,100 Neimanmarcus.com, Salvatore Ferragamo Lamu suede booties $987 Shopbop.com, Alexander McQueen embellished boots $665 Harveynicholls.com,
5. Lug soles
Whether they are down-with-the-kids platform boots, or these-boots-are-made-for-walking biker boots, a lug sole adds urban cool points to any style right now. Pretty much a closet essential, a good pair of lug soled boots will sort your off-duty outfits all through winter. The chunky style looks great on large feet because it gives good proportion, so they look great with skinny jeans, or even just yoga pants. Practical, versatile and attitude-packed, yes please!
Clockwise from top left: DKNY Shelby boot $221 Shopbop.com, Coach FW15, Prada leather Chelsea boot $1,292 Neimanmarcus.com, Balmain biker boot $1,118 Matchesfashion.com, Camper 1980 High Solestruck.com
Stay tuned for details on where to get your hands on the hottest fall 2015 boot trends in sizes 11, 12 and 13, as we will be posting affordable versions of the biggest and best boot styles this week. Even better, sign up for the Isy B. Shoes newsletter to get the September issue boot report delivered straight to your inbox.