Not all the time, but it is the perfect swap.
Lace-up boots and I go way back – all the way to 1995 – when I found my first and most loved pair in France. To me they were perfect and I remember thinking how fabulous. They were the right amount of lace-up with a small and slightly elevated platform in black; I wore them every day and everywhere. Just like these.
Lace-up boots in all length and heel heights are in and then they aren’t. This style has always worked for me and while some years they have disappeared from my wardrobe, they are never forgotten. This year I can see the lace-up “combat” boot is high on the fashionista’s list of must-haves. I annoy myself when I say – nothing new and all that – but in the case of the lace-up boot, it is true. This boot has been around forever and rightly so.
In our fashion world, it is how we wear it that counts.
I’m never going to embrace a style exactly as it appears on the catwalk. I might not like the presentation and I would most likely look ridiculous. I won’t be wearing a lace-up boot with tractor tracks unless I am in the snow and mine won’t have heels. They are flat and a fine version to give me the look but in a way to suit me.
Fashion is about interpretation and the lace-up boot is an easy one to get right.
It takes a big personality to strut around in clunky boots with thick platforms; I admire those who can but it’s not me.
How to wear the lace-up boot?
Dresses and skirts are my go-to with these; add a blazer, an overcoat or 3/4 topper when it’s cold enough. Big sweaters and longer skirts with these boots are a brilliant transitional look for now. The lace-up works with trousers if the legs are right or can look cute with a shorter jean if height is on your side.
The skirt though, with these boots – look no further.
And don’t forget the opaque tights or even fine fishnets if you dare. xv
The Very Best Lace-Up Boots
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