9 Oct 2019

Swap The Sneakers For The Lace-Up Boots

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

cabria lace-up  ||  orianna lace-up  ||  legres lace-up  ||  saint-laurent lace-up  ||  tess lace-up

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image, madame figaro france

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Linda B

I never had a pair of this style of boots, but I am so drawn to it now! I think these would be great with so many things, from jeans to skirts to dresses. I’ll be keeping my eye out for a version that I can afford, now that I am retired. At least I have the time to shop around to find what works for me. And this style of boots, that would have been questionable perhaps in my work life, are PERFECT for the new aesthetic I am developing now.


I absolutely love them and wear them often.. with so many pieces.. you will enjoy them Linda :)


I love a lace up boot. Like you, I started wearing them in the nineties. Black, lace up booties with jeans, or off white, pointy toe with a higher heel booties with long dresses were part of my uniform. I love that they are back in style.
I’ll pass on the combat looking ones. They are a little too “rough” looking for my style.


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