WORDS BY FLORENCE TROTT
From beloved chunky boots to statement knee-highs, these are the biggest boot trends of AW21.
Miu Miu boots on the streets of Paris. Image courtesy of Imaxtree
Autumn. Season of mists, novelty lattes and boot trends. Pumpkin-flavour caffeinated drinks aren’t really our thing, but the AW collections are. And thank the gods of fashion, because when the temperature drops and it gets dark at 4pm, we need something like Prada’s Monolith ankle boots to tempt us off the sofa, away from Squid Game and out of the shearling sliders we spent 70% of last year in. Last winter was a non-event. In its lacklustre wake, this year’s collections are shiny and bright, appealing to our more adventurous side. If the streetstyle set are anything to go by (and let’s be honest, they often are), rubber boots are in. Ditto anything bright green. We know – it came as a bit of a shock to us, too. Embrace the playful spirit of fashion this winter with trend-led boots that’ll still look good in seasons to come.
Bottega Veneta Puddle boots in Kiwi. Image courtesy of the brand / Valentino’s boots in Paris. Image courtesy of Imaxtree
We have Bottega Veneta to thank for the rubber boot trend become so dominant. Their iconic Puddle boots are brazenly ugly, taking fashion’s preoccupation with all things functional to the extreme. But they are also super chic and undeniably comfortable. If the bulbous puddle is a bit too much, Gucci and JW Anderson’s patent rubber and gold hardware give the trend polish.
SHOP RUBBER BOOTS
Chunky boots were a fashion week favourite. Images by Moeez Ali.
In the space of a few seasons, chunky boots have become an indispensable wardrobe staple. Contrasting soles are the hot topic for 2021. Bottega’s beloved Tire and new Flash come with bright green and pink treads that make the modern classic feel fresh, but also alternatives in colour have become dominant players in this trend.
SHOP CHUNKY BOOTS
Bright knee boots, as the perfect grey weather pick-up. Images by Imaxtree & Claire Guillon.
Brighten grey winter days with the season’s most dazzling trend – bright coloured boots. Dress Jacquemus’ fuschia boots down with a monochrome ensemble, or light up the night in glittering blue Paris Texas heels and a dress to match. Knee deep in the rainbow.
SHOP BRIGHT KNEE BOOTS
Tight sock boots continues as autumns most sought after style. Images by Claire Guillon & Moeez Ali.
It’s not all heavyweight leather and oversized soles on the trend agenda this season. The slick sock boot with its form-hugging silhouette and sleek heel has made a comeback. Burberry’s runway stretch boots, Bottega Veneta’s chain embellished thigh-highs are at the statement end of the spectrum. For everyday wear, turn to Gia, Khaite and Proenza Schouler.
SHOP SOCK BOOTS
Platform boots in Paris. Images by Moeez Ali.
Our after-dark footwear of choice this season, stand tall in architectural platforms or go full grunge in Miu Miu’s patent knee highs. This season’s most refined heavy duty flatforms come in the form of chunky soles and delicate sock boots, Prada and Loewe do these best.
SHOP PLATFORM BOOTS
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