An accomplished equestrian and racing enthusiast, Coco Chanel’s riding boots have long been an icon to the maison. Since 1958, the couturier would pair them with tweed suits, and later in 1966, a pair commissioned by Massaro were talked about in Women’s Wear Daily. “My ankles swell a little and with these boots, you can’t see a thing! One day we’ll do them for the collection,” the late founder confided to Raymond Massaro. While Mademoiselle Chanel never had the opportunity to include them in her collections, Karl Lagerfeld regularly honoured them over the years. This season, the Chanel boot takes up an urban aesthetic; swathed in patent leather or lurex, its sparkling fabric shimmers like a constellation of diamonds in the Chanel galaxy.
Boots, Chanel Mademoiselle Chanel, photographed by Rizzo in 1959