Stomp­ing Ground

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FASHION -

AS you be­gin to piece to­gether your wish list for the sea­son ahead a com­fort­able set of boots are al­most cer­tainly on the agenda but for the more fash­ion con­scious among us no or­di­nary pair will do; En­ter the util­ity boot. Start­ing out as the mil­i­tary shoe of choice, this style was de­signed to be worn by sol­diers dur­ing com­bat thanks to a trusty com­bi­na­tion of grip, an­kle sta­bil­ity and foot pro­tec­tion. Fast for­ward and chunky lace-ups soon be­came a firm favourite with goth, punk and grunge cru­saders in a bid to break the con­ser­va­tive dress code. Nowa­days though, thanks to the likes of Doc Martin, what was once con­sid­ered a sym­bol of sub­ver­sive­ness has be­come a nat­u­ral part of the wardrobe. Whether or not de­sign­ers chose to elect the com­bat boot in an at­tempt to rebel, to sig­nify fem­i­nism or to bear an anti-mil­i­tary stance is de­bat­able so let’s stick with what we do know here; they’re chunky, tough, rugged and un­de­ni­ably this sea­son’s IT boot style. The de­signer camps seemed pretty di­vided on how to style their lace-dashed boots for au­tumn/win­ter with a bat­tle be­tween straight-up street style and girl­ish jux­ta­po­si­tion. For Louis Vuit­ton and Alexan­der Wang, boots came thick soled in tough black shiny leather and while the lat­ter opted for a flat-foot, Vuit­ton’s va­ri­ety came stacked with a plat­form heel and a luxed-up gothic vibe. Ei­ther way, both paired theirs with over­sized jack­ets, bondage pants and a bulk of metal hard­ware. On the con­trary, Valentino and Prada set out to jux­ta­pose their stompy biker boots with a heavy dose of fem­i­nin­ity. Beau­ti­fully tai­lored coats, shin-skim­ming black tu­tus and full 50s style dresses all pro­vided the per­fect an­tithe­sis to tough as old boots footwear. Luck­ily for us, plenty of cov­etable cre­ations have hit the high street too but which­ever way you choose to style yours there’s a fine line be­tween all ter­rain style and look­ing as though you’re dressed for armed com­bat. For real-world dress­ing that we sug­gest pair­ing your flat-footed style with a silky cami or flo­ral midi dress while those el­e­vated with chunky heels look great teamed with a tai­lored trouser and chunky, over­sized knitwear. – The In­de­pen­dent

For Louis Vuit­ton Au­tumn/Win­ter 2016, boots came thick soled in tough black shiny leather.

Pair your new boots with a long skirt.

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