Make Way For… Brazen Boots
Forget the cream: the only BB we’re into right now is of the shoe variety
There are few things that can bring womankind together as one. Trump is most certainly one of them (yes, we intend to keep going on about it and no, none of us should be willing to let it go). Another is shoes. That might sound like a fluffy, borderline sexist statement, but it’s not: skirts aren’t for everyone and jeans are, well, jeans. But shoes? They’re a basic human right. Having said that, Balenciaga’s unapologetically bold boots might as well be the dictionary definition of a luxury item. The brand’s creative director, Demna Gvasalia, has reinstated the long-forgotten fabric of spandex as a totally respectable design tool for SS17. Prior to his second collection for the French fashion house, this hadn’t been the case; stretch (and all its unpleasant connotations) had been relegated to cheap dresses with eyewateringly low necklines. Now, though, it’s the height of fashion fetishism – and all thanks to Balenciaga’s colour-pop boots, with their pointy stiletto and thigh-high proportions. We’d never have put money on these shoes seeing the light of the highstreet day – because who’d be so brave as to attempt such a footwear feat? Mango. Of course! They’ve gone and done the nigh on impossible, creating a worthy homage with an affordable price tag. These baby blues won’t be everyone’s cup of tea – but Zara’s calf-grazing fuchsia numbers? They just might be. Wear with pink cigarette trousers to cheat the Balenciaga effect. How you go about protecting your new boots from the elements is something we can’t help with, however; spandex spray doesn’t exist yet. Get on it, Gvasalia.
Boots, £59.99, Zara
Boots, £89.99, Mango