The Simple Things - - LIVING - Words: CLARE GOGERTY

“Higher, more spindly heels are best kept for when you want to ramp up the sass”

As tem­per­a­tures fall, thoughts turn to boots. Buy­ing a new pair of boots, like buy­ing a win­ter coat, marks the chang­ing of the sea­sons as much as leaves drop­ping from the trees or the re­turn of

Strictly. And it is an ex­cit­ing prospect. Boots of­fer your feet – ex­posed through­out sum­mer – com­fort and pro­tec­tion. They en­velop toes and heels safely, en­abling you to tramp mer­rily along rain-splashed pave­ments with­out fear of chill­i­ness or wet feet. You can wear them with skirts or trousers, to work or to play. They make life sim­pler and smarter. They rock.

Un­til a year or so ago, knee-length boots were the win­ter footwear of choice; worn over straight-leg jeans, they de­fined a decade. But a shift in fash­ion think­ing has taken place and now boots are shorter and show your calves. Now it’s all about an­kle boots.

There are two types of an­kle boot to con­sider: those with heels and those with­out. Dur­ing the Ed­war­dian pe­riod, a short, laced boot with a neat heel ex­posed the curve of a leg when flashed be­neath a long skirt. A shy-yet-sexy look that is worth repli­cat­ing to­day. A chunky, mid-height heel is the more mod­ern op­tion and will give you a lit­tle el­e­va­tion – handy if you have a plumper calf. Higher, more spindly heels are best kept for evening or par­ties, when you want to ramp up the sass ( like Siouxsie Sioux, pic­tured) and can safely tot­ter to­wards a taxi at the end of the night.

For max­i­mum at­ti­tude, a pair of Doc Marten’s wins hands down. Lace up a pair of these air-cush­ioned-soled, welted, yel­low-stitched lovelies and there is no way you will walk nor­mally. You will stomp. These boots are bad ass, which is why they’ve con­sis­tently been the choice of sub-cul­tures ( punks, goths, skin­heads) for decades. This ap­pro­pri­a­tion by youth move­ments be­lies their ori­gins as a com­fort­able boot for housewives and the mil­i­tary, in­vented by a Ger­man doc­tor fol­low­ing a ski ac­ci­dent.

For a prac­ti­cal, less clompy op­tion, there are plenty of flat an­kle boots with a block heel. In suede, patent leather, even a metal­lic fin­ish, with a side zip to slip your feet into with ease, these are the ones you’ll wear all win­ter. And you’ll love them for it.

Siouxsie Sioux’s shoes ( try say­ing that quickly)

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