Laceup boots are one of the biggest trends in footwear this season. So much so that the category is really two different trends: the Victorian inspired heel and the modern combat boot.
If you’ve been paying attention the last few seasons, this doesn’t come as a surprise. There have been more and more Victorian influences in fashion’s DNA these days, whether it’s a high neck on a modest dress or an extra-ruffly sleeve on your favorite statement blouse. The utilitarian trend has been everywhere too, from the neutral khaki and army green color palette to the boiler suits that are this season’s It Piece.
So how are we wearing the two versions of laceup boots? Thrilled you ask, and can’t wait to tell you. If you’re feeling more femme this season, By Far’s has the status laceup boot. Their signature silhouette comes in a variety of colors and fabrics. The black leather boot is fantastic, of course, but it also comes in chocolate croc if you’re feeling particularly indulgent. It even has a block heel, so you know you’ll be comfortable. J.Crew’s black suede option has a tiny kitten heel as well. With a statement boot like this, they’ll be great to wear with one of the season’s straight cut pairs of jeans and a trusty white t-shirt.
Combat boots, on the other hand, are a chance to step your style game up. Of course, they’ll look fantastic with jeans and a white t-shirt. But the way everyone at Fashion Week is styling them? With long midi skirts and oversized sweaters. Or slouchy trousers and a belted blazer, cinched at the waist. They’re definitely not everyday looks, but they are memorable ones. Vince, the queen of elegant minimalism at the moment, has a black pair of combat boots that can be dressed up or down easily. Doc Marten has a stunning pair with brogue embroidery, a detail that shows up in Prada’s combat boots this season as well. And All Saints has a pair with hardware detailing that is a little bit hardcore, and a lot of style points.
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