We spoke a bit yesterday about how fashion is trying to make knee-high boots happen (presumably because they think they’ve sold us all the booties that we’re willing to buy for now), and it appears as though the Givenchy Fold-Over Knee Boots are the style after which everyone is clamoring for fall. My feelings are…mixed. Join me after the jump and we’ll discuss it.
In general, I think that knee-high boots are a lot less versatile (and more prone to making you look like a hooker if you’re not careful) than ankle boots or booties, which makes me feel a bit lukewarm on this trend. Specifically, I can’t figure out why people are acting like this is a brilliant new concept – the boot with the built-in flare. I remember lots of brands making similar boots in the past, and I remember them being worn by the likes of Lindsay Lohan. As much as I love Givenchy (and I really love Givenchy), I don’t see anything particularly new or interesting in this design.
The other problem I have is with how few ways the boot can be worn. It’s a problem of knee-high boots in general, but when the boot has an odd element like a flare, the rest of your outfit has to cater to the line that design choice creates. I’ve seen it look good on Kim Kardashian, of all people, who paired it with a matching, full-cut Givenchy miniskirt and somehow managed to look pretty good. I think that’s Kanye’s influence. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1695.