Ideal worn with skirts, trousers and dresses, the knee boot is your autumn wardrobe hero.
Celine’s Hedi Slimane has done quite the turnaround in just a year. His first collection for Celine, last September, was full of lashings of micro-short leather, slashed-to-the-naval dresses and skinny androgyny. Not exactly the clothing of our dreams, we must say - and the antithesis of the loose silhouettes, long hemlines and baggy trench coats the beloved Phoebe Philo would show. But that was the point. Slimane wanted to make a statement. For spring/summer 2020, however, he seems to be listening to his customer - this time, he’s nailed what it is that women want to wear.
Standout pieces from his Paris Fashion Week catwalk included varsity sweaters emblazoned with “Celine Paris”, frilly collared white shirts, and lots of 1970s denim - both jeans and midi skirts. But the most covetable item on his catwalk? The knee boot.
And if Hedi Slimane says so, then the knee boot is back. But you don’t have to wait until next summer to wear this versatile style — while the ankle boot has dominated for several years (last autumn’s silhouette of choice was the cowboy; prior to that it was the sock boot) there are a plethora of knee boots on the market to wear right now.
The best thing about a boot that snakes all the way up to your knee - and sometimes, even, over the knee - is that they wear with absolutely everything you own. Wear them with a flared jean and they look like an ankle boot; tuck your jeans in, equestrian style, and you’d be nailing yet another autumn/winter 2019 trend - the tucked-in trouser. They also pair well with all manner of bohemian, floaty dresses à la Celine – give your summer dresses autumn longevity by putting a roll neck underneath and a knee boot on. (Simply swap your summer sandals for a boot.)
They also look great with culottes, midi skirts and knitted dresses - you name it, the knee boot not only goes, but gives an air of polish and grown-up sophistication to any look.
Get autumn ready - shop the best styles below.
1. & Other Stories
Chocolate brown is the new black, and these mock-croc boots from & Other Stories are the perfect choice for the autumn season. The textured leather looks super expensive. Wear with denim midi skirts, corduroys and cosy cashmeres in autumnal hues - looks great worn with a classic trench coat, too, to nail that tonal beige look.
Croc leather knee high boots, £205, & Other Stories
There is nothing these black knee boots from COS won’t wear with. Crafted from buttery-soft leather with a low kitten heel - that makes them super comfy for everyday wear - these boots will look great worn with everything from trousers to tights and midi dresses. Wear with crisp white shirts to the office, and bohemian them up at the weekends with a shearling sleeveless jacket.
Leather kitten heel boots, £225, COS
These H&M knee boots, with a chunky high heel and an almond-shaped toe, look like they could have walked straight off the Celine catwalk. Crafted from a camel-coloured leather, these boots will look perfect tucked into jeans and worn with a 1970s tweed blazer and either a boyfriend shirt or a roll neck.
Premium leather boots, £79.99, H&M
Last season’s cowboy gets an autumn/winter 2019 update this season. This suede rodeo boot from Ganni features a stitch detail right up the side for a subtle yet chic update on the classic knee boot style. Ideal worn with textured fabrics - think cashmere, suede, leathers and floaty chiffons. These boots are your midi skirt’s best friend.
Western boots, £490, Ganni
Cult bag brand Wandler’s new footwear line is sure to put a spring in your autumn step. Using clever colours and contrasting textures, designer Elza Wandler updates classic styles with a contemporary feel - we love these burgundy patent boots with a square toe and spindly rectangular heel.
Isa two-tone knee boots, £510, Wandler
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