Of all the autumn-winter trends showcased on the runways, boots have been attracting a lot of attention. From calfskin piper ankle boots at the Chloe winter runways to the faux fur boots that resembled mittens at the Chanel 2010 show, it seems boots have got a serious makeover.
Even the lovers of utilitarian chic fashion had a choice — the runways showcased sturdy and snug boots with a Victorian influence — with high laces and a hint of velvet.
Mc Queen’s last show earlier this year had him showcase boots with floral engraved heels, that looked more like an installation piece than a footwear. Presumably enough, the winter of 2010 is going to be big on boots. Some of the most stylish women in the city share with us their love for boots, the styles they choose and what they keep in mind every time they invest in a hot new pair of boots (which by their own admission is a little too often).
Ritu Beri, Fashion designer
"I am crazy about boots and I own all sort of pairs. When I spot a great pair, I can’t resist picking it up.
Shop from: I like buying boots from a brand called Alia in Europe — the leather is soft as silk and the heels are comfortable. I also have collected pairs from all over the world and own everything from ankle length to thigh-high ones.
Boot tip: I like wearing high boots, I feel it immediately enhances your personality.
Payal Gupta Sud, Jewellery designer
"I wait for winters so that I can pull out all my favourite pairs of boots. I like my boots in off-beat colours like white, beige or even tan. "
Shop from: "I am a big fan of boots from Japan. Even local shops in Japan sell boots, which have a very quirky style. Ferrogamo and Gucci are my other favourites"
Boot tip: "Buy a pair in an off-beat colour like a cream white that can go well with most outfits and look interesting as well."
Sonalika Sahay, Model
“The best thing I like about winters is that I get to wear my boots every time I step out. I like boots that are flat or have very little heels. I can’t stand high heels beyond a point.”
Shop from: “Since my shoe size is 41, I usually don’t find my size in India. Brushka and Miss Sixty are my favourite places for boots.”
Boot tip: “Wear your boots with a jacket or skirts; it is the hottest trend globally an looks uber cool.”
Pia Pauro, Boutique owner
“I love wearing boots that are textured and are a little different from the basic ones. Though comfort is my priority, I look for Victorian-inspired or meshed styles.”
Shop from: “Bottega Venetta, Prada and Gucci are my favourites.”
Boot tip: “Buy boots that are high and have an interesting element like may be a criss-cross corset style pattern. This way, you don’t need any other accesscorises and your boots can complete your look.