Boots - the word once conjured images of rugged cowboys from Texas.
However, today, they are a major fashion accessory and have entered the domain of women's wardrobe must haves, as they retain their aura of sensuality and power.
The choices and styles are many, from the multihued and patterned original hand-tooled cowboy boots to the oh-so-chic ones with faux fur and gold trimmings. Indian clothes are a big no-no with boots, but you knew that already While anklelength boots work best with pants and long skirts, model Neha Sareen prefers to wear knee-length boots.
Neha just loves, "a skirt that falls just below the knee and skims the edges of a perfectly fitting pair of boots" a throwback to Reece Witherspoon's look in Sweet Home Alabama.
You do get thigh-high boots made of stretch material, but teaming it with the wrong outfit could make you look rather skanky Jeans tucked into boots make for a great slim silhouette and with skinny jeans in vogue now, they complete the casual chic look.
Manolo Blahnik is one of the ultimate words when it comes to footwear. He is also the creator of perhaps the most expensive pair of boots in the world. His alligator boots would ring up at a cool Rs 630,000, which aren't very easy on the feet and surely not reeommended for a walk in the park.
If its comfort, style and a bit of b1ing you're looking for, Jimmy Choo meets the entire criterion with panache, check out his Leone Lapin Embroidered Boots - flat, with round toes, comfy and gorgeous and priced at Rs 121,500. Why are they expensive?
Everything, from the type of leather, the pattern, the wood for the heels, the embellishments like crystals or gold buckles, some boots have feather trimmings using feathers that cannot be gathered anymore and are sourced from the archives of the couture feather houses.
If it comes to a pair crafted by Roger Vivier which have a specific curved heel, involving a difficult process to attach to the foothed, we are entering the realm of engineering.
Closer home, while there aren't many Indian designers who are known for their shoes, till then the foreign designers continue to fulfill our foot fantasies. So, take heart as the mountain has come to Mohammed. Salvatore Ferragamo is retailing here now and Jimmy Choo is about to launch his footwear in India soon as well. The Indian fashionista can now find the perfect boot to complete the 'look,' after all one always must put their best boot, err.. foot forward, right?