Fashion boots are big business and big fun to wear. A typical fashion boot is a boot worn for reasons of style or fashion (rather than for practical or utilitarian reasons). The term is usually applied to women’s boots. Fashion boots come in a variety of styles (ankle boots, calf boots, knee high boots, thigh high boots, etc.) and are worn for casual, formal and business attire.
For this particular blog post, I am going to highlight knee high and thigh high high-heeled boots.
Decorative, darling and downright provocative.
Fashion Boot Fun Fact: Although boots were a popular style of women’s footwear in the 19th century, they weren’t recognized as a high fashion item until the 1960s. Boots became a popular shoe for women in the 1970s and have remained a staple of women’s wardrobes since then.
Knee high boots are boots that rise to the knee, or slightly under. They are generally tighter around the leg shaft and ankle than at the top. Knee high boots are often made of leather, patent leather, fabric, suede, vinyl or rubber.
Thigh high boots, also known as thigh length boots, or simply thigh boots, are boots that extend above the knee, often to the mid or upper thigh. Lengths vary from reaching just over the knee to reaching almost to the crotch. Thigh high boots are made of materials ranging from various leathers to various synthetic materials (vinyl, polyurethane or latex) to various fabrics (silk or satin).
Whether you’re wearing knee high or thigh high high-heeled boots, one thing is for sure: with these over-the-top boots on your feet, you’ll be walking high!
My oh my, I touch the sky!
Boots Fun Fact: Many pairs of boots are constructed with zippers, but some are designed as pull-on boots. Heel heights vary, but most high-heeled boots have heels at least 3 inches or higher. Also, the shape of the heel may vary from metal spikes, to stilettos to thick to chunky and/or clunky! Any type of heel will do…it is up to you!
Thigh High Boots Fun Fact: In the world of women’s fashion, thigh high boots run through cycles in both popularity and design. In any fall fashion season, designers and retailers will take a chance on their overall appeal. Many thigh high boots are marketed through different channels:
- Couture fashion designers
- Fashion designers
- Couture shoe designers
- Boutique brands
- Fashion and shoe retailers
Laced knee high and thigh high boots were fashionable throughout the Victorian era for women. By the end of the 19th century, over-the-knee laced leather boots were becoming a trend, the boots considered fashionable, sensual and provocative.
Boot Fun Fact: Both knee high boots and thigh high boots can add the illusion of more length to the legs. A very high heel helps add to the illusion of height as well.
Make no bones or boots about it…a rocking pair of high heeled boots doesn’t just speak fashion…they shout it!
Slink and strut sexy in a pretty pair of snakeskin boots!
Boots Fun Fact: American designer Beth Levine is widely credited as the first person to introduce boots into haute couture. As early as 1953, Beth Levine introduced under the Herbert Levine label a boot in white kidskin, which sold poorly. Most retailers saw boots as a separate category of footwear from shoes. In 1957, Herbert Levine produced an entire collection of fashion boots, which soared in popularity.
Knee high and thigh high high-heeled boots are a hoot to wear. Whether worn with skirts, dresses or tucked in jeans, when you step out in a trendy pair of boots you’ll steal the fashion scene!
Thigh High High-Heeled Boots Fun Fact: Two popular movies in which thigh high boots were prominent in an actress’s wardrobe include:
- The 1990 film Pretty Woman, with Julia Roberts cast as Vivian Ward.
- The 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada, with Anne Hathaway cast as Andy Sachs.
Famous Designers Highlighting Thigh High Boots in Their Collections:
- Catherine Malandrino
- Louis Vuitton
- Christian Louboutin
- Jimmy Choo
Thigh High Boots Fun Fact: Until the 2000s, fetish thigh boots were generally distinguished from fashion boots by being more extreme in many design dimensions, particularly heel height and platform height. In the late 2000s, this trend began to change as couture designers, particularly Christian Louboutin, began to experiment with more extreme designs in their shoes.
Boots to the knee and boots so high they cling to the thigh! Give ’em a try!
“Why don’t you scoot yourself on over here in those fancy boots.”
“And why don’t you, well, just go your merry way and scoot.”
“But I can’t help but admire your boots…so appealing, alluring and hip.”
“Well, since you spoke nicely and complimentary…I’m not in the mood for lip.”
“Your boots look soft like velvet. Can I give them a rub?”
“I don’t think so…but I need to move on, so I’ll give you a snub.”
Whether people rub you the right or the wrong way, if you step out in a fabulous pair of gorgeous boots you’ll get noticed all the day (and evening too).
Boots: A fantastic shoe when a regular shoe just won’t do!
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Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846