These boots were made for walking
Nancy Sinatra might have sung the song differently had she been living in 2013 instead of 1996 when her hit song was first sung. Boots might have been made for walking, but they are an important element in a fashionista’s style statement as of recent times. Originally boots were to cover the foot and ankle and extend up the leg to cover the knees. They even went as high as the thighs or as the hip – the intention was to protect the foot and leg from mud, snow, water, hazards on the ground and to provide additional support to the ankle in case of strenuous activity. They date back to as far as 1000 BC where separate leggings, soles and uppers made of animal hide were laced together and worn over the leg. Inuit and Aleut natives of Alaska wore boots made of sealskin or caribou skin with decorative elements of seal intestines and dog hair and fur from wolverines. In the 17th century, boots were developed to protect the feet of horse mounted soldiers and in the 1700s distinctive knee high boots worn by soldiers fighting in the American revolutionary war influenced the design of the iconic cowboy boots worn by cattlemen in the American West. Then on, boots have been used for work mainly – to farm, fish, at construction sites, police men wear them and so do men in the army. Now they figure in the priority lists of stylish women – and the styles have been changed and tweaked to make any outfit look glamorous and edgy. In winter, if you wish to wear a skirt, pair it with thigh high boots in faux leather or suede. Tall boots are perfect for winter days – wear them with dresses and a long woollen pullover or jacket and look smart and casual. Put them away in summer though as they will not only look out of place but will also be very uncomfortable in the warm/hot weather. When you want to wear a fuller skirt – like a peasant skirt – wear it with stiletto heeled boots. If you are wearing a shorter skirt with a voluminous cut then make sure the skirt hem skims the tops of your boots – if it goes lower till your calves it will look odd. If the skirt is fitted, the hem can fall a few inches lower than the top but make sure it doesn’t skim the floor or your ankles.
Speaking of skirts, if you are comfortable with wearing minis, choose to pair them with a flat heeled knee length pair of boots. If your skirt is short, pair it with sheer leggings and knee or calf length fitted boots for a conservative yet chic look. Short skirts with stiletto boots and sans tights might look a little too provocative and out of place. If you are wearing pants, wear ankle length heeled boots with them – you can effectively pair such boots with formal pants to wear to work for a chic yet professional look. Since the tops of the boots stop at your ankles they won’t feel restrictive around your legs. When wearing boots that cover your calves, pick a pair that is fitted but not tight. If it is very tight and the skin bulges out from the tops of your boots then not only will it spoil the style quotient of your outfit but also feel very uncomfortable. Wear boots such as these with fitted pants that fit inside the neck of the boots for a smart look. Jeans inside boots will look smart only if your legs are thin, so be warned. Black ankle suede boots look very stylish when paired with skinny jeans, or tights and a dress. Cowboy inspired designs on boots can add glamour to a plain blue-jeans-tee outfit. Studded biker inspired ankle boots or plain black leather with studs are more ways to bring out your inner edgy self while keeping your sartorial choices neutral. Slouchy suede boots with cowboy motifs and a leather bow keep an ensemble girly without going over the top. Wear boots with wedge heels, kitten heels, platform heels and flat soles – but remember, they might be stylish, but they were, in fact made for walking. So pick a style which is comfortable – else you will find yourself tottering down a road on high heeled boots – which is never a pretty look.