If you’d ask me my opinion on western-style boots a year ago I would’ve visibly shuddered. I bought a pair of mid-calf cowboy boots in 2003 at my favourite vintage shop in Camden and wore them til the soles were flapping off my feet. Back then I styled my beloved boots with a raw-hemmed denim mini skirt I’d made from a pair of my old jeans and a halter-neck top practically every time I went out, which was most nights back then. I loved those boots. But I wouldn’t ever want to re-live those crazy days… or the questionable fashion.
Above: boots by Zara
Or so I thought… I’ve been wearing these Zara boots this past month and they’re dreamy: cuban heel, small enough to be comfortable, subtle shine and snake skin effect, pointed but not toe-crunchingly so. The day I bought them I went OUT out, danced more than I have in years and didn’t come home til 3am! The next day my feet were fine, my head was a different story but I am officially converted.
If, like Gem, you’re still unsure, start with a subtle nod to the western style (plain black, simple, ankle boots) and wear with jeans and blazer.
This style also works well with midi dress or skirt, but I LOVE the mid-calf or even knee high style boot with a midi. I have just bought a vintage pair on Ebay (promise to show you them on IG as soon as they arrive !) For more affordable vintage options try Asos Martketplace & Depop.
Fancy something a bit more summery? A white, taupe or cream boot is a fresh take on the look.
If you’re feeling really brave there are some amazingly BOLD options out there too.
So, are you tempted? Or is this a trend you’d rather forget?