Stomping onto the fashion scene for autumn/winter 2016 were hiking boots. They may not be considered traditionally high fashion, no one had previously thought that editors and bloggers alike could fall for these boots, usually associated with ramblers, quite like they have, but the humble utilitarian mountain boot was everywhere on the catwalk.
Prada, Tod’s, Valentino and Pucci, to name just a few, elevated the hiking boot, some quite literally, from functional to fashion. The walking boot fitted into a wider trend for more wearable and useful pieces. But forget Gore-Tex these boots were made from patent leather, PVC and mesh, topped with extra buckles and coloured laces.
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At Louis Vuitton every look was paired with heeled lace-up ankle boots. Some were futuristic, some more traditional, but all could be worn with leather trousers, flirty mini-skirts, silky dresses or even modern tailoring. So pretty much anything! This isn’t just the case for Vuitton, when styling up hiking boots the traditional and the modern both work, just with a slightly tomboyish edge.
As well as the designers loving the rain friendly boot (who decided suede was a good winter fabric when it’s soggy quite so frquently!), the high street has come up with some great hiking boots too. Zara has, as ever, created a multitude of wearable styles; their flat khaki, heeled patent and chunky leather boots being our favourite. New Look have done the double with a velvet hiking boot, covering 2 trends in one shoe, and Next have a boot with changeable laces. The best high street walking boot of the season though has to go to Dune. They have just released a burgundy heeled leather boot that bears a striking resemblance to the tasseled boots seen at the Tod’s show.
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So whether it be designer or high street the best boot of AW16 has to be the hiking boot. Here’s our edit of the best for AW16.