Patent boots are undoubtedly this season’s hottest footwear trend. Though velvet is big right now, nothing’s grabbed the attention of the fashion crowd quite like patent.
The obsession began at Dior’s AW15 show, when Raf Simons sent models down the catwalk in patent boots; ankle and over-the-knee styles in all colours, from grey and black to burgundy and electric blue.
Then at Couture Fashion Week, we saw them styled up by the Instagram pack; with massive bloggers Chiara Ferragni and Helena Bordon wearing their Dior pairs with mini dresses and skirts.
SS16 fashion month has seen patent boots en masse, especially in London and Paris. St. Vincent sat on the front row at Burberry in a pair of black over-the-knee patent boots, while the Parisian show-goers couldn’t get enough.
Anna Dello Russo gets the prize for boldest styling of Dior’s patent boots, wearing it with the skintight printed jumpsuit, while Rihanna comes in close second in black boots and an asymmetric striped coat.
Alexa Chung has been styling up the boot trend, too, wearing Valentino's high ankle pair with a dress from the Italian label's SS16 collection.
The best – and maybe most surprising – thing about patent boots is their versatility. As the FROWers proved; there’s no one way to wear them. Dresses, coats, jumpsuits, skirts and culottes all making perfect pairings, whatever boot length you opt for.
Belgian model Hanne Gaby Odiele proved they don’t have to be worn too dressed up, either. Though she attended the Dior show looking decidedly polished, her signature style is chicly disheveled. Think throw-on t-shirts, dresses and jeans.
Though Dior’s patent boots will set you back more than £1,000, this is one trend that the high street has recreated very well.
All your go-to stores has their own version; from River Island to Topshop. There’s the simple black patent boots, with all heel heights, and then the more statement pairs with translucent Perspex heels.
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