The Twenty SS20 Issue

Fantasy: Giving Practicality the Boot

By Jo Phillips

Traditionally, winter boots are meant to be our practical buddy over the frozen months of the calendar. They give us a Napoleon-like strength to battle the arctic weather by keeping us warm in their silently sensible way, but what about style? Fashion fantasies ought not only be dreams stashed in the back of the wardrobe, but they are meant to be lived in. Sometimes, we need to rise above practicalities and live the dream. Here, we present three different styles that rejoice ‘we are bold even in the cold.’

The Floral Trip

Givenchy Marc Jacobs Mexicana Just Cavalli
Numbered 1-4: Givenchy’s floral-print leather ankle boots, Marc Jacobs floral lace-up boots zalando.co.uk, Just Cavalli’s multi-coloured high-heeled ankle boots zalando.co.uk, and MEXICANA’S Klak distressed leather ankle boots

Add a sense of life to the deadly winter with floral boots. Made with 100% leather, Marc Jacobs’ black floral lace-up boots emeza.com adds vitality to a look without stripping away the punk chic identity of the boots’ wearer. Flowers and leopard prints are splashed all over Just Cavalli’s multi-coloured high heeled ankle boots shopstyle.co.uk painting a jungle scene to go wild for. Similarly, cult boot specialist MEXICANA draws inspirations from somewhere warm – Mexico. Their Klak distressed leather ankle boots are inspired by traditional Mexican imagery and are embroidered with a concoction of sugar skulls and flowers. Last but not least, for she who has class, Givenchy’s leather ankle boots with its crazy curved heel and lush floral-print are the eccentric fashionista’s must-have.

Shine Like Metallics

Maison Martin Margiela Christian Louboutin Kartell Alexander McQueen Brunello Cucinelli
Numbered 1-5: Maison Martin Margiela’s leather peep-toe metallic ankle booties, Christian Louboutin’s Chelita 85 metal-detailed leather boots, Kartell’s Sofia metal wellies boots zalando.co.uk, Alexander McQueen’s gleaming metal tipped-toe suede bootie, and Brunello Cucinelli’s metallic pull-on ankle boot.

Steal the spotlight with these metallic boots that shine almost like the sun amidst a dark dull season. Come snow or shine, Kartell’s Sofia metal wellies boots at  zalando.co.uk are our everyday best. For “a work boot mixed with a dash of glam,” look no further than Brunello Cucinelli’s metallic pull-on ankle boot, which has been described by Heather D., designer shoe buyer at Neiman Marcus as “the epitome of coolness.” Maison Martin Margiela’s leather peep-toe metallic ankle booties are the work and play buddy we love – covering us formally on the style front. For the dress to kill option, give somebody a kick with metal tipped toe boots! Equally dangerous are Alexander McQueen’s gleaming metal tipped-toe suede bootie and Christian Louboutin’s Chelita 85 metal-detailed leather boots.

In Mesh
Moschino Cheap and Chic Valentino Christian Louboutin
Number 1-3: Moschino Cheap and Chic’s black Ankle boots zalando.co.uk, Valentino’s Embroidered Peep-Toe Ankle Boot, and Christian Louboutin’s Farfamesh Suede Red Sole Ankle Bootie.

Flesh-revealing mesh boots are a fashion fantasy most adored for its self-paradoxical nature. Moschino Cheap and Chic’s black Ankle boots with the bow detail zalando.co.uk are both sweet and sexy at the same time zalando.co.uk Fancy a craft of colours? Valentino’s Embroidered Peep-Toe Ankle Boot has an embroidered mesh upper with napa trim putting the sheer allure of a stained glass window on display. Vamps, watch out for Christian Louboutin’s Farfamesh Suede Red Sole Ankle Bootie sculpted with fearlessly sleek lines and a sky high height – finished with a high cut vamp ties detail at the back.