I've been getting pretty excited about the new crop of structural boots that showed up on several runways this fall. A lot of these futuristic boots relied on heavy stacking to create a scrunchy sillouhette-but then there were also the zip flap boots at Rick Owens and the slick and straight boots at Phillip Lim and Givenchy Haute Couture. The thing that grabs me about these boots are that they are agressively unfeminine-and some might say 'unflattering'. A lot of people looked at the boots at Balenciaga Pre Fall and cried 'cankles' (maybe an explanation of this term is in line for foreign readers-its when the diameter of the ankle is almost equal to that of the calf-though a friend used to tell me it was an abbrieviation of 'cow ankles') but having my ankles swathed in buttery bunches of leather sounds irresistably new and exciting. Wearing a boot that doesn't flow with the natural lines of the body sounds totally modern to me. They look tough and they look futuristic-I am really really inspired by how the Balenciaga Pre Fall boots were styled with an ankle skimming, draping floral dress. It's an excellent juxtaposition to the alien-invader look of this boot.
I hope to see this trend carry into the spring 09 collections (albeit there are far fewer boots on spring runways…)
Until then I'm dreaming of those Balenciagas and Rick Owens-I know Inaya and a few others are as crazy as I am about the lace-up 'Mega Urbo' boots on Luisaviaroma!