If there is one item this season that offers an instant update to ensembles, it is the knee-high boot. The classic boot returns this Fall 2012 after taking backseat to the ankle bootie for a few seasons and is now stronger than ever. While best in black suede or leather, designers presented oxblood red shades and exotic skins for some serious attitude. Silhouettes ranged from modern single soles with a pointed toe to an occasional almond toe shape and platforms. Designers also experimented with boot shafts, going from wide and relaxed to skin hugging with stretch materials. The knee-high boot can be styled with skinny pants, short or long skirts, and shorts – the possibilities are endless!
Alexander Wang’s Kolfinna boot is about as fierce as it gets. The boots feature a chunky, steep heel, pointed toe and raised seams. The back has a cut out and strap closure for a unique appearance. To embrace the designer’s concept to the fullest, pair with a black leather dress and sturdy satchel.
If glam is your thing, Charlotte Olympia’s tall boot is a must-have. The knee-high boot stands out with a shortened gold platform and a sleek heel. Match up with a fit-and-flare skirt for a sweet approach or go casual with skinny jeans. Stack on the gold bracelets to couple with the platform.
Tom Ford presented the most lux of them all with anaconda boots. In genuine skin from Argentina, the style boasts a pointed toe and a gold-tipped heel. Let the exotic material stand out against monochrome coordinates or even an understated jeans and t-shirt attire.
Fusing in a little Western fringe, the B Brian Atwood mella boots add a hint of drama to any look. The lush suede in vampiro red or black offers a sense of richness for the season. Complete the stiletto heel and pointed toe shape with leggings tucked into the shaft. Toss on an oversized chubby sweater to round out the ensemble.
Pierre Hardy has the right kind of cool with two-tone suede and leather boots. The effortless style has a timeless silhouette, easily combining with favorite outfits. Imagine with a drop waist dress or a nighttime ruched number.
Easy and wearable, Sam Edelman’s empire boots are made for walking. The suede boot features a skinny heel and an in-step zipper for a quick pull on. Style with leather-coated pants and a statement fur jacket. Accessorize with a low-key backpack.
Emilio Pucci’s knee-high boots flaunt croco stamped calfskin, making them the perfect statement for Fall. The toe shape is slightly squared and complemented with a 4.5-inch stiletto heel. Step out in the decadent style with a miniskirt offset by a trench coat.
Perfect for any budget, Nine West presents the Fullblast tall boot. The chic style is versatile with a platform and rounded almond toe. The 4.5-inch heel creates a sleek effect for the suede season staple. Try with elastic waistband shorts and a long-sleeve turtleneck. Complete the look with an embellished clutch.
Chloe’s Stacey box calf boots have minimalist appeal with a block-heel, slight square toe and shiny bordeaux leather. The pull-on style can be combined with a sophisticated wool pencil skirt and slouchy knit or swap the skirt for fitted trousers.