Party boots: 2021’s answer to the stiletto
Silly season has officially arrived and for the first time in a long time it will take place without a curfew, with minimal freezing drinks in the grounds and the doors of your favorite nightclub held firmly open.
Which means we can finally dress properly and go out. But after a year or more without high heels, the prospect of navigating icy sidewalks in a six-inch strappy stiletto can seem a little daunting.
Fear not, for this winter, everything revolves around the evening boot. Whether embellished with rhinestones, metallic or glitter, the boutiques are full of fabulously OTT heeled ankle boots. And not only are they a super versatile way to bring razzmatazz to a pair of jeans and a velor blazer or LBD, but they’re also ten times easier to navigate from bar to bar and rock and roll. to shake up your average pair of stiletto heels.
“You can easily create a powerful look and make a glamorous and sexy statement for the evening with a pair of killer boots, while still maintaining comfort and practicality,” says Alfredo Piferi, whose vegan shoe brand Piferi offers many ankles. and tight-fitting satin overshoes. knee-length bootie.
So it’s no wonder that since the start of November, searches for ‘glitter’ and ‘glitter’ boots have increased collectively by 65% according to the fashion shopping platform Lyst, while searches for metallic boots have increased by 51%. .
When it comes to boots that give the party a punch, another name to know is the Italian label Paris Texas, founded by Annamaria Brivio in 2015. jeans as well as an evening dress, ”explains the designer, explaining as the demand for her sparkly boots is increasing at a steady rate.
“Women need and want something that makes them feel feminine, sexy, cool and confident,” says Brivio, who was recently asked to create a sold-out crystal boot capsule for MyTheresa. “After these last years of the pandemic, women want and have to be fabulous. “
While the average pair of Paris Texas boots will set you back over £ 1,000, ASOS offers several similarly rhinestone-covered stiletto heel boots that come close to the £ 100 mark. And, according to Vanessa Spence, director of commercial design and site visuals, they are flying off the shelves. “The IRL holiday season calls for looks with the energy of the main character, and our customers love styles that stand out in bold pops of color and sparkling stiletto heels.” She notes that there has been a strong appetite for high-heeled ankle boots on the site this season, with over-the-knee designs among the favorites.
Browns Fashion also has a good range of glitter ankle boots – silver Isabel Marant cowboy ankle boots would look great with a high neck, puffed sleeve mini dress, while you’d be on a winner with a pair of flats – Stella McCartney spangled bronze shapes. under denim flares.
“Everyone is ready to go out again and with the holiday season back in full force, we’ve seen high heels prove to be extremely popular,” says Hollie Harding, non-apparel purchasing manager at Browns Fashion . “Best sellers include those adorned with sequins and with a ‘more is more’ element. When this is combined with a jaw-dropping boot you really get that wow factor.
Buy the best party boots:
MANOLO BLAHNIK Flequillohi fringed ankle boots, £ 1,315 at farfetch.com
ASOS Design Kamila thigh-high boots, £ 70; asos.com