Saturday, May 18, 2013

Fast fashion: winter ankle boots

Always a sucker for fast fashion, I've got my eye on an emerging trend in your favourite shoe stores - open gusset ankle boots.

You'll find a version of these in just about every shop right now, and as usual in the world of fashion, style overtakes sense in this winter footwear. 

The open gusset (that's where you'd expect to find the elasticacted insert in pull-on boots) is embellished with buckles and staps, creating interest and adding to the biker chic look. But in New Zealand winters, when you'll often find yourself walking through inches of gutter run-off or combating horizontal downpours, you might find the open feature more hindrance than happy feet.

But as we know, kiwi girls aren't famous for the most sensible rainy day fashion, so expect to see this trend on feet in rain or shine. 

What I would suggest is stripping off the black opaques while you work this foot fashion - most iterations I have seen are in black leather, so you're kind of defeating the purpose if you're filling that gap with black underneath. To draw attention to your new fancy feet, try a bold coloured tight (bare legs will work too, but let's face it, we've all been wearing stockings since we put the clocks forward).

This season's trending colours include royal blue (thanks Kate), deep crimsons and purples (always a winter fave) and if you're brave enough, mustard is becoming more and more mainstream after persevering the last couple of seasons.

So jump on the fashion bandwagon and strap on some open gusset goodness. Your breezy feet may not love you, but it's a guaranteed head-turner for the hardy soled.







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