Over the knee boots are the chicest shoe choice of the fall winter season

No matter where you live – Seoul, Paris, London or NYC – fashionistas are lacing up and zipping into over the knee boots this season and for seasons to come.

We first began seeing the trend on the Fall 2014 runways, again in 2015, and the 2016 runways cemented that, in fact, the silhouette is here to stay for a while. That’s good news considering over the knee boots give an instant lift to whatever you’re wearing and few footwear trends are sexier than the over the knee boot.

How to Wear Over the Knee Boots

Admittedly, the dramatic boot style was once considered far too risqué for everyday wear, but now they’re as much a staple as a pair of sensible flats. We love this daring look especially because it allows you to show off a little skin in the winter months while still keeping yourself warm all season.

shop heron preston on italistWe love the grey palettes, winter cremes, as well as the rich plums and classic black. Sleek grey and creme are both fantastic daytime looks, whereas the deeper tones are a wonderful choice for night. Since this trend is here to stay, take queues from your own wardrobe to help decide what color to take home. None the less, the street style starlets are driving us wild for plush velvets and silky suedes.

High Heel and Stiletto Over the Knee Boots

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For smaller or petite frames, the extra coverage may seem overwhelming at first, but rest assure, the look can work for anyone, not just 5’11” frames. For smaller frames, elongate your silhouette by pairing generously high heeled over the knee boots with just about anything – oversized sweater dresses, mini skirts and even long pants. Just remember, styles breaking above the knee will give shorter frames even more length, drawing the eyes all the way up the leg.

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Lace up Over the Knee Boots

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Edgy details like this season’s lace up trend will give your outfits a little extra personality. This look is undoubtedly the statement shoe of the season. Take notes from Kylie Jenner and model, Gigi Hadid, the bold and seductive lace-up over the knee boots are a complete knock out for a night out.

Be sure with lace, the fit hugs your legs, and for a little extra comfort, you’ll feel best if the cut sits just at the knee or just below. For all you daring ones, experiment with lace-up styles reaching far above the knee.

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Flat or Block Heel Over the Knee Boots

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Whether you spend a lot of time on public transportation, running around town or even just on your feet for most of the day, over the knee boots can be just as fashionable flat as their high-heeled counter parts and still create a high impact effect to any outfit.
Flat over the knee boots are incredibly chic and practical for both tall and shorter frames. For a more glamorous look with these flat styles, opt for styles that reach far above the knee.

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Aquazzura Whip-It

Stuart Weitzman 5050

Gianvito Rossi Rolling

Just look to Gigi Hadid, Nicole Trunfio, and Olivia Munn and see why this trend is sexier, chicer and an absolute necessary for all winter wardrobes.

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About the Author

Alex English is the Head of Content Marketing at italist.com, building on a lifelong passion for fashion and luxury. After publishing a lifestyle blog for nearly ten years and obtaining an MBA in Milan at SDA Bocconi, one of Europe’s top business schools, he joined the italist team in 2019. His work since then has focused on upper-funnel messaging, brand storytelling, establishing italist as a thought leader in the space, and enriching the customer experience on the platform. Find him on LinkedIn.