White hot boots


I’ve decided that it’s time to take a stand on the white boot trend. I’ve thought long and hard about this (like 15 minutes long), and in my opinion, it’s all signs point to yes. But I caution you not to blow at high dough because this is definitely a trend for the short term. Still, I want in on the action.

Towards the end of last summer, I started to take notice of some of the best street chic feet around that were sporting these dazzling white puppies–from the coolest of fashionistas, to the trendiest boutiques, to pretty much making a mark everywhere I looked, ‘cept maybe at the gym. “Schnoots, I want them boots”. . . and so the story goes.

My first thought was “how am I going to smuggle these bold, little (or in my case not so little) eye catchers into the house without them being noticed?” My second thought was “well, if the shoe fits?” Decision made because it fits Cinderella–let’s spin it up one more time. Then my practical voice crept in and said “winter’s cuumin”” (said in the voice of Jon Snow, I swear). So unless you are picking up a pair of white moon boots to get you through the cruelest of seasons, why don’t you cool your heels for a couple of months and take stock again in the spring. Yes, in certain climates you can easily justify dropping a mere mortgage payment on a Moose Knuckles parka and a pair of Sorels, but fun white boots don’t always fit the bill. So angel on my right shoulder won out. Good angel, bad devil wears Prada boots. Sometimes it’s about the small victories . . . one step at a time.

I parked the concept for the last 8 months and now that spring is upon us (in theory), it’s time to revisit the white boots trend. Okay, I’m done thinking and me still wants. That being said, if I’m going to drop a couple of clams on a trend item, I really should put my thinking cap on about how I plan to wear these shiny ponies so that I, and all fellow fashionfixanistas, do ’em right because this look can be so right and can just as easily teeter on the tacky.

Step 1 – Selecting the Boot

I recommend starting out with ankle or cankle booties. The toe can be almond, square, squoval, point-y or cowgirl. Heels can be from the smallest of kitten heels, for those who like to play it safe, to sky-high stilettos, if you prefer to throw caution to the wind, to a straight or angled chunkier heel. And my personal favourite are white boots with a wood coloured stacked heel and trim. By gosh the skies the limit.

 Step 2 – What to Pair with Your White Boots?

I’m about to contradict myself now because I told you to proceed with caution, but in actuality this boot looks good with a lot more than you’d think.

Pants: For starters, it’s amazing with a pair of ankle length jeans in any colour. Ankle length pants in general are great with these boots because they really are meant to see and be seen so take ’em out on the town. Consider the skinnier cigarette length or this season’s fashionable favourite, the wide leg culottte or paperbag waist pant.

Dresses and skirts: Look for ankle-grazing, calf-length, mini,  shift dresses, a-line, pleats, asymmetrical or simply straight–what I’m getting at is that most look great with white boots.

Rompers and Jumpsuits: I know you gals love a good romper, ‘cept during festival season when you love it until you have to use the port-a-potty and then wished you’d thought through your wardrobe selection with a little more consideration for your surroundings. But outside of summer festivals, rompers and jumpsuits are a fun fashion hit with white boots.

Step 3 – Colour combinations

It’s so black and white that it’s a little too obvious. Yes, there’s black and white with white boots, but please don’t limit yourself to it because you are only limited by your imagination.

I love the idea of doing an all black with white booties and then pop it like it’s hot with a bold hit of colour in a jacket or blazer.

There’s also the white pant with the white boot, which looks delicious, but I have to admit there’s something special about making this piece be the standout star as opposed to the shrinking violet that’s fading into the background.

Other options include a monochromatic top-to-toe look (say the not-so shrinking ultra violet, perhaps) and contrast it with white boots. Ba-baam!

But you can just as easily do prints, like the popular glen check, plaid or polka dots. The world is your oyster.

If you want to go out on the town with a bang, consider taller, white calf or thigh grazers for girls with great gams. Hello!

And last but certainly not least, I like to keep in mind my peeps who are not quite as ready to take the plunge into the trends as I am. This is why there’s always a Plan B. So if the boots seems a little too bold, why not consider the white shoe. It’s perfect for summer and makes less of a statement than the bootie, but still very much on trend.

So there you have it. It’s time to put your best foot forward, and that foot should be clad in a white boot.

Carolyn Bissett