Luxe, tough and thoroughly rock ‘n’ roll, if there
was ever a shoe-shortcut to cool, the biker boot
is it. Defined by its black leather, chunky low heel
and acres of zips and buckles, it manages to be
practical, smart and full of attitude. So perfect
for winter (though it works in summer, too) and
perfect for your image. That’s no mean feat.
No wonder it’s become a modern classic.
What does it take to make the perfect biker?
Black leather and zips, of course, but this boot has
so much more. We’ve given it extra edge by ditching
the usual studs and straps for the quilting and
padding of a vintage biker jacket. And the shape?
A cool, cowboy-meets-biker silhouette.
BURNISHED ITALIAN LEATHER
gives it a great vintage feel
THE IDEA for the slanting zip came
from an unexpected source: a 50s
'granny' boot in the Clarks archives.
THE QUILTING AND PADDING
references traditional motorbike boots
THE CHUNKY CLEANED SOLE and
stacked heel are a twist on traditional
biker rubber. They're smarter, but they'll
keep you equally dry and warm.
This boot’s fashion kudos goes back a long way.
From real-deal bikers on their Harleys, via the coolest show
in Paris to the footwear of choice for every off-duty celebrity.
Want to see the appeal of biker
style? Look no further than iconic
French singer, Francoise Hardy, in
her super-cool, head-to-toe
Saint Laurent’s AW 13 show
cemented the biker’s position at the
top of the fashion tree, teaming them
with little-girl dresses and vintage florals.
Fashion darling, actress, Kate
Bosworth, shows how to wear bikers,
celebrity-style: skinny jeans, aviators
and an oversized tote.
Pull your bikers on now with skinny jeans and knits and when things
start getting warmer team them with mini-skirts and bare legs.
ONE - Layer up fun
clashing prints for a modern
take on the grunge trend.
A sheepskin coat is this
seasons statement outerwear. Pair
with boyfriend jeans for casual cool.
THREE - A faux fur Leopard coat
adds vintage elegance and classic
charm to a rock'n'roll outfit.
THEODARA WARRE, road tests Movie Retro
'I have a huge collection of shoes - boots in particular.
I tend to spend a lot more on boots as wear them every day and night.'
'My style is a mixture of bohemian and biker.
I love leather and denim and i also wear a lot of florals.'
'This is a great ankle boot with a twist.
I love the diagonal zip and quilted leather. It's the perfect heel
height - comfortable and practical but it still looks chic.'
'If I'm wearing a girly dress, i will toughen it up with a biker boot.'
'I'm always running around London - to Hatton Garden or
to my office in Notting Hill - so boots are the most practical
shoe solution for me.'
In a lived-in matte leather, this pair are a shorter ankle
length silhouette that looks great with skinny jeans.
Movies Retro's simpler sister. The heel and toe have a western
twist; the mink coloured leather is a great change from black.
The biker smartens up its act with low-key studs
and shiny leather.
The soft, supple upper on these bikers means they are
light enough to wear in summer as well as winter.
The biker gets a punky sin with three tough
straps and a cool toe cap.
Waxed leather make these boots look like a vintage find.
The leather heel and sole keeps things smart
The weekend has landed and it's time to be rebellious. The
fringing and chain strap will help add a little rock 'n' roll
to your weekend wear.
Combining key sports-luxe and biker trends for the season,
this cute little barrel bag is the perfect companion when you're
heading out and you don't know where the day will take you
Quilting and padding - lifted straight from biker jacket DNA -
shows you're ready for anything. The premium leather and
suede combination means you recognise a real classic.
This little cross-body bag has it all; couture style stitching
and chain strap say 'rebel, rebel' but triple, hidden, zip up
compartments ensure that on the inside everything's in order.