Trends may come and trends may go but a classic
riding boot never goes out of style. Perhaps it's
their ability to make anyone wearing them look
dashing and in command. Perhaps it's the way
they make our legs appear longer and more
slender. Or perhaps it's just that such a delicious
amount of shiny leather, buckles and straps mean
this is definitely a boot you'll buy now
and wear forever.
Restyle your winter staples with the right pair of boots. Leg-lengthening knee-highs will update any jumper dress; quilted
bikers will add edge to your collection of skinny jeans and the perfect pair of Chelsea boots can
become the cornerstone of this season's wardrobe.
Trends may come and trends may go but a classic
Here's a boot that will kick-start your autumn
wardrobe. We've taken the equestrian-inspired flat
boots that were trotted out on runways from Paris
to NY and given it our own special spin. The cut is
a little longer and wider than a classic riding boot
and the tan leather is as at home in the city streets
as it is in the country.
The riding boot has a history that goes back hundreds of years.
And it's hardly changed in all that time. Testament to its classic styling and great looks.
Fully aware of the allure of a woman in
riding boots and jodhpurs, a circa 70s
Princess Anne lets her hair down.
The riding boot becomes a 60s-style go-go
boot at Saint Laurent's A/W 2014 show
teamed with dolly-bird shift dresses and
short patent coats and capes.
Always ahead of the fashion curve, actress,
Jessica Alba, wears her boots with a sexy leather
mini and a colourful sweatshirt.
Chic with a midi skirt, great overjeans and
ideal with oversized cashmere, knee-high boots
stand out for their ability to transform any look.
ONE - Jumper dresses and riding boots were
made for each other. Layer yours up with a
chunky scarf in similar tones,
for extra winter chic.
TWO - Adding a statement coat ups the
ante with any winter outfit. A skinny
jean tucked into your boots is
a perfect weekend look.
THREE - The trendiest way to wear
long boots now: a foral dress
with a slouchy cardigan.
CLARE ZERNY, founder of artisan bakery
Flour of London, road tests the Lindley Charm.
'Almost all my shoes are tan-coloured so it's a bit of a thing! tan,
tan and more tan! Boots, sandals, court shoes - never a high heel.'
'My style is 60s with a modern twist - Jean Shrimpton
is my go-to favourite for inspiration. '
'I've collected a lot vintage over the years which i tend to pair with
high street designer pieces'
'It's the perfect boot for pairing with my 60s mini dresses and skirts.
The tan really complements everything from blacks to brights.'
'Long boots are great for winter as you need leg protection from the
cold when you wear mini dresses. They're long enough to get a sneaky
pair of warm socks in too.
This capsule collection of winter boots will have you covered for every eventuality. And whether it's thanks to
Gore-tex waterproofing or beautiful warm linings, your feet will always feel and look incredible.
A boot that's perfect for Nanouk of the North's
city-dwelling sister. The fur is very chic and the sole can
take anything the weather throws at you.
Who said that practical winter boots had to be flat? This
is a city boot with a big dose of western styling in the
chunky heel and the cosy sheepskin lining.
MINT TREAT GTX
All the smart, equestrian style of Lindley Charm,
but a little bit shorter.
MINT JAM GTX
We Brits have always had a long-standing love affair with Chelsea
boots. This par manages to be super smart and untterly cool.
The wardrobe workhorse that really will work with
anything. Pair them with boyfriend jeans rolled
high when you're hitting the shops, with razor slim
black trousers for that all important meeting, or
with a cute smock dress when you're
heading out with friends.
Spinning biker and western influences to expert effect
these ankle boots will look as good with a pair of
distressed denims as they will with a smock dress.
These utility boots in waxy black suede with
a tailored stitching go off-duty with a block heel
and razor cut sole.
The darling of indie chicks the world over -
Chelsea boots are evergreen and this pair have
been reimagined with midnight suede, contrasting
elastic panel and a razor cut sole.
With a chunky flatform wedge, patent finish and Chelsea
boot inflences, what's not to love? Now you just need to
decide which outfit needs a new hero.
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 tradional
biker rubber. They're smarter, but they'll
keep you equally dry and warm.
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 minu-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 acool 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, zipup
compartments ensure that on the inside everything's in order.