As for white boots designed to go with the snow, these are the height of seasonal style and chic.
Well-known brands these days have seasonal collections full of very feminine, sophisticated, arty boots. Some rise up above the knees, others have markedly thick soles, there are ones with fur, ones made of leather and some in suede, along a whole range of other details that help make your footwear chic. Differences in heel design are notable this season, as are the bows, buckles, chains and straps decorating the boots. And while high-heeled boots remain popular this season, newer styles feature absolutely flat heels and soles.
Another characteristic visible in the winter collection boots featured this year is that many of them boast the straps and open sections seen in more summery models. These designs, which seem to mix up the seasons, boast many showy details and a decidedly feminine look. Interestingly, the delicate, thinner heels that many saw as the very symbol of elegance in past years have been replaced by thicker, wider heels this season.
Fur has descended to the feet
Furred boots are going to be very in-fashion this year, in practically every model you could imagine. Many famous labels are including furred boots in their fall-winter collections, with some of them inspired by sporty models and others by more classic models. The long, completely furred models in beige and grey from D&G and Chanel, reminiscent of snow boots, are getting lots of attention this season. As for labels like Anna Sui, Roberto Cavalli and Ralph Lauren, you can find leather and fur together in their boots. The Ralph Lauren collection features boots with fur-lining around the top, but leather on the rest of the boot. The fur-and-leather-combo boots tend to use mostly brown and camel tones, but you can also find black, bordeaux, copper and silver. There are also boots that feature not only fur but also laces; enough to catch the eye of anyone looking for something truly chic this season. These fur and lace models are more feminine than many of their counterparts and are perfect for evening events, as well as work. There are also shorter models that feature high heels and colorful fur decorations just waiting for assertive, artsy women to find and wear them.
These boots that rise well above the knees, while not being extremely functional, have seized a prominent place in the season’s collections by virtue of their assertive, distinctive looks. These boots, which behave like socks in that they hug the legs, are notable particularly for the wide range of colors they come in. You can of course find them in black, but also coral red, beige tones, camel, grey, purples, browns and even distressed colors. Long boots this season feature thick and high heels, but for those who long for the ultimate in feminine, there are also high and thin stilettos out there, too. Completely heel-less models are perfect for wearing with your jeans and your jersey dresses, too.
Difficult laces, but trendy
The longer and shorter boot models featuring laces this season bring us back to the past. These are very popular this season and, in fact, take the reigning seat in many footwear collections right now. Despite the labor-intensive nature of tying these laces, these models have managed to grab the heart of fashion-loving women everywhere, so we see them in many varieties this season. As for color, you will find laced models in black, camel tones, red, green, purple, grey and white (the latter colors not being typical favorites in classic boot styles). It is suggested that the wearer use socks that match the boot’s laces. The heels on these models are generally thicker and higher this season, for a very modern look.
Suedes and nubucks
These are materials that we are seeing in both longer and shorter models this season, with the longer models highlighting the feel of these special fabrics, while the shorter models have a more clear-cut line to them. The longer models often feature accessories such as bows and buckles, while the shorter models often sport a loose, slightly chic-and-sloppy look around the ankles. Those who are searching out the perfect pair of colorful winter boots to complete their outfits might want to look into a pair of suede or nubuck boots as they are comfortable, as well as vibrant and chic. Also, forget any warnings that white is not to be worn in the wintertime: This winter you can wear all the white you want. There is a whole range of chic boots to keep your feet warm while harmonizing you with all the snowy stuff around you.
The boots we are seeing for 2011 are also in extremely high-heeled styles. There are lots of styles boasting showy flairs on the top parts of the boot and an extremely feminine feel throughout. Some of the designs seem to be inspired by sporty styles, though, with very thick soles; the only difference between these and sporty models being the extremely high heels. Look for some of these seasonal models at spots like Matraş, İnci, Hotiç and Divarese. Boots in leather and a broad range of styles continue their popularity this winter, with a stunning variety of heel and sole widths. Look for a particular seasonal favorite, styles that grasp the ankles tightly.
*Reyhan Yazıcı Kızılağaç is a fashion designer.