>> There's no real reason why I've not worn a pair of knee high boots (excepting photo shoots) since I had a pair of vintage ones in the ye olde days of Style Bubble. Remember when vintage stores made a killing flogging old slouchy boots, deluding many that they could wear them a la Sienna Miller or Kate Moss? Well, I'm still under no such illusions but I have taken some sort of tip-off from la Moss and gone for Stuart Weitzman's 5050 boot that has being feted in this new #MadeForWalking campaign. The video is basically Kate doing her classic Kate thing, looking good in Stuart Weitzman's classic over the knee boots – both flat and heeled – and trotting along to Nancy Sinatra's classic hit. It's a bit schmaltzy but knowingly so.
The point is that I've been able to discover the wonders that is the 5050 boot, now celebrating its 20th anniversary of popularity. Stuart Weitzman may not necessarily have the highest of profiles in Europe (although an impressive Zaha Hadid-designed flagship in Milan may change that) but figures don't lie – over one million pairs of boots sold all over the world is impressive stuff. It's the boot that I wish I had found when I was traipsing around Dolcis and Shelly when I was 17 and hellbent on reaching some sort of over-the-knee boot epiphany. Once I had given up all hope, I had concluded that it wasn't meant to be and that my calves were rejecting leather encasing them. That is until I cynically slipped on the Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots thinking that my gams would do their rejection thing and found, that the key to the magic of these flat boots was the micro stretch fabric at the back of the boot. No zippers required. Not that I'm any sort of an authority on the over-the-knee boot front and of course haven't tried every pair out there but these 5050 boots have hit the mark, where so many have failed.
That they're completely flat and shaped in a way that you want a flat boot to be are bonus features. #MadeForWalking is an apt hash tag. I chose the razzy black patent ones (new in for A/W 13-4 although the classic leather and suede versions are also available), which with heels would have been a little Julia Roberts in opening scene of Pretty Woman, had it not been 5050's utilitarian slip-on and flat stance. From London to Milan to Paris, they've already been suitably broken into and my knee boot woes are finally solved. Stuart Weitzman is an unlikely source but I suppose there's a reason why a bestseller has earned its status.