Winter is far from over as the weather’s warming up from the frigid days of the first Mercury Retrograde of the decade. While it was (certainly) a challenging three-week period of mixed up schedules and technological mishaps, the one kind thing Mercury Retrograde has done for us was to help us step outside our sartorial comfort zone. Given that we have been surrounded by a series of chaotic world events for the past couple of months, all we need in this trying time is a riot of colour. Apart from it, little details from embellishments to the thickness (or thinness) of soles can make a difference for our outfits, too.
From grown up grunge to rhinestone cowgirl, here are the top 10 styles you need to purchase ASAP:
Amelie Pichard Nancy Boots, 300 €
Parisian cult footwear designer Amelie Pichard is no stranger to eco-friendly fashion as she made headlines for collaborating with Baywatch icon and animal rights crusader Pamela Anderson on a line of vegan footwear five years ago. Still committing to her mission for sustainable production, Pichard uses recycled cow hide sourced from agro-food waste. Doing the unconventional with a tortoise shell print, these boots can match with anything from your closet from your trusty white button down and jeans to a vintage-inspired collared dress.
Gianvito Rossi Laura 85 Knee Boots, US$1,790
Italian shoe designer Gianvito Rossi is never short of ideas on revolutionising the beige boot. Tall, yet slouchy, this silhouette harks back to the laid back glamour of the ‘70s. Buttery soft to the touch, these boots win style points for extra comfort with a blocked heel that’s easy to wear for everyday. Style yours with a slip dress, small bag and gold jewellery for date night.
Gucci Marmont Fringe Logo Loafer Boots, US$1,270
There’s no business like shoe business when you meet the Marmont. Featuring a fringe embellishment, it draws into Alessandro Michele’s fascination with all things vintage. If you like the Princetowns, these elevated loafer boots are made for you. Wear it with a pantsuit and chain necklace from work to play.
Paris Texas Crocodile Effect Cowboy Boots, US$874
Famous for their cult cowboy boots, the Italian brand strays from the usual neutral palette with this refreshing mint green iteration. Featuring a brown degrade stripe at the sides of the boot, it gives a soft smoky effect that harks back to the wildness of the West. Experiment with longer proportions as you pair it with a knee-length midi dress, headscarf, hoop earrings and structured handbag.
Amina Muaddi Dua Holographic Boots, US$1,713
The Tumblr teen of 2010 is all grown up, but her predilection for all things ‘90s hasn’t strayed. Not made for the shy, these rainbow holographic boots get the signature Amina Muaddi touch with a sculptured Perspex heel. Pair yours with a puffy sleeved dress for a taste of dynastic ‘80s maximalism.
SSone Tina Patchwork Boots, S$1,340
Get ready to hear this name more often. As a new designer, SSone has already made our hearts melt with these ‘60s inspired patchwork knee high boots. Harking back to groovy abstract wallpapers, these multi coloured boots are easy to style thanks to its unique combination of chocolate, caramel and tan leather patches. Wear yours with a shift dress and oversized sunglasses for a Sharon Tate approved look.
Wandler Isa Python Print Boots, S$1,012.98
Instagram’s most favourite shoe brand never misses the mark with its signature square toe. A historical blend of two different pastel hues, this mustard and baby pink python combo is not to be missed out. Slither away on the streets by pairing it with a trench coat, mini backpack, tights (sheer or fishnet) and a t-shirt dress.
RE/DONE Cavalry Biker Boots, US$950
The beloved denim brand expands its range to create Americana-tinged footwear that harks back to the bygone days of road trips and endless sunshine. Styled with harness straps on the heel and adorned with a welt stitch, these sturdy stompers hit high at the knee to lengthen your legs. Tuck in your skinny jeans and channel your inner Princess Diana with a graphic tee and oversized blazer.
Vagabond Shoemakers Tara Combat Boots, S$312.06
Grunge glows up with a sleek round toe and raised lug sole platform. Worn by Sophie Turner, these boots provide style and comfort whether you’re expecting or weaning off of last night’s high heels. You can pair yours with a babydoll dress like the Game of Thrones alum or chillax in a graphic tee and low rise straight leg jeans.
Miista Katerina Mock Croc Tall Boots, £430
London’s buzziest shoe brand strikes the iron with its white hot mock croc panelled kitten heeled boots. Hitting high at the knee, these pointy toe boots are easy to style. Go all out with a chainmail dress, denim jacket and hoop earrings for a casual party outfit.