We are currently experiencing the historical peak of boots’ internet popularity. Google search interest in boots began to rise in the fall of 2011, made a huge leap in the fall of 2012 and has not ebbed since as reflected by Google trends. After thirty minutes of searching for the moment that could have sparked public interest in boots in 2012, I came up empty-handed. The acquisition of my first pair of knee high boots coincides with the spike in boot interest which makes me feel very in tune with the fashion force if there is one. Before then I had found the height of a knee-length boot a little intimidating; for some reason I’d convinced myself that my barely over five-foot frame would be dwarfed by any shoe that would dare crawl above the middle of my calf. Until then I would only allow myself to don booties; what a waste.
I often reminisce of the moment when I first saw those beautiful cognac knee high boots at Banana Republic; it was love at first sight. At the time I was also a sales associate at Banana Republic so there was no running away from the object of my desire. I tried to persuade myself to resist because those would just never work for me. I’m glad that I shut my ever-doubtful conscious up and tried them on. My reflection in those cognac boots thwarted any of my former misgivings about knee high boots. Five winters and one resole later, my cognac babies are still going strong. Though their go-to status has been slightly diminished by my over-the-knee black boots, they will always have a place in my heart. My experience is merely anecdotal but maybe 2012 was the year that many women had a similar breakthrough.
The why doesn’t really matter, what really matters is the how. If you are like me, the how is how can I wear boots every day. I have found that nothing keeps me warm like tall leather boots, especially in my freezing office. Here are a few looks to get you through the week.
With your favorite pencil skirt
With a midi skirt; bonus of not having to wear tights because over-the-knee boots are like leather tights.
With culottes. I used to think that culottes would make my short legs shorter but I abandoned that theory once I tried these black ones on.
With black skinny jeans
Do you remember your first non-ugg boot purchase? I would love to hear your stories.