Spotlight on Fall Footwear Shopping for Knee High Boots

A seasonal favorite for a good few years now, knee-high boots are back for Autumn/Winter 2017 fiercer than ever.

You can choose to invest in a pair that reflects current trends, like Saint Laurent’s famous thigh-high slouch boots and Fendi’s brick red over-the-knee beauties; or you can simply go with a timeless design in a classic hue.

Whichever you decide, we’re here to help you not only rock this fashion-forward fall footwear but rock it with style.

Choose the right length for you.

kg trance knee high boots

KG Trance Knee High Boots, £239.00

dive in sequin knee-high boot

Nasty Gal Dive In Sequin Knee High Boot, £91.45

There are three different lengths that you can purchase when it comes to knee-highs: boots that just reach the knee, boots that are over-the-knee, and boots that are thigh-high.

Thigh-high boots are better suited to ladies who want to make a serious style statement. If you’re a knee-high boots beginner, or just want to dip your toe in the water, you can start off with the ones that just reach the knee and then work your way up! (Literally.)

 Make sure that they’re comfortable.

steve madden gorgeous over the knee boots

Steve Madden Gorgeous Over The Knee Boots, £30.00

kasba flat over the knee boots

Kasba Flat Over The Knee Boots, £42.00

Any boot that goes above the knee tends to be crafted in synthetic suede so that it’s easier to wear and has more flexibility.

If you’re after the just-reaches-the-knee kind of boot, there will be other fabric options available, such as leather.

The comfort level required depends on the occasion that you plan to wear your shiny, new boots. If you want them for every day, casual wear, for example, it’s best to choose a version that’s more loose-fitting and supple.

 Consider the colour.

steve madden odina knee high boots

Steve Madden Odina Knee High Boots, £28.00

nasty gal snake eyes slouchy knee high boot

Nasty Gal Snake Eyes Slouchy Knee High Boots, £42.68

 The colour that you buy also depends on the type of occasion where you imagine wearing your boots. Would you prefer black for night time-only events, or a more neutral, daytime colour like grey that will go with practically every outfit?

If you’re purely following A/W 17 trends, we recommend investing in a pair in a unique colour or design, and mixing up your looks across an array of occasions so that you truly get your wear out of them!

Wear with bare legs.

nasty gal let it ride vegan leather boot

Nasty Gal Let It Ride Vegan Leather Boot, £60.97

Glamorous Black Block Heel Over The Knee Boots, £45.00

 Sometimes you can wear this type of fall footwear with casual skinny jeans, or even black opaque tights for more formal occasions; however, the general rule of thumb is to wear your knee-highs with bare legs or skin-coloured tights.

This is because they are so bold and edgy, they deserve to take center stage. If you pair knee-high boots with black or coloured tights, then this tends to dim their shine – and we simply can’t have that. Your beautiful boots deserve to have all eyes on them!

Pick out a killer dress.

kylie suede knee-high boots

Kylie Suede Knee High Boots, £80.00

truffle collection lace up skinny heel boot

Truffle Collection Lace Up Skinny Heel Boot, £45.00

In case you didn’t get the memo, knee high boots look awesome when paired with the perfect dress. The reason for this is because they’re supposed to look skin-tight, so jeans and other trousers aren’t able to sit under them comfortably.

In terms of dress length, mid-thigh is the best, to allow a flash of skin in between the dress and the boots. Knitted dresses are ideal with knee-highs for a casual look, whereas floaty chiffon and polyester numbers look great for smart casual occasions. To all of you maximalists out there, why not combine your tight-fitting LBD with leather knee-highs for a standout night time look that’s full of attitude.

There’s no denying that knee-high boots, whichever version you decide to wear, are daring and “out-there” compared to the average fall footwear. However, if you follow our tips and shop around for a style that suits you, there’s no reason why you can’t pull them off. All you need is confidence.

Try on some knee-highs, we dare you. We guarantee that you’ll feel like a total sass queen by the end of your fitting session and want to buy a pair pronto.