There’s a new boot du jour doing the rounds this season, identifiable by its sock-like, clingy appearance, this shoe trend first emerged on the Autumn/Winter runways – sexy in patent black leather at Dior, sauntering down the runway at Dries Van Noten in striking pink brocade, a rebellious cigarette lighter-heeled version stealing the Vetements show or the neutral-shaded knit versions at Yeezy Season 2. A hybrid of socks and ankle boots, they come to us in various textures: leather, velvet and PVC, and lengths – midi, knee and then the somewhat frightening thigh-highs.
The best bit? They give the ultra-flattering illusion of super slim ankles due to their stretchy hugging effect. Plus – practically speaking, the addition of a chunky heel makes them actually walk-able and the fitted long silhouette will keep your ankles toasty warm when teaming them with a midi-skirt or cropped pants. See? Now you know why our obsession with this new boot style runs deep.