Knee high boots or over-the-knee boots, they are everywhere at the moment, if I am to believe my Instagram feed. Truthfully, I do find them tricky; I think it’s one of those items that you have to style carefully in order to keep it classy and avoid the ‘Pretty Woman’ effect. Because I love wearing boots in fall and I think high boots can be flattering for long legs when worn right, I wanted to give them a try. When I found this pair of Sam Edelman boots on Net-A-Porter, I didn’t need long to decide and I hit the ‘purchase’ button.
I was very pleased when they arrived after only ordering them 2 days earlier. (It’s funny how orders from shops in NL take 5-7 days to be delivered, and an order from the UK is here within 48 hours.) When the doorbell rang, I felt like a kid at Christmas, though I’m always prepared for a disappointment when ordering shoes online as I am all too familiar with the tall girl / big feet struggle.
When looking for my knee-high boots, I had a few criteria; they had to be black, preferably suede, and I wanted them to be flat or only have a small heel, for the Pretty Woman reasons mentioned above. Heels immediately add a bit more edge, which I didn’t want as the height of the boot was edgy enough for me. I also didn’t want them to be thigh high, knee-high would be enough for me. These babies ticked all the boxes.
Then the fitting started… This is always a surprise, as sometimes I’m a EU41, and sometimes I’m an EU42. (I’ll let you in on a secret: I might even have a pair of snowboarding boots in EU43
and a half.) I squeaked when I put them on; they fitted! And they were comfi too. So comfi in fact, that I took them on a spin through Amsterdam yesterday, something I normally don’t do with new shoes.
Amsterdam did her best to look pretty in the autumn sunshine and treated us to some pretty sights.
We took advantage of all this prettiness around us to take loads of pics of my booties.
The low block heel is perfect as they’re easy to walk on without getting achy feet…
… yet giving some elevation to ensure that straight-up posture that heels help with.
After all this shooting we got hungry, we found a nice spot for lunch on Bloemgracht, where the oddest waiter ever told us there was no menu and answered ‘I’m not sure‘ to every question. Surprisingly, we ended up with great food, so all was forgiven.
Back to the boots: I still need to start experimenting on how to style them, so for today I chose the easy way and I paired the boots with my favorite Diesel jeans…
And my Smythson tote…
At the end of the day, after spending 3 hours of walking in these boots, partly on cobbles, my feet are perfectly happy. I’m very pleased with how comfortable they are.
(I contemplated running after Ben Whishaw in them (Q people, Q!) when we bumped into him, but then decided against that on the grounds that I’m, well, an adult…)
I personally will avoid showing too much skin when wearing them (hello turtle neck tops), but I’m confident I can pair them endlessly with my existing dresses and skirt collection too. I’m well happy!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on knee-high boots. Would you wear them, and if so, how would you pair them?
Picture credits: The Hobbit mainly. 🙂