You’re probably wondering why cowboy boots are back in fashion?
It’s not so much about the look of them as it is about the purpose and structure of the look, the reconditioned and improved style of the American classic.Don’t assume we’re going head on into the 19th century cattlemen look, but more along the lines of nostalgic memories of American history, which many European designers are catching sight of.
Why, you ask?
It’s not the first time fashion is looking to the past for inspiration, but as fashion evolves, there will always be an element of traditional historical customs. And honestly, it’s been a while since we’ve seen anything truly American/ Red Indian on the runway. We’ve usually been following what European fashion history has been doing.
“This idea of blending cultural references sits alongside the rise of an irreverent, yet casual youthfulness of globalized street culture," says WGSN Catwalks Director Lizzy Bowring.
So what is it really?
It’s streetwear, and what people are comfortable looking good in. it’s the fact that travel is on the agenda for many people, and wearing a boot is typically maybe more comfortable than an athleisure sneaker look, which doesn’t really suit every wardrobe. Ideally, the sneaker and the cowboy boot are both versatile and preferrable.
So, why are we looking at American heritage?
Politically, the US has some weightage on global affairs, and honestly, we’re all looking at America on several platforms, and not just on fashion. Bringing back the cowboy look signifies American heritage, which ultimately means honour and united power. It’s kind of like the Americans are reclaiming their independence through fashion. The cowboy culture is about independence, survival of the fittest, and family. And as a globe, we’re supporting the American heritage. Afterall, fashion and politics do go side by side.
Let’s take a look at how you can rock these boots, but in a way less political way.
1. Style it with all dark everything for the office . Pair your ankle boots with an oversized sweater dress cinched at the waist. It’s the fastest way to look chic when you’re off to work!
Get the season’s hottest colour:
2. Get the evening-out casual look:
Get knee high boots:
3. Get the lunch-with-your - girls look:
Get these silver toe red boots:
4. The formal event look
West Strap Ankle Boots
5. Transition into Autumn
SOFT LEATHER HIGH-HEEL BOOTS
6. Summer Vibes
COCONUTS BY MATISSE
7. With a skirt
8. Everyday accessorizing