Right now every shoe brand has at least one, if not several pairs of over the knee boots in their accessories collection. This season’s No 1 boot style, to be worn with everything from mini to longer length skirts or leggings. So you need at least one pair to keep up with the pack if you don’t own one already. And even if you care less about keeping up with the fashion pack – for the most part these boots are glamorous, sexy and oh so wearable, and you don’t need high heels for them to be that way.
But when you buy a new pair of boots because you’re taken by the way they look, how much attention do you pay to what’s between your foot and the carpet? To often you’re trying on boots in a store – carpeted flooring, or at home – ditto, because you don’t want to get any wear on the sole just in case you change your mind.
So joy in the fact that there are well established brands who put comfort and style as dual priorities. My favourites are Geox, Gabor and, if a splurge is called for, US brand Stuart Weitzman. They know that not all of us can or want to walk for miles in footwear that’s not comfortable. I’m always amazed at the heels some apparently wear all day, and can’t believe that they don’t end up with sore feet or a sore back.
The most comfortable footwear has padding to the insole and a rubber outsole. The best rubber outsoles don’t make a noise when you’re walking on a hard surface.
As more brands realise that we value comfort as much as style, there’ll be more to offer. Find Stuart Weitzman at Net-a-Porter and Forzieri, although the latter is just about sold out. Find Gabor at John Lewis and House of Fraser, and Geox at their own Geox website and John Lewis.