KNEE BOOTS HAVE BEEN RELEGATED TO THE BACKEND OF TRENDS, for it is the ankle boot in all its iterations — from the suede Isabel Marant version, to sleek patent leather white sock boots — that has featured in every season’s catwalks as the must-have piece for the winter season. And yet, the knee boot — hitherto a classic or an accessory for officewear and mid-aged mothers, you be the judge — returns for this season, paired with midi skirts and dresses. As a typical cyclical trend, it has matured beyond the aughts, when it used to be paired exclusively with skinny denim jeans and a tank top. For autumn, choose a sturdy leather and a boxy shape that hits just below the kneecaps, and pair with any dress or skirt that covers the top. The result? A streamlined silhouette that manages to combine style and comfort. — Victoria
The KNEE boot, hitherto in SECOND place to the ankle boot, returns as the season’s HERO piece.