This is your season for intrepid — you’re ready to go bold and beautiful with a spectacular pair of sky-high, over-the-knee boots. Nail the look with a little forethought and the right wardrobe to show a bit of leg — and a lot of style — with boots that keep you warm while you’re fashion-forward hot.
Shaft, Shape and Circumference
Uber-high boots are big drama, and your over-the-knee scene stealers deserve center stage. Let the style shine with the perfect fit and the right setting. Check shaft height to determine how tall those boots are — there’s over-the-knee, and then there’s cover-the-thigh. A knee-top skimmer is more versatile than a thigh-high, but there’s a time and place for both. Tall, slender women can rock both looks with ease — thigh-highs just become an extension of your slim legs. A few more curves or a few less inches might mean knee-highs or just-over-the-knee styles give you a better long, lean silhouette. Circumference lets you know the calf room — measure your calf at the widest part to see if those pull-ons will slip or tug on.
Sleek and Sophisticated
Wear soft gray suede over-the-knees with a delicate gray print dress to a party or afternoon tea. Add a tailored jacket for office-ready good looks. Low heels, rounded toes and smooth black leather are city slick with a matching coat and dress or seriously skinny black jeans, a black knit sweater and a red hip-length coat. Chocolate OTK boots with high heels and platforms are a standout style paired with a faux-fur, thigh-grazing coat. The platforms are a comfort bonus — you get the height but not the killer heel angle that forces you to walk on the balls of your feet. Platforms lift you right up there, like stilettos do, with a slightly lower heel.
Picture this: ruched leather insteps and shaft; slightly rounded, upturned toes; a buckled strap just below the knee and a flared, fold-down cuff above the knee; black or cognac leather. You could be a pirate — or a style setter, with knit leggings and a big cable sweater to top those ready-for-your-screen-shot, over-the-knee boots. Go ahead, be dashing — tuck skinny, stretchy jeans into those easy boots. Add a battered leather shoulder bag and gold hoop earrings, but skip the eye-patch — you’re more subtle than that. Wrap your legs in smooth black leather under cuffed shorts or a mini-skirt and a moto jacket for the city version of swashbuckling. Franco Sarto makes a low-heeled, leather-and-stretch-fabric boot with a thigh shield and an easy-on inside zipper. Perfect your stride because these OTK boots are paparazzi magnets. You’ve been warned.
Sneaking Up and Steampunk
Over-the-knee boots will be most at home in your trendy, fashionable office or your casual workplace. They’ll always add a dash of theater to your weekend. And they’ll def draw a crowd when you fuse the always classic sneaker with the highest of high-top interpretations. Over-the-knee sneaker boots are as attention grabbing as they are comfortable. The style comes off as dressier than a sneaker, so wear them to work, to the weekend green market or to lunch. Try a distressed, vintage finish on your OTK leather boots for a steampunk edge. Kick around in them with an oversize knit sweater long enough to be a mini-dress and sturdy tights in a rough weave or laddered to look as distressed as the boots.
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