Saturday, August 22, 2009

Get a Leg Up: Over-the-Knee Boots

La Lamphear Demonstrating How to Properly Wear Thigh-Highs (Photo Credit: Jak & Jill Blog)

Geraldine Saglio Showing Off her Slim Jims (Photo Credit: same as above)

Although thigh-high boots have been associated with women of the night and other scantily clad, morally questionable females, this seemingly daunting new fall accessory trend is actually very wearable--and done right, one needn't anticipate wanton cat calls by seedy men. The key is coverage: wear them with longer tunics/mini dresses, shorts with tights, and skinny pants/jeans/leggings. The extra layer of leather will keep you looking warm and chic in the upcoming chilly months. Personally, I think suede versions are less intimidating and more flexible; don't hesitate to wear a suede pair with your au courant leather shorts. Choose flat versions to lessen the sex appeal for more wearability.

Some High/Low Options:
1. Dolce Vita "Stud" OTK Boots, $355: These remind me of Chloe's starburst shoes from a few seasons back. You can kill two birds with one stone with these (studs and OTK boots).

2. Steve Madden Xcept Black Suede Boots, $299.95: The platform and heel on these add interest.

3. Chanel Lambskin Cap-toe Thigh-High "Paris-Moscou" Boots: These babies are on my wish list. (Actually, nearly everything from the Paris-Moscou line is on my wish list.) The decorated wedge heel is what makes these not only wearable but also very unique.

4. Guiseppe Zanotti Suede Platform Boots, $1,225: Yes, they're quite expensive, but you're getting your money's worth with Zanotti. His shoes are extremely well made, not to mention gorgeous and comfortable.

5. Guiseppe Zanotti OTK Croc-Embossed Boots, $1,225: I couldn't resist adding another pair of Zanottis. I'm a sucker for any animal skin, embossed or real.

Sorry for the lack of posts recently; this week was extremely busy (I had another out-of-town guest for the second week in a row), and I also caught a cold! Thankfully, I'm in the last stages of my cold.

I also want to thank Sofie from ModeDiktat and Kat from Mango Girl for their thoughtful and lovely blog awards and Grace from VitaMinn for kindly mentioning me on her fabulous blog. Thanks, ladies--I feel really honored!


vitaMinn style said...

Hi Thumbelina!

This post is so timely, it's like you read my mind! Been drooling over these Prada over-the-knee boots at but for $1400, it's almost a mortgage's worth!!

Hope you get well soon! Lots of water and plenty of rest sometimes just do the trick!! =)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

-h said...

the grey crocos are gorgeous.
i saw zara showed some suede TH in their lookbook. im embarrassed to say i called my local store to see if they got them in LOL! i think they are best in black suede.

WendyB said...

I think I'll just keep wearing the Manolos I've had for years. I love wearing them with skirts and going without tights.

Kat said...

Hi there Thumbelina! Hope your cold completely disappears soon. Take care.

Oh so in love with the Chanel boots...very unique wedges indeed! I like them the most.

You're so welcome to the stylish blog award...we're your devoted readers/admirers!

Happy Sunday!

sofiasophie said...

I know the knee boot is a trend... but I still do not like it!

modediktat said...

Hey gorgeous. Oh, just recognized I need a new keyboard now. At least the "e" has given it up. and I neeeeeed it badly - especially for "hehe" ;)
how is the weekend so far?
oh my gosh! how amazing are the dolce vita boots?!?! love this brand very much, they're doing perfect looking fun shoes! don't want to start with zanotti... he is my king. he is designing shoes that fit TRUE TO SIZE, you can wear them perfectly always and for hours without a problem - and they're always having this very special something. YAY to the croc embossed boots.
actually i can't wait for autumn - and to start wearing all amazing cozy items and overknee boots!
wishing you a wonderful sunday, darling!
xoxo sofie

style odyssey said...

i love how KL is wearing her boots...leather shorts and tights = perfect.
nice choices. neiman marcus's website also has a whole slew of over-the-knee boots.
hope you're well soon!

Cindy said...

Congrats on your blog awards Thumbelina! Very well deserved!

I love the look of the suede Zanotti pair! Gorgeous lookin boots!!!


The Little Fashion Treasury said...

Happy sunny sunday Thumbelina.

Here in Germany it´s already late in the evening.
Ohh, get well soon! A cold in summer is always so worse!!!
Congratulations on all your blog awards!!!
Hihi... your wonderful wishlist... LOOVE these Chanel boots, too!!!

Wishing you a relaxing sunday and wonderful week ahead!!!

Hanh, Life-in-Travel said...

Great mind think the same!!!
I just post about over knee boots, and give you awards.


Jowy said...

I love the post, i justbought myselg sum thigh pirate comfy and fun to wear!

One Love,

cocktailoffashion said...

Hi Thumbelina

First of all, congrats on the blog awards! very well deserved my dear! :)

OTK boots are so hot for this fall! but you are also right that they can be tricky to style, but these gorgeous ladies got it perfect!

I am crazy for the two pairs of Giuseppe Zanotti boots! This guy knows how to design shoes! Now i am on a hunt for OTK boots! :)

Have a wonderful week!

janettaylor said...

Love the Chanel boots!


Brigadeiro said...

Ah! I have a stunning pair of Costume National OTK boots, but sadly I can no longer squeeze my chubby legs into them! BOO HOO! Lanphear is so amazing! :)

Lynn said...

hi thumbelina! like h said, i saw a couple of thigh-highs on zara while walking past their window the other day. made a mental note to try them on :). they are still quite expensive at around $300. so im not sure about that. i really loved the givenchy ones that lucrecia and judy posted on their blog before.

hope you have a great week!

Nini's Style said...

I love over the knee boots. I like the Prada rubber boots on the runway. What do you think?

Neira said...

this is definitely the staple item for Fall everyone should have! I can not wait to purchase them, it will be so hard to choose!

miss neira

Marian said...

I am drooling over these over the knee boot options! I could do with each pair ;)

ANN said...

I want a pair of thigh high boots so badly! I love all of these although I wouldn't wear anything thigh highed with heels haha, there's a flat suede one at Topshop that I'm saving up for & it's less than $200 :)

justeileen said...

My name is Eileen I am new to your blog and I really enjoyed reading it! Do you teach fashion in school? You have a good eye!

Dream Sequins said...

Ack. I'm just dying of lust. I need a pair of these for fall. I've got to save up. This is definitely an investment!

Amanda and May said...

how i wish i can pull off over the knee boots!!! standing at 157cm doesn't give you much room.. it'll be up to my waist hah :\

Diabolina Da Fashionista said...

did you see love meegan's post yet? I am still reeling at the thought of making my own thigh highs.

Anonymous said...

These pieces are stunning! I spied an amazing pair at Intermix the other day but they were a touch higher than my budget. Wait, did you say you got a pair yourself?! I hope to see a post with your new pair. Thanks for this post.

dot said...

I HAD those top boots! They were vintage someone or other, were a kind of black suede/velvet - something synthetic that stretched but still looked like fine, flat black suede. I loved them, wore them for years & years. I think they finally gave way and I sadly parted with them. Couldn't even give them to charity, they were starting to shed little bits of black dust everywhere.

but they did have a great innings! : )

Kristin said...

I'm totally diggin' the GZs!

Mike said...

Trend is right! Over the knee boots are everywhere! We like the fabulous black suede boots by CharlieMyLove with studs at the ankle -- see them at The direct link is here: CharlieMyLove over-the-knee boota at and there is an article about how to wear them here: How to wear over the knee boots

TLT said...

Ooh yes, I am loving this over the knee boot trend!!! My favorite pair? The Chanel as well! It's so elegant and streamlined... I can't even begin to imagine the cost of these babies. Sigh..