The best boots are the ones that juxtapose an on-trend aesthetic with the qualities of a true fashion classic, and no style does it better than the biker boot. Mixing style, practicality and cool, it’s no wonder the hardwearing (and hard-working) biker is a style that designers and the fashion set return to season after season. Defined by its low heel and rounded front, this season we’ve taken the staple biker and reinvented it in myriad trend-ticking incarnations – think everything from faux fur trims to chic tweed panels. This is how to work the biker boot in 2017.
This season we’re taking the biker boots signature cool credentials to new levels, upping the edgy ante with multiple buckles, studs and statement adornments. The star of our AW17 campaign, Kurt Geiger London’s 'Stoop' is a high-fashion ode to the biker, decorated with a jewelled strap. Give your usual evening looks an offbeat spin by wearing with an LBD like campaign girl Lily Donaldson. Fearne Cotton is a fan of Carvela Kurt Geiger 'Swish', a chunky soled biker sprinkled with pearls and studs. Fearne paired hers with a cosy knit and black skinnies and we suggest you follow suit. At the subtle end of the scale, Carvela Kurt Geiger’s 'Scant', with their sleek silver buckles and studs, will lend a touch of cool-girl insouciance to everything from slogan t-shirts and jeans to pretty dresses.
Style vs practicality is the struggle we usually face when investing in a new pair of boots, but the beauty of the biker is that you don’t have to choose between the two. And, thanks to our new biker iterations, you can add cosy-ness to that list. Here to protect your tootsies from the (rapidly) plummeting temperatures are Kurt Geiger London’s 'Richmond', Carvela Kurt Geiger’s 'Scout' and KG Kurt Geiger’s 'Sink'. Richmond is the ultimate luxe biker, classic in design but amped up with a genuine – and beyond snug - shearling lining. Tapping into autumn’s faux fur obsession are Scout and Sink; the former an attention-grabbing option, the latter a more pared-back offering. Go all out on the texture front by wearing with shearling biker jackets and chunky argyle knits.
For those of you writing biker boots off as too androgynous and edgy, meet the styles that will change your mind. Kurt Geiger London’s 'Dream' and 'Daze' bring an elegant touch to the stereotypically tough biker look via patent toe-caps, metallic tweed panelling, and feminine bow trims. Keep it chic with skinny jeans and a high-necked silky blouse or add a grungy feel with an oversized jumper and khaki parka. If you love the biker vibe but crave a little more height, Kurt Geiger London’s 'Dinny' is your go-to boot, while minimalists will love Carvela Kurt Geiger 'Skewer'. Stripped of the usual biker buckles, the simple lace-up style is the perfect partner for the floral midi dresses that are everywhere this season. Trust us, we spotted fashion ed’s styling Skewer exactly that way at the recent shows.
So, now you’ve brushed up on the hottest biker trends of AW17, all that’s left to decide is which boot brigade to join.
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