Over-the-knee, slouch, cowboy, amphibious, mountain and combat boots: these are the wear-anywhere-anytime must-haves for autumn-winter 2019/20.

[On cover from left: Byblos, Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton]

From the Italian and French catwalks to the collections presented at MICAM Milano, White, Super and TheOneMilano, the message is clear: winter 2019/20 will once again be dominated by the boot.
This is partly dictated by the cold weather, of course, but cuissard and ankle boots in all their various permutations have largely replaced sneakers, which are far less present than usual on the catwalks. And, like sneakers, they can be worn for every occasion: with long and short skirts, in the daytime or evening, inverting the seasons and turning dress codes upside down. So we have amphibious and combat boots worn with lacy dresses and smart clothes, with masculine suits and super-girly outfits, in line with the latest fashion for overturning conventions and mixing everything up.

Here are the must-have shoes for next winter.

Total white

White from head to toe – or rather, from hat to shoe. The total white look is now considered perfectly acceptable even in winter: elegant when used for more formal wear and edgy and stylish in sportswear. So now there are lots of accessories around in this “non-colour”, which often tips over into silver. Knee-high boots, ankle boots and sneakers are the most suitable models for winter. White pumps are to be avoided – a bit too “bridal” looking.

 

 

 

Back to the ’70s with cuissard and slouch boots

Far from being a nostalgic throwback, the cuissard boot has become a wardrobe staple. It has been around for quite a few seasons now and there are a number of ‘variations on the theme’, from clingy latex to the hockey-inspired techno blade boot, right up to the latest variant in mirrored-leather.
Also to be found in the slouch (or ruched) version, available in various leg-lengths (mid-calf or ankle-length), the boot is tipped to become the archetypal wear-anywhere-anytime footwear.

From Texas to the mountains

Next winter’s cowgirls will be wearing Texan cowboy boots, either models closely resembling the originals or ones that are loosely inspired by them. It’s the materials, appliques and abundant detailing that make all the difference and make them look more up-to-date. Alongside western boots, there is also a variety of amphibious and mountain boots, with soles and fastenings copied from the more technical models.

 

[Photo of the brands Sandro Vicari, Boemos, Cesare Paciotti, Fabi, John Richmond, Dei Mille, Raparo, Barracuda, Frankie Morello, Gianni Marra, Kelton and Pas de Rouge were made by Gabriele Zanon.]