Tight-fitting cuissard boots, chunky-soled ankle boots and platforms will still be with us

[On the cover: some  FW 2021/22 proposal]

Winter 2021/22 is going to be all about embracing our comfort zone, with extra-large and cocoon jackets and coats, and sturdy-looking shoes, either flat or high-heeled, but all with platforms that raise the sole up by several centimetres. From the catwalks of Milan and Paris and the presentations for autumn-winter 21/22, it’s clear that many of the models we are already used to are still going to be with us, albeit in a more distinctive and accentuated way.

Boots and Cuissards

They are everywhere, and take two, quite different directions. Knee-length boots are tubular (stove-pipe) or soft and slouchy, sometimes with zips or pleats that increase the volume. Cuissard boots, with either flat or high heels, fit like a second skin and are thigh-high, or slightly looser- fitting and just cover the knee. The all-fur after-ski cuissard boot is a new entry.

Ankle boots & Co. 

Combat and climbing boots, biker boots with straps and buckles, Chelsea boots that all have a massive bottom part, with or without a tank tread or lug sole. Fur trim or detailing makes them even more functional and provides added protection from the cold.

Moccasins and pumps

Variations on the moccasin theme, from classic leather-soled slip-on loafers with highly decorated uppers, to chunky-soled models with thick heels. As for court shoes, versions range from pumps with ankle-straps and sculptured heels, to super-high platforms with a chunky, over-10 cm heel.