Did you know that the first female boots were made in 1837 for the British Queen Victoria during her reign? Yep, boots are nearly 200 years old. However, that’s not the earliest pair of boots to have made an appearance. The oldest pair of boots go as far to the 15th century. Boots were used to indicate wealth because only the rich and elite people could afford leather or fur boots. They were also used as a tool to break gender stereotypes because heeled boots were initially worn by men, not women.
I was recently scrolling through my Instagram feed and noticed a large number of fashion influencers out and about flaunting their favorite pair of boots. It made me wonder: what is it about boots that makes them so important?
Earlier, everybody thought that boots could be worn only during the winter. However, lately, we have been wearing boots in every season from spring to winter. Boots have proven to be versatile in terms of when they can be worn. They are exceptionally comfortable, which makes them shoes you can wear anywhere and anytime. They are also suitable for every occasion, whether you are trying to be glam or casual. Boots are easy to style because there are so many different types, and everyone can find at least one type of boot that will suit them. Here are a few types of boots and the different ways you can style them.
Chelsea boots – A Chelsea boot is an ankle-length lace-free boot that can be slightly heeled. These boots look great on both men and women and can even be worn under formal attire. To style your Chelsea boots, you can wear them over your jeans. It would break the outfit a little and catch everyone’s eye. It would also make your outfit edgy and slightly rebellious.
Go-go boots – Go-go boots are usually made of vinyl and are typically knee-high. They can be zipped up or pulled up to your knee. To jazz up your outfit, you could choose to wear colorful go-go boots under a monochrome outfit. Doing this will bring attention to your shoes, and it would seem like you put a lot of thought into your attire.
Cowboy boots – Needless to say, cowboy boots originated when cowboys would require shoes to ride their horses. Cowboy boots are calf-length to protect your feet when riding horses. While they may seem too much to style, you can wear them under a dress or even to a costume party. It will make your shoes a conversation starter and boost your confidence.
Jodhpurs or Combat boots – Jodhpurs were worn by the Indian royalty while riding or going to war, and combat boots were worn by the American military during the war. You can wear an all-black outfit and style it with black boots to look classic and chic.
Open-toed boots – Open-toed boots are very feminine and add a touch of elegance to any look. You can wear these under your favorite summer dress and let your toes bask in the sun a little. Pro-tip: Don’t forget to get a manicure before you wear your open-toed shoes!