We are all seeing over-the-knee boots return this season again, and we love it! They have always been relevant in fashion, some years more than others, but still a must-have in every woman’s wardrobe.
But what is the story behind them?
It is funny to think that OTKs were only worn by men in the 15th century. They were used as riding boots to give extra protection during battles.
Women only began to wear OTKs in the 19th century. After this period in history we adapted more and more from menswear into our own fashion. This phenomenon was a big evolution in the fashion industry and a huge step towards the emancipation of women.
OTKs became globally popular during the 1960s, with brands such as Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent featuring them in their collections.
In the 70’s and 80’s it was unimaginable for a woman not to own one pair of OTKs. They existed in every colour and material from suede to latex.
The movie Pretty Woman, starring Julia Roberts in the 90’s, was another defining moment for OTKs. In the movie, she wore some pretty kick-ass patent leather boots.
Today designers like Chanel (Karl Lagerfeld has always loved them), Phillip Lim, Stuart Weitzman, Saint Laurent, Aquazzura, Gianvito Rossi and many more have reinvented the OTKs and added them to almost every one of their collections.
I picked out some of my favourite black OTKs as an inspiration for this season. I love to wear them over skinny jeans, with a dress or skirt, or simply with a big oversized sweater.
Have fun and enjoy!
Highland stretch-suede over-the-knee boots from STUART WEITZMAN, highland leather over-the-knee boots from STUART WEITZMAN, stretch-leather over-the-knee boots from Aquazzura, chain-trimmed over-the-knee boots in stretch-leather from GIVENCHY
Good to know
You can find all of the OTKs I picked out on: https://www.net-a-porter.com