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Vogue Paris-September 2009
Boots: one of the most basic forms of footwear, and yet one with such considerable variety. Through the decades boots have gone in and out of popularity, morphing from functional to fashionable and back again. There were the tall and squared off Go-Go boots of the 60's and the lofted platforms of the 70's. Stomping the scene in the early 90's, Dr. Marten combat boots commanded the respect of just about every fashionphile. Later, unexpected UGGs took the US by storm with their Aussie appeal and everyone from celebs to housewives seemed to be wearing them with denim miniskirts and shorts. Soon after, western boots made a resurgence, peeking out under long prairie skirts and over jeans, beginning the major trend of boots worn over pants. Most recently and no doubt influenced by the popularity of leggings and skinny jeans, the look has evolved to various forms of tall boots. Be it a lace-up granny boot, or a simple round-toe style, the one similarity that they share is tall calves. Each season the shafts seem to creep up a couple of inches and finally this fall, we are introduced to a dramatic new style; the thigh-high boot. We had a sneak peek at Chanel's version in 2006, featured in The Devil Wears Prada, and the fashion forward were already sneaking them in last season...but this is the first chance most of us have to get our hands on a pair of our own. Stomping down the runways and into our closets - we welcome the thigh-high boot as one of 2009's most notable fashion statements.

Lacoste, Rodarte, Louis Vuitton, Isabel Marant
But tread lightly...if not properly styled, even the chicest pair will come across more street walker than street smart. If you wear them with a short skirt, keep your top layered and loose. If you wear them over jeans, a smart blazer will offer balance to your outfit.
SNEAK PEAK: This fall, Jimmy Choo will be the first shoe designer to do a capsule collection for H&M. The much anticipated line includes a more affordable version of their thigh-high boot. Unfortunately they appear to look even cheaper than their price tag:
Jimmy Choo for H&M Boots (available in November) - $345

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