Just like predicted, heeled hiking boots are dominating this winter. Adopted by celebrities like Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly and Kerry Washington, I am willing to give up my favorite pair of Sorels for these babies. And that’s in the Minnesota winter, mind you!
When Teva came out with a heeled sandal last summer, designers like Tory Burch and Diane von Furstenberg were already plotting the arrival of the heeled hiking boot. And not in vain. The trend took off and is becoming more and more popular with Fashionistas around the globe.
What is it about the manly looking, dark colored hiking boots that attracts us? Is it the fact that we can combine them with flowy fabrics for a more dramatic, contrasting look? Or is it the utilitarianism or the military trend that is making its comeback, slowly but surely? Maybe it’s the combination of city and country or the feminine style and the rugged appeal? Whatever the thought process, the heeled hiking boots are versatile, original and when scored on sale, will become a perfect addition to anyone’s closet.
I knew I wanted to at least try the trend before I completely brushed it off. You see, I am not a hiker. I don’t take summer trips to the boundary waters; I don’t have an annual pass to a state park. I take walks around the lakes in Uptown or go anywhere where there is pavement. I am a city girl, BIG time!
But when I saw these Diesel boots, I knew I had to have them. I first wore them with my high-waisted vintage jeans, a look inspired by Damir Doma’s Berlin Fashion Show (where knits and high waisted pants were dominant), an oversized knit sweater and a necklace made from a deer antler, that I might have as well found on a trail during my wanderings.
I can’t wait to wear these boots with a dress or a maxi skirt when the temperature is finally above freezing. But whatever the trend salad is, I hope these ideas help you decide whether you will or won’t be hiking in heels this semester!