“The ankle boot was originally intended to be hidden beneath the classic trousers. Ankle boots with skirts? Unthinkable! But when the bootie got into the hands of designers like Christian Louboutin and Miuccia Prada, it was transformed. Just like that. I remember in the 80’s when designers first put the bootie on the runways with skirts and dresses. It caused a bit of a frenzy, and everyone wondered why we had been hiding these shoes under our pants for so long. Women began wearing them with everything but classic trousers: dresses, drainpipes, and the very intrepid (and genetically blessed) wore them with shorts. And now, who can think of a world where ankle boots are not meant to come out and play? It seems as though they never had any other purpose than to make us look and feel a little punk when sporting them with skirts or skinny jeans.” -Nina Garcia
Rules to follow:
1. When wearing with pants, keep the colors the same. Black skinny pants tucked into black booties will elongate the leg and make you feel fabulous.
2. When wearing with miniskirts, try them with black opaque tights to keep your line going and going and going. Unless you have fabulous legs, illusion is our master craft.
3. Make sure the bootie does not cut off straight at the ankle like a traditional bootie–these boots are made to be worn under pants and will chop off the leg and make it look stumpy.
4. It is a great alternative to the pump–always consider it if the pump seems too safe.
5. The bootie is a classic way to mix the masculine with the feminine, so don’t be afraid to flaunt a little femininity when you have this more masculine shoe on. One must mix it to risk it.
Taken from Nina Garcia’s book: The One Hundred