There are many key moments in my life when a pair of chunky black boots have been my footwear of choice. They’ve seen me through more birthdays than I care to count, graduating high school, taking my first steps inside University (and, a few years later, taking my last steps inside University), nights of endless dancing, concerts, and a funeral. And yes, I’m aware that suddenly sounded like a film title (don’t worry, Hugh Grant won’t be making a sudden appearance).
So, I guess what I’m saying is, we go back a long way, black boots and I. They feel familiar and seem to go with virtually everything I own (not an easy task considering my wardrobe choices!).
I love how a pair of boots can instantly transform a floral dress and make you feel like a badass – like the kind of princess that rescues herself. And with the right pair of rolled up jeans and a sweater, you’ve got yourself an easy-breezy Sunday ensemble.
Last month, I was invited by the team at Next to visit their uber-glam Shoe Lounge and discover their new season collection to see if I could find my perfect shoes. While I enjoyed discovering their bright sneakers and colour pop pointed flats, these black chunky Chelsea ankle boots immediately won me over.
With thick soles and androgynous brogue detailing, these boots were sure made for walking (and standing, and dancing…) and before I knew it, they were on my feet!
I think they look great with coloured tights (which is just as well, because it’s not going to be warm enough for bare legs anytime soon!), and I’m looking forward to dressing them up (and down!) even more over the coming months.
Shoe trends come and go but, if you ask me, chunky black boots are for life! I didn’t exactly fall in love with a new style at Next but I DID rediscover my favourite style of footwear – which is just as good, wouldn’t you say?
Do you have a footwear staple that you go back to again and again? What is your top pick from the new Next collection?
With thanks to the lovely team at Next