These are my Topshop ‘Barley2’ over-the-knee boots:
Topshop Barley2 over-the-knee boots
These are also some of the most frequently-stolen photos of me in existence: eBay sellers seem to love taking these photos to use on their auctions, so if that’s why you’re here, then I begin this post with a polite request to please not do that. And with that out of the way, on with the show. Or on with boots, as the case may be.
Now, a few years ago, you wouldn’t have been able to convince me I’d ever BUY a pair of over-the-knee boots, let alone wear them anything like as regularly as I wear these. I’d always feared this style for its ‘Pretty Woman’ associations (I can’t seem to read an article about over-the-knee boots without reading some kind of reference to Julia Roberts…) and I figured they just weren’t for me.
All the same, I DID rather like the look of them. I wear a lot of midi-length skirts or dresses, you see, and they can look a little on the frumpy side if you’re not careful. I think these boots neatly help avoid that probelm, which is probably why these are one of the most frequently-worn pair of boots in my collection. I love the fact that they’re such a close fit on the leg (Most regular boots look like wellies on me), and because I always wear them with skirts/dresses which cover the top of the boots, they create a very streamlined shape, rather than dividing up the legs, as other boots can do.
Because I wear these boots so often, I’ve amassed quite a collection of photos of them, which I’m not going to attempt to put into any kind of order. All I say about them is that, as you’ll see in a moment, I always wear them in one of two ways: with pencil skirts/dresses or with full skirts/dresses. I also always seem to wear them in snow, if the photos are anything to go by. Don’t worry – I don’t ACTUALLY walk around in snow or ice in these – I just like taking photos in the snow when I can, because it makes such a great backdrop! These boots are more comfortable than you might expect, but “snow shoes” they most definitely are not!
Here are some of the ways I’ve worn them: and oh, hey – always with the same sunglasses too, apparently!
Topshop Barley2 boots with pencil skirts:
Topshop Barley2 boots with full skirts:
And the very first time I ever wore them: