High End High Street

Dr. Martens Or Not?
November 20, 2009, 3:20 pm
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If in the winter of 2008 boots with jeans tucked in were a statement, then this season they are a complete must have. Partly popularized by countless AllSaints window displays, the military boots were the only things to wear on your feet and the high street did some good interpretations, and oddly enough, River Island, my least favorite brand ever, seemed at the forefront of this. Not having £160 to spend on a pair of AllSaints ones, and partly because the men’s ones are too high and look a bit shit if you aren’t a girl, I found a pair on Asos, and now, with a years wear, they are pretty much my ideal boots. This season, they have a really good range of own brand ‘worker’ boots and have produced some awesome Timbaland knockoffs (not the timbalands you’re thinking of) with the canvas side that make quite a statement.
Waxed Canvas Boots by Asos £70

This season AllSaints have taken on board the hiking trend with their low Roam boots. I’m still not sold on the whole walking boot thing this season, but AllSaints subtle use of hiking eyelets allow you to incorporate the trend without feeling like you’re back doing the Duke Of Edinburgh award.
Boots by AllSaints £165

Like them or not, Doc Martens are inescapable this season. They were big in the summer so winter is going to be huge for them. Although there are many variations, with the three eyelet, 10 and 14 eyelet versions to name a few, the most popular ones that have been cropping up everywhere have been the 8 eyelet version. Unfortunately, unless you’re 6 foot 2, they can be very hard to pull off. The biggest problem is the clumpy soul, which defines the Dm’s. They need to be worn with a narrow silhouette at the bottom and really over sized on top to balance the outfit out. This can be achieved with some black or indigo skinnies and either a big chunky fair isle, wax jacket or a nice duffle. The problem then comes with wearing them out, you can’t keep your top half chunky when you’re out for the night so this is where it pays to be tall, so you can where a huge t-shirt to keep up the silhouette. However, if you’re average height like me, it can just about work. If a fitted t-shirt for you is a small, go for X-L, most t-shirts go out more than down when you go up in sizes so an XL will sit over you’re crotch and create a really nice contrast against some stick thin pins. And as long as you’re feet aren’t above a ten, the clump of the Dm’s will be managable! My favorite colour is the cherry. It works really well with winter tones like khaki and navy, just avoid buying the green Dm’s as they look like laced wellingtons. And finally, shop around, because you can get them under £50 if you look past the high street shoe shops.
Boots By Dr. Martens £49.82