August 7th, 2015
It Item



When KiC launched in early 2010, over-the-knee boots were on the fall runways and I posted on them numerous times. I bought two pairs, one in black suede and one in brown, and wore them often.  But, fickle fashion moved on and booties became the footwear du jour.

I’m happy to report that o-t-k is back. Comfortable and warm, I wear mine with knee-length skirts so there’s no gap between the top of the boot and hem (like the pic in W). My boots have a low stacked heel; the ones above by Isabel Marant would be ideal for running around.


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Collins draped silk skirt


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Doris cotton-gabardine trench coat


55 leather knee boots


Color-block ribbed merino wool turtleneck sweater


Nirvy studded leather sandals


Avery oversized belted two-tone cotton twill trench coat


Scare Crow suede ankle boots

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  • I was just thinking about these two nights ago. I ordered two mini dresses and was thinking that these would go well with them.

    ChennillAugust 7th, 2015  6:49 AM

  • My new charcoal suede Gianvito Rossi o-t-k boots arrived yesterday, and I love them! Check them out – low block heel great for running around. And they’re about $200 cheaper on matches than on US sites.

    Julie AnnAugust 7th, 2015  7:58 AM

  • They are back and I don’t understand why!

    Lisa EastmanAugust 7th, 2015  8:03 AM

  • Another great post: couldn’t agree with you more! I’ve loved over-the-knee boots ever since their 80s incarnation. The style details may change over the years but they remain a classic item and for good reasons. They always make a powerful statement: whenever I wear a pair they attract comments. They are versatile enough to pair with dresses, skirts, skinnies, leggings etc. They are practical, especially in Northern hemisphere climates. Best of all, for some reason, they make me feel different when I wear them, perhaps because they change my walking gait, making it more striding and purposeful. So what’s not to like?

    Thanks for this fresh inspiration!

    NellvoyagerAugust 7th, 2015  8:28 AM

  • I think it is time I jump on this trend..

    Ridgely's RadarAugust 7th, 2015  8:47 AM

  • I like the gap between skirts and boots, and in all of the photos I’ve seen of OTK boots, they’re shown with mini skirts and a gap. The gap is sort of subdued sexy I think.

    KathyAugust 7th, 2015  10:41 AM

  • Preston, remember a few years back when you were thinking of chopping off your OTK boots? I’m still wearing my Choo OTK and my Clergerie OTK, both are flat. An OTK with a heel doesn’t look right to me. Well, maybe they’d look perfect if I were in the cast of “Kinky Boots”!

    RobbiAugust 7th, 2015  1:53 PM

  • I have never been a fan of over the knee boots until you wrote about wearing them with longer skirts. This sounds like a great idea.

    RobynAugust 8th, 2015  5:56 AM

  • I absolutely love OTK boots… I think they’re so easy to wear during winter, especially if you have a dress or a skirt on. The ones you picked are literally perfect, they’re by Isabel Marant, right ? I have to take a closer look !

    CarolineAugust 8th, 2015  8:29 AM

  • Love them. They make your legs longer. Good idea, I will try to wear them this year with a longer skirt.

    MairaAugust 11th, 2015  2:14 PM


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