Here’s the latest installment in what’s becoming a bit of a series, in which I face my fashion fears! So far I’ve braved flares and the colour pink, and now we’re moving onto my trickiest adversary yet – knee high boots.
I have chunky thighs, chunky calves and tiny (if notoriously unreliable) ankles. Since slim legs have been considered attractive since god knows when, I’ve always been a little self conscious of me gams. They can kick a door down but a thigh gap isn’t exactly on the cards anytime ever. Since I’ve got skinny ankles I’ve always been very much in favour of getting that bit of me out whenever possible – cue gasp from the Victorian readers – but the rest of my legs? Not so much. As a result, knee high boots have pretty much always been my worst nightmare.
Knee high boots are wondrous shoes when your legs are just sort of up and down and generally slim, but on me, I felt that it would have the opposite effect. They disguise my “nice” ankles and are a struggle to zip up over my meaty calves, and I remember trying some one as a teenager and my Nan telling me that I looked stumpy. If anything will put you off an item of clothing for life it’s a careless comment from a loved one, am I right?
Well, in the year of our lord 2019, I thought I’d face my fear and give knee high boots another chance. I love the 60s and 70s for style, and knee high boots seem to feature in both decades. I figured I was grown up enough to give it another go. I finally accepted that despite my skinny ankle and slim feet, I was going to need wide fit boots to fit my calves, and after trying several pairs of normal width boots and trying not to sob, I concluded I was right. Eventually, I found some tan, faux suede boots in a wide fit and sized down half a size to accommodate for the extra width, and guess what? I honestly love them.
Yes, my ankles are hidden, and no, they’re not the most flattering thing in the world, but I feel GREAT in them. I feel like a 60s queen and an actual badass striding round town in them, and I’m attempting to pair them with basically every outfit I own. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll already have seen a fair bit of them, and don’t expect them to go away any time soon! Now I just need some black ones…