Tuesday, 18 September 2012

A/W staple: spike stud shoe boots

Today, ladies and gentlemen, we have a guest post from the lovely Lady Orchid (aka Llinos) on her staple piece for Autumn/Winter. Enjoy!

The nights are drawing in and winter may be round the corner, but it isn't all bad news. Every year I relish the chance to dig into the back of my wardrobe and bring out my winter boots. They are like old friends - my brown flat boots, great for work or a casual day of shopping; my charcoal stiletto ruffle boots, beautiful for a special occasion; my black suede heeled boots, perfect for a sophisticated day look; and my leopard print boots, to brighten up a plain outfit with a bit of grr!

This winter there is a new boot on my radar: the spiked boot. These beauties are serious style winners. I am seriously into the gothic vibe right now: gothic fashion, gothic literature, gothic architecture, gothic beauty. Normally I'm quite a girly dresser, with floral prints, pink blusher and lipstick, pretty ballet pumps and long curly hair, but I love how spiked boots allow me to access a whole new side of my personality. I always feel confident in heels, but the spikes add another level of self assurance and attitude, and make my outfit a talking point.

The black leather or suede, the spikes and the heel open up opportunities for a whole new look. Out with the floral dress, in with a statement tee, skinny jeans and leather jacket. Out with the curls, in with a messy bun or ponytail. Out with the pink blusher, in with plum or red lipstick and contoured cheeks.

Lita platform ankle boot black spike, Jeffrey Campbell at Office, £150
Suede spiked ankle boots, Missguided, £48.99

So where can you get your hands on a pair? My favourites are these beauties from Office and Missguided. Gothic fan Fearne Cotton has also been seen wearing a pair, and her current collection at Very includes these bestselling showstoppers. Now there's no excuse not to include these fashion must-haves your winter wardrobe!


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