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Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.

Dear Manolo,

What is your take on the over-the-knee boot that featured prominently in the Fall 2009 Ready-To-Wear collections? I particularly love the ones I saw from Louis Vuitton, but clearly do not have the bills required for such luxury spending. In your opinion, is this a look worth investing in, or do you think it will disappear in a couple seasons, leaving me with a large hole in my wallet and a pair of boots I cannot take out into public?


Manolo says, unless you are the Spanish grandee, French Musketeer, English privateer, or leggy under-30-year-old model it best to steer your ship clear of the historical drama signified by the over-the-knee boot.

They are so difficult to carry off well without the plumed hat and cape and/or the banging body. And it so easy to go wrong with them and end up looking like the extra on the set of the all-midget remake of “The King’s Strumpet.”

But, yes, this year marks the return of the over-the-knee boot, and if you must invest in this trend the Manolo would tell you to wait until later in the fall to see just how popular the look has become. Very popular, it will persist for the year or two. Not so popular, doomed by Spring.

Here is the 5050 flat Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee boots, perfect for wearing with the black tights.

Stuart Weitzman 5050 Over the Knee Boot.  Manolo Likes!  Click!

12 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. La BellaDonna August 7, 2009 at 11:28 am #

    How fortunate it is that La BellaDonna, she has the plumed hat already! (Several, in fact.) She also has the cape, if needed. She even has the sword, if the impertinent should question the appropriateness of the fashion for the over-the-knee boot! (La BellaDonna, she believes in being prepared.) La BellaDonna, she always has the black tights. She is looking forward to this season!*

    La BellaDonna, she also is prone to wearing the long skirts below the calf, so the height of the boot, it is frequently moot. But La BellaDonna, she loves the tall boots anyway, if only for the brief unexpected flash of leather-clad leg when the wind is playful.

    *The sword, etc., are unlikely to be worn on the daily basis, even with the swashbuckling boots; it is difficult to manage the gym bag and the cape at the same time, after all. But it is nice to have them handy, should they be needed. And La BellaDonna’s family, it actually consists of the English privateers. So La BellaDonna, she feels she has The Manolo’s blessing for this fashion!

  2. Katrina Russo August 7, 2009 at 1:26 pm #

    Those are a beautiful pair of Louis Vuitton boots. If you fit them and can afford them, get them!

  3. Lulu August 7, 2009 at 9:41 pm #

    Thank you for your advice, the Manolo! I wonder if perhaps adding a bit of a heel would help steer away from King’s-Strumpet-midget-extra syndrome. If all else fails, I am totally willing to be a French Musketeer! Cheers, La BellaDonna!

  4. Bronwyn August 7, 2009 at 10:16 pm #

    I still have some flat black suede over-the-knee boots from ~1990 which I have worn on and off ever since then, being a person who wears what suits me rather than what others are wearing. VERY buccaneerish (they lace up at the top back), and best worn with the white large-sleeved pirate shirt over leggings. Or they were back then. Now I’m a little older and the body in general is not quite so wonderful. However the legs are holding up remarkably well so leggings are still OK, but with the big floppy jumper/jersey/pullover instead of the pirate shirt. And I’ve just bought another pair of extra tall flat boots, this time with elastic sides.

  5. raincoaster August 8, 2009 at 12:40 am #

    But if one actually is an English privateer, it’s okay then? Ah, good. It’s too late to take these back.


  6. jeannemarie August 8, 2009 at 4:33 pm #

    so cute! I think I’m a bit short for that look, but enjoy imagining it! And the Luis Vuitton boots are delightful.


  7. roxy August 9, 2009 at 2:10 am #

    I love over the knee boots, but I think my knees are too fat for it….(sigh)

  8. angelhair August 10, 2009 at 3:05 pm #

    Dear Lulu, if you plan to audition for a community theater production of Captains Courageous or if you need a costume for Pirate Night on a Disney Cruise then by all means, indulge your inner Johnny Depp or Errol Flynn. Just make sure you’re very thin and are at least 5’8″ even though 5’10” is better. Otherwise, just say no.

  9. Sakura August 12, 2009 at 1:00 am #

    No, I’m not an under 30 modelesque type, AndI have a sense that these will not turn out to be popular. Don’t waste your money, unless you look like a Victoria’s secret model.

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  11. toad August 15, 2009 at 11:33 am #

    While the over the knee boot was a fashion in ye days of ye pirates, it was originally the boot of the military/aristocratic horseman. You will see paintings of them worn with the top rolled down for pedestrian comfort. The horse has been associated with the upper class for centuries since they are too expensive for the common man. One must be careful to avoid the apple on pipe cleaners look with them.

  12. Paolo August 16, 2009 at 12:18 pm #

    these shoes are not, this is true art for the feet of a woman