Vintage boots have a vibrant history. In the 1910s, Paul Poiret’s wife Denise caused sensation when sporting a pair of knee-length “Russian boots” in Paris. In the 1960s, boots got a new upswing through the runway shows of Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga, which sported alligator skin and knee-high boots respectively. The sixties also saw Mary Quant launch her iconic inexpensive plastic boots to go with the mini skirt fashions of the times. In the 1970s, boots became true wardrobe staples for women, and the most iconic styles of the decade include Biba’s multi-coloured suede and canvas boots; and thigh-length boots (as spotted on style icons like Debbie Harry), often with exaggerated platform soles with high disco sensibilities. The 1980s saw a rise in demand for more subtle styles, such as leather and suede ankle boots and equestrian “riding” boots. 1993 was declared by Vogue as “The Year of the Boot”, with a wide range of boot styles made popular. Since the millennium, several boot styles have evolved and gained a new momentum. The “boho chic” trend of the early 2000s fronted by Kate Moss and the Olsen twins resulted in a boost for bohemian, moccasin and cowboy-style boots. The ankle boots have gained widespread popularity with new classics like Acne Studios’ much coveted pistol boot. Lately, designers have also shed new light on Western boots and 1970s style platform boots. Far from all-casual and only suitable for Autumn/Winter, women’s vintage boots are now at the footwear front all year round.
OfV says: With an emphasis on hardly-worn pre-loved designer boots from the past few seasons, our superb edit of women’s vintage boots span ankle boots, buckle boots, heeled boots and equestrian boots – a wide selection to cover formal and informal occasions alike. So whether you’re after a pair of last season must-have Prada boots or a pair of vintage 1970s embroidered suede boots, our edit of women’s designer boots and women’s vintage boots is unlikely to disappoint. Elevate a utilitarian office look with a pair of retro spinning knee-high velvet boots; champion countryside chic with a pair of black vintage equestrian boots; or brighten up your day with a pair of detail-heavy pop colour vintage ankle boots.
At Open for Vintage, we consider everyone as a collector with a desire to possess beautiful things with a story worth living on. Our curated edit of unique and contemporary vintage and pre-owned fashion pieces are hand-picked for their individuality, relevance, and of course, style appeal.