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Got Thigh High Boots? Here’s How To Style Them This Fall

 – Thigh High Boots –

Thigh-high boots are boots that extend above the knees to at least mid-thigh. They are also known as thigh-length boots or simply thigh boots.

Thigh High Boots

Thigh boots are made of a variety of materials, including leather, synthetic materials (such as vinyl, polyurethane, or latex), and fabrics (such as silk or polyester microfiber).

Many are made with zippers, but some are made as pull-on boots. Heel heights vary, but most styles have flat heels or heels that are higher than 3 inches (7.5 cm).

Metal spikes to chunky heels are examples of heel styles. They, like other boots, can have platform soles.

About Thigh-High Boots

Thigh High Boots

Many people consider thigh boots to be erotic or kinky. They’re worn as fetish clothing in boot and shoe fetishism.

Because prostitutes and professional dominatrices frequently wear cheaper thigh boots, many people regard them as icons of their trade.

Because of this, they are frequently associated with sadomasochism. Nonetheless, couture designers frequently sell them, possibly because of the implied eroticism.

Many people regard thigh-high boots as a symbol of women‘s power and sex appeal.

Thigh-high boots look better on women with longer legs. When wearing footwear that ends above the knee, the shorter you are, the less leg there is above the top of the boot.

A very high heel can help to create the illusion of height, but when there is more boot visible than the leg, the effect is to optically shorten you.

Thigh-High Boots for Women

Thigh-high boots are surprisingly versatile and wearable. They are ideal for wearing jeans, skirts, and dresses. Wear them with a variety of every day, work, and elegant outfits.

They serve a dual purpose: they add coziness while also making you look fashionable.

Many people regard thigh-high boots as a symbol of women’s power and sex appeal.

Thigh-high boots look better on women with longer legs: “When wearing footwear that ends above the knee, the less leg there is above the top of the boot.”

History of Thigh-High Boots

Got Thigh High Boots? Here's How To Style Them This Fall

Laced leather boots were popular for women throughout the Victorian era. Over-the-knee-length laced leather boots became popular among London prostitutes by the end of the nineteenth century.

The style would appeal to foot fetishists and clients looking for a dominatrix.

The 1960s

Kinky boots are boots with extremely high heels and other extreme features designed to give the wearer a dramatic, sexy appearance, such as that of a prostitute or dominatrix.

Autumn 2001

Many of Roberto Cavalli’s designs were shown with his thigh boots in the Autumn of 2001. The boots were four inches tall and had pointed toes.

Autumn 2003

In Autumn 2003, Narciso Rodriguez caused a stir when nearly half of the models in his ready-to-wear show wore his thigh boots with his clothing line.

The boots were four inches tall and had pointed toes. Chloé’s Phoebe Philo showcased leather and suede thigh boots in a variety of colors, including red and green, in addition to the more traditional black and brown.

Autumn 2006         

Karl Lagerfeld wore thigh boots with all of his designs in the Autumn 2006 Chanel collection.

The boots were made of various materials, including black suede and various shades of blue denim.

Autumn 2007

In Autumn 2007, Burberry Prorsum championed the thigh boot with a black patent leather model that was shown with several pieces from their medieval knight-inspired line.

Autumn 2008

Fendi backed the thigh boot trend in Autumn 2008 with a chunky suede boot with a metallic leather accent around the ankle and at the top of the heel.

The boot was sold in a variety of retail outlets and was available in black, brown, taupe, and gray.

Autumn 2009

In early 2009, thigh-high boots were declared a fashion trend. In the September 2009 issue of US Vogue, the style was featured in two feature layouts.

They were featured in a number of high-street stores and designers’ Autumn 2009 collections. Garters were even used in one version to suspend tops from a belt.

Thigh boots were also seen in the Autumn 2009 collections of the following design houses:

‣ McQueen, Alexander

‣ Malandrino, Catherine


‣ Halston

‣ Louis Vuitton

They featured boot styles with sculpted heels and hidden platforms in Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, and Spring/Summer 2009 collections. A mid-thigh black leather boot with a four-inch heel was part of a limited-edition capsule collection for H&M.

Spring 2009

Givenchy launched the thigh boot trend conspicuously out of season in early 2009 with a black leather western-style thigh boot.

In fashion

Thigh boots go through popularity and design cycles in the world of women’s fashion. They are marketed through a variety of channels, with the price point and construction serving as key differentiators.

The success of the film Pretty Woman harmed the credibility of thigh boots as wardrobe essentials.

Thigh boots are frequently included in the collections of a number of couture shoe design houses, and the price point will be high, as with couture fashion designers.

Designers who fit this description include:

‣ Atwood, Brian

‣ Manolo Blahnik

‣ Jimmy Choo & Co.

‣ Christian Louboutin shoes

‣ Sergio Rossi’s (of Gucci Group)

‣ Weitzman, Stuart

‣ Zanotti, Giuseppe (of Vicini S.p.A.)

Autumn 2010

Thigh-high boots, which were a fashion highlight in Autumn 2009, were reintroduced in Autumn 2010. Designers and fashion houses who demonstrated their designs included:

‣ Prorsum by Burberry

‣ Hermès

‣ Christian Dior

‣ Vionnet

What People Think About Thigh-high Boots

Thigh boots have been worn as fetish clothing since at least the 1950s when Irving Klaw used them to customize the women in his erotic photography. Since then, they’ve been a mainstay of fetish and adult photography.

For example, Bob Guccione photographed Corinne Alphen, the 1982 Penthouse Pet of the Year, in a pair of black leather thigh boots for her feature layout.

Similarly, Dwight Hooker shot Candy Loving, the Playboy 25th Anniversary Playmate, in white leather over-the-knee boots for her layout.

Until the 2000s, they distinguished fetish thigh boots from fashion boots by being more extreme in many design dimensions, most notably heel height and platform height.

This trend gradually changed in the late 2000s as some couture designers, particularly Christian Louboutin, experimented with more extreme designs in their shoes.

As a result, the distinction between the two is now[when?] more a function of the materials used.

Fetish thigh boots, in particular, are typically made of polyurethane (PU) or vinyl (often incorrectly referred to as patent leather).

How To Wear: Thigh-High Boots

Instead of tights or leggings, opt for heeled thigh-highs in suede or leather that reach all the way up to your crotch.

Thigh-high boots were worn. Wear frocks/skirts with hems that end where the boots end to make a glamorous statement.

Another sultry way to wear high boots is with an oversized knit sweater or sweater dress.

What I mean is that you can wear this footwear with almost any long top, ranging from vests, shirts, and dresses to sweaters and tunics.

These thigh-high boots are ideal for making a bold statement wherever you go. We can achieve the one and only fabulous look that is both luxe and extremely sexy thanks to these street-style inspirational photos.

Types of Thigh-High Boots

Knee-high boots are a must-have item in every woman’s wardrobe. While these shoes may appear intimidating at first, they will transform your look.

These shoes can be worn all year, but they really shine in the winter.

One reason people avoid purchasing knee-high boots is a lack of knowledge about how to wear them.

The Origins of Thigh-High Boots

Thigh-high boots, like most footwear, began as a menswear shoes.

Everyone from dairy workers to fishermen and soldiers wore these tall boots to protect their feet from the elements and to stabilize their feet as they walked over uneven terrain.

Boots have existed in some form or another since 15,000 BC. There is evidence of boots depicted in cave paintings in Spain from this time period.

Boots were discovered in the tomb of Khnumhotep in Egypt, providing valuable insight into how this shoe style has evolved over time.

Boots became a part of the traditional dress of Asiatic and Arctic cultures, whereas the Greeks made their boots from One of the charges leveled against Joan of Arc in 1431 was the wearing of knee-high boots.

Most women wore ankle boots instead of knee-high boots. Knee-high boots first appeared on the fashion scene in the 1950s.

They used leather to create the most popular styles, which featured a mid-heel and a side zipper for a perfect fit.

‘Rebel without a Cause’ and ‘The Wild One’ was among the first films to feature knee-high boots. Knee-high boots as we know them first appeared in the fifteenth century.

Despite being designed exclusively for men, people from all social classes wore these shoes. Some designers, such as Hunter, have even created socks to match their knee-high boots.

With so many options on the market, you’re bound to find the perfect pair of knee-high boots for you.

These boots will take you from the office to drinks with your significant other. These naturally chic shoes are a wardrobe must-have.

We’ve broken down the five most popular styles of knee-high boots to help you find the perfect pair.

1. Classic Thigh-High Boots

Got Thigh High Boots? Here's How To Style Them This Fall

Smooth leather is used to make classic thigh-high boots in a variety of color palettes. These shoes, like the ones from Nordstrom, have a block heel.

2. Thigh-High Corset Boots

Got Thigh High Boots? Here's How To Style Them This Fall

Lace-up detailing on corset-inspired thigh-high boots is unapologetically sexy and feminine.

3. Equestrian Thigh-High Boots

Got Thigh High Boots? Here's How To Style Them This Fall

A flat heel and a patent leather shaft distinguish equestrian thigh-high boots.

These thigh-high boots are one of the most wearable styles, regardless of whether you prefer dresses or jeans and a t-shirt.

Equestrian boots are an excellent choice for a wearable thigh-high boot.

4. Motorcycle Thigh-High Boots

Got Thigh High Boots? Here's How To Style Them This Fall             

Motorcycle Thigh-high boots are inspired by the world of rock ‘n’ roll and resemble a classic leather jacket.

These boots, like the Harley-Davidson Walfield riding boots available at Zappos, usually have an added feature, such as a zipper or lace detailing.

This style of thigh-high boots is more casual, but it can be dressed up with a dress.

5. Stiletto thigh-High Boots

Got Thigh High Boots? Here's How To Style Them This Fall

Stiletto thigh-high boots are a look that is synonymous with nightclubs around the world. These shoes are worn just below the knee and are typically worn with a mini skirt or something fun and flirty.

The thin stiletto heel on these thigh-high boots is what makes them sexy. While you can wear any of these thigh-high boots with dresses, they will alter the overall look of your outfit.

Thigh-High Boots to Suit Your Leg Size

One of my best thigh-high boot buying tips is to think about the material that works best for you. Many brands are now producing stretchy, forgiving suede and velvet thigh-highs that fit calves of all sizes.

There are plenty of options for all types of legs, whether it’s classic suede, sock fit, or lace-up boot.

Below are my top 5 picks.

1. Stacked Suede Heel

Got Thigh High Boots? Here's How To Style Them This Fall

If you don’t want to wear a high heel, these Nordstrom thigh-highs are ideal. They are made of a black stretch material that will go with almost any dress or pair of jeans.

Nordstrom includes the circumference of the boot in the product details, so all that’s needed to know if these will fit is a tape measure.

2. Stretch Velvet Thigh-High Boots

Got Thigh High Boots? Here's How To Style Them This Fall

Since the early 2000s, I’ve been a fan of Steve Madden. The brand is known for producing high-quality, low-cost footwear.

They recently released a pair of super stretchy velvet thigh-highs in a variety of colors to stylishly break up all-black looks.

3. Faux-Leather Tie-Up

Got Thigh High Boots? Here's How To Style Them This Fall

If stretchy thigh-high boots aren’t your thing, a tie-up leather boot with a wide calf is the way to go.

Lace-up boots are more comfortable than traditional thigh-high boots because the leather molds to your leg. These are ideal for wearing as a layer over jeans.

4. Sock Fit Thigh-High Boots

Got Thigh High Boots? Here's How To Style Them This Fall

Many stretchy boots, like some thigh-high tights, will stretch out and droop past your knees over time. These Public Desire Hailey Baldwin Boots solve that problem by having a string at the top to keep them in place.

5. Lace-Up Thigh-High Boots

Got Thigh High Boots? Here's How To Style Them This Fall

Lace-up boots are always, always recommended because they adjust to perfectly fit any leg. They are difficult to put on and take off, but they look amazing.

There’s no wrong way to wear them, either tie the laces in a bow at the top or pair them with a T-shirt and jeans.

Thigh-High Boots for Curvy Ladies

Got Thigh High Boots? Here's How To Style Them This Fall

Finding the right pair of boots for plus-size women can be as difficult as finding the perfect pair of jeans or work pants.

Finding the right boots is difficult because once you get past mid-calf, it’s about a 50/50 chance that they’ll fit.

To find the best boots for plus-size women, we asked models, fashion experts, bloggers, and style influencers about their favorite pairs.

We concentrated on over-the-knee styles (because they are the most difficult to find), but we also included some ankle-length styles, such as combat, sock, and Chelsea boots, the majority of which are available in wide and extra-wide sizes.

1. ASOS Curve ‘Korey’ Thigh High Boots

Got Thigh High Boots? Here's How To Style Them This Fall

“My number one recommendation for trendy boot options in wide width is ASOS,” says Sarah Chiwaya, plus-size brand consultant and Curvily founder.

“In their shoe section, you can filter by wide fit and find hundreds of pairs in all kinds of styles, including some excellent, on-trend boot options,” she promises.

Stephanie Yeboah, the author of the upcoming novel Fattily Ever After, adores ASOS and describes these boots as her “go-to pair for thigh highs.”

She appreciates that the boots, which come in wide-fit styles, have plenty of room around the thighs and a “comfortable” four-inch block heel that still provides some height.

Yeboah adds that the seams are gel-lined, which ensures that “the boots will not roll down.”

2. Stuart Weitzman the Liviana Boot, Black Suede

Got Thigh High Boots? Here's How To Style Them This Fall

Two of our experts also recommended Stuart Weitzman’s inclusive sizing.

“My mom, who is also plus-size, has had the prettiest pair of black Stuart Weitzman boots for most of my life,” Morgan says, adding that she was overjoyed when she discovered this pair, which is very similar to her mom’s, on sale.

Photographer Lydia Hudgens agrees: “Stuart Weitzman not only offers different widths for those who need it, but they also carry larger shoe sizes, which are difficult to find in most shoe brands.”

3. Torrid Black Faux Leather Knee-High Wide Boot

Got Thigh High Boots? Here's How To Style Them This Fall

Plus-sized models Taylee De Castro and Kaguya are a favorite of Torrid due to their large selection of boots for women of all sizes.

“I never got to wear anything slightly above my ankles as a woman with thick calves,” Kaguya says of these faux-leather biker boots.

 “Torrid’s options are perfect for every day and even going out,” she says, referring to their various styles and heel height ranges.

4. Fashion To Figure Animal Print Over The Knee Boots

Got Thigh High Boots? Here's How To Style Them This Fall

“The over-the-knee style has been trending for a long time, but for so long, plus-size women weren’t able to participate because there were no options that would work for our bodies,” says Ashby Vose, the head of the brand at Ori, a plus-size clothing company that makes clothing in sizes 10 to 32.

Fortunately, she explains, the fashion world now includes more brands geared toward plus-size fashion.

Vose adores these fashions to Figure boots, which she describes as having an “undying dedication to plus-sizes.

”While the animal print is eye-catching, they’re also neutral enough to pair with other prints and colors,” according to Vose, who also mentions that they’re roomy enough to wear with tights or jeans.

5. Simply Be Maggie Leather Knee High Boots

Got Thigh High Boots? Here's How To Style Them This Fall

“Simply Be is an extremely dependable brand for wide-calf and wide-width footwear,” says Vose, who adores this “classic, timeless” riding boot because the calf and shoe widths can be customized.

There are wide and extra-wide shoe widths available, as well as calf widths ranging from a standard circumference of 17.75 inches to an extra-curvy-plus circumference of 23.25 inches, ensuring you can find the perfect fit, she says.

According to Vose, the “wardrobe staple” is available in both brown and black.

6. Frye Melissa Inside Zip Tall Wide Calf

Got Thigh High Boots? Here's How To Style Them This Fall

Morgan says, “Frye is the first brand I’ve heard of that offers extended calf sizes.” While they have a variety of wide-calf styles, she considers the Melissa boot to be their most classic.

Many tall boots are difficult to put on and take off, but she claims that this style has a side zipper that makes them easy to put on and take off.

Morgan adds, “I also like how the zipper is on the inside of the boot because it is less visible.”

7. Sam Edelman Penny Boot

Got Thigh High Boots? Here's How To Style Them This Fall

Caralyn Mirand Koch, a plus-size model, and blogger who wears a size 11 describe Sam Edelman as her “go-to brand for many different styles of shoes” because of their inclusive sizing.

She promises that the classic style and quality of these leather boots, which are available in standard and wide fits, will take you from season to season.

8. Long Tall Sally Pia Block Heel Boot

Got Thigh High Boots? Here's How To Style Them This Fall

Valerie Eguavoen, founder of the nonprofit You Belong Now and the fashion blog On a Curve, says she’s “been living in these” block-heeled boots since purchasing them.

“They are stylish and comfortable, and they can dress up even the most casual outfit.” Long Tall Sally is a brand geared toward tall women, so their styles are available in sizes up to a difficult-to-find size 15.

How to Wear New Boots and Not Have Blisters

There are some steps you can take to break in your boots before wearing them for the first time. If you want to wear your new shoes without getting blisters, you must properly break them in.

Below are some of those guidelines

1. Socks Will Save You

Wear a thick pair of socks inside your boots around the house for a while.

This will gently stretch the leather away from any trouble spots, molding it to your feet and making it more comfortable the first time you wear them without your sock armor.

Simply remove them as soon as they begin to feel tight and repeat the process the next day.

2 Try Adding Heat

Warming your boots with a hairdryer while wearing thick socks should loosen the leather and give your feet more breathing room.

Just don’t leave the hairdryer on the leather for too long or you’ll end up ruining your new boots.

3. Bring Some Back-Ups

Have you ever had the experience of internally congratulating yourself for purchasing such a comfortable pair of shoes only to realize a couple of hours later that you’ve made a terrible, horrible mistake?

Nothing is worse than getting to 2 p.m. and realizing that walking home in your brand new boots will be a challenge – and a painful one at that.

Keep a spare pair of shoes under your desk at work so your new boots can adjust to your feet and vice versa.

Feet swell throughout the day, so a couple of hours in the new boots before blisters appear is ideal. After a while, you’ll be able to wear them for longer and longer.

4. Try the Freezer Trick

If you don’t have the time or patience to stretch out your new boots gradually, there is a quick fix that will loosen the leather overnight.

Fill two ziplock freezer bags halfway with water, making sure to remove all the air, then double bag them for extra protection and tightly seal.

Place one inside each boot and freeze them overnight. Remove your boots and wait for the water to melt before removing the bags.

This should relax the leather but comes with the risk of water damage, so use caution if you try this trick.

5. Wear Blister Plasters

Before you develop blisters, If you can’t wait to put your boots on, make sure you’re properly protected. Most of us have problem areas where rubbing is particularly painful, so add extra padding to avoid the issue.

6. Choose Quality Over Quantity

We understand how appealing it is to fill your closet with as many cute boots as your budget allows.

But what’s the point if you don’t want to wear them or end up wanting to walk barefoot on the bus by the end of the night? Save up for the best pair you can afford, and pick a style you’ll enjoy wearing several times per week.

What Boot Height Is Best for Short Legs?

What boot height is best for your short legs? You can create a flattering look that highlights your strengths and works well with your height by wearing the right boots.

Use our buying guide to find the best boots for your closet.

1. Consider the Shaft

When purchasing a boot, one of the most important factors to consider is the shaft height. The shaft of the boot is the section that runs up your leg.

It is measured from the top of the boot to the sole along the inside seam. For shorter legs, boot shafts should be no longer than 14 inches.

The shaft length should always be less than your calf length. Longer boots will make you appear even shorter.

Ankle boots are an excellent choice for those who are shorter in stature. These look particularly good with leggings or skinny jeans. Fitted dresses look great with ankle boots as well.

2. Consider the Heel

Higher heels make your legs appear longer. Heels, on the other hand, are frequently uncomfortable. Consider using wedges to add height without causing pain. You can also try on boots with hidden platforms while shopping for women’s shoes.

3. Consider the Details

Choose boots with vertical accents to give the appearance of more height to your look. These draw the eye upward, which lengthens the body. Pointed toes also aid in the extension of your leg line.

4. Consider the Don’ts

You should avoid a few fashion choices if you have shorter legs. Certain styles will make you appear shorter. Square-toed boots, slouchy boots, and strappy boots should be avoided.

Avoid boots that hit right at your knee for height. Look for boots that are an inch or more below your knees.

5. Consider the Outfit

Remember that slim-fit pants go well with both long and short boots. Pencil skirts are another great option for your height. Above-the-knee boots look best with skirts and dresses.

Monochrome outfits can also be used to give the appearance of height.

(Assume you’re wearing black jeans and black boots.) Complement your wardrobe with skinny jeans, leggings, and pencil skirts to put together outfits that flatter your petite frame.

6. Consider Your Options

If you’re looking for the perfect boot for your height, look no further than Haig Shoes. In Rochester Hills, MI, we have an unrivaled selection of women’s shoes.

Since our doors first opened in 1987, we have carried many of the industry’s top brands and have been the area’s go-to source for women’s shoes. Come see us today for better fashion tomorrow!

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