Knee-highs have emerged as the unexpected hero shoe of the summer, and it’s made a noticeable impact on the fashion crowd, led by Bella Hadid. While boots are widely considered a winter investment, the It-girls have been keen to make them last beyond the colder months.
Hadid is the latest star to make a case for the summer knee-high: days after wearing a vintage Roberto Cavalli dress with Loewe’s artsy rose heels, the supermodel walked arm-in-arm with boyfriend Marc Kalman wearing white separates, a patterned shawl, a Prada Cleo bag and tan boots, which had a slight heel.
Dua Lipa is another star on the summer boot buzz: she’s worn denim Fendace boots; cowboys from Montserrat Messeguer and edgy Givenchy booties in recent weeks. Emily Ratajkowski is a cowboy boots fan, too. The multi-hyphenate has lived in Western knee-highs since the beginning of the year, and has worn them with separates from MaisonCléo and Paloma Wool.
There’s one particular boot that’s proving a hit this season: Balenciaga’s Le Cagole knee-highs, which feature the same zippy details as the Le Cagole shoulder bag. They’ve been worn by everyone from Vogue editors to Dua and style influencer Camille Charrière.
It takes confidence to rock knee-highs when the rest of the world is in flip-flops and slides, but don’t let that dissuade you. Style with mini and midi hemlines for maximum impact.