The Hot Product: Bottega Veneta Tire Leather Boots
This time last year, Bottega Veneta’s chunky take on the Chelsea boot inspired a wave of grungy styles seen on every editor, influence and fashion lover out there. A testament to the power of the brand and the practicality of the boot, they’re going nowhere for A/W20 – with the high street also offering plenty of affordable dupes. Here’s what you need to know…
Since Daniel Lee’s appointment as creative director in 2018, Bottega Veneta has transformed itself into a bona fide ‘it’ brand, leaving a string of viral products in its wake. Thanks to a carefully executed influencer ‘gifting’ strategy, Bottega’s accessories have earned cult status. From the must-have pouch bag, to the chunky ankle boot, Lee’s designs have inspired a wave of elevated minimalism that has filtered down to the high street, too.
With its smooth pull on design, Bottega’s maximal, flatform sole is a contemporary take on the classic Chelsea boot. While the latter is frequently regarded as a perennial trend, Bottega’s design offers a solution for those wanting a fashionable update on a practical everyday style.
The brand has now brought the boot back for another season, as well as an updated, contrast sole version for the more daring dresser. It might not be the most feminine choice of footwear, but as Annemiek Kessels and Marie von Behrens prove, its platform makes it practical, flattering and versatile enough for both town and country.
Whether it’s the real deal or a high street dupe, fashion influencers and industry heavyweights are big fans. Look to the likes of Scandi girls Tine Andreaa and Pernille Teisbaek, plus the effortlessly elegant Giorgia Tordini and SmythSisters for styling inspiration – you name them, they’ve got them.
Like a more modestly-sized Chelsea, wear Bottega’s chunky boot with just about everything; toughen up a floral dress, or pair with skinnies and a boxy blazer for an effortlessly chic transitional look.
Sold? Here’s where to shop the real deal or some convincing alternatives…