Over-the-knee (OTK) boots are great. They’re slimming, look high fashion, go with everything, and were finally mainstream last year. But, that’s exactly why you should NOT buy them now. A few years ago a nice pair of over-the-knee boots would have been a fantastic investment. However, they’ve made their way into mainstream fashion, and while that’s no reason to not wear a trend, I am personally choosing not to upgrade my otk boots this year, and I don’t think you should either. I think they are on their way out of style in the next year or so, and here’s why:
A professor named Everett Rogers developed the theory of “diffusion of innovations”. His theory helps us understand trends and how they develop over time. While none of us want to believe we’re late to the game, I guarantee many of the bloggers you see on Instagram (myself included), finally jumped on the trend in the Early Majority, not an early adopter or innovator. Last year I would consider the late majority since most people who were holding out finally jumped on the trend.
By my estimation, we’re now at the end of the Late Majority part of the curve with OTK boots, and moving into the laggards. While pictured on a few runways in the AW18 shows last February, they were not noted as a trend for the season in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, or Cosmopolitan. Additionally, no over the knee boots were featured in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale which I usually look to as a note to more mainstream trends of the season. While I doubt they’ll ever away completely, the innovators and early adopters have already moved on to the latest and greatest.
What is the latest and greatest? Slouch boots! Slouch boots come in varying heights, so you can get them in thigh-high styles (as seen on a select few runways), but they aren’t your same super slim styles that have been popular in the last few years. The most popular height I’d recommend is knee-high, so just s bit shorter than the OTK boot, but it hits right at your knee and does not go over.
I got these at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and am already planning tons of fall looks around the style! Personally I like the straight shaft over the super-slouchy style a la Paulette from Legally Blonde. I also still like a high heel over a kitten heel (actually, I hate kitten heels).
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