Featuring Evangelie Smyrniotaki, Linda Tol, and Helena Bordon
Boots are the cornerstone of any cold-weather wardrobe, but it can sometimes feel overwhelming when you’re searching to find your perfect pair. Here three of international fashion’s most fêted street style stars—Helena Bordon, Linda Tol & Evangelie Smyrniotaki—give their advice on finding the needle in the haystack, and reveal exactly what it is that makes a pair of boots suit both you and any occasion.
Evangelie Smyrniotaki, fashion and digitial influencer and founder of Style Heroine
Evangelie Smyrniotaki, founder of fashion platform Style Heroine, is a boot aficionado. Hailing from Greece, her look is both sexy and cool. Below she shares her top three tips for finding the ultimate pair (or in her case pairs) of boots.
TIP ONE - FLATTER YOURSELF
The boots have to flatter your legs. There’s no point buying something that you’ve seen on a friend or on Instagram if it doesn’t work with your leg shape. We are all different heights and the proportions of claves, ankles and thighs are different for every human. Really look at where the boot stops on your legs – ideally it will be at the slimmest part. You have to be realistic–sadly we’re not all 6 foot supermodels!
TIP TWO - THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING
Can you walk in your boots? But really? There is nothing worse than uncomfortable boots and if you’re struggling, everyone can see it. A block mid-heel is a great place to start, but if that’s too much for you, go for a flat style. You need to buy boots that make you feel confident—it shouldn’t ever feel like a battle.
“ Buy boots that make you feel confident—it shouldn’t ever feel like a battle.”
TIP THREE - DON’T BE AFRAID OF COLOUR
Black is not the only option. For my shoot outfit, I chose a burgundy style which I really love. Like black it goes with everything, but it has more of an autumnal feel and is just that bit more unusual. With high boots, again look at how they stand up or slouch on your leg and make sure you have hemlines or jeans that work with them. For me these are perfect.
Helena Bordon, entrepreneur and style blogger
Brazilian blonde bombshell, Helena Bordon is not only an influencer but a fashion entrepreneur in her own right. She’s also a serious boots connoisseur. Here are her top tips for avoiding any missteps when you’re looking for your newest wardrobe addition.
“My biggest mistake over the years was to buy boots with super, super high heels. If you can’t wear them in the day, you’re going to struggle at night.” With a pair of shoes like these, you start with the heels and then work the rest of your outfit around them.”
TIP ONE - IT’S ALL ABOUT PROPORTIONS
Boots are all about symmetry and proportion. Over the knee styles look great with skinny jeans and an oversize sweater, while ankle boots paired with high-waisted suit trousers elongate the length of your legs. There’s always a question whether you shoulder tuck in your trousers into your boots or not—with biker boots I would say yes as otherwise they can shorten the appearance of your legs, but with heels ankle boots I prefer cropped trousers which show a little of my ankles. You definitely need to think about what you want to wear them with before you make your purchase.
TIP TWO - KEEP IT FRESH
Update your boots every season. To me, boots are a staple which help set your look. Of course, there are older styles I wear every season–I love flat biker boots because they add a touch of rock ‘n’ roll style to whatever you’re wearing. But a new pair of boots can refresh your collection and add a new heel height or shape to suit the mood of the season.
TIP THREE – BEWARE OF HEIGHTS
Beware ultra-high heels. My biggest mistake over the years was to buy boots with super, super high heels. If you can’t wear them in the day, you’re going to struggle at night and it’s far chicer to be comfortable. I try and buy block heels over a stiletto and I’m looking for a feeling of balance when I walk in them—no-0ne wants to wobble on their heels!
A style influencer’s ultimate guide to wearing boots
How many pairs of boots do you have?
Evangelie: I truly don’t know–but it’s too many! They dominate my wardrobe
Linda: I’ve got about 40 pairs. Ankle length, over-the-knee, knee-high, block heels, suede, fringe, peep-toe and not to mention kitten heel boots (which I’m currently obsessed with).
Helena: I think I have around 15 heeled ankle boots, 10 pairs of flat boots and about 10 pairs of over-the-knee styles. They are my must-wear piece, so I’ve got a bit of a collection!
Which style do you think is the most flattering?
Evangelie: Pointy toe styles definitely. They are super-flattering.
Linda: You can wear mid-heel ankle boots and kitten heels with everything. I wear them through the winter into summer and from the office to a club.
Helena: I love high heeled ankle boots because they feel sexy and feminine at the same time.
How can boots help you move from Summer to Winter?
Evangelie: I wear boots all year round – even with a silk slip dress in the summer. As long as you’re going somewhere indoors, boots work.
Linda: It’s all a matter of styling. I wear boots in winter with skirts and tights and I love the combination with jeans and an oversized coat. In summer, it’s about ankle boots or peep-toes with denim skirts or mid-length dresses.
Helena: I wear boots with skirts and a cropped top during summer or even a white dress with combat boots for an amazing look. For winter, I would add tights and also put my leather pants on.
What is the perfect day time boot heel height?
Evangelie: A medium heel height is best. My doctor recently told me not to wear flats in the day because the best heel for walking is a medium height—at least for my feet.
Linda: For me it’s block heels because they are comfortable and cool. I always travel with a pair of black block heels in my suitcase because I can wear them to any occasion.
Helena: I think it’s the block heel because even though they are still high, they’re super comfortable.
Bare legs or tights?
Evangelie: I don’t mind tights, but nothing beats bare legs.
Linda: I like to wear tights during winter with a mini skirt or dress.
Helena: Bare legs for sure!