Drop what you think about trashy thigh-high boots and their illustrious past, there is a high-fashion movement that is bringing the style to a classy level. It wouldn’t be out of the question to consider the boot a winter staple, and paired with the right pants or skirt; the fashion-forward thigh-high boot is fast becoming the latest key piece.

Consider the black suede Gianvito Rossi over-the-knee boots, a simple yet effective boot with a manageable heel for any urban environment. The key is to pair the boot with a coat or skinny jean, avoiding excess exposed skin, cementing its status as a winter essential.

Roberta Bentelar, founder and managing director at, shared her pearls of wisdom on the topic saying “not to wear anything tight on the top half. Anyone of any age can wear them. It just depends which over-the-knee boots you choose.”

While a majority of the offering are in suede, the newer and more quality styles of the fabric have overcome its tendency to wrinkle and bag, leaving the wearer confident the shoe will look good for a longer time.

International retailer Marks and Spencer chimed in saying “the over-the-knee boot has gathered real momentum this season, mainly because of the popularity of the A-line skirt. Worn with a flared midi, the knee-high boot channels the 70s aesthetic beautifully and provides an elegant alternative to trousers in the winter months.”

The trick is not to look at the shoe as the centrepiece of an outfit, but rather an item to be used as an enhancer for the pieces already in your wardrobe.