WONDERFUL BOOTS NUMBER 4 WITH LEGGINGS

ARE YOU READY, BOOTS? START WALKIN‘ …

Multicoloured Leggings, Black Leather Knee-High Boots, Vivid Colour Jacket and Black Leather Bag

Boots to Style with Leggings

The boots I am showing this week have a very elegant form, the heel is comfortable and they are made from high quality plain and patent black leather.  Have a closer look!  You will see the boots’ design, the lower part made of patent leather, looking like shoes and the upper part with the plain leather finishing the boot. The zip on the sides helps to get the boots on quite easily. 

What do I wear with them? My recent purchase a pair of multicoloured leggings.

It is always a pleasure to style leggings, they are extraordinarily versatile. These multicoloured print leggings with the iconic pattern of flowers, chain and well known logo are perfect to wear with knee-high black leather  boots. 

The jacket in a vivid orange colour matches the colours of the leggings’ flowers. I could have also worn a blue jacket with my leggings or a yellow, there are various style alternatives. As for the accessories, you don’t need too many with this outfit, I have just added a black leather bag to complete the look.

How about you, do you like leggings and how do you style them?

Russian Boots

In the early 1920 s women were wearing the very popular calf- or knee-length boot called Russian boot. The so-called “Russian Boots” were designed by the French couturier Paul Poiret  and were a real fashion statement at that time. They went out of fashion in the 1930s,  and came back in the 1950s and 60s as high-leg fashion boots. Today the Russian boot is more related to the boots worn by folk dancers on stage.

The origin of the Russian boot was the handmade valenki. Valenki, is a traditional Russian footwear, made of thick felt, flat, wide topped and generally knee-length. They were worn by nomads of the Great Steppe, with their traditional clothing. Valenki were specifically used in the extremely cold winters in Russia to protect the feet from getting cold.  

Valenki became really popular  in the 19th century. The production was industrialised, but before the mass production started, valenki were expensive and only rich people could pay for them.


Picture downloaded from Pinterest


Picture downloaded from Pinterest

Valenki

As you can see from the pictures, there’s no difference between the left and right valenki,  but the fabric allows the boot to adapt to the shape of the owner’s foot when worn. 

Generally, valenki were only worn when walking on dry snow by freezing temperature. To prevent them from getting wet and to make them last longer,  valenki were used together with “Galoshes” a sort of overshoes, made from a waterproof material.  Today “galoshes” could be considered as rubber boots. 

As I was born in Russia, I remember those boots very well. I wore them during winter times as a child. My valenki were gray, quite ample to stick trousers legs into. They were keeping my feet warm and at the same time it was great fun to walk in them in the snow.

In the last decades, valenki have lost their attraction, also because of the climate change and  less rigorous winters in Russia. Today, other waterproof footwear replaced valenki. Museums have opened in Moscow, Kineshma and Myshkin, where you can see these traditional symbol of Russian culture. Did you know that the Russians regularly organise competitions in “valenki” throwing, where the distance and the precision are compensated.

The boots I am wearing on the picture have only in common with valenki the knee-length high.

What do I wear?

  • Black Knee-High Boots
  • Multicoloured Leggings
  • Orange Jacket
  • Black Leather Bag

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4 Comments

  1. Joan
    March 30, 2020 / 6:46 am

    Dear Rosa-Marie

    Those boots look beautiful, are they new, as even the sole looks perfectly clean. Or do you have someone who maintains them so well for you.

    Love Joan

    • Rosamarie
      Author
      March 30, 2020 / 8:53 pm

      Dear Joan,
      It is nice to hear from. I hope you are doing fine.
      The boots are quite a recent purchase, but I also have to admit that I like to take care of my clothes and footwear.
      I try carefully to select the items I buy and keep them in good condition, so that they can last for a long time.
      I am very much in favour of sustainable/slow fashion, where quality is key.
      Would appreciate know your opinion on that. Love Rosa-Marie

  2. Su
    March 31, 2020 / 7:21 am

    Good morning Rosa Marie

    What an interesting read on some of the history of boots from Russia and the throwing of valenki boots for fun. In England there is a similar silliness competition of welly throwing, I’ve attached a link below.

    However to your boots, what a cleaver idea to mix patent and real leather into the design of your boots. With your leggings the are so smart and with that jacket to add brightness and colour, and I really like that matching handbag so smart together.
    Have you worn those boots with your brown leather jacket, perhaps with a pair of neutral coloured leggings or even skinny jeans. This is one of my regular style outfits and I think your work very well for you.

    Keep safe and very kindest regards
    Su

    https://www.wonderfulwellies.co.uk/world-welly-wanging-championship/

    • Rosamarie
      Author
      March 31, 2020 / 7:05 pm

      Good evening Su,
      Thank you for your kind comment. I had a look at the link you have attached and realise that the welly throwing looks very similar to the valinki throwing. It is really funny.
      I have not yet worn those boots with my brown leather jacket, but I like your idea to style them with skinny jeans. I will keep this idea for a future posting. Thank you for your suggestion.
      Stay healthy and my warmest regards, Rosa-Marie

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