There are shoes, and there are boots. There are boots and there are cuissardes. The name of these shoes comes from the French cuisse, thigh, and defines the high boots which cover the leg over -and way over- the knee. Created by Paco Rabanne, in the ‘60s, and firstly worn by Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin, they become famous thanks to Jane Fonda and her Barbarella: with her white and black boots, she demonstrated that cuissardes were not for pirates and musketeers anymore. In the 90s, Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman made them the symbol of a feminine and sexy woman. And now, twenty years later, these statement boots are still on the catwalk.
Among the many styles we saw in the last fall-winter collection, we’d like to present the ones we fell madly in love with.
Chanel’s cuissardes are stretch, black or white, and decorated with silver chains gently falling from the shin to the ankle.
Tom Ford creates patchwork sculptures in beautiful colors which resembles the pattern on the skirts, creating and exclusive total look.
Peter Dundas for Emillio Pucci takes the cuissareds back to the Mary Quant era, matching them with looks inspired by the Sixties full of minidresses, small coats, sheer blouses and pastel-colored furs. These models are presented in soft materials and colors, such as brown and red suede or decorated leather.