Raf Simons‘ Fall/Winter 2022 runway show was a return to form for the renowned Belgian designer, with statement pieces with Simons’ dark and sexual overtones, including leather boots, vinyl aprons, enormous fuzzy mohair hats, countrified satin purses, and much more. The black block-heel boots, a wellington style that was visible on practically every look (in one form or another) throughout the presentation, were one of the main items that were designed with this attitude in mind.
Now, this pair has been released — albeit rather quietly. It first started to appear unexpectedly in stores, and since then, it has started to appear online at different retailers all over the world. Thankfully, this gives us a better look at the pair, which is crafted from thick, premium black leather that’s smooth and sparsely detailed.
Raf Simons’ emblem is stamped into the lateral-side collar of both feet, but proceeding down the shaft we discover little decoration. Instead, emphasis is placed on distinctive details like the almond-shaped toe, which reflects Simons’ most recent foray into the footwear industry. To separate the sole from the shaft of the boot, grip rubber is put to the midsole and runs around the outside of the boot.
The stacked soleis located underneath, a large component that adds roughly three inches in height. The luxuriously minimalist piece is finished with a central seam on the back and asymmetrical seams on the front.
This particular pair of boots is noteworthy because it is Simons’ first significant “runway” boot to be made available to the general public in many years. While boots were launched, they did not share the same vision as this new wellington boot due to the designer’s recent concentration on lifestyle footwear designs that drew inspiration from the sneaker industry. In the future, they will undoubtedly become collector’s items.
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