Short (calf or ankle length), “tough-looking” boots are back in style. A bit of biker buckle, a sturdy low heel, a bulky toe and playful top stitching makes for a fab, casual and weatherproof Winter look. They are cute under wider jeans, over skinnies, with casual knitwear and with the odd skirt or dress. Their laid-back and untailored appeal is a nice alternative to fashion sneakers and Converse. I had a brown pair in the early 90’s that I wore with Levi 501’s and, you guessed it, a button down shirt.

Short rugged boots seem more mainstream and wearable than the classic Doc Marten because the design detail varies and you can choose a more refined style. I think the look is cool and I’d wear them again in an instant. Are they your cup of tea?

Frye Owen Back Zip with LugFrye Brando Inside ZipFrye Veronica ShortieFrye Belted HarnessMIA Easy RiderFrye Heath Outside Zip

It’s great to see a wide range of footwear product in store – from the super pointy-toed stiletto to these boots. As much as I like pretty, dainty and feminine things, I fancy the look of boyish, hard-core looking items too. I’m thoroughly enjoying this fashion revival and suspect that it will be around for a while.