Used in a fashion context, the word practical tends to sound like a curse word. The sensible coat from our childhood left haunting memories behind of not fitting in on the playground, and that functional backpack didn't exactly come with an entrance ticket to the popular clique either. Today, however, the words practical and dull are no longer in sync when it comes to fashion. Comfortable Birkenstocks graced neatly pedicured feet for the last three summers, and this autumn/winter 2017 even hiking boots are no longer reserved for those inclined to explore the great outdoors. These heavy treaded sole boots emerged on Nicolas Ghesquière's Louis Vuitton Resort 2016 runway and ever since numerous designers have offered their take on the functional, but now good-looking shoe.
For AW17 the boot that can brave the elements continues to test its limits between comfortable slope-inspired footwear and luxurious, desirable boots ready to conquer the streets. Belgian designer Sofie D'Hoore dipped her 'Fjord' boots in three different colours for a modern look with a slight tomboyish touch. Isabel Marant's après-ski boots are ideal for rough winters or to add a tough touch to any outfit while keeping your toes nice and toasty. While this mountain boot silhouette maintains its functional and practical appeal, its makeover comes with a new and unexpectedly feminine allure. Why not pair these stomping boots with a flirty dress or sparkly top? Embrace the duality of each look and dare to experiment by following designers' footsteps. Trust us; these boots are comfy enough to take you all the way.