The year was 1997, and I had just found the one.
The one who just ‘got’ me.
Good-looking, practical, reliable.
Staring through the shop window in Sydney’s Pitt St Mall, it was love at first sight.
There stood the most perfect boots that ever existed: steel capped, laced-up, chunky-heeled black knee high boots.
I blew more than two weeks rent on those black beauties. I wore them with a black satin corset, a slip skirt and sheer stockings (look, it was a weird time for me fashion-wise) to see Shirley Manson – my Gothic spirit animal – perform in Garbage at Sydney’s Hordern Pavillion.
I no longer have the boots, but my love of tall, black boots-with-attitude never waned. Read on for 21 pairs of boots to shop now, from the still on-trend ankle boots to gumboots for grown-ups.
(L-R): 1. Nine West Haylee Boots, $149.95,
L-R: 1. Senso Paloma III $275,
(L-R): 1. Spurr Lace-up boots, $49.95