Duke It Out: Over-The-Knee Boots

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The August mags are out and in the course of my monthly fashion binge I noticed one item cropping up over and over on the Fall “must have” lists: over-the-knee boots (aka thigh-highs).

I have to admit, I actually own a pair of these from last year and have never been brave enough to go outdoors in them, despite my many fantasies of walking around looking like a high-fashion sexpot. My worry, of course, is that people are going to think I’m slutty (and yeah, I shouldn’t care what people think, but if I didn’t, I probably wouldn’t have bought the things in the first place). So, do we now accept over-the-knee boots as a viable fashion choice or are they one of those things that only work on hookers and superheros?

When I was a kid, I watched the movie Batman Returns, and somehow, I don’t think I’ve ever quite gotten over my desire to be Catwoman. Last year, I faced much the same situation with liquid leggings and once I finally got up the courage to wear them outside, I freaking loved them. So can the same be said about these boots? They look sexy, they make a statement, and they’re actually really warm, which would rock once the weather gets cold. And if the magazines are to be believed, then maybe I wouldn’t be the only respectable lady out there walking around in them.

The downside, of course, is that there is some definite stigma attached to these babies – which, admittedly, is part of the appeal. These are the kind of footwear that your boyfriend, his friends, and basically everyone with a penis will notice… and not necessarily in a good way. And while it may work in a magazine or movie, in the real world, over-the-top sexy items tend to get you dirty looks from guys and a very different kind of dirty looks from girls. Not fun. Plus, I have learned from past experience that just because a magazine says something is in, doesn’t mean anyone is actually going to be wearing it.

So what do you think, ladies? Should I woman-up and put the big boots into my fall wardrobe? Will any of you be joining me? Or will over-the-knee boots join the plaid mini skirt on the list of fashion choices forever ruined by porn?

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