- Has remained the same throughout time and in most cultures; to provide protection from the elements.
- For profile and status reasons. Boots made from leather were worn in the ancient period as a symbol of wealth, power, and military might. Worn as a distinction from the rest of the population who were often seen barefooted.
- Can be made from various fabrics such as silk, cotton, wool, polyester. However they are typically made from suede or leather.
What can you take from this?
I am inspired by the idea that boots are worn as a symbol of power. This can be communicated through the boot itself. Think about the materials they are made from. Take Doc Marten boots as an example:
- Made from durable, strong, hard wearing materials throughout which I believe makes the wearer feel empowered and confident.
- The feel of leather, suede or most materials used to make ankle boots are often rigid, strong and feature interesting textures. Can this make the wearer feel a certain way?
- Movement and sound of the boot itself also makes distinct, chunky, heavy sounds which is different from most shoes.
- Ankle boots have a way of making the wearer feel bold, confident and almost a feeling of being indestructible.
- A way of power dressing (??)