The original 2-tone Spats boot was inspired by classic vintage footwear. Needless to say they are loved by vintage and retro fashionistas. In this style blog the incredible Boyer Family Singers (three sisters from Ohio who have more flair for putting spiffy outfits together than the costume department of BBC1's Call the Midwife) give them the Forties makeover. And what did the Boyer sisters say about their new ankle wellies? "Overall we girls are amazed at the wonderful quality and vintage style of Spats Boots. They aren’t just a pair of shoes that look vintage, they have the quality of true vintage as well, which makes them worth every penny."
Jessica styled her Spats with a classic Swing Dress, that echoed the colors of her Chocolate and Sky boots. All of us girls wore ankle socks with our boots to keep the edges from chafing our legs. Did I mention that the Spats have a nice fleecy lining in them? And both of the girls got fleece insoles to add to their boots to help them fit better and make them cozier.
One thing that is important when wearing ankle boots of any sort, is to make sure that your clothing is proportioned in such a way so that it doesn’t make you look like you have fat ankles. All of us girls succeeded in this by keeping our skirts just below our knees. If our skirts had been ankle length, things may have looked a bit more awkward, but by keeping that space between boot and hemline you create an ensemble that is more pleasing to the eye.
Brigid went for a 1930s secretary look with a pleated skirt and white blouse. I really wanted my black and white Spats Boots to be the focal point of my outfit, so I kept any pop of color to just my lipstick and brooch.
My Spats were SO comfortable and warm to wear. I was really concerned that my feet would slip around in them, or that they would be too big in the ankles, but all my fears were allayed with these lovely boots. The toe portion is sufficiently snug to keep them on your feet, but not be too tight when wearing thick socks, and the ankle portion is loose enough, but not too loose, to be perfectly comfortable when walking. Plus, the soles are rubber, so they are very cushy and soft to walk in.
Charlotte styled her Spats in a way that I like to term French Resistance. Maybe it’s the beret or the military green, but something about her outfit just reminded me so much of a young lady from 1940s France. Charlotte also created nice rhythm in her outfit by echoing the red of her Spats Boots in both her purse and in her choice of lipstick color. By echoing a color or theme one to two times in your outfit, as Charlotte did here, it helps to draw your eye up to the face of the wearer, while also creating a cohesive ensemble.