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Style Guide: How to Wear Biker Boots

Biker boots: they're not just for roaring down the highway anymore. These timeless classics have transcended their rugged roots to become a staple in the wardrobes of style mavens worldwide. At Pavers, we're passionate about merging comfort with chic, and our latest range of biker boots is no exception. Join us as we delve into the world of these edgy essentials, exploring how they've evolved and offering top tips on how to incorporate them seamlessly into your everyday ensembles

What are Biker Boots?

Biker boots, as their name suggests, have deep roots in the motorcycle world. Originally crafted in the early 20th century to protect motorcyclists during their rides, these boots were designed with durability, protection, and functionality in mind. Characterised by their sturdy leather construction, and thick soles, and often adorned with distinctive metal hardware such as buckles, chains, or studs, biker boots were made to withstand the rugged conditions of the road while shielding the rider's feet from potential hazards.

However, as with many items born out of necessity, fashion quickly adopted the robust aesthetic of the biker boot. By the mid-20th century, they were not just the reserve of the motorcycling community but were being sported by rock stars, celebrities, and fashion-forward individuals worldwide. Their association with rebellion, freedom, and a touch of edginess made them a sought-after footwear choice.

Today, at Pavers, we cherish the rich history of biker boots and celebrate their evolution. While we ensure that our collection retains the essence of the classic biker boot – the toughness and the boldness – we also infuse contemporary touches and comfort-centric features. This ensures our customers not only walk with a hint of rebellious flair but do so in supreme comfort. Whether you're channeling a classic rocker vibe or just want a sturdy pair of boots that makes a statement, biker boots remain a timeless addition to any wardrobe.

Are Biker Boots in Fashion?

When we think of biker boots, one word comes to mind: practicality. Originally meant to protect the feet of motorcycle riders, this style is typically characterised by a smooth surface, low heel, and buckle detail – but not all biker boots look the same! From traditional black to bright colours, and new details such as faux-fur or knitted cuffs, the biker boot has travelled a long way from where they started out.

Easily slipped on and zipped up right before you head out the door, biker boots are a picture of casual confidence and effortless style. The practicality of the biker boot also makes them an excellent choice for the colder, wetter months thanks to their generally low heels and roomy rounded toe, leaving space for even your thickest pair of snuggly socks.

The biker boot’s roomy design means that your toes are less likely to feel uncomfortable or squashed, while also leaving room for in-built cushion insoles, making them true champions of comfort.

Precisely because of their practicality, the biker boots will always be in fashion. In terms of how to style biker boots the trick is to just have fun! If you’re looking to inject some excitement into your outfits, our guide on what to wear with biker boots will help ignite your imagination.

How to Wear Biker Boots

With their rugged, sometimes hard-edged style, biker boots display their practicality plain and simple. For this reason, no-nonsense biker boots look great with softer cosy knit jumpers and woolly scarves.

Biker boots with knitted or faux-fur cuffs can also add a touch of contrasting softness to their overall design, in terms of comfort and how they look. It’s not all about appearances though – knitted or fur cuffs can help prevent the cold air from sneaking down into your boots and nipping at your toes. Equally, boots lined inside with plush fabrics, faux fur, or woolly fleece offer added protection against the harsher weather.

Since biker boots often have a more relaxed fit around the cuff, they go perfectly with slimmer-fitting bottoms such as leggings, tights, and jeans. It also makes them the perfect choice for anyone who struggles to find boots that fit comfortably around the ankle or calf.

Biker boots really are all-rounders, coming in endless styles with endless styling possibilities.

How to Wear Black Biker Boots

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Black biker boots are not just about ruggedness; they encapsulate a versatile style statement that stands the test of time. Starting with these iconic boots at your feet, build an ensemble that's both edgy and chic. Pairing them with black leggings, jeans, or trousers is a failsafe choice. If you're aiming for a seamless transition between your pants and boots, tuck the former into your boots, elongating the appearance of your legs.

Branching out from the monochrome palette, the upper half of your outfit is where you can truly express yourself. The neutrality of black creates a blank canvas, allowing you to experiment with bold patterns, textures, and hues. Think vibrant blouses, textured sweaters, or even layered looks with vests and jackets. Accessorizing further with statement necklaces, oversized sunglasses, or a wide-brimmed hat can elevate your biker boot ensemble from everyday to extraordinary. Remember, while the boots anchor your outfit, it's the combination of pieces that paints the full style picture. Embrace the flexibility they offer and redefine what edgy elegance means to you.

How to Wear Biker Boots with Jeans

As we mentioned above, it’s a good idea to tuck your jeans into the tops of your boots to make your legs appear longer and to avoid the uncomfortable bunching of fabric around the ankle. Tucking in your jeans has the added effect of sealing in warmth, keeping your toes and ankles nice and toasty.

Lend old jeans new life, with a touch of colour. Tan boots contrast nicely with blue jeans, while blue boots and jeans work in harmony. Boots with a brightly coloured knitted cuff can add a touch of fun to a casual jeans and jumper ensemble, while faux-fur cuffs will add a hint of winter luxury.

Some biker boots are designed to be water resistant. We all know how rainy it can be – choosing a weatherproof biker boot will brighten up even the rainiest of days by keeping your feet comfortable and dry no matter how many puddles you splash through!

How to Wear Biker Boots with Dresses

You’ll be forgiven for thinking that rugged biker boots and pretty dresses don’t go together – but biker boots can add a welcome twist to delicate skirts and dresses. This is especially true for chunkier biker boots which look equally good with slimmer fitting skirts as they do with floaty ones.

Chunky biker boots tend to have a block heel, which offers much better support for your feet than a slimmer heel. Better support reduces the likelihood of experiencing aches and pains, as well as providing greater stability as you step through your day.

Some biker boots even have hidden wedge heels inside – offering a slight boost of height without compromising their comfort or practicality. Heeled boots will (quite literally!) elevate your dress and skirt-based outfits.

How to Wear Lace-Up Biker Boots

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Embrace the unconventional in a pair of chunky lace-up biker boots. Laces lend interest and texture to smooth biker boots. Picking up on the texture of the laces, try pairing chunky lace-up biker boots with knitwear such as a jumper dress or a snuggly cardigan – matching tones and textures with tights and woolly accessories for chic and cosy style. 

Again, slimmer fitting bottoms work well with chunky lace-up biker boots, just remember to show off those lovely laces by tucking your jeans or leggings into the cuffs or rolling them up to sit on top of your boots.

How to Wear Knee-High Biker Boots

Knee high biker boots carry extra attitude (and comfort!) in every inch. Knee high bikers carry the added benefit of extending up the leg which helps to keep your legs warm despite the cold weather.

Contrast the colour of your boots with the colour of your jeans to draw attention to them and make a statement. Match knee high boots with you accessories, such as your handbag or belt for an easy stylish yet comfortable look, even on days when you’re just heading out to run errands.

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