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Why I’m living in stompy boots, right now

— by Alyson Walsh

Photo: Andrew Crowley for the Telegraph. Wearing Penelope Chilvers Rodriguez Boots

Little did I know in early 2019, when I wrote about chic hiking boots and bracing walks, what 2020 had in store. Now entering Lockdown 2.0 and the winter months, after the wettest October on record, stompy boots you can walk in feel like an absolute necessity. Even in the middle of the metropolis. After trampling through the park and around the local woods, swerving off the pavement and onto the grass verge to create ‘space’ for passers-by (my pleasure), the Grenson’s in this photo don’t look quite as neat as they once were. But still, sturdy, stylish and practical, these boots were made for stomping. There was a time in my life when I lived in Doc Martens and honestly thought I would never wear another shoe. On graduating, I soon kicked the habit and DMs were replaced by Chelsea boots and hi-top sneakers. Rediscovering bovver boots in my fifties feels like coming home. They’re part of my style DNA, in them I feel powerful, like I can get shit done.

 

Grenson boots. Photo: Claire Pepper

Mostly I’m wearing these Grenson hiking boots with old coated jeans and the checked donkey jacket, but there are a range of other options. Over the last few days on my constitutional, I’ve been on Boot Watch and have spotted stompers with a checked, belted coat and cropped trousers, big boots and a knitted dress and bomber jacket. And there’s always the marvellous midi skirt (see fashion editor Donna Wallace, below). One piece of style advice: make sure your socks are chunky, too. I’ve just bought a batch of thick, cotton walking socks from Community Clothing and now I’m ready to ramble.

 

Photo: NY Mag

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