September 14, 2021 at 08:00AM
Marks and Spencer is a British institution that is loved up and down the country for delivering quality staples, particularly underwear, pyjamas and cashmere jumpers. It creates classic pieces that appeal to all ages, and although the design has universal appeal, it is never particularly out-there or following street style trends. That’s why our editors were all surprised when we found a pair of boots that look straight from Copenhagen Fashion Week. Chunky, rubber-sole boots have been trending thanks to designers like Ganni and Bottega Veneta, and M&S has done its own iteration of the chunky knee-highs for £50.
So I had to try a pair to see if they live up to the product image on the website. When I put them on, my partner said, “Why are you wearing wellies inside?” This is certainly a reaction you will get to these boots, as they do look like practical rain boots. I love the detailing on the sole and around the ankle and also the zip feature—small considerations that give these rubber boots a fashion edge. One thing I would note, however, is that the top of the boots fit very close to the calf, which I don’t typically find with knee-high boots. This means that jeans or trousers wouldn’t fit in them, so these boots have to be worn with miniskirts or dresses, slightly limiting the styling options. M&S, if you’re listening, please bring these out in a wide leg, too.
Next up, see our guide to the best ankle boots for 2021.