From the Archives: Stylish Boots Through the Decades

The boot is thought to have been around since ancient times, and in the past several hundred years, it’s become an irreplaceable wardrobe staple. While most styles change through the decades, the boot is one item that has remained timeless.

Take this photo of actress Catherine Deneuve in 1967. Her mod knee-high black boots wouldn’t be totally out of place on the streets today. And neither would singer-artist Yoko Ono’s black platform boots from 1973, or the leather boots on the Anne Klein fall 1972 runway.

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French actress Catherine Deneuve wearing minidress and knee­-high leather boots.
CREDIT: Nick Machalaba
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Yoko Ono wearing hot pants and platform go-­go boots at an art gallery.
CREDIT: Peter Simins
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Anne Klein fall 1972 collection.
CREDIT: Peter Simins

The mid-calf boots from Calvin Klein’s fall 1995 collection feel incredibly of-the-moment with their fitted look.

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Models in looks from the Calvin Klein fall 1995 collection.
CREDIT: Thomas Iannaccone

Even the red tartan boots from the Givenchy couture fall 1997 show could fit seamlessly into a show 20 years later.

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Red tartan plaid skirtsuit with black lace overlay and matching boots worn with fur scarf in the Givenchy couture fall 1997 show in Paris designed by Alexander McQueen.
CREDIT: Giovanni Giannoni

Of course, there may be a lavishness that comes with the late 2000s. One such moment was Chanel’s dramatic fur boots from the fall 2010 show.

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Chanel fall 2010 boots.
CREDIT: Giovanni Giannoni

Click through the gallery to see more boots through the decades.

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