The real thing lies just a hop across the river Seine, but Karl Lagerfeld is not a man to bother with such trifles. Today in Paris, for his Chanel fall 2017 Haute Couture show, he built a giant replica of the Eiffel Tower smack bang in the middle of the Grand Palais.
A prim Victorian style got the Chanel treatment with popper fastenings, patent leather detailing and a clear Plexi glass heel. It came in both tricky-to-pull-off mid-calf lengths and those soaring someplace above the knee. The latter, especially, will appeal to a more modest clientele or those more advanced in years and deeper of wallet.
Look closely and what might initially appear to be a full patent style is actually a clever trick of the light. The front and back panels and the toe come in that material but the rest of the structure is done in a much softer nappa, satin or occasionally tweed to match the outerwear.
This is the ideal solution for both fit and comfort while also falling on the ladylike-with-a-twist side of the kinky boot cliché.