The big Bottega Veneta boots keep arriving
Bottega Veneta has come a long way, growing from a somewhat specialized bag brand to a global powerhouse in luxury fashion. This is in part thanks to a top-level race, spanning nearly two decades, by designer Tomas Maier and, more recently, Daniel Lee, who took the helm a few years ago. The label undoubtedly received a boost, at least here in America, thanks to Kanye West, who seemed to live in the label’s Chelsea boots for much of the 2010s. At some point near the end of the tenure of Maier, Bottega Veneta has become synonymous with great boots. Lee, who has definitely changed things since his takeover, has also maintained the brand’s strong footwear lineage.
The first mega-hit was the Puddle Boot (and the matching clog), a set of rubber rain boots that you probably stomped on as a kid. Lee came up with the style in several shocking colors – chartreuse, neon blue, banana yellow – and the bold look was quickly embraced by fashion’s more esoteric dressers. (Especially those with a fairly advanced taste for shoes, like author David Sedaris, sneaker designer Salehe Bembury, and curator Antwaun Sargent, for example.)
Then came the absolute stomper dubbed the Tire Boot, a supercharged game on a Chelsea boot fitted with a sturdy studded outsole. Now Bottega Veneta presents the Puddle Bomber and Flash boots, two upcoming styles that mix the old and the new.
Both boots fall between high end fashion and straightforward utility. The Puddle Bomber plays heavily on its namesake predecessor, taking the minimalist silhouette and adding a big pinch of utility in the form of a hiking-inspired lacing system and the addition of sporty mesh fabric. On the other hand, the Flash boot brings a more spatial look to the table. This is a large Chelsea boot with a futuristic arched sole that features cutting edge ridges and panels. And true to the New Bottega shape, all kicks come in black and white, along with more showy shades like pastel pink and kelly green.
It’s a daunting task to play in the legacy of an iconic house while simultaneously pushing it to new heights. (Especially considering that under Maier the brand was known for a quieter type of luxury.) Still, Lee continues to bring a great Bottega Veneta boot after a great Bottega Veneta boot – and that’s literally by the size of these bad boys, no small task.
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