Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

MARCH OF THE V-HIGH; Women's Footwear Has Long Been about Sex. This Season's Must-Haves Stretch So High They've Been Dubbed 'Vagina Boots'. but Who Actually Dares Wear Them, Asks Liz Hoggard

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

MARCH OF THE V-HIGH; Women's Footwear Has Long Been about Sex. This Season's Must-Haves Stretch So High They've Been Dubbed 'Vagina Boots'. but Who Actually Dares Wear Them, Asks Liz Hoggard

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Byline: Liz Hoggard

This autumn there is a clear sartorial divide. Go od g i r l s s t and demurely in flat shoes. Bad girls teeter in stella McCartney thigh-high boots. These perforated faux-leather boots hug the wearer like a second skin.

From Prada to Topshop, bum-high boots are everywhere. Rihanna teams her stellas with a micro mini-dress. The normally understated English rose, Rachel Weisz, posed in a fierce pair of studded hip-hugging Alexander McQueens for harper's Bazaar.

Madonna accessorised her leather and velvet ribbon thigh-length Louis Vuitton boots with rabbits' ears at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume institute Gala. Even squeaky clean teen, hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus, adopted the look for Elle magazine.

But these new model waders go further than previous incarnations of the thighhigh.

They envelop your legs, kiss your thighs and inch higher. No wonder they've been dubbed "vagina high" boots by naughty fashion bloggers.

"They are seriously V-high," a twentysomething told me in wonder as she struggled into a pair of black, laced thigh-length monster-heel boots.

so why are we flirting with such daring underwear-grazing heights. Recession? A new love of femininity (see the new passion for suspenders). According to design critic stephen Bayley, author of Woman As Design, "any sort of formfitting leather invites speculation about the flesh beneath and suggests a keen sensuality and a very sexy confidence on behalf of the wearer. it disguises and advertises at the same time: the curious eye is irresistibly drawn to places more complicated than the knee. Any lookat-me gesture has an erotic character: vagina boots magnify look-at-me into very focused voyeurism."

But can fashion really resell us the new vagina boots as a bold aesthetic trend. Doesn't it always read Pretty Woman or dominatrix? For sex and relationships expert Tracey Cox "boots draw the eye up the leg towards the genitals. Thigh-high boots are the garb of hookers and it takes a brave woman to pull on a pair when they're not in fashion. it sends a very clear message: i'm up for it. …

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