Blake Lively’s combat boots tapped into this unexpected fall trend
For fashion insiders, Blake Lively’s shoe choices are always a topic of discussion. At free guy first in early August, she paired her Prabal Gurung dress with a pair of Converse sneakers, a relative anomaly when it comes to red carpet styling. A month later, Lively joined Cardi B in endorsing the fall Chelsea boot trend with her crisp white pair from Christian Louboutin. And now Lively’s combat boots have entered the style talk. On October 13, the actor walked around New York City wearing a pair of burgundy lace-up Chanel boots.
Her outfit consisted of a white long-sleeved button-down high collar, high waisted navy striped pants and a Christian Dior Diorama Vertical clutch in her crossbody configuration. And now for the meat of Lively’s look – her shoes. Lively’s boots fall into the combat category (they tick off all of the shoe’s defining qualities – like laces, a heavy sole, and signature rugged essence), but not in the edgy and cool sense that often comes to the fore. spirit. Instead, his boasted a more utilitarian, hiking-inspired design aka gorpcore (yes, that’s a real word – or, at least in fashion niche vernacular terms, is recognized. as legitimate).
First invented by writer Jason Chen in a 2017 article for The cup, the term centers on the familiar descriptor for trail mix, “good ol ‘raisins and peanuts,” and describes the outdoors inspired clothing. (Think thermal outerwear, cargo pants, and hiking boots with hard-wearing laces.) Gorp-inspired items also tap into an earthy type of minimalism that’s particularly fascinating.
For example, when you are outdoors, you don’t need excessive jewelry or clothing just for the sake of art. In these circumstances, function takes precedence over fashion. And ironically enough, that nonchalant essence of gorpcore – the one that prioritizes utility – ultimately led the aesthetic to become such a powerful subset of fashion for fall 2021.
Lively’s shoes demonstrated a crucial component of gorpcore, which is that it is a transport aesthetic. The actor may have walked the streets of New York City, but his sturdy lace-up boots evoke the sight of campgrounds and the smell of the outdoors. Essentially, his boots transport you to a place far removed from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle.
The transcendent aspect of the gorpcore trend was also visible in Jaquemus’ fall 2021 collection, which focused on the concept of how the Jacquemus woman would behave when hiking the mountainside. The collection – aptly called “The Mountain” – consisted of Patagonian-inspired outerwear, lobster-shaped clasps, and pants that fold down at the waist to resemble a rolled-up sleeping bag. Miu Miu’s Fall / Winter 2021 collection also offered its own luxurious take on the rugged aesthetic with its many quilted puffer jackets and all-terrain boots. Of course, it also helped that the show was set on top of a snow-capped mountain where viewers could see the outerwear in action.
Lace-up boots like Lively’s make it easy for you to enter the world of gorpcore. And while her sturdy merlot-colored boots are sadly not to be found online, there are many similar styles that channel the earthy look. Below are some of TZR’s top picks.
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