When I think of a statement boot, usually a pair of Jimmy Choo high heeled treasures or some decadent thigh high offerings, perfect to power pose in, come to mind. But this time I’m obsessing over Louis Vuitton’s new Pillow Boots. No, you didn’t just imagine reading the word pillow out of tiredness and the fact that during the pandemic we’ve all been seeing a lot more of our homely comforts than usual. Louis Vuitton has actually released pillows … that you can wear all day … on your feet!? Why am I so intrigued?! The pillow coat trend which featured on the autumn/winter 2020 runways has finally made its way to your feet with LV’s new Pillow Comfort Ankle Boots.
In this post, I’m going to tell you why I’ve swapped my rotation of glitzy and glamorous designer shoes for these unusual, yet truly lovable, pillow boots and whether they’re worth the designer price tag.
about luois vuitton pillow ankle boots
Pillow Comfort Ankle Boots
Available in three colour options – Black, White or Kaki
Waterproof nylon lining featuring Louis Vuitton Monogram pattern
Mesh textile on the inside
Laces with toggle to tighten made from Monogram canvas
Lightweight micro outsoles finished with contours in Nappa leather
If someone had told me a year ago that I’d be spending all my time indoors AND that I’d be wearing pillows on my feet, I would have said they were crazy. But fashion (like life, I guess)is unpredictable and wackier trends have made it onto the runway (and into my wardrobe). With the coronavirus pandemic continuing into 2021 and people spending more and more time at home, relaxed loungewear is reigning supreme. Some have even gone to extreme lengths to keep comfy during the pandemic. The #QuarantinePillowChallenge, which involves wearing a pillow as a dress with a belt to cinch in at the waist, went viral on Instagram back in April of 2020. Who knows, maybe Louis Vuitton has that one in the works for its next show?
With snug fits (quite literally)in high demand, it only makes sense that brands are picking up on this new relaxed to the max style. Luxe loungewear, ugly shoes and the barely left bed look are certainly not new to the fashion scene. Who could possibly forget the famous velour tracksuits of the early 2000s, Gucci’s collaboration with Crocs (I’m still recovering)or when Viktor & Rolf sent a model down its fall 2005 ready-to-wear runway in a puffer coat-dressing gown hybrid complete with a pillow against her head?! However, it feels like this time the style is less of a quirky novelty designers use to catch our attention and instead more like a reaction to a demand in the market.
Even with a hefty price tag of £850, these boots are sold out everywhere. They’re not exactly the epitome of glamorous fashion however people can’t get enough of these foot pillow treasures!
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What’s also surprising is that the boots are part of Louis Vuitton’s spring 2021 ready-to-wear collection. When it comes to footwear, we can typically expect sandals and heels from the spring/summer collections. This was certainly true for Louis Vuitton’s contemporaries for spring 2021 ready-to-wear. Prada had pointed-toe kitten heels, Chanel had strappy sandal heels and Bottega Veneta still kept within the realm of seasonal dressing without playing it safe, sending models down the runway in bright green, open-toe block heels.
I love the aforementioned designers, but I’d be lying if I said I had been reaching for pointed-toe and chunky heeled designs lately. Pillow boots, on the other hand, they’re my new go-to! Leave it to LV to predict just what we’ve going to desire at any given moment, from a new take on its classic Monogram to the latest in ultra comfy footwear, the house certainly knows how to both surprise and delight.
Vuitton’s new Pillow Comfort Ankle Boots were worn on the runway with colourful shift dresses and cropped leather jackets. However, like me, you will probably be more inclined to wear yours with pyjamas and a messy bun! The mesh textile inside of the boots makes them fit perfectly and feel super warm and cozy while the toggle closure means they can be made looser around the ankles if you prefer. I love wearing my pair indoors but since they can also be worn outside, I’m eager to try them out with teddy bear coats and some of my favourite ‘It’ bags.
Let me get one thing straight. No one is proclaiming LV’s Pillow Boots to be the new Blue Satin Bejewelled Hangisi Manolo Blahnik Pumps (no one would dare). But I have to admit that they have a certain charm that I wasn’t expecting to love so much. The thought of my feet feeling snug in the inner layer of the boots (which literally feel like the best and most fluffiest pair of fluffy socks ever), all the while seeing that pop of LV’s iconic Monogram. It makes me want to stash away my assemblage of satin pumps, leather loafers and sparkly heels in a cupboard, lock it and throw away the key (not quite literally – thank God).
And who knows whether this will last beyond lockdown? Regardless of whether I continue reaching for LV’s Pillow Boots for the next few months or the next few years, going on cost per wear, I will have definitely gotten my money’s worth (all £850 of it)! And if I find myself pining for this unorthodox accessory long after lockdown has ended, perhaps Louis Vuitton will let me wear them to its next fashion week show?
What do you think of Louis Vuitton’s latest outlandish accessory?