We'd like to introduce Victoria Durden, sister to Lauren Durden (our Food, Drinks and Travel Editor), and our newest contributor to The BLVD. She's currently finishing up her last year of college at Barnard in NYC, and brings a new edge to our site. On the menu today, punk details done right, a collab between our Durden sisters.
Recently, I’ve been really into the idea of clothing and beauty as armor. I love the idea of creating looks that incorporate harder—literally and aesthetically—detail. Wearing items that incorporate metal and leather, in particular, make me feel quite literally protected — but they also cultivate a feeling of strength within me that I am then able to project outwardly. When I put on pieces that feature leather and metal I feel like I am instantly able to amplify my personal don’t touch me vibes—which are actually pretty important to exude as a petit Asian woman on the streets and in the subways of New York where it seems like every man feels entitled to cop a feel. Couple this desire with the fact that it’s winter, and I am beginning to feel like every last layer is actually chainmail and breastplates weighing down on me —rethinking frumpy layers as “armor” pieces has helped me to avoid the winter tendency of getting bogged down in all the layers and giving up any and all desire to remain stylish, in favor of simply keeping warm.
Though, if you’re not ready to commit to a studded leather jacket covered in Gauze and Discharge patches that have been safety pinned on, you can always channel the clothing-as-badass-armor metaphor through smaller pieces like boots. Leather boots are the perfect way to incorporate powerful armor-like pieces without becoming too scary (although, I personally question if this is possible) or having to drop $500 for a leather harness or jacket.
We’ve picked four winter ready styles that incorporate punk detailing with the weather in mind to help you channel your own very important don’t you dare lay a hand on me, lest I stomp you to pieces vibes this winter.
1. When I saw these boots sitting beneath a table of sweaters I made a bee line for them, having recognized them from a recent photograph of Beyonce at a Brooklyn Nets game about a week ago. I love the platform, which provides comfort even though the heel is sky high, and the metal detailing that provides an edge that is decidedly bad bitch. These boots are currently on sale at Zara for 39.99. See if you can snag a pair at your store—but be aware, you may have to dig! Zara sale here, similar booties here.
2. These are a twist on Dr. Martens classic 1460 boot. We loved the metal detailing, and the slightly narrower toe that distinguish this pair of Docs from the 1460 boot. Of course Doc Martens are the epitome of punk, but the metal detailing on these boots just make them feel even more punk? Even better, these boots are perfect for the snow as they feature rubber soles with deep grooves—and a much more stylish alternative to snow boots. Similar here.
3. With a chunky, deep-grooved soles, these boots mimic the Doc Marten's above from the midpoint down. Cut outs and Chanel-esque chains around the ankles bring in punk details, with a runway edge, making these ankle boots an equally easy choice for trekking through the mountains of snow and slush to Friday's show or meeting for drinks in the dead of winter. Zara sale , similar here.
4. A slightly more feminine silhouette than the Dr. Martens, and a slightly more practical shape than the platform boot that Beyoncé rocked at the Brooklyn Nets game, these zara lace up leather boots are perfect for when you want to be comfortable, but still hardening up your look just slightly. Similar here.
Editorial by Victoria Durden
Photos by Lauren Durden