Before becoming a household name, Jimmy Choo was a bespoke shoemaker in London in the early 1990s, counting the global jet-set, including Princess Diana, as its clients.
The Jimmy Choo company was officially founded in 1996, opening its first store on Motcomb Street in London, and while Mr Choo himself departed the company in 2001, his niece Sandra Choi took on the role of creative director, a position she still holds today.
Renowned as a pioneer in celebrity dressing, Choo was one of the first brands to put shoes and handbags at the forefront of the Hollywood red carpet, so it is little surprise that the brand is most commonly associated with show-stopping, skyscraper heels, which have adorned the feet of many influential figures over the years.
But Choo’s repertoire spans far beyond the statement heel, with a range of functional seasonal boots that are every bit as stylish as their glamorous counterparts, while being the ideal choice as the colder months approach.
Named ‘Cultured Glamour’, Jimmy Choo’s eclectic collection of winter boots for A/W 2020 celebrates universal beauty. Combining modern cuts, elegant design and exceptional Italian craftsmanship, the range features refined silhouettes, and unique details that draw inspiration from different cultures around the world.
‘This season, I was thinking about preciousness, about refinement and elevation, about paying attention to details’ says Choi. ‘Creating something beautiful, artful and considered. Something designed to last.’
Featuring everything from heeled boots to ankle boots and combat boots, the collection nods more towards dressing up than dressing down, the sophisticated tone of the designs translates effortlessly from evening glamour to sports chic; from high-octane adventures to casual ease; and from special occasions to everyday escapades.
The Mele ankle-boot, for example, features a Western heel, seemingly carved from motherof- pearl, making every step feel special, yet comfortable. And the black Mabyn 85 mid-length boot in shiny soft calf leather and snake-printed leather is characterised by a contemporary square toe and angular heel, which will add a cool edge, whether paired with jeans or a skirt.
The collection’s hero print, the ‘Toile de Choo’, is inspired by the illustrative stories of Japanese Emakimono scrolls and French Toile de Jouy. The signature pattern fuses artistic elements including the JC logo, which is printed on technical silk and woven into jacquard in a delicate porcelain blue fabric.
Based on a walking boot, but much more glamorous, the Eshe Flat utility boot comes in a new snake-embossed leather, making it stylish enough for a stroll in the city, yet durable enough for a jaunt in the countryside. There is also a suede and shearling option of the boot available, in black or natural beige, for the ultimate in comfort and style.
Wherever you intend to go this winter, and whatever the weather might throw at you, a pair of Choo’s elegant winter boots will add both grace and attitude to your step.
From £450; jimmychoo.com