2003 Calf Leather Fitted Mid Platform Boots with Metal Heel
Size 39,5 - UK 6,5 - US 8,5.
Helmut Lang metal-heeled boots from A/W 2003-2004. In excellent used condition. Made in Italy.
A/W 2003 is seen by many as Helmut Lang's definitive 'bondage' collection. A diverse variety of inspirations -ranging from airforce uniforms and Vivienne Westwood's Seditionaries to classic evening tailoring- were refined into a unique collection that combined subcultural aggression with refined sartorialism. The season's conceptually rich designs have become part of contemporary fashion history, influencing a wide range of designers in the process. Among the collection's many innovations, the footwear was distinguished in the use of polished metal applications that gave a subversively combative edge to the sleek designs.
Like all Helmut Lang footwear, the boots have a simple yet sensual silhouette that is quintessential Lang. Crafted from a single piece of luxurious calf leather with a matte finish (less lustrous than the runway photos), they close with a sleek back zipper. Their narrow form closely follows the lines of the foot for a beautiful shape that finishes in a sharp almond toe with a reinforced welt. The clean lines of the leather upper are offset by a fantastic chunky high heel covered with laminated metal plaques. The result is a sturdy no-nonsense shoe that maintains a timeless elegance.
The boots' exquisite design is undoubtedly matched by the traditional craftsmanship involved in their materials and construction. The quality of the calf leather shell is extremely high, evident in its unblemished fine grains and smooth texture. Likewise, the sole is traditionally constructed using polished leather. The interior is fully lined in glove leather.
Designed over a decade before metal detailing became a worldwide trend in footwear, these boots are a beautiful example of Helmut Lang's enduringly relevant aesthetic. Sitting somewhere between classic and avant-garde, they will add a sense of cerebral elegance to any modern outfit. Strongly recommended.