The F/W ’22 shows were filled with trends, some tame and some a little more shocking. Of those that fell into the latter category, probably the most controversial were the over-the-knee over-the-knee boots that seemed to pop up on every runway, from Bottega Veneta and Chanel to Acne Studios and Y/Project. Similar in shape to waders – yes, like the extra tall boots you wear when fishing – this season’s OTK boots are a far cry from the styles we’ve seen in the past, which makes it all the more surprising that Rihanna has was the first celebrity to wear them. After all, the Fenty founder has never been one to choose the obvious choice, especially when it comes to fashion.
Over the weekend, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky were spotted out in New York, where the new mom debuted a pair of thigh-high boots from Y/Project’s even newer Spring ’23 collection. With them, she added an R13 denim miniskirt, a vintage RZA t-shirt and a vintage Tom Ford Gucci snakeskin bag, as well as Briony Raymond jewelry and sunglasses by Rick Owens. The look, as is almost always true when worn by Rihanna, was as cool as ever. Boots? A sign that stilt walkers have officially left the track and entered the real world.
As they arrive, shop some of our favorite waders below.