Style your biker boots – by Alyson Walsh

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walshheadWe’re delighted to introduce you to Alyson Walsh, a former fashion editor and successful blogger whose creed is that ‘style is forever’.  In the second of her series of exclusive posts she reveals how our Ivy biker boots rock her world.

What do Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker and Michelle Obama have in common? They are all global style icons with a penchant for biker boots. Over the years, I’ve owned many pairs of black leather ankle boots but never ever embraced the biker style.

Style, with comfort, Ivy biker boot

Ivy, rock the biker chic look in supreme comfort

Which is strange considering that I grew up at the tail end of punk and have always had a penchant for leather and buckles and looking like Marianne Faithfull in Girl on a Motorcycle. Fortunately, Hotter has rectified this situation by very kindly sending me a pair of their Ivy boots to stomp around in (as well as being super-comfy they have a lovely Prince of Wales check lining).

I’ve trialled them on autumn walks in the local park and on my bike – it’s a pushbike not a Harley and probably the nearest I’ll get to Faithfull’s odyssey.

Belle, bike boot by Hotter

Belle in Dark Tan comes with an extra wide fit calf size

One thing I have noticed is that biker boots have plenty of attitude and hence, you have to be careful how you wear them. I find it’s best to temper them with a softer edge rather than going full-out rock chick. Here are my tips on how to wear biker boots without looking like the oldest swinger in town:

1: Leave the leathers to Johnny Depp and his Hollywood Vampires super group. Head-to-toe is a no-no. If Johnny Depp can’t pull it off without looking like he’s in fancy dress, neither can you

2: Keep trousers slim. Try a pair of black leggings or coated skinny jeans to tuck inside the boots; I’ve also worn mine with a pair of cropped slim jeans that end where the boots begin. Wider trousers and baggy styles just don’t go

3: Embrace Casual Glamour. Add a lovely silk blouse and a faux fur jacket for a feminine twist, or smarten up with a beautiful tailored jacket and a big patterned silk scarf

4: Go khaki crazy. Make like a French Vogue editor and choose black jeans, leather and khaki. Opt for a casual military jacket right now and swap for a big parka when winter kicks in.

Alyson Walsh is a former fashion editor for Good Housekeeping magazine; a regular feature writer for the Guardian, Financial Times ‘How To Spend It’, Saga Magazine and Alyson started her successful style blog, That’s Not My Age, six years ago in order to celebrate the creed that ‘style is forever’. In her book ‘Style Forever’ she explores how the topics of fashion, age and culture are connected. Alyson has also appeared on BBC News and BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour with Jenni Murray
Style Forever is for any woman who refuses to be invisible - your clothes compendium to putting the FAB into fabulous. In her friendly and engaging way, Alyson unveils essential tips on colour coordination, the art of layering and what makes up your ‘Wardrobe Glue’. From scent sense to skincare, makeup to dressing up, discover what glamorous group you fit into - whether a Fabulous Femme or a Scandinista, a Superpower Dresser or an Ageless Rocker.


  • nony miller says:

    the most comfortable shoes ever.

  • jenny says:

    Why don’t you make these lovely boots in wide fit. Just because I need wide fit doesn’t mean I don’t want great boots. Regards Frustrated

    • Hotter says:

      Hi Jenny, the Belle boots do come with an extra width calf in the Dark Tan and Jet Black options and they also have a stretchy zip to make them easier to pull on. Have a look out for Briony riding boot with a fabulous elastic panel built into the design and the Shreya heeled boot with a zip up the back for both decoration and a little extra calf space. Our Personal Shoppers would be happy to talk you through specific sizing questions – it’s a free service on 0800 083 3083. Good luck, thanks Mel

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