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    Big Boots Are Back, Big Time

    From ’90s hip-hop staple to Y2K uniform component to 2024 outfit essential, the resurgence of oversized footwear confirms that time is a flat circle.

    WRITER: Will Gendron
    Courtesy of A$AP Nast

    “My first reaction when I saw them online was ‘Oh my god, let’s f—--- go!” says A$AP Nast, capturing the excitement many felt when seeing Louis Vuitton’s internet-breaking Timberland boots for the first time. "I went to the LV studio in Paris and got to see them in person,” Nast continues. “I was just so excited that the collaboration was actually real.”

    Big boots, like many high-fashion reference points, are rooted in utility. From the marshes and swamps of the Southeast to the dusty plains of the Midwest, this type of footwear aims to keep entrants out while maintaining stability. In the past year or so, this everyman practicality has been applied to the runway, with the trickle-down effect resulting in a renewed appreciation for boots typically associated with the cold-weather months. For people like Nast, they never truly went away.

    “I can't imagine my life without a pair of what we call ‘constructs,’” he says. “They're a staple because you can wear and style them with just about anything. They pull together even the most lackluster outfits—it's almost like magic. New York City and the entire hip-hop community have glorified them for so long. They're not going anywhere.”

    Workwear-inspired boots from Pharrell Williams' Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2024 collection. The runway show debuted a new collaboration between Timberland and the French maison.   
    A$AP Nast wearing a black version of the Louis Vuitton x Timberland boot. Image courtesy of A$AP Nast.   
    Y/Project's exaggerated take on UGG's signature shearling boots, as seen on the runway for the Fall/Winter 2018 season. The collaboration included thigh-high silhouettes and styles with multi-layered cuffs.   
    Actress Katerina Tannenbaum outside Loewe's Spring/Summer 2023 show during Paris Fashion Week.   
    Street style captured during the Fall/Winter 2024 fashion show season, featuring Timberland's iconic 6 Inch Boot.   

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