Highsnobiety / Julian Burgueno

Perhaps one of the last traditional pre-pandemic fashion shows to go ahead, the Bottega Veneta Fall/ Winter 2020 collection, first shown during Milan Fashion Week in February, leaned hard into the tension between the old and the new; finding a refreshing new aesthetic integrating sustainable materials in the rift between what’s expected of luxury houses and what design’s new frontier is capable of.

The FW20 pieces – tailored suiting stretched and elongated over the body and punctured with streaks of lime and fuchsia around wide collars – found a charming dissonance between traditional craftsmanship and innovative design that was engaging, surprising, and steeped in luxury

However, amid the clingy-yet-stretchy turtlenecks, triangle-clasped coats, and delicate knit shirting was an outlier: an ultra-lightweight, pull-on, waterproof rubber boot that had the international press and menswear buyers gagged.

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Perhaps, in hindsight, with creatives flocking their inner city hubs to live in the countryside and continue working remotely, the idea of a high-fashion farmer’s Wellington boot isn’t so farfetched after all.

Highsnobiety / Julian Burgueno

The rubber ankle boots – moulded like a Chelsea boot that you could wear at the beach – are made in part with biodegradable polymer, a sustainable material which will, eventually, break down into bacterial decomposition. The arriving colorways; fondente, rubber band, kiwi, and lollipop caters to those seeking something understated to round off with some cargo pants, or underneath a pair of jeans, but also to the inner fashion-sphere looking for a bright pop of fuchsia to post on the grid. It’s a boot you can take hiking and then wipe dry before going out for dinner.

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The Bottega Veneta puddle boot is available to buy for men here, and for women here,

  • Photographer: Julian Burgueno
  • Stylist: Corey Stokes
  • Executive Producer: Klaudia Podsiadlo
  • Casting: Harper Slate
  • Models: Maya Salinas, Amber Wynne-Jones, Shalom Foster, Siyon Foster
  • Hair: Tiago Goya
  • Makeup: Homa Safar
  • Photography Assistant: Bryce Chapnick
  • Styling Assistant: Andrew McFarland
  • Hair Assistant: Anna Kato
Words by Max Grobe
Associate Fashion Editor