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Shoe of the Week: Purple Thigh Highs

2016 was all about the sock-style ankle boot. But on Balenciaga’s SS 2017 runway, the trend catapulted to a whole new level.

For his second collection at Balenciaga, Vetements’ Demna Gvasalia made shoes the star of the show as he sent models down the runway in brightly colored, skin-tight spandex boots. And what made the slick shoes so intriguing was that they ran so high up the leg you couldn’t tell if they were pants, leggings, boots, or a combination of all three.

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Now although we’ve been seeing these statement shoes all over magazine editorials, the fast fashion industry hasn’t followed suit quite yet. But we promise that these optical illusion thigh-highs will become the next “it” shoe of 2017, and our favorite affordable retailers will soon be releasing their version of the trend. But if you want to be a step ahead of the crowd, we suggest you cop a pair of Balenciaga-worthy bright thigh highs. Think rich purples, neon greens, and sky blues.

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The trick to making these fashionable and chic is to pair them with mid-length hemlines that cover the top of the boot. This creates that same boot-meets-pants effect. And if you want to follow in Balenciaga’s lead, pair ’em with an oversized jacket or slick rain parka.

Ready to turn heads? Click over here to cop a pair of bright thigh highs today.

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