Dirk Bikkembergs Tall Mountaineering Boots
This beautiful iteration of the classic AW/96 Steel heel boots features the metal front hook. Inspired by mountaineering boots it allows for various ways of styling the bungee as well as keeping the bungee anchored in place. As shown in the photo it can be hooked together with the bungee and then wrapped around the boot. As the years went on & Dirk evolved the boots, he added a small slit behind the heel where the cord can be passed through to keep the bungee held in place, this allows the wearer to keep the bungee anchored in place even better while wearing.
Unique to this pair is quite evidently the feature whereas the boot shaft is abnormally taller going halfway up to the wearer's knee! There is a tab located at the rear top of the boot to help put on the boots, yet also can serve as an anchor for threading the bungee across to keep it wrapped at a higher level!
Originally introduced in 1996 these boots feature his signature design elements the steel cut heel, and the bungee cord to hold the shoe together. This is possibly the most unique aspect of the shoe, the reason being it allows the wearer to create hundreds of styling patterns! All the various ways to tie the bungee can change along with each outfit. Not only that but the Leather tongue was created in an intriguing way unlike the traditional boot the tongue is split allowing for a unique silhouette to be achieved depending on how the wearer decides to lace the shoe, if laced in a tight pattern will show a completely different silhouette than if laced in a loose pattern for the front tongue. One other of the most intriguing details is the squared-out front sole, reminiscent of ski boots, Dirk took inspiration from the shape of ski boots and added a little touch to the boots themselves.