Did Over-the-Knee Boots Cause Manchester Bombing?


If like many women you spent the autumns of 2015 and 2016 longing for a sleek pair of over-the-knee boots, but held off because the Stuart Weitzmans you wanted started at around $800, there may be good news in store!

It now appears the thigh-boot fad is over, meaning you can probably rock a nifty pair of dominatrix specials for as little as $200.

Does that still sound steep? Remember: you can always cut a thigh boot down to calf length—or even an ankle bootie!

Many smart gals will be investing in over-the-knees during this summer’s clearance sales, and then keeping an eye out for autumn trends!

I just realized the thigh-boot fad had “jumped the shark” when I noticed Ariana Grande was still wearing them at her Manchester concert last week. You know, the one where an Asiatic terrorist set off a bomb and killed a couple of dozen people, maiming or beheading many others.

Joan Crawford

Like most people, I knew very little about Ariana Grande excepted that she famously sported over-the-knee boots. I expect she’ll still be wearing them in November, when Fairchild Publications announces for the seventh time that over-the-knees are So Last Year.

Because they’re her trademark. You didn’t see Joan Crawford trade in her f*ck-me pumps for wedgies in the 60s, did you? I’m not entirely sure what f*ck-me pumps were (hence I can’t show you an image), but the point still holds.

One thing’s for sure, though. This terrorist bombing in Manchester has been an enormous shot in the arm to Ariana Grande’s career. Wrote the LA Times on May 23:

Ask your friendly cobbler to make your thigh-highs into pert booties.

In the hours after the Manchester bombing of an Ariana Grande concert, Twitter was flooded with messages of support for the the victims and their families and friends.

But not forgotten in the aftermath of the terrorist attack, which left 22 dead, including a victim as young as 8, is Grande herself.

“These are innocent vulnerable kids,” Rihanna tweeted early Tuesday morning. “This could have been any of us.”

Like most online newspaper stories these days, this one is mainly a string of tweets.

Author: Margot Darby

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