Hailey Bieber Swapped Her Ankle Boots for the Trend That's All Over Zara and M&S


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As a fashion editor, I've spent a great deal of the past four months talking to you about boots. We've covered everything, from the best black boots to the boot trends taking over in the earliest days of 2023. But hey, I can admit it when I've overlooked something, and Hailey Bieber has just reminded me about a boot style I'd almost entirely forgotten about. 

The first thing I noticed about Bieber's latest ensemble was her on-trend, black leather maxi coat. Not only is leather outerwear a big deal right now, but maxi hemlines just so happen to be one of the most noteworthy runway trends of the year, too. Top marks there, Bieber. However, upon casting my eye over the rest of her ensemble, it became immediately clear that my focus ought to be on her boots. 


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Patent footwear is a trend that's slowly gaining momentum. I've had my eye on a pair Saint Laurent slingbacks in a high-shine finish for months now, but prior to that, the fabrication had completely fallen off my radar. Of course, there was a buzz surrounding vinyl coats not all that long ago, but shoes? They generally hadn't been given the glossy treatment in years. However, I expect that all to change after Hailey Bieber stepped out in sleek knee-high patent boots this week. Turns out I'm not the only one who's into Saint Laurent's current aesthetic, as Bieber's coat, purse and boots all come from the French fashion house. My favourite component of her outfit, however, is her patent-boot-and-sheer-tight pairing, which feels distinctly after-dark Parisian to me. 

If you're looking to switch up your boot game this season, below, I've curated an edit patent boots just like Bieber's to shop now. 

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.