Buffalo boots: would you? Could you? Should you? In fact, did you ever? That's the subject swirling around Grazia towers today and it's all down to one man - Ashish Gupta - and one woman - Lily Allen.
Lily Allen in Ashish x Topshop Buffalo boots in London [Rex]
The Autumn/Winter'14 Ashish collection featured light-up LED studded Buffalo boots for every look, and they're now available as part of an exclusive collaboration with Topshop. Lily Allen wore them fresh off the runway back in February but once again showed her solidarity for the room-dividing nineties shoe-us maximus by choosing them once for more the launch of this line at Shrimpy's in London last night.
Ashish Autumn/Winter 2014 [Catwalking]
Now, we're not talking about the bubble-soled sporty trainer-like Buffalo boots here - those have already seen a resurgence with both boys and girls in the most adventurous parts of town - but the stacked platform type. You know, the ones the Spice Girls stormed around to emphasise their zigazigah-ing?
The original Buffalo girls - Scary and Ginger!
With no end in sight for nineties revivals - chokers to dungas, bindis to bias cut slips - plus an increasing acceptance of the mega-ugly shoe for summer, it shouldn't be a great surprise, despite the Buffalo boot's distinctive silhouette, that they're back on the scene.
Lady Gaga - who we know appreciates added height - has worn these already. Obviously. They're also a firm favourite with the kooky stylistas in Japan and girls who are experimenting with that kind of cyber-goth look can't live without them - and some shades, of course. But what if you want to wear the Buffalo and not look wacky? Then it's best to keep things nice and simple. A plain midi dress or boyfriend jeans will do the trick. Here's how to do it...