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Givenchy‘s iconic Shark boot, which some refer to as the “foldover” boot, has seen several iterations since it was first introduced in 2012. At that time, it was famously worn by Kim Kardashian in black and cream. The appeal of the original knee-high style could be attributed to its leg-lengthening effect, with a 3.5-inch heel hidden beneath a tall leather column. Since Matthew M. Williams took on the role of creative director in 2020, the Shark boot has been reimagined with the addition of chunky hardware at the top: the Givenchy padlock. Whether in silver, gold, or black, the touch of metal provides an edgy embellishment, as do the treaded lug soles on some of the more recent versions.
Celebrities such as Dua Lipa and Venus Williams showcased their affinity for the ankle version on Instagram, with the 27-year-old musician using them to balance out a basic jersey tunic dress and metallic bag, and the tennis pro toughening up a peplum top. With Nicki Minaj selecting one of the more striking, two-tone colorways to cap off a checkered outfit, the temptation to reach for a bolder style is undeniable. When personality and seasonality come into play, one can make a case for anything from a python finish to a cozy shearling inner lining.
Ahead, see how six brand muses have recently incorporated the Givenchy Shark Lock boot into their wardrobes, and shop their exact footwear. You can also check out every design on the site, which ranges from $1,590 to $6,750 for a version with pin adornments.