Cute new boot line for fall: Cobra Society
A self-described “boot girl,” L.A-based Alex Davis’ new line of footwear blends her love for boots and a passion for the hand-woven blankets of Morocco -– the country where she spent a year of college and became inspired by the colorful textiles.
The result is Cobra Society, a new line of boots that melds traditional Kilim fabrics handmade in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco, with a structured leather boot made using the Goodyear welt technique, a method used to make traditional English men’s shoes.
“I must have referenced 25 pairs of boots,” Davis says of the custom shape she finally landed on for her collection. “They’re like a feminized version of a cowboy boot, with the toe shaven down a little. They had to be something that would transition from day to night.”
There are four heights –- a bootie, which actually comes up slightly higher than a typical ankle boot because Davis felt that something a little higher was more flattering on the leg; a mid-calf length, knee length and over-the-knee that has the option of folding down.
The blanket fabric on the shaft of each boot is hand-cut to fit and, according to Davis, must be cut carefully so as not to accidentally interfere with the weave design. “All the designs on the rugs mean something, so I had to be careful not to cut in the wrong places,” she says. “This collection is diamond inspired, with a lot of repetitive diamond patterns. The diamond shape means eternity, longevity and prosperity.”
Cobra Society boots range from $795 to $1,195 and are available for fall at www.netaporter.com.
-- Melissa Magsaysay
Photos: Boots from Cobra Society / Jeffrey Moustache