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10 Boots Channeling the Goth-Meets-Punk Vibe of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Though her petite, boyish frame hardly make her a physically imposing persona, Lisbeth Salander, the psychologically and physically scarred computer genius who enacts her own brutal brand of poetic justice (one involving some much-deserved revenge) in Stieg Larsson‘s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo instantly makes an impression on those who encounter her thanks to her gothic punk style. Sporting a raven cropped ‘do with side-swept bangs covering one side of her face enigmatically, her eyes rimmed with black liner, her nose and earlobes pierced in multiple places, the motorcycle-riding renegade is mostly seen wearing all-black ensembles: black tees and hoodies paired with black skinny pants and studded black leather biker jackets, then accessorized with spiked metal necklaces that look like they double as instruments of torture, black skull caps, black fingerless gloves and, of course, gothic leather boots with chunky platforms and buckles galore.

Whether you’re faithful to the 2009 Swedish film adaptation of the best-selling novel or you’re raving about the recently-released US movie version starring Rooney Mara, chances are you’ve caught The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo fever.

Here, we pay tribute to Lisbeth Salander and to the punk looks of the season with 10 boot styles that perfectly capture this subversive spirit.




Demonia by Pleaser Transformer-800 Boots, $150. Available at Amazon.com

You’ve got to be as hardcore a goth as Lisbeth Salander to pull off these gargantuan, Edward Scissorhands-meets-Frankenstein-style patent leather boots, which feature a chunky 5 1/4″ platform with metal rivet accents and 13″-tall shaft accentuated with wide straps and silver-tone buckles.   


Dr. Martens Massai Lace-Up Boots, $150. Available at Dillards.com

If, rather than jumping into the punk rock fashion pool, you want to tentatively dip a few toes in the water, do so in these lace-up combat boots, which feature stone black massai leather uppers with a waxed, wet cement-like finish, stark black accent stitching, black satin ribbon laces, and a Victorian-style floral print lining.

When you only lace the boots half way and then fold the top of the shaft over, you can reveal the vintage-looking blossoms and invite onlookers to acknowledge your feminine side. If you’d rather play with a more hard-edged look, simply lace the boots all the way to the top and let that ladylike lining be your private little secret.



Opening Ceremony Leather Lace-Up Ankle Platform Boots, $272. Available at Saks.com

They may look like ordinary ankle boots, but these lace-up Opening Ceremony shoes play with proportions and angles to create an ultra-modern effect. The sides of the shaft are cut at an angle to yield an asymmetrical line, sloping downwards from the front and center to the back of the ankle. The tapered top edges of the shaft are then juxtaposed against a 5″ stacked heel with a block-like shape and an exaggerated, bulbous 2″ platform along the front of the boot, positioned directly beneath a slightly rounded toe. The cartoonish, over-the-top elements of this footwear style stand in stark contrast to the rows of eyelets through which the lace-up cords are threaded — which, unlike most booties, aren’t boxed in by rows of intricate stitching.


Jeffrey Campbell Lita Spike Ankle Boot, $195. Available at JildorShoes.com

Biker jackets with zipper accents and stud details, slim silver hoops tracing the outer curves of the ears, jet black hair, and leather collar necklaces with lethal-looking spikes abound in Salander’s closet, so the Jeffrey Campbell Lita Spike Ankle Boots would fit perfectly into this fashion paradigm. One of the most popular Jeffrey Campbell styles to date, the Lita first charmed shoe hounds with its ’70s-inspired silhouette — from its hefty heel and pronounced platform to its square toe and lace-up vamp construction. Its latest incarnation, however, fast-forwards a decade to the golden era of punk rock thanks to the Sex Pistols-worthy spikes and studs covering the back of the 5″ heel, along with the heel counter.



Kelsi Dagger Hettie Lace-Up Wedge Boots, $198. Available at Revolve.com

The Hettie boots marry the adventurous, danger-loving spirit of popular biker styles with the urban functionality and versatility of comfortable wedge heel boot offerings.In addition to a 5″ wedge heel and 1″ platform, the fearless Hettie features a single slim leather strip that zig zags its way along the front of the shaft, weaving through rows of corset-style, brass-toned D-rings. A single belt buckle at the base of the shaft and an identical one at the top secure the two ends of the strip.


Betsey Johnson Caylin Ankle Boot, $116. Available at Amazon.com

This boot’s rounded toe features the beef roll-style stitching commonly seen on the outer edges of a penny loafer’s toebox, lending the audacious style a touch of a preppy vibe. Featuring a lug sole, a robust 1.5″ platform and a 5.5″ block heel, the Caylin boot features glossy leather uppers stained for a worn-in feel.



Demonia by Pleaser Charade-206 Boots, $106.95. Available at Amazon.com

If you fantasize on exacting revenge on all those who have wronged you, much like Lisbeth Salander, you might want the proper gear for your Dark Angel tour of duty. Featuring a 5″ heel, 2″ platform, and 15″ shaft, these dominatrix-meets-daredevil boots feature enough laces, buckles, belt straps, rivets, grommets, and D-ring loops to outfit an S&M chamber.


Steve Madden Carnaby Black Leather Platform Boots, $99.98. Available at SteveMadden.com

As if its bold silhouette didn’t evoke enough of an authoritarian stance, the gunmetal color of the Carnaby’s uppers adds a staring-down-the-barrel-of-a-gun thrill. The whole shoe, lock, stock, and smoking barrel, stands as a prime example of posh punk style.



Christian Louboutin Marisa Studded Platform Boot, $2295. Available at NeimanMarcus.com

Admittedly, these red bottoms are more Kate Moss than Lisbeth Salander. But don’t question their gangster. These upscale biker boots roar with renegade rage thanks to the pearl-shaped metal studs covering the straight-sided shaft, along with the single buckled strap hugging the top of the vamp. Made of premium Italian leather, the Marisa features a round toe, a 2″ platform with Louboutin’s trademark red sole, and a 5 1/2″ heel with Louboutin’s red accent color along its inner section.



Dr. Martens Janice Studded Boots, $170. Available at Revolve.com

Joe Strummer’s dream gal might have rocked these Doc Martens boots, a slick take on the classic combat style embraced by punk outfits like The Clash and The Ramones. Featuring charcoal-colored leather uppers and an amber brown man-made sole, these rebellion-touting, lace-up boots feature a 10″ shaft with two rows of pyramid studs lining the leg opening and adorning an ankle-hugging buckle strap. Who wouldn’t want to kick it with these kick-in-the-door marvels?

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