Tuesday, March 26, 2013

In search of the perfect boots

My boot wardrobe is abundant, but old. A recent audit revealed 4 pairs of knee-high boots, the newest ones purchased in 2005. Ankle boots are also in abundance, as I've mainly worn them for the past 7 years or so.
I'm almost embarrassed to publish how many pairs of ankle boots I have, but in the interest of honesty and full disclosure, here we go:
8.
Hmm perhaps that's not so bad, given that three of those pairs were bought in the late 80s.

I can't help thinking that there's a gap in my boot collection, though. I have tan, heeled knee-high Dries Van Noten boots purchased when pregnant with my youngest son.
I have black, knee-high, kitten-heeled Marc Jacobs boots purchased when I was pregnant with my eldest child. I also have black Costume National flat, Wellington boot-like ones from 1999, and black mid-calf flat Robert Clegeries from 1996. They squeak when I walk.
So, I have been lusting over some black stretch suede boots to update my wardrobe. It's a good time of the year to be buying, as the sales are on.

These are the ones I've found so far:



The Valentino ones are divine, but I'm loathe to spend over a grand on boots I haven't tried on. The Stuart Weitzmans are also lovely, but again, a touch $$. They are available here, but at a highly inflated price, so I guess I could go and try them on to see. The other two pairs I found on http://www.shoescribe.com/. They're both a good price, but I'm leaning towards the Daniele Arancani ones, as they are lower in the shaft and have a perfect 5cm heel.

Any advice? Have any of you seen or tried any of these?
Or any other recommendations?










11 comments:

  1. They all look very nice, but I'm with you on the cost factor - I'm always a little nervous about suede in terms of how long it lasts/ how long it looks good for, so I probably wouldn't invest $1000 on them. I must say I'm impressed with how long all your other boots have lasted - quality does pay off! xx

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    1. Heidi, you're totally right on suede. It doesn't usually last very long.
      I'm very anal about looking after my shoes/boots. I take them to the cobbler regularly and try to look after them. My mother always used to say that one should never scrimp on shoes or tailoring. I tend to agree with her....

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  2. Ooh...I love the look of the Le Silla's. But that is only because I prefer a straight shaft versus a calf-hugging shaft. But I agree with you that the in-between heel height on the Arancani's is very chic. Happy shopping!

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    1. The le Sillas are lovely, I'm just worried that they'd be too long on my very short lower legs!
      Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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  4. I am super impressed by how long your other boots have lasted, most certainly a testament to good quality and design. If you have not seen them before, have you checked out the Aquatalia "Rhumba" boot? They came out a few years ago and are still available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Aquatalia-Marvin-K-Womens-Rhumba/dp/B007H5B80C. These are the same ones worn by Kate Middleton on numerous occasions (not that this should be a selling point, but it must be admitted that she has good taste). Aquatalia boots are waterproof and have a reputation for being built to last.

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    1. PS. Apologies for the deleted comment above - my brain is fuzzy with exhaustion and only realized after I hit "publish" that it sounded completely wrong!

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    2. Hey Louise, don't worry at all! Thanks for the link to those Aqualtalia boots. They're certainly lovely and sound as if they'd be great quality. The heel is just a bit too high for me, though.
      Pre-ankle surgery (and I hope very soon again) I walk a lot, so my limit for everyday shoes and boots is about 5cm... 2.5 " or so. I love slightly higher, but it's not practical.
      I think I'm going to order the Daniele Arancani ones. They're a good price.

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  5. I read a few good reviews about the stuart weitzmann boots,i think Ema reviewed them too.
    Sorry to be of no help:)

    Do you have any ideas why my blogposts dont show up in the feed?

    Have a great Easter!!!

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    1. Did you see my review of the boyfriend fatique jacket?

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    2. Hey Ina, I've got no idea why I can't see your posts. There are a couple of other blogs that aren't visible either.
      I didn't see your boyfriend fatigue post, but I went to check your blog to see if all was well and there it was. I reckon you should email blogger if you can.

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