Saturday, May 4, 2013

An embarrassment of boots

The sandals have been almost packed away 'til Spring and it's time to assess my boots for the season ahead. I got most of them out and am a bit shocked how many there are....


From left to right:
Pied à Terre (1988)!!!, Beau Coops (2009), Isabel Marant (2008), Acne (2009), Acne (2011), Acne (2012), Ann Demeulemeester (2006), Patrick Cox (1992), Costume National (1994)


I love ankle boots, and have had a bit of a fetish for them since the late 80s. The Isabel Marant ones are in a shocking state, but I can't quite bring myself to throw them out yet. The Pied à Terre ones are too narrow for me these days, but I've promised them to M, who will probably fit into them next year. She can wear them for dressing up!


I love Acne Pistols too, although they are a bit too ubiquitous these days. I bought
Acne Free boots last year in Berlin, and these are my favourites at the moment. I love their slightly pointy toes and Chelsea boot styling.




In comparison, I have relatively fewer high boots. These are my new suede Daniele Arancani boots bought for a bargain price on Shoescribe. Next to them are old Marc Jacobs boots from 2000! I wore these when pregnant with my first child! They're still going strong, although a bit ratty.
The floppy ones at the end are old Costume National from about 1999. I also have some Robert Clegeries, but they are in storage.


These are my favourite knee high boots. They're Dries Van Noten from about 2003/2004 I think. They're very 70s, with a perfect 7cm heel and lovely tan leather. I will be very sad when these die!




An outfit: black jacket from an Op shop (thrift shop), J Crew Tippi sweater, black acne jeans, black acne boots.


Are you an ankle boot lover or do you prefer a higher style?


Hope you're having a great weekend. My J Crew shopping moratorium is going well so far.

20 comments:

  1. What a great collection of boots! I've never heard of some of those brands and have never tried on Acne or even seen them in a store. I am lately loving ankle boots much more so than tall boots.

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    1. Hi Cate, thanks for visiting. I'm a bit ashamed of how many pairs I have, but I suppose some of them are quite old! Acne is quite a popular brand in Europe and Australia -it's from Sweden - but perhaps isn't as well-known in the US.
      Some of the other brands are local British or Aus ones.
      Interestingly, I'm more drawn to tall boots recently... Think it's because I've only worn ankle boots for so long!

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  2. Love your collection of ankle boots! Even though i live in a cold climate,i have way more summer shoes than boots.It doesnt make sense:)
    I would love to own some Acne or Isabel Marant boots(esp the booker boots!).
    I am giving jcrew bathing suits another try,as i placed a order with the 30%(i am an easy target,haha).My husband is in the US and got me the thistle print shirt and the striped tote and a cover up.
    Bad Ina!

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    1. Hi Ina, I have hardly any shoes - my footwear is almost exclusively sandals or boots!
      Acne boots are great - very well-made and comfy. I can highly recommend them. The only bad thing is that they are almost everywhere now, so not really very unique! Ditto the Isabel Marants. It's very easy to find a pair of copies for far less $$, so probably not worth buying the real thing!
      Hope your new swimsuit is a hit. And very exciting to get some more things soon when your husband returns!!

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  3. Ruth, your boots are better filed than my papers.

    I have to disagree and say that I think your Isabel Marants look amazing - sorry but I love that patina that can only be reproduced with time. I am such a boho fashion victim that way. But they look so chic. I tell you that you will regret it if you took them to the salvos bc by the time you went back and changed your mind some lucky girl will be blogging about the cool new boots she found in Sydney!!

    Still too chilly for you here but I shall be suntanning as it may reach 19! woohoo. :)

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    1. Hi CSW, you're right. The IM boots are not going anywhere. I still wear them quite often, but they've been repaired so many times that the insides are disintegrating. I've contemplated replacing them with APC Camargues, but will wait til next year, I think!

      19 degrees!! Woot! That's certainly warming up. 16 degrees here brrrrrrr!

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  4. I love your boot collection. I have only really started to get into boots the last couple of years, but i love them! I find them very cool-looking and you can wear them in multiple ways. I think I prefer high boots, but after my two good short boot purchases of the last year, that could be changing..

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    1. Thanks Wendy! It's interesting how we have our boot preferences. I think my ankle boot fetish is probably because a lot of tall boots are too tall for me! In addition, I wear pants a lot and am not keen on high boots with pants... Too equestrian for me!

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  5. I've been won over by the ankle boot in recent times. Just caught up on all of your pics. The outfits are great. Boy shirt in stripe & parsons Tippi look good. I also like how you worked that pixelated houndstooth. Plus, beach pics are always great. I can't believe how fast your friend can crochet. She's good!

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    1. Thanks Gigi! My friend C is a crochet ninja! She is one of the most creative and productive people I know!
      Thanks also for all your reviews. So helpful for those of us overseas!

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  6. You do love boots!
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  7. Wow, what a fantastic collection of boots!! Love the Isabel Marant and Acne boots. I also love ankle boots. I am not such a fan of tall boots, for some reason I feel hobbled in them - just not entirely comfortable. I would love to own a pair of the Isabel Marant Dicker boots but they are wildly expensive in Canada. I have contented myself with the J. Crew version (the Aggie boot).

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    1. Hi Louise, I know what you mean about feeling hobbled! I am enjoying tall boots more this year, but have rarely worn them (apart from those tan Dries ones) in the past.
      Isabel Marant boots are shockingly expensive. I got my ones on sale for about $250 in 2008. I would not pay full price for them as I think they're not really worth it. I love mine, but not enough to pay $600 or however much they go for these days. I'd buy Acne boots over IM - more sturdy and better leather. Or APC Carmargue boots. They're great too.

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  8. Love the boots, and can't believe you've got a pair of Pied a Terre from 1988!! Goes to show that quality lasts (if you take care of it). I try to be reasonably minimalist in my shoes (well, to some extent), and only have 4 pairs of boots, including one pair of ankle boots (heels). I wear them to death all Winter on a high rotation. I've got a pair of APC knee high boots in brown leather and Love them - all APC stuff is just perfect styling I think xx

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    1. APC boots are great - I almost bought last year's tall boots but they sold out in my size. Quality should last, I think, although these days I think things aren't quite so well made. Case in point: a button has come loose on my Prada coat after only two seasons of wear. I think this shouldn't happen, but perhaps I'm too old-school in my expectations. Anyway, it's going back to Prada so they can get their amazing sewers to fix it.

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  9. I'm embarrassed to say I am worse than you are thought I live someplace where boot season is awfully short. I love ankle boots, calf height boots and tall boots, heels, flats, even cowboy boots. Think you "stole" those boots from me from shoescribe, I was thinking about them. But I got a pair of amazing haircalf tall boots from shoescribe that I can't wait for winter or at least fall to wear. See why I've been nicknamed Imelda?

    You look cute in your outfit. BTW, how does Acne compare to Daniele Ancarani for sizing?

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    1. Oh I'm so glad to meet someone with a worse boot habit than me!
      I think Acne sizes are fairly tts. I wear a 36 in Acne and Daniele Arancani. The Pistol boots are a bit big in black, but the beige ones are smaller. I wear thicker socks with my black ones. Last year's Free boots by Acne are far narrower than the Pistols, so I almost sized up, but in the end I went with 36 in them, too.

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  10. I love reading your blog because it makes me feel better about my own closet :-) I got ride of all my boots that had heels, because I can't walk in them... I am looking for a lovely pair of ankle boots with a jodhpurs style (not sure if this is correct)... I love both ankle and high boots depending on what I am wearing...
    I love you top, the print is really lovely!

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    1. Teeheehee! Glad my excesses can do some good!
      Jodhpurs boots are usually low with elastic sides - they're lovely. RM Williams do some great ones - they're an Australian company so may not be available where you are?

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