2.11.2009

these boots were made for stomping

my casual boots collection. twice a year i like to go through my shoes and give them some much needed love and attention. polish them, clean them and protect them. my casual boots tend to need the most help. it's because i wear them a lot to work and during our salty, dirty, slushy toronto winters. when going through them all the other day and seeing them all lined up, mink oiled and sparkling i thought i'd do a post about them. i always love when my fav. bloggers show their closets, so maybe you all would like to see mine. i have 15 pairs of casual boots. almost all of them are vintage and barely any were over 100$. that said it makes them impossible to part with, which is why i've amounted such a collection. they are all so special.


these are my slouchy suedes. the reds are actually moccasins, the blacks are great because they can be worn folded up or down and the greens, well they're just my favourites, perfection. i got all of these off ebay and they are all vintage. the next group are my riding boots. the grey ones are roper boots, simple and unadorned. the middle are my thrifted micheal kors harness boots. i love these so much even if they are a little big, 10$! the last are one of my most worn, my vintage guess black flats. a wardrobe staple. i got these all on ebay too except for the mkors which were thrifted.
my new yorkers. i got both of these the first time i was in nyc. the brown ones are from eleven which is a vintage store across from my fav. cafe habana. the back ones are from some old rubies on the les. they both have great back details and were in great condition. the brown ones are buttery soft and rachel bilson has the same pair. while wear the black zip backs i have never received so many questions about where i got my shoes. the best things about them are that they were never worn deadstock and that they cover the knee when folded up, very nice.

here are the name brands. the hunter, the ugg and the frye. the classics that you buy over and over. these hunters were a xmas gift from the guy and i adore them. i wear them so much that the insides are tearing so i need to replace them next year. i can't help it though they are made for slushy winter and they look so good while they keep me dry. the uggs are a guilty pleasure. i don't wear them very often, never in the wet and never with socks. they're for the north and travel but they truly are the most comfortable thing i own. lastly my most expensive shoe, the frye. i know there are lots of vintage fryes out there for good prices but you have to go new. they mold to your feet and you can wear them forever, amazing.
finally the casual heels. i have my beloved cowboy boots. i got the first pair at a vintage show in 2004 and they were the last pair of about 50 comboy boots that i picked up or tried. these fit perfectly, were 35$ and had the perfect toe shape. a favourite find. the suede pair are also vintage and i like how simple they are. they're great with little dresses. the final two are my most recent purchases. they are both from a discount store that sells designer looks for less, stylesense. the brown pair are super comfortable and have the best curved wooden heel. i bought them even though i wanted the marc boots more because the marcs were too expensive. luckily, they got further discounted and i was able to buy the marc by marc jacobs boots a few months later. i love both pairs so much.
that's the collection but i still have to tackle the moccasins, the flats, the heels...........

5 comments:

Stephanie said...

Omgod I just read that part about the stolen diamond necklace! I was at the gym (i read the book mostly while I'm on the bike working out ;)) and I was so shocked to read that, I gasped out loud! lol! So sad!

Your boot collection is enviable! I see so many pairs I adore: the black over the knee pair with the zipper, the brown lace up bootie with the toe strap, the red cowboy boots and the fryes!! I love the frys soo much! And even your uggs are enviable in that colour! I'd definitely say we have the same taste in shoes (and I completely agree with you about the uggs-->hands down the most comfortable footwear, aside from slippers, that I've ever put my foot into. When I would go out on Saturday in heels and come home with super sore feet, I used to anticipate wearing my uggs all day sunday! They were like my "shoe hangover" footwear lol.

tanya said...

FIrst of all, you've got a great collection of boots there. Second of all, you're a better person than I for taking such great care of them all! I really need to get some polish....

Cindy said...

i love to treat them. i'm obsessive with the protector spray i must kill a million brain cells breathing it all in though, ha.

stephanie, you kill me with the ugg comment. i so agree. although, i ruined my first pair by wearing them with thick socks so now when i wear them without socks they rip open my ankles, as the fur has worn away there. thus, i had to get this new pair. but, isn't the grey fab. i made it worth it.

Stephanie said...

ooh I can just imagine how much that hurts w/out socks and with the sheepskin worn away! You're totally right though- that colour makes them absolutely worth it. Glad you thought my comment was somewhat entertaining ;)
I bought the "sorel" uggs this winter and I LOVE them! I wear them every day and they are soo key in Montreal. they're traction is phenomenal and they are more "feminine" than the sorels so I'm sold on them ;)

spabeachresorts said...

OMG!! unbelievable,