I went shopping on Saturday for winter shoes. I'm not sure if you've noticed, but boots seem to have taken over the shoe departments in every store in the country this year. I wanted to take a picture of the shoe department at Macy's on Saturday because, of the 500 pairs of "shoes" on display, 495 of them were boots. Shoes were almost nowhere to be found.
I texted a few friends from the boot department sharing photos and asking what I could wear certain boots with. I looked around at the shoppers in the store to see how they were wearing boots. Honestly, either anything goes OR a lot of people seem confused about how to wear boots this season. I texted Ruth since she had on cute boots last time I saw her and I asked, "What kind of shoes does one wear this winter? Standing in the shoe department and all I see is boots." Ruth's reply: "Why would you wear shoes when you could wear BOOTS?"
|Flickr Photo Boots on the Street by Darren Hall|
I decided on a basic black pair of Nine West boots. I know Nine West isn't top fashion but they are usually cute enough and they fit me well. Well, lucky for me, I have two daughters who keep me humble. They both told me that the boots were ugly, but neither could actually tell me why. They showed me boots they liked that looked EXACTLY the same as the ones I bought, but there was some subtle difference that I couldn't see. So I need to begin again. The problem is that the boots I love do not necessarily work with the clothes I have. It seems boots require a different type of wardrobe.
And, yes, it does because on Sole Society, I read this blurb: "Start your look from the -SHOES UP- and create a style all your own." Really? I buy the shoes first? Then look for an outfit to match?
So I started to look at fashion blogs to see how this boot thing was going to work this season--especially for women in their 40s. And I became even more alarmed when I read this post--If I have to think this hard in order to go for an autumn walk, it is going to be a long long season! But lucky for me, I found this helpful post about how nice boots are for "older women" because "you may not have the balance you once had in your disco days." Well, another pleasant addition to my boot shopping experience.
I'll be taking a break from boot shopping for a few days, but I know I am on a timeline to figure this out so that I have the right
No point to this story at all, just a true slice of my life this week:-)
P.S. Last time I had a shoe dilemma, Patrick Allen was a big help (NOT). Wonder if he'll send me some shoe advice again this time!