i am not a boot girl, or a heels girl, or a (gasp) athletic footwear girl. i may love them all in theory, but the reality is that i wear flats. every day, rain or shine, my go-to shoe is the ballet flat. however, now that i’m living in a much brisker climate, i think it’s time to admit that i may have to turn in my flats for the winter, in favor of something a touch more weather-friendly. but, as i’m also living in a much less fashion-forward climate, none of my heeled boots are going to do the trick either. so, i’m faced with the dilemma of purchasing potentially very expensive footwear that i know may never actually leave my house. but i want to give it a go.
what i want: these amazing taupe riding boots at barneys (left, $480) are calling my name oh-so-seductively…as are these equally stunning grey belted boots (center, $480) from coclico (the pics at shopbop are vastly superior, but the price is lower at piperlime, so they win).
what i bought: for now, i’ve taken the hubs’ advice, and picked up a pair that’s more budget-friendly (cough, cheaper, cough) to test my fashion flexibility. these cognac suede boots (right, $133 after discount) remind me a lot of the classic campus by frye, but at less than half the price (especially when you factor in the $25 discount AND the free vogue subscription with purchase promotions at endless right now). this way, if i manage to make the style work for me, well, it’s splurge-city, baby.
i’ll keep you posted on whether my attempt at a recession-friendly fashion decision paid off…