Wednesday, September 19, 2012

These Boots are Made for Walking Kindly

Oh Hey

Oh, hey!  Let’s talk about boots.  Dear readers, I did it: I found, admired, test-drove, and purchased a pair of brown boots.  And to the best of my knowledge, no cows were harmed at any point in this process.

In recent years, my favorite on-line discovery has been the fashion and style blogs.  I love them for the eye candy, the inspiration, the advice, and the friendliness.  I love how style blogs have given me the chance to peruse my fashion options in the comfort of my own home, with non-models wearing the clothes and offering their opinions about everything from hip-length sweaters to mixing black and brown.  I think what I’m trying to say is that style bloggers are like the super-stylish, generous female friends I wish I had*.

Brown boots have been on my wishlist forever, but I wasn’t feeling rushed about buying them until those gorgeous Frye boots pinged my radar.  Oh, how I love those boots, so much so that I did a search for “Frye Vera Slouch” on Already Pretty just so I could look at pictures of the boots with fun outfits.

I’m sure you know how it goes: a wishlist item becomes an obsession, and thus begins your mission.  Except that as far as obsessions go, this one was easily satisfied: I found some doppelganger boots at Kohl’s on Saturday, tried them on, let the idea of purchasing them percolate overnight, and I returned on Sunday to buy the boots.  On Monday morning, I walked out the door with new boots on my feet.

 New Boots!

See?  New boots!

When I found these boots at Kohl’s, I was actually afraid to look at the information about which materials were used to make them because I liked them immediately.  No, they’re not identical to the Vera Slouches, but they’re quite similar, just a tad shorter.  They’ve still got that gorgeous brown color and the buckles I like so much, and they’re pretty flat, which makes my feet happy.  Since I was on a quest to buy leather-free boots, I did not want to know if my doppelgangers were also made with leather, but fortunately, to the best of my knowledge, they are made with “man-made materials” and “textiles,” as the inside of the boots informs me.  I wish I knew more specifically what the materials are, but so it goes.

Serendipity struck again when cooler weather coincided with the purchase of these boots.  It’s actually been cool enough to wear the boots comfortably, and the outfit I’m wearing here was built around the boots and a fall color scheme.  I feel like blue and orange are a nice palette for fall—perhaps the blue for blue skies and the orange for the changing leaves?  The pink lace skirt has become a wardrobe staple for me, one which I wear as a neutral piece onto which I can layer other colors and patterns.

And now, having embarrassed myself thoroughly with my vanity, I’m going to hide. 


From the Top

* Hmm.  Have I just insulted my female friends?  If so, I’m sorry!  We don’t tend to talk about style much, and I think it’s actually the discussions about style that are most lacking.  While I have several particularly stylish friends, we rarely talk about clothes and whatnot.

*** UPDATE!  EXCITEMENT! ***  This morning I was contacted by Julia, who is working with Kohl’s to manage their on-line PR.  Via Julia (and me!), here are a few resources: Kohl’s on-line boot store is here, and I think these are the boots I bought.  And on-line, you can get them at an even better price than what I paid in the store!  As if that weren’t enough, Julia offered me the following code for 10% off between now and October 24: UBLOGTENTheir shipping prices are pretty reasonable too.

You are welcome.  And no, I was not paid to advertise for Kohl’s here, but I am impressed with both their boots and their classy response to my post.


Chrissy (The New Me) said...

Yay! So glad you found a compromise that works for you, and that adorable on you, too. And how neat that Kohl's contacted you! The internet is amazing!

Rosiecat said...

Aw, thanks! I'm hiding under my sweater again :-)

The internet truly is amazing. I'm trying not to be jealous that my readers can now get the boots at a better price than I did...see how selfless and giving I am? And so very modest too? (Ha ha!)

Raquelita said...

Very cute! I'm glad you found a pair of boots that you love and that don't violate your moral code. Also, it's great that the weather cooperated so that you could wear them.

Rosiecat said...

Thanks! As for the weather, I'll take what I can get: I wore the boots again yesterday to work, but by the time I got home in the evening, they were too hot, so I changed into sandals to head out for dinner with friends. But they were perfect at work--it's often chilly inside, and I hate having cold feet.