|My LBBs: Left two from Ecco since 2008, Right from Clarks, 2013!|
Dry spell! March went by without a post - so allow me to delve into retrospection...
A few months ago, from the Clarks in-store winter sales, I picked up not one, but two pairs of black ankle boots on a whim. One of them is a pair of suede oxfords with pointed toes, an upgraded version of my Target x Dolce Vita shoes. I returned them and applauded myself for being sensible (or rather, averting my capricious spending decisions).
The other I kept - chelsea boots were on my "want" list since Oxmas, and I'm happy to grab a well-built pair at around the £30 mark (rightmost in the picture). The leather seems too thin/stretched to be scratch resilient, though from a distance it looks fine and buttery. The heels are chunky and low, and on the whole the pair has this clean look, which is what I liked most: its simpleness brings versatility and a classic quality to it, without compromise to comfort.
My old loves, the Eccos, were bought from five years ago. I was reluctant to shop at Ecco because of its exorbitant prices, but my dear mother made the call to invest in proper "winter gear" for me boarding in England. Both pairs have lasted me many winters, from Europe to the Midwest. The zipped boots (leftmost) are perfect for dreary rainy days or airport trips - they're incredibly light, which makes a noticeable difference when travelling. Wear and tear is showing, but these boots are made to last, with replaceable insoles! As for my laced snow boots, which looks a little bulky, they do keep my feet warm and dry. Functionality triumphs fashion sometimes, and Gore-tex is a godsend in British weather.
So here is my collection of black ankle boots: the urban traveller, the adventurer, and the chic lady. In a sense, I take up a different identity wearing each of them. Do you have a collection of similar items? Variations of a staple? Or do you make an effort to diversify your wardrobe?
p.s. I cannot stress enough how shoes, on top of completing your outfit, serve an more important function as protection. The other day, I saw a woman strutting down the road wearing sandals, and her bunions are distressful to watch. Ladies - we owe it to ourselves not to be tortured so!