I kept coming back to these boots. I sat for a while to figure out why I was so drawn to them. I think I've figured it out. I ordered them in both options-the black and the cognac. That's how committed I was to these boots. They spoke to my style elements. A little bit retro-inspired (though I was born in the 70's, I can't really say that I was a child of the 70's-I was too little to have worn anything quite like this-I was probably rocking some Buster Brown Mary Janes), but I digress. There are elements of this period of time that I like to incorporate into my wardrobe. These boots made the cut. Along with some high-waisted flare jeans, and a patterned scarf for my hair or to affix to a handbag, or over-sized sunglasses (but those have always been a fan favorite of mine), halter tops, funky prints-shall I continue?
And then upon further reflection, they spoke to my inner-90's girl. When I was carefree and in college and could get away with wearing just about anything. I don't think that these are shoes reminiscent of the 90's, but the platform reminded me of those Steve Madden slide sandals we all wore-you know the ones. With a platformed bottom and the fabric across the foot-the ones that were not at all attractive, but you wore them because you felt cool in them (go ahead I'll give you a second to pause and go Google them "Steve Madden Slinky" and you'll know in a second exactly what I'm talking about). They're the kinds of shoes your grandmother would scoff at and say there's nothing pretty about them (or maybe that was just my grandma). Or the chunky heeled sneaker. I remember wearing them with my overalls and a babydoll tee thinking I was hot stuff. And my frosted lip (with your liner darker than the lipstick) and well, that's how these boots make me feel-like I'm that girl again. At 45 it's hard to say I'm still hot stuff, but for a few hours of my day they allow me to wax nostalgic.
They'll pair perfectly with those flare jeans, cropped jeans (no, I'm not talking about the cropped that look like capri pants, but the ones that are cropped at just the right length and allow for fraying and the peek-a-boo style of seeing cool boots underneath), skirts-long or short, dresses of the same ilk, overalls (see-that 90's girl never really goes away), pretty much anything. Anything, of course, but skinny jeans-because women at my age are supposedly shunned from wearing them.
I know my generation didn't invent cool, and we wore a lot of fads and trends that spawned from previous generations, but when I see all of the 90's looks making a resurgence, I can say that I lived through that. Not always proudly, but I did so looking cute. These boots are cute. Actually, they're pretty fierce.
I will no longer wear uncomfortable shoes to sacrifice for fashion. These boots are comfort and fashion, but not in your grandma's way of doing things. But updated for 2021. The height is great. They don't squish all of your toes, your ankle is supported, your arch is comfortable. The side goring allows for easy on and off.
They're not just for people my age, they are for anyone, truly. And if you're a lot younger, you won't feel like a woman at 45 in them! You'll be on trend and if I see you on the streets in them, I'll give you that silent nod of approval-knowing you've got it. Just like I did way back when! It's hard to give up old habits but even better when you make them new again!