It’s pouring rain, this is my last Monday at the soon to be former family business, and I’m consoling myself with some online “window” shopping. Those of you who know me – either in “real life” or beyond just what I post here – know I have a thing for boots. I blame it on a father who wore boots 99% of the time AND 12 years as a uniformed firefighter. Unless it’s 80+ degrees out and I’m only walking in places that don’t set off my OCD airport feet issues, I’m most comfortable in a boot.
Bless his heart, the Knight doesn’t ask questions. He just laughed when I saw an email ad from Country Outfitters last night and swooned while muttering that I shouldn’t even click over. (I did… but I consider it a sign of restraint that I waited ’til we got home to do so.) The Justin Turquoise Damianas looked even better in the ad, because that funky not-chevron stitching at the top wasn’t so obvious, but the damage was done and I need a new pair of boots, probably cowboy/western boots.
See, despite my eternally preppy tastes, my feet, my legs, my back and the rest of me really are happy in a below my big calf, pull-on boots. Yeah, conventional wisdom might say some sharp equestrian boots would fit better with my Lilly P meets Lands End wardrobe, but I’m short
all over from ankle to knee, and my calves aren’t slender. (Love the new trend to call legs athletic. Yup. Mine are.) If I find a “tall boot” that isn’t too tall, there’s a good chance that with thick tights – never mind cute leggings or skinny jeans - getting them over all of that … athleticism will result in failure and/or the use of highly vulgar words, a broken finger nail or two, etc.
Yes, this is a hint about my new job. It’s another admin position, and many of my job duties will be the same, but I’ll also be the parts curator, and I don’t want any of the guys dropping a brass valve on my peep toe pumps. I’m quite certain that my version of business casual is too … business for this place, but certainly a sturdy pair of boots – or ten? – will tone things down, eh?
Are you a boot scooter? Do you have a favorite brand? My favorite pair of “cowboy boots” are by Dingo, and they’re proof that a good pair of boots will last a decade or more. They might need resoling in the next year or so, but they’re insanely comfortable and only my little navy Clarks ankle boots rival them for best-loved status. Being the no to low maintenance gal that I am, the Dingos would win though, because a wipe-down with an oily sponge beats polishing every day.