Practical Boots

So…  Sissy’s vet report actually sets the stage for this post.  Don’t read it while you’re eating though.

I got chilled to the bone on Thursday at work, in no small part because I wore cute flats on the morning of the first really hard fall frost.  Not so slowly, I’m figuring things out with the new job, and it seems that wearing footwear that allows for socks seems to be rather critical now, as the men I work with were all evidently born in barns and leave doors open all over the place.  I’m also realizing that my cute fashion boots really weren’t built for trotting on concrete and asphalt; boots that have never pinched my toes did on Friday.  (But my feet were warm, and that was what really mattered.)

Then today, as the title on the girls’ blog suggests, my boot wearin’ was vindicated, with no small assist from Sissy’s new issue – car sickness.  (I’ll leave it at that here, and again, if you click over…  I tried not to be too graphic.)  Even on the weekends, I lead a life where practical footwear makes sense, except for those times when I’m dressed to the nines and don’t have the dogs with me, am not going to be stopping by the fire house, etc.

Courtesy of Chico's

Courtesy of Chico’s

I first saw these Old Gringo Leopardito boots on Chico’s site, but I’m seeing them “everywhere” and I’m drooling every single time.  They’re out of my budget (especially for “work boots”) but Christmas is coming and a girl can dream.  And that’s the beauty (seriously – leather works of art!) of well-made, leather boots.  As one reviewer (of another style, another brand, on totally different website) put it, This looks to be a boot that can handle being knocked around a bit at the barn and in the saddle, but still be dusted off and look fashionable on the town.

That’s true of most leather, authentic “cowboy” boots, and it suits my evolving lifestyle.  No, I’m not working in a barn, but Sis proved today that even on my personal time, I need footwear that can withstand some abuse, get wiped down and allow me to carry on with whatever comes next.  If the Knight had been with me, I definitely would have been comfortable scooting into the outlet mall to check out the Dooney (and anything else?) sales, despite what the left boot went through at the vet’s.

(Thankful Saturday?  I’m SO grateful that she didn’t have THE INCIDENT over the summer, when I was probably wearing almost nothing on my feet.  I honestly don’t know how I would have handled that, and I tend to be pretty good with gross…)

Anyway.  While the Leoparditos are more than I want to spend on work boots right now, they are almost perfect.  I like a low heeled “work boot” – check.  I like a … medium-height shaft – 10″ on the Leoparditos – check.  They’re pull-ons – check.  Zippers just add another patch of leather that might rub if it gets wadded up or something odd.  (I do have larger calves, but not so much so that I have to seek out the large calf boots.)  Where the Leoparditos give me pause is the toe.  It’s rather pointy, and I think for work, I prefer a square or truly round toe for the walking.

Courtesy of Shepler's

Courtesy of Shepler’s

For less than half the price of the above, Nocona makes something pretty similar. The shaft is much higher – 13-14″ – enough so that I’m not sure they’d fit my short calves, and the heel appears to be about the same, within my comfort range for work day wear.

I might have to actually go boot shopping.  And I might have to take the Knight with me for accountability.  I’m not sure I trust myself in Bootville alone.

10 comments on “Practical Boots

  1. gmariesews says:

    Happy, happy, happy! It’s not just the men you worked with – all men are born in barns. I’m not sure how the mother’s know to head to the barn vs. the hospital! Hope you and Mark had a lovely anniversary! Those boots are fabulous! Can’t wait to hear what you end up with it. g

  2. Nancy says:

    Foot comfort at work is essential. I hope you can find the perfect boot to keep you warm, comfortable, and styling.

  3. kathy boyer says:

    You make me laugh. Our first dog Misha was horribly car sick. Poor baby.

    As for boots, I have adored these boot/clogs in Sundance Catalog for years! Instead of buying them, I am scheming. If Zach goes to Leon, the leather capital of Mexico, over New years as planned, he’s going with a list from me . He knows the fine art of haggling and I can get a nice pair there for sure!

  4. Sue says:

    I think my new dog protective uniform will be waders. They’ll protect me from paw prints, bites and flying substances. Maybe I can start a new fashion trend.

  5. AlisonH says:

    Ooh, sounds like Kathy’s got a great idea there! I do love that first pair of boots. I could only admire them from afar, with my feet, but I hope you get the perfect pair wherever they may be out there. (Zippers add an extra…who knew. I just have no experience because I’ve just never found a pair that fit.)

  6. Katherine says:

    I love the boots and the price on the Nocona boots is fantastic! Also, if Sissy threw-up on them it would hardly show. Just kidding!

    When comfort is important I find myself going back to Sketcher Mary-Janes. I have them in a bunch of colors. When I put them on, my feet say, “Awwwwww.”

  7. Barbara says:

    Hah! Loved the second sentence. Live and learn, right?
    I am not a big help in the boot dept. And not even because I live in Florida…as I DO have boots, for trips north. But they are all black and somewhat dressy. I have one warm pair, still black and lined. Simplicity itself. Not a cowboy boot fan and never have been. Sorry about that.

  8. Blond Duck says:

    I LOVE the leopard print boots! I’m sorry about Sissy!

  9. Marjie says:

    Well, it’s great that Sissy had a wonderful eye report, projectile vomiting notwithstanding. Glad your boots helped you survive it graciously; that seems recommendation enough for another pair, even without the barn door effect at work!

  10. Nichole says:

    That first pair is just gorgeous!

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