The Boot Goes On

Okay.  I’m done boot shopping until after the holidays.  In fact, short of one more pair of jeans, I’m done shopping for me until after January 10th.  Why that date?  Well, because FIL, a family friend or three and Sissy’s lost left eye all claim the 10th, so…



Today, I’m purging my shoe closet.  Oh how I wish they had their own closet, but that’s another post for another day, and something I can loop dear Krystle in on after her wedding… because hopefully by then, my own life will have stabilized.   The Knight already has an idea of how to flip-flop our bathroom layouts (the “main bath” is more than twice the size of the master bath, and as the only humans regularly in this house, that’s just silly) AND steal closet space from what is now his office (formerly the center bedroom) to turn my/our closets into more functional spaces, so I’m guessing that if he and the designer put their heads together, we’ll have something truly awesome without too much fuss.

Anyway.  As with my clothes, if it doesn’t fit nicely, make me happy and/or serve some undeniable purpose in my life/wardrobe, it’s going in the rummage sale room.  Yeah…  I hope no one is planning to spend the holidays with us, because the guest room is quickly becoming a JLC rummage sale storage area.  No, not for the League at large (although why not at this point?!), but for us.  Hopefully when I’m done, all those extra running shoes that are no longer good for running but could – in theory – be good for casual wear, all the boots that pinch and any other shoes I just plain don’t wear and never will, are going away…

image courtesy of MH

image courtesy of MH

… to make room for the two new pairs I accidentally on purpose bought this week.   I know I said I wasn’t going to buy the Ariat Billies because I was holding out for mid-calf shafted red cowgirl boots, but…  My Habit, a division of Amazon, had them on super-sale and… they should arrive any moment now.  (Warning… that link will earn me credit if you sign up for MH.)

But see…  the deal was THAT GOOD, and I’m finding that while I might love the look of taller boots, the ones I pull on every day are ankle boots or nearly so.  I wear the Sissy puke snot out of my brown leather basic, flat ankle boots, (similar style here; mine are several years old and evidently, not available) and my little Johnny Poppers are a close second.   They’re great under jeans, over leggings, tights and skinny jeans, with cropped pants, and maybe next summer, I’ll boldly wear them with skirts and bare legs.

I have it on good authority that Ariat is THE brand for on-your-feet-all-day comfort, and that’s what I need.  I’ll report back.  I can assure you that Dan Post (via John Deere and the Johnny Poppers) doesn’t flinch from 9 hours of standing, trotting, etc. on concrete, and my back appreciated the support.  I hear Twisted X is also good for support, but I’ve yet to find a pair that wants to live with me, so… maybe next year?

image from Zulily

image from Zulily

I also took a gamble on these Smoky Mountain zebra boots from Zulily.  (That link is an invitation that earns me “store credit” too.)  If you don’t know Zulily and like a bargain… you should.  I missed out for a long time because I thought the were mom and kid -centric, and perhaps they are, but given that I can wear a big kid’s 4.5-5 shoe when I can find it, and I can wear a girls XXL in unfitted tops, that’s probably a plus for me.  Those of you who are full-grown and don’t have littles will still find a lot of your favorite brands on deep discount there too.  Another of today’s specials was dog tags, so they’re quite diverse in their offerings.  (While I benefit *IF* you sign up, I am not being compensated for my opinions.  I just like a bargain and know many of you do too.)

Now…  I know calf hair shoes have been on trend  for at least a year now, but I’ve always though non-leathered hides are best on the lodge and/or trophy room floor/wall.  But the description leads me to believe these hairy shafts might not be REAL hair.  The fur-girls don’t seem to give a hoot about leather, so we’ll see how this goes.  If they freak me out, someone else with a size 7 foot might get a shot at them, because alas, part of the bargain is they are not returnable.

Zulily isn’t the fastest shipper in the land.  It’s a little slower than Sierra Trading Post, my favorite bargain site.  For instance, I ordered a Land’s End tunic from them earlier in the same day I bought the Billies from My Habit, and the boots will be delivered today (anyone else a little OCD about tracking packages?) and the tunic hasn’t even been giving a tracking number that tells me the shipment hasn’t been processed yet.  (See?  OCD.  I own it.  And if it bothers you, don’t EVER get in a TSA line with me, because I nearly have a stroke every time.  Can’t stand my nearly bare feet walking where all the other bare and nearly so feet have been.  No, I don’t shower or change at the gym, firehouse, or anywhere else remotely “public” either.  I almost need sedatives to use a toilet outside my home or office, and we won’t talk about the stress of showering in a hotel.  Now you know more about me than you ever cared to…)

So maybe wearing boots in the summer will work for me.  I can’t curl my toes (a neuro deficit from all of my back problems), but I sure try to when I’m wearing sandals and the sidewalk/floor is scary.

What’s going on in your world?

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13 comments on “The Boot Goes On

  1. Um, I hate doing the TSA thing so much that I bring socks for the trip, use them ONLY in line, then take them off and pretty much biohazard bag them until I can use bleach. For real. I get it.

  2. gmarie says:

    Those are cute boots! As you know, I *accidentally* ordered 2 pairs of boots yesterday as well. One of them might have been your red, mid-calf cowboy boots which I plan on wearing with my blue striped birthday dress (I might add the husband totally failed in taking blog photos at the resort pool – and I looked good!)

    In my world I have unpicked very slowly and painstakingly about 8 patterned and 8 even rows in malabrigo lace which is a bit sticky to fix a counting problem that would have made me crazy. I really want to sew today, but we are having weather issues. The power has now gone out 3 times in the last 30 minutes or sew and I don’t want to subject my sewing machine to that.


  3. AlisonH says:

    I…I… I confess I ordered two more cones yesterday from Colourmart… And I’m thinking of combining two colors on the next project not so much because they would look great together–they would–but because my conscience needs to clear out some space for the incomings.

  4. AlisonH says:

    (p.s. Sparkly cashmere yarn is great fun. Just sayin’.)

  5. AlisonH says:

    (Especially when it’s on sale.)

  6. Sue says:

    I’m a compulsive tracker, too. A lot of us must be or they wouldn’t supply the tracking numbers so often. That looks like a pretty nice shoe closet. Tape it to the refrigerator door so the Knight gets to see it a lot. Maybe it’ll sink in.

  7. kathy b says:

    YOu are so funny. I don’t like my feet to touch the locker room floor at work either.
    I Love shorty ankle boots. I am such a reluctant shopper. I need shoes, a winter jacket and boots……
    I’m sure it will take me a month……
    perhaps you can be my personal shopper Channon

  8. Nancy says:

    My closet and “master bath” need a dramatic makeover, too. The master bath is a joke, and so tiny, that I took the door off permanently several years ago.

    Still working on reducing my scrap yarn stash and making gradual but steady progress.

  9. Ruth says:

    Still can’t participate in the boot talk, but happy to chat about home improvements/rearrangements an time!

  10. Kathy says:

    You have done a ton of boot shopping! Yay!! I got the burgundy Clark’s I recently told you about. Helping with the clutter/extraneous stuff is realizing I must buy for the life I live, not my fantasy life. Kind of like your closet. if squeezey toe stuff doesn’t fit, get rid of it.

  11. Bubblesknits says:

    ROTFL…I’m so glad someone else is as neurotic as I am about “strange” bathrooms. I’m not alone!!! 😀

  12. Nichole says:

    Those are some CUTE boots! Esp those ankle cowboy style… will you wear them with jeans or a skirt?

  13. Krystle says:

    Thanks for the shout-out lady! I would love love LOVE to help on the plans when the time comes! By the way, all of the boots you’ve been talking about are bad for my budget! I have purchased two new pairs of booties, and a new pair of riding boots this season, and I am drooling over a pair of cowgirl boots I found at the local Marshalls…

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