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
… 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
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?