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Page 2 in the conversation "Boots - what makes a good collection" by Glory
Janet, you have me beat! I'm showing this to my husband. Wow, I love your collection.
Anna, I would probably covet your collection, but I would love to see, only if you're up for sharing!
Bring out the old photos, Anna!
Janet, your blue boots are TDF!
p.s. Now up to... 24? Got my new pair of fake Sorels at Target. Well, it's not like it snows here. My feetsies just get cold walking the dog.
Pretty! I don't have many boots. I have a pair of black leather ones with a 2" or so chunky heel and square toes. I'm worried they're too dated looking, but we'll see. Then I have my fabulous Justin cowboy boots - brown with subtle pink and turquoise embroidery, with a squared-off pointy toe. They are super comfy and perfectly distressed by wearing them when I took riding lessons. Just this week, I bought a new pair: black suede ankle booties with a low heel, laces up the front. These are by Zigi Soho; I've never bought anything from that brand, but they are ridiculously soft and comfy.I'd love to try a pair of riding boots in cognac. We'll see.
Wow, so many fabulous boots! I recently culled some of mine, including the high-heeled hiker boots that I never wear. The concept is funny to me and they are fairly comfortable, but I bought a brown pair and I have recently decided to purge brown from my wardrobe because I just don't like it much. Anyway, this is what I am left with:
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Fabulous ladies and so nice of you to share. I don't even know where to start with comments - except to ask is it wrong if I feel inspired to purchase a few more boots?
I love seeing everyone'e collections! Glory great job on starting this thread... one thing I noticed from posting mine and seeing others is that my collection really does fit my more lady like style and very much me!
Wow! I don't feel so alone!
1) Low tan boot/ies (the chelsea-style booties are from ShoeDazzle, the other two are no-name
2) Cowboy, my way. LOL (DIY Luxury Jones, Justin ropers)
3) Low black (studded NotRated, no name cut-outs, and Frye slouch shorties)
4) Mid-calf (black BareTraps, ivory crackle Fluevogs)
5) Knee-high (black and tan are no-name faux suede, greys are Steve Madden)
6) Fyes (olive harness, saddle campus, black Adriennes)
8) Bonus hound doggie! (Hattie really wanted to be involved - you can see her legs in several pictures :))
9) Frye campus OTK (folded down, I turn into a pirate! Arrrrr!)(these are very likely getting dyed tan soon)
10) Mid-calf platform boots (these are serious workhorses for me) and faux suede blue knee boots (ShoeDazzle; surprisingly versitile)
11) Nine West boots for motorcycling (I never did find good safety boots)
- 8- and 14-eye Dr. Martens (black)
- 1 pair standard issue leather jump boots (true combat boots)
- rain boots (1 pr pink/ orange, 1 pr silver, 1 pr zebra with folded shafts and ribbon added)
- 1 pr pink/ black faux-fur trimmed rubber winter boots.
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7) Black knee-high, back lace Joie boots. I love their corset-style details :")
To get back to the actual question: In my mind, what make a good collection is a mix of colors, heel and shaft heights, and textures. I don't see much point in having 3 versions of a black riding boot, for example. This is just speaking for my closet. Others may really see the benefit in that, I don't know. I do now see that I have a hole of a low heeled black bootie or ankle boot. I was half tempted to get the black Sam Edelman Circus Holt http://www.zappos.com/circus-b.....st=fac%3A1 after seeing it in someone else's thread. But then I came to my senses and remembered I am in FL for probably a year, and all but 2 of my boots are sitting unworn in my Tahoe closet already!
And I was worried I was amassing too many pairs!! I have been buying booties like a crazy woman and have multiple pairs in my closet that I'm going to need help with decided which to keep. I'll be starting a thread in the next week or so. In the meantime, while I love everyone's collection, I would like to sneak into Janet's closet and take about half of hers. I'd leave her the tall boots that I probably couldn't get zipped anyways.
I find, for me, that variety is key. I get very frustrated with wearing the same few pairs of shoes over and over again. I prefer to have a black and tan option in the styles I wear most often, and having a traditional style in a standout colour is both amusing and invigorating to me (knee high slouchy boots, ropers). I also am kinda persnickity about shaft height and what it's worn with (I cannot stand tall boots under pants of any variety, for example, and short boots with dresses or skirts are still difficult for me).
We've had a LOT of rain this year, and I found a number of very cute rain boots that work with different outfits and slogging through mud when camping on clearance late in the season, so I snapped them up - for me, if I'm having to wear rain boots every day, I want variety in them, too. If I can get them, at a good price, to meet my needs, I think that's reasonable.
I think what makes a good boot collection is what works best for *you*. Some of us love booties, and others love a high boot but can't get one across our calves without alteration. For me, it's covering contengencies of erratic weather (temps range from 5F to 105F, with high humidity, copious rain and ice in the winter, and lots of red clay mud) with enough variety to keep me from getting annoyed WHILE keeping me comfortable (I really cannot stand being cold, at all, for any reason, for example).
A good boot collection is one where you always have just the "right" boot to wear.
I'm pretty happy with mine and I thought it was large but now I see there is definitely space for more. I get the most use out of my flat boots.
1) Fluevog Lanciano heeled bootie2) Fluevog Dig heeled ankle boots (never wear these)3) Grey Frye flat ankle boots4) Blurple Frye flat ankle boots 5) Red Frye flat ankle boots 6) Tall Black Fat Frye Melissas7) Tall Green Flat Fluevog Bondgirls8) Tall Black Heeled Fluevog Cutie Pies9) Tall Brown heeled Ejects (usually worn without laces)10) Tall Flat Cognac boots
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boy, Sylvie, if you never wear #2 maybe you should think about resale. I'm sure someone out there would LOVE those (like me :D)
Sylvie, I can't decide if I'm more jealous of your collection of Fluevogs or Fryes! Those are GREAT!
Mo, I'll keep that in mind and offer them up here first.
4 inch heels aren't practical for walking long distances and feel inappropriate for most social occasions.
Unless it's date night with tall husband, I feel bad towering above everyone else when I'm (usually) shorter than them.
My boot collection is minimal. Short Born boots in brown and black, tan Ariat Billie boots (my B-day splurge), a pair of Seychelles that I still love from 1992, and an unworn Blowfish pair that may soon be on its way to consignment.
This was a thoughtful exercise Glory thanks for starting the thread. My life is 95% casual and most of my boots are gear (not shown: 2 pairs snow, 2 rain, 2 hiking and 1 hoseable pair for gardening). The season between too warm and too slippery/slushy is short plus fussy feet and 17" calves limit my selection.
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I thought I had enough boots until I saw these:
I have a difficult time justifying the price, as I really want the Cordovan color, which is not versatile like black or gray.
Ruth those are lovely. Many of the ladies have said Danskos are very comfy. I think the cordovan would be quite versatile.
Thanks, Glory. I put them on my vipzappos.com wish list.
Wow...... What a thread, I have just decided that I am seriously boring and have a gap ( opportunity ) in my wardrobe.
I currently have tall black riding boots, short lace up combat boots, short ankle boots, 7 cm heel and a pair of Hunter wellies......all black
I do have tall white or off white boots on my wish list, just haven't found them yet.
Thank you ladies, I have loved looking through your collections
I want to play too! After seeing all your lovely collections I feel very justified in my boot building endeavors.
#1 - Duplicate Cole Haan tall boots in black and taupe - the only tall boots I have been comfortably been able to pull over my calves. #2 - (L-R) Nordies PB brown multi-buckle booties, Unknown brand from Macys. I never wear these but am a sucker for anything embroidered. Black ankle boots that I have had for 14 years and I WILL NOT GET RID OF! I have no idea the brand but they are the most comfortable boot I have ever worn, even with a 3" heel. So pointy toes be darned...with a little polish every year these babies still look good as new. #3 - Newly purchased but am keeping for sure: ZARA navy bootie, SE Circus bootie with white heel. These are both so comfortable that I knew I would keep them the first time I pulled them on.#4 - SE Python Bootie, SE gray petty bootie. I have had the pythons since July and I just got the greys. I am undecided on both of these. #5 - ZARA leather ankle boot with blocked heel, Via Spiga basil bootie, Vince Camuta Vive. Unfortunately I think the Zara's are going back. They are a beautiful boot but just a tad too high for my fussy feet. I'm pretty sure I'm keeping the Via Spigas. I would have replaced them with the Zara's if they had worked since I'd rather have leather than suede. I'm on the fence about the VCs. They are comfy but I'm not sure I'd get a lot of use out of them.
So there you go. I need to get to work and make some decisions.
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Late to this thread, but I admired all the gorgeous boots on this thread! Here's my small collection (details in the thread below):http://youlookfab.com/welookfa.....collection1. My boot collection2. Frye Melissa lace-ups in brown and black3. Timberland Stratham Heights in cognac and La Canadienne Galaxy brown suede wedges4. Aquatalia Vavoom burgundy patent rain boots (waterproof)5. Nine West heeled black boots (pre-YLF)6. OTBT (Off the Beaten Track) gold booties7. Mia Nanette lace-up booties in brown and black8. Reiker Annemarie slouchy booties in brown and black9. pre-YLF gear--Lowa hiking boots and Ugg short brown boots10. DH's old kiddie snow boots (that I'm using till I can get a real pair of my own)
How did I miss this thread? Some great boot collections here. I will try to photograph mine and post. Until then here is my list from memory, a total of 11.
Tall bootsBlack, brown, and camel
BootiesBlack buckle, black lace up, camel (new this season)
Mid calfBrown snakeskin cowboy bootsTan schruncy style
3 gear: hiking, horseback riding, and snow
So many beautiful boots, ladies! This was a good exercise for me since it's been about a year since I've dragged mine out for inventory. Basically, my boots break down into three categories:
#1 - The Blacks #2 - The Browns#3 - The Cowboys
I wear them all pretty regularly except for the cowboy boots, which I keep for sentimental reasons. The black ones were a gift from DH, and the red ones were a gift to myself for my 50th birthday.
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Thank you Ladies - wonderful collections small and large and larger. Debra - I hear you on a gap and have had great inspiration from these posts.AM - fantastic collection with loads of varietyGP - you have the bases covered. New snow boots as mentioned in your detailed post will round it out. They have some great ones out there.Lisa - looking forward to your pic post tonight.NL - another great collection. I also have the sentimental cowboy boots as an anniversary gift from DH.
I'm a little embarrassed to admit that my boot collections slightly... lacking. It's right now 3 pairs. Although I will day that I'm on the hunt for black and brown booties. I just haven't found the right pairs yet.
1) Timberland2) Born3) Georgia Boot - these are the field/rain boots
Ok my post is up here. Thanks again for the exercise. It's really helpful to see them all gathered together.
K, I only had 3 pairs, one of them snow/gear, up until 3 years ago. Tall black riding boots, oxblood Dr. Martens, and Sorels. And I was living in the mountains the whole time!! So don't feel bad. By the way, 3 years ago is when I turned 40, so I went 4 decades with little to no boot collection to speak of.
I'm typing this on my phone so I am skipping the descriptions and just posting pictures! I included shooties too.
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