Monday, November 06, 2006

Speak To Us Of Boots

Berrysmom writes that she breaks out into a cold sweat at the mere thought of shopping for boots.

PeaceBang can hardly blame her. There are 123 pages of boot choices on Zappos.com alone, and a plethora at every department store in America.

Boots, boots, boots! What's a well-dressed cleric to do? PeaceBang herself loves boots and has many pairs, but her favorites continue to be bronze cowboyish ones from Franco Sarto, which she dearly adores and wears everywhere.

A few guidelines:

1. Boots should be leather. Fake materials will just make your feet and calves sweat profusely. This is not to say that PeaceBang doesn't love her faux snakeskin pull-on boots with the 3" heel. She just doesn't recommend them for someone who is boot phobic and buying her first pair.
2. Boots should be classic in style. Avoid anything that makes your lower half look like Sasquatch, and do not fall prey to those squishy camel-colored items with faux shearling trim that resemble bedroom slippers. Stay with structure and a nice line with beautiful, classic detailing. The heel height is up to you. Totally flat boots with long skirts can really make a girl look stumpy, though, I'm warning you.
3. Boots should be weather-wise. Why in the name of the good Lord would I want to go out in a stilletto-heeled boot? What am I going to do if it snows? Get on my butt and slide around?
4. Boots should fit. They should not be so snug around the calf as to cause little puppies of excess flesh to ooze out the top of the boot.
5. Boots should be black or some shade of brown or red or bronze, or some other sane color. They should not be pink leopard skin or flowered or red, white and blue striped.
6. Boots are an investment. They are worth spending $150-$200 for.
7. We should not wear L.L. Been sports boots in the pulpit. Keep a nice pair of shoes in the office if you have to slog to church in bad weather.

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5 Comments:

Blogger boyinthebands said...

I was going to have you examine my belt and oxford shoes this weekend. Both are made of (the same) leather-free material: cotton fiber and polypropolene. I can't tell the different with leather (except that they don't smell like leather) and my feet don't sweat in them.

I got them at the shop which owns veganstore.com, if you don't mind the plug.

1:07 PM  
Blogger Caroline Divine said...

My question is, what about those of us who have fat calves? It's really hard to find nice-looking high boots. Any leads or tips? Thanks!

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Caroline Divine,

An old dance partner of mine, who has calves of considerable size, would have his boots made for him by a man who made custom dance boots for Eastern European costumes, by mail from Canada. I know this is totally obscure, but doing a quick "custom dance boots" search in google brought up lots of options. Dance shoes are my best friend for dress shoes because they are often balanced better than anything else, the tops are wider if you are buying folk style shoes, and if you get hard soles, you are good to go for the "real" world.

Good luck!

6:39 PM  
Blogger Berrysmom said...

OK, PB, it's a start. But do you really think that I would be tempted by pink faux-aligator boots? I already know some of that stuff. What I need to know is, what height boots with what length skirt? Practical things like that...

Love you no matter what...

J

9:10 PM  
Blogger PeaceBang said...

Berrysmom, a good bet:
Boots should zip or reach just below the knee. Skirt to just the top of the boot. I have cowboy boots that I adore but they're cut kind of low and skirts that are too short look very dumb with them. You want a clean line on the boot, anything too fluffy or squishy is too informal for professional looks.

9:55 PM  

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