Boots! Boots! Boots and More Boots!

My Caribbean people will recognize the above from Barbadian calypsonian Gabby’s hit song, but it’s taken on a whole new meaning for me as the weather gets colder.

For real, my cute little ballet flats aren’t gonna cut it anymore in this weather.

Currently I have two pairs of boots, and I’m definitely looking for more.

I’ve been stomping the streets of Chitown in my Knot-Tie Ankle Boots, courtesy of Silhouettes. They’re comfortable, stylish, flat (which is very important for me, with my flat-as-a-board feetsies) and be dressed up or down. I’ve worn these with a little black dress and tights, and I’ve worn em with jeans. They look chic with both! I’ve got my eye on those Double Buckle Sport Boots, too!

I was looking for a cold-weather knee high boot that could keep my feet dry and warm while still looking fly with jeans. Also, I have plus size calves (to support my fabulous plus size body, hello) and I need boots that fit comfortably. Most leather zip-up boots don’t do the job.


I found what I was looking for last week at Bloomingdales! But they’re not on their website for some reason… so here’s a link. My salesfriend at Bloomies (shout out to Danielle!) got a real vibe for what I needed, and clued me into Pajar. She says these boots are known for lasting a long time and withstanding the elements amazingly. They fit like a dream, are made of all man-made materials (no fur for me, thanks!) and cost less than $200! SOLD!


Because of my foot-related issues, I can’t afford to mess around with a pair of boots that are purely fashionable. I need boots that are flat, fly, and functional. Boots that I’ll want to wear regardless of season, that feel good and reflect my funky fashion sensibilities. So right now I’m seriously contemplating investing in a pair of iconic Dr. Martens 14-eye boots. My husband swears by his Dr. Martens, and I know they last forever. The other shoes I’m looking at prefer to be known as “anti shoes.”

The MBT Goti boots have a clunky, funky, retro-futuristic Tank Girl kind of pizzazz, and I’d work them with pride.


MBT stands for Masai Barefoot Technology — the shoes have a curved sole and “activate your muscles instead of undermining them.” Hmmm. I’ve read blog posts that sound a cautionary note, but my curiosity continues unabated. I tried on a pair of MBT’s recently and absolutely loved the sensation as I strolled around the store. But are they comfortable for like, a day of walking around the city and going up and down subway stairs? I wanna know. If you’ve worn a pair of these – leave me a comment and let me know if they’re worth the money!

Those are the boots currently on my radar. They’re not the all-the-rage stiletto heeled over-the-knee variety, but I gotta think of comfort first – because if I’m not comfortable, I don’t feel at my most attractive anyway.

I’ll work on another post for you footwear fiends — all about boots for gals with calves like mine! What kind of boots are you buying for the holidays?

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  1. Tiffany Hobbs says:

    Hi Patrice!

    I love fall/winter mostly for the fashion which of course includes fly boots! is a great website for fashion, shoes AND accessories, and ALL of their shoes are under $60!
    They have a wonderful selection of boots that are trendy and comfortable, depending on the style you dig. Their flat-boot assortment is to die for, trust! I’ve been ordering from them for years and they’re the only site I go back to.

    Check them out and good luck with your search!
    And if not, the Dr. Marten’s are always classic! I’m saving for the 20-hole ones myself! :-)


    A Fellow Shoe Fiend lol

  2. You had me singing “…left right, left right…” My Dad used to run around the house singing it all the time!

    Love the Goti Boots, those are fyah!

  3. Docs really are fantastic. The MBT look interesting.

  4. Dr. Martens.. had them in HS.. now my daughter wants a pair after FINDING mine in the closet.. and she has worn them out.. they definitely last a long time.. I had mine 20+ yrs.. and I was shocked they were in good shape after she “cleaned them up”

  5. Knot Tie Ankle boots: are they comfortable with tights or sox? do they run true to size? I couldn’t find any reviews on them. Please let me know.

  6. Yea for boots!

    I just bought a pair that are virtually flat since they have a 1″ wedge heel. It’s so comfortable I can’t wait to wear them.

    My boot issue is that I love a knee high boot but they don’t like me and my 15′ calves. Oh, well, that’s what some of the slouchies are for. Next on my hit list is Frollic from Nine West.

    Good luck and have fun with the boot experience.

  7. Doc Martens are great. I remember with fondness a pair I had in my late teens/early twenties.

    About the MBT boots, I’m not too comfortable with the use of the word “Masai” in naming the technology.

    Apparently they are named after an ethnic group in Tanzania and Kenya who supposedly have walked barefoot for thousands of years.

    In fact like people all over the region – and indeed the world – they wear all sorts of shoes. They are however best known for innovating flat leather sandals.

  8. Your content has definitely evolved a bit since you moved to Chicago.

  9. thank for this article

  10. Hello Ladies,

    I like the knot tie boots and MBT. They look comfortable. I think a women can be sexy, cute and comfortable without wearing 3 or 4 inch heels. I am looking at Kinna boots from Boutique 9. They are available online at They are on sale with an extra 30% off at checkout.

  11. I am a boot fanatic and a fellow flat footer. I’ve had wonderful stylish and comfy boots from Naturalizer and my favorite John Fluevog.

    Here are links to some pics of my 2 current favorite boots; I am on the hunt for grey buckle boots now. October to April, all I wear out is boots—love ‘em.

    Fluevog Heidi’s in brown:

    Fluevog Toda—sadly discontinued but can still be found. I have these in red which is much redder and less brown than this pic:

    Pic of my Todas on me; really make my size 9s look tiny:

    I better stop. DH says I am boot obsessed, and he’s right.

  12. Thanks for this post Bella.
    Every single winter I suffer from boot-phobia. My large calves make finding comfy, warm boots so difficult that I often don’t even bother. I’ll have to swing by my local Bloomies to see if the Pajar brand works.

  13. yup! i got big calves too so now with these new age boots that dont have the zipper on the side, i go a whole size up to even get em on but i aint got time to struggle wit boots! i’ve been doin the ankle boots and target has cute pairs for under or around $40. i’d prefer a kitty heel on boots cuz i have a 2yr old MAN to chase, lol.

  14. Afrobella,

    Have you looked at JCrew?

  15. I am a size 12 with big calves, which makes finding boots that fit over my calves nearly impossible. I’ve tried the plus-sized sites ( has some great styles), but after ordering different styles I’ve had to send everything back because they were too big. I looked at JCrew’s extended calf boots but those are too expensive and too small. That is until I stopped into Marshall’s on Sunday and ran across some boots that fit finally. I’ve had such a hard time, and they are Michael Kors. God was definitely smiling on me yesterday.

  16. Cannot wait for the boots-for-big-calf-gals post. ITMT time to order knot-ties. Too cute!

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