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?