For months I have been searching for a new pair of boots.
I own various pairs of boots, but have one particular favourite pair. They are around five years old and decidedly tatty looking to be honest. But God, are they comfortable. And this is the pair I’ve been hoping to replace.
Being a midlife woman, my feet are less than perfect; after all they’re suffering from five decades of wear and tear. You know the sort of thing – chilblains; deformed toes. Now, I do have boots with heels and I do have knee high soft buttery leather flat boots, but whilst shopping for the new replacement boots I had some specifics in mind, and all the boxes had to be ticked for me to make a purchase. They had to be flat (otherwise I tower above everyone else), leather, pointy toed ankle boots with a non slip sole (not wanting to break a hip at my age), accommodating two pairs of socks (I suffer from cold feet) and they needed to fit snugly underneath skinny jeans, which I tend to live in.
What a mission. Obviously fashion dictates to a huge extent the style of boots in the shops each winter, and this year’s ranges just didn’t fit the bill at all. I had almost given up hope and resigned myself to sticking with my old faithfuls till next winter.
Today, however, I found just the pair. I think. Well, I’ve bought them. They seem pretty comfy, but I won’t know that for sure until I’ve properly test-driven them for several miles and a couple of midlife months.
So, here they are. Flat, black, leather, pointy toed, non slip soles, wide enough to take two pairs of socks, and snug around the ankle. Bonus for me – they’ve got a generous helping of studs, straps and buckles. I know they’re a tad too shiny; give me a couple of weeks and they’ll look all beautifully battered and lived-in.
And where did I find these marvellous boots? In a shoe shop at Meadowhall. And the make? Bronx. I’m also delighted to say that they were in the sale, reduced from £80 to £40. Winner.