My name is Helen and I am a 'bootaholic'! But in my defense Your Honour … boots always fit, boots can make or break an outfit, boots don’t make you feel fat, boots completely cover your skin and most importantly, boots don’t exacerbate psoriasis. Boots are kind and forgiving and safe and oh, so much fun to buy. Although I will admit, that things have possibly reached crisis point when the normally oblivious Teen stated, “another pair of black boots? You know you’ve got a problem, don’t you?” Pah! She was soon silenced when I bought her a pair of black biker boots (We now have the same shoe size. I’m no fool!) Topshop sale for those who are interested. ‘Animal’ biker boots, 100% leather and reduced from €89 to €42. My fingers are tightly crossed that they will be a success when they arrive.
But back to me!! I recently paid a visit to my sister in Boston which was just the loveliest, chilled out trip that involved a lot of coffee, bubbles and boots! With the greatest of love and respect to all my Stateside friends and followers, I really don’t bother much with clothes shopping in the US anymore. The sad state of the euro exchange rate, coupled with the excellent range of high street stores now available in Ireland, has taken the sheen off the once exciting prospect of shopping in the USA. And to be honest, I think I’m at an age where I no longer get a thrill from a CK label on my jeans or a Ralph Lauren logo on my sweater. I prefer to leave the obvious labels to the 'Victoria's Secret Pink' obsessed Teen!
That said, the thrill of a trip to DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse) still hasn’t got old. So what did I buy? Well settle down and I shall reveal all. First up my favourite purchase, which were shoes, not boots. But wonderfully strappy concoctions that will still serve to conceal should the skin decide to play up again on my feet. A really comfortable height and dressy enough to add a bit of pzazz to a pair of jeans and simple top for a night out. Adore them! My only regret is that I didn’t buy them in the nude colour too. These were from Nine West and I think cost about $70.
So with one bargain found, obviously I had to keep searching and next up were these Steve Madden suede black ankle boots with fringing. These are clearly not going to be an investment purchase as chances are high that fringing will be frumptastic this time next year. But at $60, it seemed rude not to take the opportunity to give a small nod to the trend and amazingly despite the low price tag, they are one of the most comfortable pairs of boots I’ve ever worn!
For those looking for a similarly comfortable style ankle boots, there is 30% off footwear today in Coggles with the code CYBERMONDAY at the checkout, which would make these H by Hudson Kiver suede ankle boots a real bargain. Originally €144 (I’ll leave you to work out the discount)
The next purchase might just fall under the category of ‘not entirely necessary’ but I justified it by deciding that they were exactly what I needed for a Cos dress that I bought in the sales earlier this year but have yet to wear. I didn’t have the correct footwear y’see! (I’m now back home almost a month and correct footwear notwithstanding, I still haven’t worn said dress. I think I need to find my inner dress-wearing Princess!) I love sock boots as they fit so easily and don’t add bulk to my legs. They’re also a great alternative to shoe boots if psoriasis is a problem on the legs. Sometimes even the heaviest of opaque tights isn't enough to prevent flaking breaking through, but with a sock boot all of that remains hidden! These were also around the $50. Bargain!
I had a little look online to see if I could find anything similar and these Kassia boots from Carl Scarpa seem to fit the bill beautifully. €149 and an extra 20% off today with the code MEGA at the checkout.
And that was it! Sum total of my shopping in Boston, but very happy with my purchases and with the fact that my poor credit card hadn’t got hammered for the sake of needless shopping. Home I came … and then last week, I fell foul of the Black Friday lure! This was completely unintentional, but whilst out shopping on the Thursday (see? It wasn’t even Black Friday yet!) I spotted these Dalhart Salsa shoe boots in Clarks. Half price people! Half price! Wanna’ hear my justification for these? Well! Firstly, my current heeled ankle boots have a platform on the sole which I think is beginning to look a tad dated. Secondly, should the psoriasis clear on my legs, then I could wear this with the aforementioned unworn Cos dress (scraping the barrel a tad now perhaps?) And finally, did I mention that they were half price? €55 down from €110. Yes, I got well and truly suckered in! Don’t care though … love them!
I think I’m pretty well covered now on the black boot front. But there's definitely a dearth of brown boots in my wardrobe ...
So what about you? Did you get lured in by the Black Friday discounts as well? Please say I'm not the only one!