My horseback riding habit has ruined me when it comes to finding boots for street wear. I have been on a quest for a year to replace a pair of brown riding boots I bought a decade ago. We’ve had a good run together here in SoCal and in Chicago, but it’s time to turn the boots out to pasture.
I have been fairly unsuccessful finding anything that suits me.
Many boots have heels too tall. Very chic, but not at all practical for someone who is on her feet a good portion of the work day teaching seventh grade history. Probably a little too fancy for middle school.
Some have too many prominent buckles. Cool looking, but just not sleek enough for my taste.
A few looked similar enough to real riding boots, that I thought, “If I want real riding boots, I should get another pair of real riding boots.”
But most of the boots that I’ve tried that just didn’t work were too sloppy looking. I’ve apologetically explained to helpful Nordstrom and DSW sales staff as I’ve declined on multiple boot selections, “I guess I just can’t see myself wearing boots that are so wide, even though I know it’s fashionable. I’m an English rider and I’m used to a very fitted look. I feel silly in these.”
They looked absolutely ridiculous on me. I was hoping for a cute, cowgirl-esque look but it was like, “Who’s the dork trying to pass herself off as a Western-inspired fashionista?” Even with my cutest jeans they were a flop. I’m sure they look stunning on the right person, but that person is not this person.
After a while I did what any desperate woman would do: I began to shop online. And in one virtual shopping spree I bought three pairs of boots from Nordstrom.com. I justified this knowing I would only keep my top choice.
And the winner is this pair of Louise et Cie which were ON SALE!
And the icing on the cake was that the first time I wore them was to a birthday party and I received at least three compliments on them! One of them was from a friend who truly is a fashionista who always looks like a model who just stepped off a photo shoot. She said she loved them and they were “special.” That validating compliment sealed the deal.
Now they’re not as comfortable as my Ariats were or my Tredstep are now, but I’m sure they’ll break in. Meanwhile, the color is different enough that down the road (next year?) I can probably buy another pair of brown boots. You know the ones. Doesn’t every equestrian dream about these boots?
The oh so on trend Ariat Women’s Challenge Contour Square Toe Field Boot!
I still think I could get a lot of street mileage out of the brown field boots. But then I’d be tempted to ride in them at the barn and they’d get dusty and have a layer of California grit concealing their beauty. But a girl can dream. And place these boots on her Amazon wish list in case her husband needs a gift idea for Valentine’s Day. Right?
Do you have a favorite pair of boots for non-riding purposes? Have you found a way to successfully incorporate real riding boots into your non-riding wardrobe?
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