Day Twenty-one

On November 21, 2011 by Eden M. Kennedy

And now it’s time for NaBloShoeMo: Boots Edition. This fine collection of footwear was amassed over a period of decades. I admit, it’s pretty self-indulgent — I had a boyfriend after college who had one pair of shoes, after all. One. But it’s not like I went out and bought these all at once, laughing at the Bangladeshi orphans as I stuffed them into the trunk of my car. No, serious shoe collecting takes time, people. (Time and, in my case, self-restraint, two jobs, and an understanding husband.)

Blundstones circa 1994-ish. The best waterproof boots I have, but not the most comfortable for a day on your feet.

Uggs, circa this year’s birthday present. Off the charts comfortable, I don’t care how weird they look.

Danskos bought half price from Amazon last summer because who doesn’t need a pair of suede knee-high boots in the middle of July? The shaft is too wide around my calf but the slight bunching at the ankle gives them an appealing Robin Hood quality.

Borns from a couple of years back. I never know what to do with these. They’re too high for standing all day at work and they need more cushioning. I still don’t want to give up on them, though.

Some of you may remember these from ShoeMo ’07. These Donald Pliners are WAY too high for work, but when I wear them I feel like Chrissie Hynde. I should probably just be buried in them.

These Pikolinos are embarrassingly rock-and-roll, but they work with jeans tucked into them. I don’t feel like they’re totally “me” but whenever I wear them Jack shouts, “THERE YOU GO, BABY!”

Franco Sarto. These are total Cruella de Villes. Surprisingly versatile for something I bought as a joke for a Halloween costume.

Merrells bought on a trip to Colorado several years back when I discovered the pelvis-breaking potential that are motorcycle boots* on ice. Super grippy, they leave a little snowflake pattern in your footprints.

An impulse purchase from the two-hour paroxysm of shopping I did before the book tour last spring. The brand is Relaxshoe? Okay. Super snug around the ankles = surprisingly sexy.

These Tony Lamas are now in their 30th year in my closet. Actually, these are the ones you should bury me in, sorry.

Keen hikers. I use them about once a year, because as you know I abhor nature. But they haven’t failed to protect me from prickles or slippery moss yet.

Is there anything better than sale Fluevogs? NO, THERE IS NOT.

Bought on Eighth Street in New York in 1988. Terrible for walking on ice. My nephew once sneered at them for being “so out of fashion.” I guess I could have gone into some speech about the difference between fashion and personal style, but fourteen-year-olds know everything! Do not bother talking to them unless you have your Gucci sunglasses on!

I thought about buying a pair of engineer boots for fifteen years until I finally pulled the trigger on these in 1999. By then it was sort of too late to sashay around campus wearing them with a mini-kilt and torn stockings, but I manage to find other, more matronly ways to wear them. Like with a bikini.

I had no idea I needed a pair of purple suede ankle boots until I saw these at Marshall’s last month. They are Borns and super comfy, even though Jack says wearing them makes me look like a Midwestern strip mall prostitute. Jack has a LOT of opinions, I am shielding you from so many of them, you should thank me. I admit these are borderline tasteful but there’s something about them that just speaks to me, it’s worth building an entire outfit around them. As a matter of fact, I’m going to wear them today. SO THERE, JACK. FIFTY BUCKS FOR A BLOWJOB. NO, WAIT: $150 FOR YOU.



21 Responses to “Day Twenty-one”

  • Why is it so interesting to see someone else’s shoe collection? I dunno, but I love it! Those Fluevogs are fantastic, and I’m not usually a fan of that brand at all ((ducking flying objects)).

    Seeing your collection makes me realize what an idiot I am about getting rid of things. I had Frye boots in the 80s, AND killer cowboy boots. Both of which I tossed when I decided they were “out”. Sigh. Of course I’ve recently purchased both and now have to wear them in again, damnit.

  • i need more boots. and some purple suede ones to boot! ;)

  • Great boots, all of ‘em!

  • $300! And not a penny more…..

  • I love everything about this post. Especially the bit about how you are shielding us from Jack’s opinions. Ha!

    And now I really miss NaBloShoeMo. We should bring that back.

  • I feel like I just sat around in your house and listened to you talk about shoes and boots, that would be a way to be happy. Which is maybe crazy? But I’m OK with that?

  • I did NOT see those purple suede cuties coming. Quite an intriguing way to end the NaBloShoeMo post, Mrs. Kennedy. And then you mentioned blow-jobs! Gasp! I’m laughing in mah boots over here.

  • Aw that last pair reminds me of a purple fringe jacket I once had.

    Kate: I too am having the got rid of it sadness. T-shirts. I have t-shirts from 1988. Horrible ones. But my Italian designer jacket circa 1968? Gone forever.

    I just got rid of my groovy chunky boots and I’m already regretting it. I am drowning in junk but it seems I only get rid of the good stuff.

  • I am not exaggerating when I tell you this post made my day

  • Ooooo, I so want some engineer boots!! I have a question, how do you store your boots? Do you put them away somewhere in summer? I have a serious lack of closet space, and shoes are starting to spill out into rooms. My husband hates me.

  • I have those Merrells in a darker shade of brown. I bought them in a fit after the first snow fall a few years ago. Up to that point, my feet where always cold. It took me 30yrs to realize that in order to have warm feet during the winter, you actually had by good shoes (or actually wear shoes…I was in Oklahoma).

  • I’m completely taken with those vintage Tony Llamas. Those are pure, unadulterated class.

    I am a painstaking accumulator of shoes as well. My next pair of boots are obscenely expensive, but I expect to be kicking ass in them yet in 20 years time.

  • Sigh. Your shoe collection makes me long for my halcyon days of un-fallen arches and non-deteriorated kneecaps. Alas, my shoe collection these days consists of either “European Comfort Shoes” *shudder* or regular ol’ “comfort shoes” *double shudder*. My BOOT collection, however, contains some bitchin’ Italian leather knee highs. Though my feet freeze in them in the winter (you can’t make something “bitchin’” in anything other than paper-thin cowhide) and though they support none of my crumbling postural issues, I always feel like a million bucks in them…. which is about how much I paid for them, so, hurty or not, they’re never leaving the closet.

    Also, I have that exact same office chair.

  • Anyone that can EVER feel like Chrissy Hynde is someone I shall love forever! That is greatness.

  • Very enjoyable post! I’d like to point out while I live in Toronto where it’s cold half the year, I only have five pairs of boots. One being Fluevogs that look like Blundstones. On the other hand, I have 70 billion pairs of sandals even though I can only wear them at most five months of the year. You live in California where it is not so cold and you have lots of boots. Do you have lots of sandals, too?

  • Excellent NaBloShoeMo! My staples are my beat-up cowboy boots (Luccheses) and those Frye engineers, although I just today ordered these: . I have a goooooood feeling about them. Say yes to boots!

  • You sold yourself short… he told us he was going to give you $250

  • Love those Merrels. Just checked Zappos and there is nothing like them there…..sadly.

  • I just had to comment because my kid, who will turn 7 in (she told me) exactly 23 days, popped on the couch next to me just as I was finishing reading this post. “Ohhhhhhh! I want those boots!” she exclaimed over the photo of the purple boots. “I really want them! Will you buy them for me?” So tell Jack they’re not just for suburban mall prostitutes anymore; they’d be a huge hit in first grade, too. :)

    Actually, I kind of like them too. But I’m totally in awe of your boot collection. I have motorcycle boots and a slouchy pair of boots that were my go-to shoes of choice for hitting the bars or parties during my college years back in the ’80s. Clearly, I’m not doing my duty as a female American if I only own two pairs of boots, the newer of which was bought 15 years ago! :)

  • Love, love, love the Merrells! Do you remember the name of them?