I was in a drug fueled haze for the last couple of years. The drug being Isabel Marant. I was entrenched in the process of being Isabelized (a term coined by myizzi). It was all about the dicker boots. Before you say tsk tsk tsk, you've got to give me some credit for being faithful to a trend for 2 years. That's like 2000 years in the fashion world. So.....I can't be accused of being fickle. Ahem.... moving along now......
Fast forward to 2013. I've developed a major crush on biker boots. I sit at cafes and stare at women's feet for "research". Ah.....filthy, filthy minds. I say, research, NOT fetish. When I met up with Josephine, the first thing that caught my eye were those utterly divine Maje biker boots of hers. I'm sure the word bonkers probably crossed her mind but she wisely kept mum while I fondled the beauties, pulled the shaft apart to check out the lining, examine the stitching and leather. You know, the stuff that people do in the name of research (there's that word again) before making a purchase.
This is my conclusion after trying on numerous biker boots.
1) soft leather
This is a must. Stiff leather is painful and it digs into your instep if you're standing on your tippy toes for whatever reason. In any case, I don't fancy boots that you have to break in for a million years before they're deemed comfortable.
2) wider shaft
Short legged people are more likely to have sausages for limbs if we overindulge. No, I'm not talking about the ones that have a bottomless pit tummies (but you're welcome to swap your body with mine if you're feeling overly generous). The wider shaft seems to help create a nice long lean line as opposed to a narrower one that grips the ankle.
3) thicker ridged soles
Having slipped on my well padded arse on icy grounds before, I like my biker boots to have a thicker ridged rubber soles. I'll have you know that Josephine and I climbed up a hill (okay, it was a tiny hill but still.....) on pretty muddy tracks and our boots' firm grip saved the day.
I may be 40 and in denial about the ageing process but I don't want to look a try-hard biker chick. I don't want my boots to be covered with studs, heavy metal chains and buckles. There's only so much badass I can handle. Otherwise, I might as well get a full body tattoo and put an additional piercings on my ears, nose and tongue. ((shudder))