Friday, August 02, 2019

12 Months 12 Outfits - August Assignment: Do I really want to do Fall yet?

Heaves a big sigh as the reality that it is August 2nd slaps her face...

Here are the August outfits over at Vivienne Files.   Janice stayed with the pattern in previous years, but this month she built the outfit around tall boots.  Last year's August picks included a range of boot styles, but this year it's all about the tall boots.  And every outfit includes a skirt, a blouse (woven)(ETA -- no, there is one Eileen Fisher t shirt in the mix.  I thought it was a soft woven until I clicked through), a sweatery cardigan, with a ring and a brooch for accessories.

Now, I will be straight up honest with you; anticipating this, I was already preparing my little commentary of how, in Alabama, we don't need fall clothes until October.  When my kids were growing up, I didn't even do the seasonal clothing switch until Fall Break...which was usually the first full week in October.  Didn't buy new clothes for the school year until I saw what still fit...and what didn't...from the previous fall/winter season.  There just wasn't any point in it if the temps in the daytime still made it up to at least 80 degrees most days.

But my arguments have dissolved in the face of those tall boots.  See, I have Very Wide Calves, and tall boots that will zip all the way up are like, the Holy Grail of shoe searching.  I bought some a few years back; the style was kinda stodgy but they zipped so I just worked with them...and I really didn't wear them that much.  But, despite the fact that they were made by Maine Trotters, which is supposed to be a high-quality shoe, they have not held up.  The leather is tearing along the stitching lines...just like a perforated piece of paper.  One of the decorative tabs on the back has come off, and the zipper guard is flapping on one of the boots and really won't last much longer before it tears completely off.  So, after last year, I told myself I would need new black boots for this year.

About two weeks ago, looking through Zappos site, I saw that the sandal selection was dwindling.  Several of them I had flagged as favorites were no longer available in my size, or were only available in a few colors.  Suddenly, it hit me that if I wanted the best selection of boots...maybe I should start looking now.  I cruised through and found one style with a wide foot...and what looked to be a reasonably wide calf, although it wasn't marked as a wide calf boot, there was a significant gap between the boot and the calf of the model in the video.  And it did have elastic gores in the back.  So I put it in my favorites to watch.

While writing some reviews for shoes last week, I went to my Favorites page and saw that those boots I had put in the Favorites list were on sale for less than $100.  So of course, I ordered them.  Immediately.

They have arrived and I have tried them on.  I had to WORK to get them zipped, but they just. barely. did. zip. I was wearing moderately thick socks; if I were to wear thin socks or tights it wouldn't be so bad.  The wide width foot fits well and is cushy...I'm just now trying to decide if I want to keep them and wrestle to zip them.  I may try another pair with a wide calf...but there are only a few in my size and price range.  So I'm likely to need to order quickly.  At least it doesn't cost anything to try them on, other than the hassle of returning the ones that don't fit.

All of that is to say....maybe it does make sense to build an outfit around tall boots in August despite my earlier plans.  Even if I don't wear any of it for two months, lol.  So I will be pondering the skirt/blouse/cardigan options while I make up my mind about the boots.

6 comments:

  1. If you can find Boots That Fit, whenever during the year, I vote that you go for it!! (I have only once ever found boots that both fit my robust calves and fit my non standard feet)

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    1. Yup. And it's a sad truth that the shoes of the season are often sold out before the season gets going good...

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  2. I have thick calves, too, and finding boots that fit is near impossible. I finally found a pair 3 years ago at Macy's and by taking good care of them they still look good. They had 3-4 options at the time that actually fit. Maybe that is an option for you.

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    1. There is no Macy's within reasonable driving distance...Zappos has been my go to for my hard-to-find sizes. I was just disappointed that the Trotters boots...which were not cheap...didn't hold up. I do keep them w/ the shaft supports, clean, treated w/ the silicone spray, etc., but they just...came apart. It wasn't even particularly stressed where they fell apart.

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  3. Do you have a shoe repair person anywhere close? If so, when you find boots that you love but are a bit too tight in the calf, consider the possibility of taking them to the shoe repair person. They would probably be able to replace the elastic with a larger piece.

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    1. Hmmm...now there's a thought. These 'maybe I'll keep 'em' boots have elastic gores in the back; it would be really easy to just put in slightly wider elastic. Good idea! But...I have a pair of dress shoes that I've been carting around for, um, a really long time that I can't seem to remember to take to the repair shop. Maybe that would be the thing that would get me to remember, lol.

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