It all started innocently enough, as I was killing time before an appointment at the hair salon. I thought it would be fun to pop into Saks and try on some shoes. Nude pumps, specifically. How the Sales Associate made the leap from there to buckled motorcycle boots I'll never know, but along with the red-soled Loubie patent pumps, she brought out these Jimmy Choo fur lined, buckled beauties.
Talk about hitting a nerve, not only were they incredibly comfortable, but when I saw my booted reflection, I suddenly found my Inner Cool Girl. But the $1050 price tag, not so cool.
Still, I couldn't let go of how they felt, and how I felt in them. Wearing something with just a pinch of toughness or edginess has always felt organic to me, like connecting with a powerful part of myself. So when Frugal Scholar suggested a less pricey option in the comments here, I was off like a greyhound after a mechanical hare.
The pair (Gentle Souls) that FS suggested has definite possibilities.
$295, from Garnet Hill. A bit slouchier than the Jimmy's, but at 30% of the price, an acceptable compromise.
But the taller version ($219) really grabbed my interest.
Here's Cole Haan's entry into the field:
If there were an actual buckle instead of the hook thingie, this would be a contender. Air Tantivy, $298.
Some people swear by the original motorcycle boot (Frye harness boot, $218) but this particular model brings up too many bad associations with an obnoxious neighbor from high school days.
There's also this Frye Engineer Boot,
$207.95 at Nordstrom. (Thanks to Sheri in comments!)
Or this one,
Frye "Veronica" boot, $327.95. Nice, but I think for a taller boot, I'd prefer one that zips.
And finally, if you want to go beyond Inner Cool Girl and channel your Inner Badass, Fluevog has just the thing.
Earl of Warwicks/Wessex, $295. I think these are a bit much for me though, and I'm leaning toward either the Gentle Souls or the J.Jill options.
What about you? Would you wear a version of the motorcycle boot?
Picture at top from here.