Fashion inspiration can come in the most unlikely of places. For instance, a scarecrow. Care to hear a funny story about a cute pair of boots on an abandoned scarecrow?
I don’t know about you but we didn’t have much money in the college and post-college years. That’s when I developed some of my frugal strategies and desire to clip coupons. Since I grew up in the country, I hadn’t embraced the garage sale scene yet nor had I discovered all the treasures that could be found at thrift stores. Mostly, I just did my best to save by pinching pennies at the grocery store.
We lived in apartments with young neighbors in similar financial straits. Some were single, others young moms and some were simply young couples just like us. About a month after we moved in, the neighbors on the back side of the building decided to be festive and dress up a scarecrow to put out on their patio. Their patio faced the parking area so every day on the way to work, I walked past that scarecrow and every day when I parked, it was staring at me. I remember it so well; it was dressed in a lumberjack shirt, jeans and hiking boots. As the colder weather set in, it sat there in the dusting of snow.
Then the neighbors moved out. We didn’t know them so I’m unsure of the reason. Whether their lease had expired or they just needed to leave. I often wondered if their departure was a last minute decision because I don’t even recall them loading their belongings into any kind of truck. All I know is that they abandoned the fully-dressed scarecrow. Back then, there weren’t inexpensive options for jeans nor boots. I don’t remember how long it sat there after they moved out but I do remember thinking it was a total shame that the prior resident forgot those jeans and super cute boots. That’s when my boot obsession became very apparent. While I had no interest in undressing a scarecrow to claim the abandoned jeans, I set my pride aside to nab those boots before they hit the dumpster. Those scarecrow boots lasted for many more years before finally taking a more timely trip to the landfill.
Alas, my passion is unavoidable. I love boots. I purchase them at the store, at resale shops and even online. Whenever there is a boot sale on MyHabit, Scott asks me which ones I want. I’m still a reasonable person and limit my boot stock to what I will regularly wear. While I have a black pair of dress boots, a black pair of something more casual had eluded me. I often wore tennis shoes instead of boots when I knew I would be walking a lot or on my feet for an extended period of time. I’m not a fashionista but even I knew that was not the best fashion statement. Besides, I prefer cute boots. Of course it is winter so I have my comfy, cute and warm winter boots but I don’t always want to wear something so hefty.
(Cue the runway music…)
I now have a better solution than tennis shoes or boots with heels. Boots that I can wear out into the cold but also when I’m going to be shopping or at the mall. Depending on what I wear them with, they look casual, classic or industrial. The other day, I wore them by the river with black jeans and a dress jacket. With traditional jeans and a casual jacket, they look more like a pair of hiking boots.
What is this mysterious pair of boots I speak of? Sophia by Lugz.
The description on the website is dead on. “The Women’s Sophia lace-up boot offers a chic twist to the classic workboot style.” They are available in a few different colors which may change up how they look with something dressier but I’m not sure. When I ordered them, I didn’t know how well the colors and material would work with a dressy jacket. I wasn’t sure if these would be simply for days when I wanted to bum around. It couldn’t be further from the truth. I actually have worn these every day with a variety of outfits since I received them.
Now I have to say that I’m one of those people who gets a bit freaked out when my new shoes or boots get dirty. Joking or not, I don’t want my feet stepped on until they’ve already been broken in by normal wear. When I hop out of the van on windy days, I have a habit of hooking my feet on the door to keep it from flying. Every time I have worn them, I’ve looked down to see some kind of “scuff” like the one on the picture above. Fortunately, that isn’t dirt or damage. It’s actually just the way the suede (or whatever the treatment is) happens to be laying as a result of me crossing my feet, scraping the door or just bumping them. A simple rub across the top and they look as good as new. Well, for now anyhow. I suspect that I’ll be wearing these a lot and know they’ll get dirty eventually.
I’m so excited about these boot that I want you to have a pair too! Sure, I can encourage you to click through an purchase a pair of Sophia boots but you know how I am. I like winning stuff and I like giving away stuff too. So enter to win a pair of your own! Stomp your way over to their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram channels to see what else is kicking.
What is your favorite type of boot?