I’m super excited to post about something totally frivolous and silly. Boots. In my former life as a person who lived in the Great Lakes region, there was nothing silly about boots. Boots were a necessity, and, like most people there I had good ones.
Over the years, I had L.L. Bean boots and Timberland boots and various other boots to keep my tootsies dry and toasty warm. That is not an easy task when you’re plunging your feet into snowbanks and slogging across slushy parking lots. Those boots had to WORK.
Now, however, I have no such issues. I don’t need boots. I live in the desert Southwest. Oh, sure, hiking boots (you know, for those challenging hikes I’m always taking), but real boots? Nope. But what about fashion?
Fashion? Boots? Fat woman? I’ve heard that it’s possible, but I wasn’t convinced. That is, until last year when I happened across a really cute pair of ankle boots at Lane Bryant. They were hip. They were fun. They were comfortable. They were reasonably priced. They’re currently in my closet.
I really like those boots. I wear them and enjoy them. I even feel pretty stylish in them. Who would have thought?
Then today, something really odd happened. I went shopping. For clothes. Bras, to be exact, if you must know. Why is that odd? Because I seriously dislike clothes shopping, thank you very much. I was alone, though, and had some time between appointments, and found myself near a Lane Bryant store, so I stopped in.
As I felt myself being pulled to the legging display, Alma, the sales associate, welcomed me and informed me that the entire store was on sale for 40% off. Really? 40%? That’s pretty good, I thought, as I grabbed a pair of leggings to try on. I continued to wander the store, and spied a great looking pair of boots. Real boots, not ankle boots.
They would look great with the leggings, I thought. They would be perfect with a skirt, I thought. They would be useful on my upcoming winter vacation, I thought. They’re 40% off, I thought. They’re currently in my closet, getting to know the ankle boots.
I love these boots. I love that they’re stylish, that they didn’t cost a fortune, and that they’re comfortable. The thing I love most, though, is that they’re made for women like me. They have an elasticized panel in the back so they can be easily worn by women who have a little (or a lot of) extra calf to cover. They are the first boots I have worn successfully in years.
The last time I went looking for a pair of real boots I ended up buying a pair that was too big and slouching them down since they wouldn’t go over my calves. I was desperate since I was heading to snow country, and time and budget limitations forced me to settle for those awful boots. I donated them as soon as I returned from that trip. Not this time. This time I have a beautiful, stylish pair that I can enjoy. Thank you Lane Bryant, you made my day.
November 11, 2014 at 5:22 pm
Awesome! I hate clothes shopping, too. It’s great to find something special that really works, and even moreso when it’s pure serendipity. *I* bought my first pair of hiking boots last winter (for hiking and snowshoeing) and honestly, it might be the first pair of shoes I ever fell in love with! 🙂
November 11, 2014 at 5:30 pm
I really should use my hiking boots more… 🙂
November 13, 2014 at 9:25 am
Big calves are always an issue, I just bout a pair of boots from QVC, but they gave me the measurement of largest part of the circumference so I could size it out. I’m so happy you found something you like, shoes are my favorite things and I always feel better when I have a great looking pair of shoes on.
November 13, 2014 at 3:01 pm
You are brave to buy them without trying them on first! 🙂
November 13, 2014 at 3:06 pm
I do have to say they have a really great return policy and they pay for the return shipping!
November 16, 2014 at 1:20 am
Bra shopping and shoe shopping on the same day??! You’re brave! 🙂 Both are worse than normal clothes shopping….
Go you for coming home successful though! 🙂
November 16, 2014 at 1:33 am
Thanks, it was a good day, to say the least. I was shocked too!