Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hump Day Humor - My life in boots

My youngest son is currently obsessed with anything army: camouflage, plastic army men, dog tags, etc. Recently, he ran up our basement stairs with absolute glee. He had found a pair of army army boots. My absolute favorite, most comfortable boots of all time. Yes, E, your momma wore combat boots (not the official kind). After struggling to understand that they were mine, he happily accepted them as his own.

Several days later, I saw a pair of vintage 70's boots on the front page of Etsy. This got me thinking about each decade of my boots. An aside, you know you are getting older when fashion trends begin to come around AND when you think of your life in decades. I'll save you the math, I'm in my 40' EARLY 40's.

I'm proud to say that my first boots were indeed leather. They were similar to these white booties best known in the 60's. No, nothing fancy like today's mini me Chuck Taylor's or Nike's that my boys had for their first shoes.

In the 70's, I wore polyester pant suits (homemade, purple, and bell bottomed much like Marsha Brady). My mom crocheted me a hip fringed vest that matched my Barbie. My favorite pair of boots were these lace-up boots which I wore with my blue jean gauchos (do they use that term anymore) with leather trim pockets. Man, I was stylin' in grade school!

For the better part of the 80's and early 90's I lived in my army boots. These boots (photo is of my actual boots) molded to my feet, and were resoled several times. I may even consider wearing them this winter. They are my all time favorite boots. I'm not certain any other boots will ever top these. Some may not agree with me, but I think these boots (as well as biker boots) will never go out of style. And can be worn with jeans, skirts, leggings, naked, etc.

In the 90's I also spent some time in some thigh-high boots. These are not for the faint of heart, but I loved pushing the fashion envelope. What can I say, I'm a slave to fashion.

Which brings me to today. My current favorite happens to be my wedge heeled boots. My second favorite. But I guess what defines the 00's in boots would be the Uggs. I had vowed never to buy a pair of Birkenstocks or Uggs. While I kept the promise (I didn't buy them), I did acquire a brand new pair of powder blue Uggs from a friend (thanks, Peggy). I began wearing them around my house to keep my feet warm. Then I slowly wore them outside to run quick errands. I'll admit that they are very comfortable.

There you have it, my life in boots. I'll have to do the same with heels, flats, sneakers, etc. That will be several other posts.
I'm dying to know...what are your most memorable boots??


  1. Wow, Linda, great post! I can't wait to see the other shoe posts! I'll have to go down to the basement and shoot my all time favorite pair of sky high stiletto boots..I loved them so much I bought two pairs. This was many years, and pounds ago. I vow to wear these again, though. Love your wedge boot the best but your combat boots, rock.

  2. Hi Linda

    I've just blogged about Dr. Martens - the boots of the 80's, although your army boots are pretty cool to!

    Click here to see some Dr. Martens Boots


  3. what a great idea for a post!
    i'll have to try and think of my own boots...
    fun read!


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