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mercredi, février 17, 2010

 Boots: a girly post to great footwear

Friends who see me often know of my long-standing love for boots. I bought my first after falling in helplessly in love with a pair that winked at me in a corner store at Bugis - but fool that I was, I almost let it get away, and took my time walking around Bugis village before coming back to it finally, and buying the dusky brown, knee high pair.

They were flat boots, made of PVC, cost $59, had a zip at the side, and had some criss-cross strips at the ankle. My mother taught me to calculate the worth of something by dividing the cost by the number of times you use something - and let me tell you, these boots were worth every cent I paid for them, and more. They looked something like the pair on the left.

The PVC started to give way some time at the 1.5 year mark, and I went looking for a new pair.

But alas! Heel-less boots in Singapore are pretty hard to find, especially heel-less boots without tacky tassels or other embellishments. Worse so if you want to find one with a zip, and on a budget. While Boots v.1 slowly disintegrated, I frantically searched Bugis and Far East Plaza for a pair - to no avail. I even shopped very hard in Bangkok when Rie and I went - but no cigar.

I finally gave up the search for a sturdy pair, and bought v.2, a high-heeled, black pair at Dunamis (Far East Plaza Level 2.) These were also PVC, and cost about $69. They've been serving me very well for the last 1.5 years, but like all good things, they're coming to an end soon - I can see signs of stress around the creases, which will soon open up into irreparable tears.

I'm fairly sad to see this pair suffer equipment depreciation, as the zip, which goes all the way down, allows me to squeeze my fat calves into them AND manage to zip my jeans into the boots without too much trouble.

So I've been in the market for another pair of flat, knee-high boots for the last 3 months. To date, my shopping has yielded one accidental catch: a gorgeous pair, tan, leather, knee-high, and made from real leather, on 70% discount from Mango. They've got no zip and have a heel, both of which don't meet my criteria, but honestly, you can't say no to a 70% discount on a well-made pair from a good brand. For $99, it's a steal.

However, the object of my footwear affection remains elusive. Shopping with Ben at Bugis (as he searched for his white wedding shoes) has yielded nothing, and Dunamis only has has stuff with either tassels, or no zip. I have to admit that there are some pretty ones available at Bugis (best variety available in the Village), but it is impossible to squeeze my jeans into the boots without the zip. I did not realise how hard it was to find boots with zips till I went looking!

So if you see a high-cut flat pair, plain, or "manly-looking" (as Ade will say), with a zip, let me know! Heels will only take you so far - after that, it's your calf muscles all the way.

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