For the past three to four years I have been relying mainly on two pairs of boots to get me through the fall and winter. Unfortunately the wear and tear of several years of city life finally forced me to let go of these shoes. Before I could toss these boots, I had to find some replacement pairs.... I am incredibly picky with shoes (so my shoe collection is really not much of anything) and it took me about a month of searching to find ones that I was willing to pay for.
As you can see, these Nine West boots that I picked up for $50 around three years ago have been on the pavement a bit too much. As a New Yorker I walk a lot and the heels of my shoes always wear down very quickly.
These leather boots were probably never meant to withstand the harsh elements like snow but I wore them rain or shine anyway. There's something about worn leather that makes the piece all the more "authentic" looking but sometimes the line between aged and old gets blurred.
This pair of boots is also from Nine West and I bought them for $70 about four years ago. These were my first pair of boots that I can remember picking out myself because it was around the same time I started to pick out my own clothing.
The heel on this pair of shoes is extremely worn down and you probably can't tell but I had the heel replaced two years ago because
The bottom lining around the sole of the shoe had also started to separate from the suede which was a problem especially on rainy days. These boots have served me well and I got a lot of use out of them so they were definitely worth every penny.
Every girl needs a pair of quality riding boots in their closets. I found these beauties at Century21 for $80 while they normally retail for around $210. The two tone leather is a nice twist on the everyday riding boot.
The crest makes these boots seem more classy in my opinion and I like that it's not necessarily a well known insignia.
The buckles give away the brand, Vince Camuto, but from afar nobody can tell. The small details on these boots make it all the more sophisticated looking. The style name of these is called the Flavian and you can find these online at
The half zipper turned out to be a winning feature of the shoe because my calves are quite thin so boots tend to look slouchy on me. The half zipper allows me to get my feet into the shoe but the top portion is very fitted so the boots hug my legs comfortably. This shoe probably would not be a good fit for those with more muscular legs though.
The other pair I purchased from Century21 is from Dolce Vita. I have to wear black to work so I had to get a black pair of shoes to replace the Nine West ones. This style is called Simone and retails for $120 but are available on
Being that I was desperate to purchase a pair of black boots to replace my old pair, I have to say I am not entirely satisfied with these. One of my major gripes with these shoes is that the ankle opening is extremely large which makes my skinny ankles look even skinnier.... Not too pretty. Also, these shoes are quite narrow which hurt the sides of my feet after a few hours. Those points aside, I am happy with my new purchases and perhaps a few more weeks of breaking them in will help!
What are your favorite shoe brands and places to shop for shoes? I have constantly been trying to look for shoes to add to my wardrobe because I feel so limited with the ones I currently own. Are you a shoe hoarder? I'd love to hear how many shoes you all own so let me know in the comments!