After completely trashing my favourite Pied a Terre tan riding boots through two rainy, sludgy winters, I found myself with no shoes to wear once the weather turned cold. No "smart" shoes, no practical, clumping around boots, nothing... I literally had to resort to wearing plastic bags on my feet tied around my ankles. Just kidding. My wellies don't count because I always feel so dorky when I wear them, despite me thinking they would be "OK" because they're biker-style. Would it help if they were Hunter Jimmy Choo crocodile print ones? Or are they just naff? Probably.
Anyway... after a fruitful Friday night shopping trip at Westfield, London (the best time to shop because it's empty), I ended up with a pair of shoe boots from Massimo Dutti and fold-over cuff boots from Marta Jonsson.
Shoe boots from Massimo Dutti
These are the almond-toe shoe boots from Massimo Dutti. They're really comfortable considering the heel height (famous last words). It's always hard for me to find comfortable high heeled shoes because I'm a size UK 3 (EUR 35.5 - 36) and I find that shoe makers don't bother to check that shoes are still well-balanced for small-footed people. I tried on an almost identical style in Kurt Geiger and they felt like they were breaking my ankles as soon as I put my feet in them. These were £95 which I thought was pretty reasonable for the quality.
By the way, when did Kurt Geiger hike up their prices? Some of their shoes are £300+. If I was going to spend £300 on a pair of shoes, I wouldn't be looking for them in Kurt Geiger.
Fold-over cuff boots from Marta Jonsson
These are the sheepskin-lined, fold-over cuff boots from Marta Jonsson (£95). They're nicely filling the gap for when it doesn't feel quite right for knee-high (or over-the-knee for the brave!) boots. Sadly, the sheepskin doesn't go all the way inside the shoe - so they're not as cosy as they look! I might get some old man fleecy insoles to make them into the outdoor slippers I wish they were.
These boots can be worn with the cuff up or down but I can't work out which way I prefer.
With the cuff folded over, I feel like one of those poodles with the fluffy ankles. Maybe if I was taller...?
What shoes are getting you through the inbetweeny weather of Autumn?