So by now you might have heard –most probably from by your stockbroker before he jumped to his demise– that the U.S. Economy is going through a teensy bit of a rough patch and that we’re all going to be living in cardboard boxes –and not the posh corrugated kind– by the end of the year.
Okay, so maybe it isn’t that bad, but y’all, it’s not great.
So how does one stay superfanstastic in the middle of a recession?
The smart big girl –who has wisely created a wardrobe of high-quality, timeless staples during happier times– will hunker down and ride it out in style. Restrained luxury should be her keywords. This is not the time to spend $300+ on a pair of DSQUARED sneakers that look just exactly like a pair of Chucks. Actually, never is the time to spend $300+ on a pair of DSQUARED sneakers that look just exactly like a pair of $40 Chucks. People who do that are…well, let’s say they’re the swans of the shoe-buying world (language warning on that one, btw.)
She will, however, take advantage of a little shopping schadenfreude.
Right now the British pound sterling –which was at 2:1 against the dollar not that very long ago– has stumbled significantly. Now the exchange rate has the pound at just about 1.5:1 so for those of us who make regular purchases in pounds (or maybe who are still bitter about paying NINE FREAKING DOLLARS for an impossibly tiny tin of tepid grapefruit juice the last time we were in London) it’s like all of the United Kingdom is on sale which means:
HELLOOOOO DUO BOOTS!
Spendy but worth every penny, Duo offers a line of custom fitted shoes and boots. If you don’t have one pair of perfectly fitted leather tall boots (and please, don’t ever use the word “stompy” around me. That “stompy boot” ship has sailed. In 1993.) then you are missing a considerable piece of your shoe wardrobe. Buy the best pair you can afford in the most classic style you can find. They’ll earn their keep in less than a year, I promise you.
Duo offers more than just tall boots though. Browse their selection of shoes and low-rise boots.
I do not approve of these shoes, but if you’re going to sin, sin boldly:
These have a brogue-ish charm to them and I like the Chie Mihara-ness of the heel. A good every-day shoe that still manages to be special.
NOW we’re pulling into Plumcake Junction:
I love these Livorno boots. They’re undeniably sexy and a little dirty without crossing the line into Ping Pong Trick. For a big girl, this is just the right amount of metal detailing. Too little and it gets lost, too much and you’re a clydesdale.
If you’re tall or have long legs –I’m looking at you, apples– these are a great choice:
A pair of classic but high fashion custom-fitted suede boots for under $200 including shipping??? Sign. Me. Up.
For our shorter-legged sisters (of which I am one. I’m tall but it’s all torso.) these very well might be The Perfect Black Boot:
Actually, I think this might be The Perfect Boot, period. It’s got a good heel, but it’s substantial so you’re not going to be teetering around (it’s easier to walk in heels when they’re attached to boots. No risk of falling out) the lines are immaculate and they will make your legs look about twelve miles long. You could get away with murder in these boots. Glorious.