Okay, here's another thing I love about blogging: I did the post on Jackie yesterday and she looked at the shots of herself and decided she didn't like the way her gorgeous Church's and ankle socks worked with her Next tunic. Then Beweave said the same thing. What I love about blogging is the Code: people are mostly complimentary of each other and when they're critical, it's not cruel or hurtful, just constructive.
And I started thinking, yeah, as great as I thought she looked, this time of year especially, if she wore bare legs and boots... so I started playing around on net-a-porter. What a fascinating range of shoes and boots are out there!
I don't want to sway public opinion, but I definitely have my favourites - for her, and in general. I chose a lot more than I've put here, some just because I felt they were so wrong wrong wrong, but there wasn't enough room. One trend from last year that's still going strong - the flat black suede over the knee style - is KILLING me, because years before anyone had them, I found a vintage pair by some American designer (Anne something?) in a thrift shop on Long Island. They were faux suede, like stretch velvet, and I wore them with everything. After a while, they started stretching out - or my legs were too thin - and they'd fall down, like stretched out socks, but that was the fun of them.
A few seasons ago, I finally had to regretfully put them to rest. I couldn't even give them away, they had to go out with the trash. Gone, but not forgotten.
So which do you think Jackie should get? The 'Sultane 140 suede pumps' by Louboutin, number 4, for £945? Or number 11, the 'explorer shearling-lined leather boots' by Burberry Prorsum for £495? Or the Mou eskimo boots (number 17) for £235? I'm loving a lot by Chloe this season, and I didn't include them in this group but click here to see a pair of Louboutins that I love, they're actually navy wool with brass buttons, like a coat.
But a colour combination that I'm really loving right now - it's so back-to-school autumnesque - is the wine coloured leather of the flat leather Bottega Veneeta boots (number 9, £655) against the almost pumpkin colour of Jackie's jumper/tunic and the warm tones of her skin.
Thanks to Net-a-Porter, for sucking me into the vortex of playing the shoe game, which is a portal almost impossible to escape from. Not like I'd actually buy any of these: even if I had unlimited funds, I'd be too scared I'd ruin them. I leave that to people like Hedvig, who actually OWNS number 6, the Acne 'Daring suede ankle boots' ('hedvig shoes some leg', august). Hey: if the shoe fits!