Boots and me have had a tough relationship. I never seem to get the style right. In the past, I’ve tried heeled boots, flats, wedges, leather, suede, ankle, booties, over-the-knee – I can’t seem to find a style that suits me. I always get a bit panicky during this time of the year because boots are mandatory in NYC during the winter.
This was downtown Brooklyn in the winter of 2011.
If you live in NYC, boots are required. I have four pairs that I don’t wear much at all and on only two pairs that I wear everyday. I have since gifted the Dolce Vita boots on the right to Melody.
I’ve been on the lookout for boots that will last more than two seasons, both in construction and style. I’ve scoured the Internet for reasonably priced leather boots and came up empty. I was almost resigned to just buying a pair of Frye Dorado Low boots when tía Kim texted me about leather boots at Target.
Lo and behold, they had imitation Frye Melissa Button boots for $70!
The Frye boots are probably hand-stitched and made of higher quality leather but who cares? I doubt anyone can spot the difference when I’m wearing the boots. ST, on the other hand, can definitely tell the difference between $328 and $70 ($258, in case you’re wondering).
I’m sure the Frye boots are sturdy and long-lasting, but who’s to say the Target ones aren’t? Tía Kim has been wearing a pair of $9 Forever21 sandals for 3 years now. Last summer, she bought a pair of Tory Burch flip flops for $65 that didn’t even last two months. Mel also has a pair of $20 H&M sandals that she’s been wearing for about three summers. So, quality is not necessarily about the designer.
I quickly narrowed my choices down to three pairs. Then, I called your tías and ordered pairs for them too. In short, I ordered 5 pairs of boots for less than the cost of one pair of Frye boots.
I also found a coupon code that gave me $5 off my order!
I only plan on keeping one pair. Maybe two…