March officially marked the beginning of Autumn here in Oz. As it’s been so long since close toed shoes have been a thing, I suddenly remembered how I ceremoniously discarded my only pair of boots last August following a malfunction with the shoddy wooden (MDF) heel. Therein began my quest for the perfect leather boots for the upcoming colder months. I wanted something classic, well made and that could transcend from a day at uni to a night out… which is when I realised that maybe this elusive boot didn’t exist. It’s all well and good to have a generous heel if you’re out and about for a few hours, but 8 hour days at uni = endless walking between lecture theatres, making a larger heel the bane of your existence come the afternoon. I needed no invitation therefore to commence the search for 2 pairs- one with a smaller heel for casual weekends and uni, the other more for dressy occasions. It didn’t take long.
My everyday boot was found in a Hype DC outlet for a steal at $50, which was perfect as I didn’t want to overspend on these ones. I absolutely fell in love with them a few months ago but they were only available in cream or tan, and for someone with a grey and black wardrobe it just wouldn’t have worked. When I saw the black ones I almost gave my boyfriend a heart attack as I dove across him through the door of the shop! I love the drop sides and the stud detail- often boots with a minimal heel can look a bit run-of-the-mill, so these really stand out whilst remaining chic and understated. They’re still covered enough at the sides to wear a sockette and it be hidden, and the sole is sturdy resin. You can still pick these up at Hype DC outlets even though they aren’t listed on the website!
For my social boots I wanted to find something simple but classic and was willing to spend more to get the lifetime out of them. As soon as I saw these ‘Clintons’ boots in Wittner I was obsessed. I think I sent a picture of me wearing them to everyone in my family, my boyfriend and even showed my friend Cam on our Beef Placement. One afternoon I wandered into the shop for the 4th time for a drool only to be told they were selling like hotcakes and the only store in the whole of Sydney with my size and colour was across the road- so I made the decision and practically ran to snap them up. At $199.95 they were definitely an investment, but they are so versatile, incredibly comfortable and made of real leather with a very strong feeling resin sole. I think it’s important to have good quality staples like this in your wardrobe because no matter how few items you have you’ll always be able to create stylish, chic looks.
What are your Autumn staples?