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Friday Favorites :: Boots

A high of 92 will not stop me from celebrating the start of college football and thus the official start of Fall! I'm celebrating by wearing my favorite boots and even considering a lightweight scarf. I might even drink a pumpkin spice latte. It's Fall y'all!
And happy First Boots Day to you!
My view of them
This guy is spoiled rotten
He's very suspicious of me taking pictures
I've been looking forward to writing this post for a while. I've been gazing longingly at my boots in my closet for months now and it's finally time to remove the wine bottles and slip them on. Let me stop right there for a sec. If your boots are falling over in your closet, you need to do something about this ASAP. Because I love my boots so much, I wanted to do everything in my power to protect them. Starting with storage. I didn't want to hide them away in a box so I had to find a way to keep them upright. I didn't like the idea of paying for a special product for this and I didn't have any of these on hand. But you know what I did have? Wine. And if I had to drink a couple bottles of wine for the sake of fashion then so be it. I feel like it's important to mention that this "project" took several days to complete and was not done in one evening. I slipped one bottle in each boot every time I take them off and they have remained like new. Funny story, last Fall, during flood renovations we were staying with my in laws for a couple nights and one morning I wore my boots to work. Well, I left the wine bottles laying by my suitcase and my father-in-law might've gotten the wrong impression. Ha! I had to explain when I got back later that day that NO, I did not drink 2 bottles of wine last night, but rather I am a boot storage genius. We all had a good laugh about that one. And truth be told, I'm probably not a genius but rather just a regular person who saw it on Pinterest somewhere and doesn't remember these kinds of details. So maybe don't give me full credit for that idea. Speaking of credit. I need to give some to Melanie over at The Big Mama Blog for enlightening me to the world of Frye boots. Specifically the Jackie Button Boot. These became my obsession when I saw them on her blog and that obsession only grew when I heard her talk about them in the audio version of her book, The Antelope in the Living Room which you should know is easily my favorite book. I knew that despite loosing my boots in the flood, there was no way I could pay retail for these. My $17 Target clearance boots that I lost do not even come close to comparing to these but still. I knew hubby would be a hard sell. I started slowly preparing him for the sticker shock. I made him listen to that part of the book and hear her describe them. I talked about quality and how they would last a lifetime. I basically sounded like a commercial. Then I hit him with the retail cost. BUT as I explained to him, I knew I could find them for a fraction of that barely used. He was in. What he didn't expect was that about 2 weeks later they would be in my possession. Thanks eBay! High five to you! There was a girl in Alabama with feet the same size as mine, 8.5 in boots if you're wondering, who needed money so she was selling her boots. For half of retail. I couldn't bid fast enough! Persistence paid off and I won that auction. When I got them in they were just as described and fit like a dream. I was so nervous throughout the whole process. I've never paid that much for shoes, especially ones that I couldn't return. It was really scary using eBay for basically the first time (I used it in college for text books). I now see how people become addicted to it. It was such a rush to win. It was just like when Monica got new boots on Friends
Monica: Honey, I’m not returning them. Okay? I mean I-I know they cost a lot, but I’m going to wear them all the time. You’ll see. Besides, I love the compliments. I mean, have you ever had something so beautiful everyone wanted it?
Chandler: I have you.
Monica: Nice try; I’m keeping the boots. 
And this:
Monica: I’m getting a lot of use out of them already! They’re very practical. See, you can wear them with dresses, with skirts, with pants.
It's because of this logic that I ended up wearing them for the first time with a dress in the sweltering heat to an outdoor evening of dinner and dancing for our anniversary last year. In September. But you know what? My feet were hot but they didn't hurt in the least. That's when I knew this was a good purchase. They are so comfortable. I can't speak to the breaking-in phase because mine came broken in (which is another perk to buying second hand) but I've read that it takes about a week. The leather is so soft. I've never had such a nice pair of shoes and [unfortunately] now I'm hooked. I still need to waterproof them. I’m honestly just scared it’ll mess up the feel of them and I LOVE how soft they are. I don’t really have much choice though because I want them to stay nice and I also want to be able to wear them without checking the forecast first every single time. Do you have a favorite pair of boots? What brand do you recommend? Let me know in the comments. I would love some suggestions! I think I need a black pair and maybe a shiny brown pair…

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