I think that because I can make my own clothes I have a harder time than most people accepting not being able to find exactly what I want when buying something I can’t make myself. I spent several years searching for the perfect pair of winter boots, then several more searching for a pair that were merely acceptable. All this time I went without boots. A couple of years ago I finally bought a pair that I thought would be okay – just plain, fleece lined, suede leather boots. No zipper or laces. I thought that would be a good thing. It isn’t. They’re easy enough to get on and off but I feel like I’m a little kid tromping around in my father’s boots. They are way, way too wide and deep but the length is just right so getting a smaller size would not have worked. And the tops are too small around so they scrunch down around my ankles. They’re not really uncomfortable and wearing very thick socks helps with the fit but walking in them still doesn’t feel natural. I suppose I should have returned them but they were the only boots I had found that were anything close to what I wanted so I felt that it was either those or spend another winter without any boots.
So now I am considering new boots again and I feel a little guilty about it because boots are expensive and I feel that I should live with my mistake. Actually the aforementioned weirdly sized boots were not expensive at all and perhaps that was the problem. (But seriously, who has feet shaped like that? Was the designer drunk?) But even looking at more expensive boots the choices don’t get much better. Oh, I’m sure they would fit better but there aren’t any plain, simple, warm boots. They’re all either weirdly styled fashion boots with all sorts of buckles and straps and tucks and wrinkles and tacky gew-gaws or they’re big ugly hunting boots.
I think I’ve finally narrowed it down to two choices. One is sort of a weird-looking style but not too bad and they’re lightweight and the reviews all say they’re comfortable, but they’re not waterproof. The others are more of a classic boot and they’re waterproof but I’m worried that they might be a little heavier than I like. If only I could design my own I could have the perfect boots. There was another pair I liked the looks of – a nice, simple style – and they’re waterproof but they’re “vegan”. I suppose some people will think I’m a bad person for not wanting vegan boots; I’m sorry but I trust genuine leather and I’m not going to stop eating cows so why shouldn’t I wear their hides?
Anyway, I have a few weeks before it starts getting really cold. The boot angst will continue until further notice.