Please give me the confidence to either start wearing or get rid of these boots!

(42 Posts)

A few years ago (in the late 90s) when I was an impoverished student I fell in love with these boots (uploaded to my profile). I couldn't afford them, but the lovely shoe shop owner let me pay in installments. But once I had them, I didn't really know what to wear them with other than boot cut jeans, which kind of defeated the object of them being calf-length boots.

Now, I've carted them from house-to-house and have never been able to part with them even though I've not worn them in years. I'm having another clear out now. Please can you either:

a) Tell me they are hideous, I shouldn't be so sentimental and I should take them to the nearest charity shop asap.

b) Give me some pointers as to what I can wear them with to bring them up-to-date. (Jeans, even skinny jeans, won't tuck into the boot as they are rather close-fitting - tights/leggings would probably be OK.

Thank you!

GlesgaRocket Tue 02-Oct-12 16:26:33

I can't really make out the colour - are they grey or a pale shade of blue? And are they leather?

I'm sorry, but on the photo's alone i'd say get rid sad, but, on the plus side, i have bumped this for you, and someone far far more stylish than me will probably be along and tell you exactly what to wear to bring out the magnificence of the boots!

LaFataTurchina Tue 02-Oct-12 16:29:13

I like them! (I can't tell if they are grey or blue either)

I'd wear them with black or dark grey wooly/chunky tights and tunics/dresses.
Or, if you are feeling funky tights, denim mini skirt, a chunky jumper/cardy and a grey/blue scarf to make it all match.

I think they're OK, I don't love them but they're not hideous either. I've got an a line corduroy skirt I'd probably wear them with but then I still dress like a 90's indie kid

How are your calves? That length of boot tends to emphasise any chunkiness

They are a pale blue and suede... (hence if I wear them would like to show that they are calf-length boots and not blue suede shoes!)

piratecat Tue 02-Oct-12 16:34:09

think i'd dye them black and wear them with ankle length leggings.

Aha, that was going to be my next question - can suede be dyed?

I do remember that the shop also had brown boots in the same style. If I'd gone for those rather than the blue ones I'd probably have worn them all the time.

DilysPrice Tue 02-Oct-12 16:38:30

I'd dye them purple, but the result is always going to be patchy on old suede - you'd have to resign yourself to the "distressed" look.

HyvaPaiva Tue 02-Oct-12 16:42:01

I agree with piratecat and think you should dye them black. This shows you how to dye suede. They look like good, solid boots so definitely keep them. It's just the colour that is impractical and makes them look a bit dated. Turning them black would keep them classic and really wearable.

Besom Tue 02-Oct-12 16:47:15

They're a similar style to a lot of the boots around at the moment. I would try wearing them before you do anything drastic, see how you feel. Tights or skinnies. Blue/grey chunky knits as someone else said.

But then I've recently decided I'm just going to wear what I damn well please (mid life crisis), so may not be the right person to ask.

FunnysInLaJardin Tue 02-Oct-12 16:50:04

I really like them. I'd wear them with some straight 7/8 length jeans or trousers

topsi Tue 02-Oct-12 16:53:36

No don't dye them they are nice as they are.
As said earlier with thick tights and a skirt they will look fab, or tunik and leggins.
Maybe with a denim skirt and coloured tights.
Don't give into boring black, I say never buy a pair of shoes in black when you can get a colour!!!

NotMostPeople Tue 02-Oct-12 16:55:25

I'd say charity shop. Firstly you haven't worn them in all these years so for whatever reason you just aren't feeling them. Secondly I don't they are that nice and I don't agree that they are like a lot of boots that are on trend now. The toe shape is dated as is the heal.

HarrietSchulenberg Tue 02-Oct-12 16:56:42

Jeans over the top, not skinny ones and def not tucked in. Very short skirt if your legs will take it, very long skirt if they won't.

Boots are nice - I'd probably buy them if I saw them in a charity shop.

Nagoo Tue 02-Oct-12 17:00:34

Put them on with a shortish skirt and grey woolly thick tights.

Wear them out and see if you love them.

Camelsshouldnteatcrisps Tue 02-Oct-12 17:02:38

If you haven't worn them by now I doubt that you will now tbh.

Funnily enough I read your post quickly then flipped to the photo not having taken in old you said they were, I guessed 90's correctly as they are the same shape as a pair I had back then.

Honestly, unless you have loads of time on you hands to faff about with dye I'd take them to the charity shop (however, I am a bit of a minimalist and am ruthless about getting rid of stuff, I've never regretted binning anything that has sat unworn yet though).

DonaAna Tue 02-Oct-12 17:20:40

How about this? Or a silhouette like this work, with cropped skinnies (or rolled up skinnies). I'd keep the rest of the outfit black or charcoal - the boots would be the focal point (and you'd be a trendsetter with an ironic nod to 90s style - it's going to make a comeback...)

DonaAna Tue 02-Oct-12 17:21:19

Sorry, extra words in links <tired>

GobblersKnob Tue 02-Oct-12 17:26:53

I would wear them, I rather like them. As others have said with chunky tights and chunky jumpers. Definately give them a whirl.

JustinBoobie Tue 02-Oct-12 17:27:23

I love them!! Chunky knits and you only live once! grin

MrsCampbellBlack Tue 02-Oct-12 17:27:48

I think they're nice - have you tried super skinny jeans with them - they're not really any thicker than leggings.

I'm not sure about with tights unless you have very long legs as that mid-calf cut off point is not terribly flattering in my opinion and because of the light colour it would make your legs look shorter.

But I tend to think that if you haven't worn something in years well its time for ebay.

I've dyed suede before but it goes quite hard so isn't as nice as it was before.

Thank you everyone! I do love them, but just don't really have the confidence to wear them as I've always been a rather "safe" dresser. My entire wardrobe needs an overhaul, so perhaps I can get some things to wear the boots with.

MrsCampbellBlack Tue 02-Oct-12 18:14:12

Take them with you shopping and try things on with them -if they don't work - then ebay the boots.

Ungratefulchild Tue 02-Oct-12 18:25:25

I like them. Wear them, tights and a denim mini sounds good.

BeauNeidel Tue 02-Oct-12 18:28:10

I don't like them at all. I think they are very dated.

Charity shop, then treat yourself to something else for being so virtuous...

(FWIW, I did something very similar about ten years ago, bought some boots from Dune that I never wore as they were so high I literally couldn't)

SpicyPear Tue 02-Oct-12 18:57:50

Okay, I'm going to disagree with other posters and be a bit harsh about it. Sorry.

Get rid. They are dated, but more than that, if you haven't ever worn them regularly you are never going to feel comfortable in them. It's absolute madness to construct a new outfit around a dubious 15 year old pair of baby blue boots.

If you want to look at all up-to-date, do not under any circumstances pair them with a denim mini! Just... no.

Dollydowser Tue 02-Oct-12 19:15:50

I like them. Definitely don't dye them black, the colour is nice as it is, and dyed suede goes hard, not nice.

Dolallytats Tue 02-Oct-12 19:21:26

Don't dye them, they're lovely!! Wear them with thick black tights and a skirt or dress.

I loooove them. What size are they? You can send them here if you're over them. I'd go with black tights or skinny jeans and any top really. If they don't fit into skinnies try ankle length jeans or these trousers.

Sorry, that link was meant to go to the gray & blue check trousers, not the green ones.

PeggyGuggenheim Tue 02-Oct-12 20:43:36

I once had a similar dilemma with a pair of boots, they were brown and I dyed them black to make them more "wearable" and the dye made the boots smell LIKE CATS WEE. Forever. I still kept them for a few years and even sometimes wore them because I just loved them so much, but they made my eyes water. Please don't dye.

GreenEyesAndHam Tue 02-Oct-12 20:52:41

I like them, and I had a pair very like them though in a camel colour. But no two ways about it, they are dated.

So I'm going to say, unless you're happy to keep them just to look at and get all nostalgic every now and then, you should lose them.

Even if you do pull an outfit together to wear them with, if you don't feel 90% confident in them, you won't get you're money's worth out of them, so sell them on and get a little something back for them.

GreenEyesAndHam Tue 02-Oct-12 20:53:28

Too many thems. Bah

i wouldn't dye them, i like the colour. they look like they make a statement, whereas in brown or black they'd just look boring and a bit dated.

if they are comfy good quality boots then at worst you can just wear them under trousers

cerealqueen Tue 02-Oct-12 23:22:35

Like them, chunky knit, short denim skirt, cable knit tights, sorted.

Don't dye them, the colour makes them.

I like them. I'd wear with thick tights, possibly cable-knitty ones, and a mini or shortish dress. Keep everything dark/muted and they'll look good.

The high street is packed full of 90's stuff at the minute, so you'll be very on trend.

DolomitesDonkey Wed 03-Oct-12 07:52:02

I like them, I'd wear them with jeans or a denim mini.

I hate black shoes, they're for "mumsy" types and funerals.

Dollydowser Wed 03-Oct-12 11:17:47

I agree DolomitesDonkey, black shoes are like black trousers, supposedly go with anything yet go with nothing.

comeonpilgrim Wed 03-Oct-12 15:59:56

I'd keep them that colour and go for a loose-ish sweater dress in grey or navy. Tights or leggings in similar shades (think i'd avoid black, but it might be OK) and you're good to go.

cocolepew Wed 03-Oct-12 16:09:10

I like them.

ThatBintAgain Wed 03-Oct-12 16:15:22

Don't dye 'em. Maybe keep them in the loft for 90's revival parties? (I wish someone I knew would have one of these!)

I think they are great. I don't get how they are difficult to wear thogh. Wear them with jeans, or skirts, dresses whatever.

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