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

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CharlieMouseWillDoIt Tue 02-Oct-12 16:17:43

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!

HipHopOpotomus Wed 03-Oct-12 16:28:42

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

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!)

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

I like them.

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.

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.

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.

enjoyingscience Wed 03-Oct-12 07:32:03

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.

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.

mrsbugsywugsy Tue 02-Oct-12 22:42:20

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

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

Too many thems. Bah

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.

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.

letsblowthistacostand Tue 02-Oct-12 20:10:07

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

letsblowthistacostand Tue 02-Oct-12 20:09:11

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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

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

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.

CharlieMouseWillDoIt Tue 02-Oct-12 17:50:02

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 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.

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

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

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.

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

Sorry, extra words in links <tired>

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