Rules for buying

1. Does this piece bring joy?

Would you wear it out of the store right now?

2. How will this be incorporated into my overall wardrobe?

Make sure you have an idea how you can wear it 30 times or more and incorporate it into your overall style.

3. Does it fit me well and is it made well?

Don’t force it. It will never leave your closet if you are already making excuses for it.

4. Does it fit my budget?

We all have one.

ANSWERS:

1.)  These boots will replace one of the 6 pairs dievca had to get rid of for her foot. They will work into her “Downtown Chic with Whimsey” Vibe (Master’s Words).

2.)  dievca can start wearing these boots with:

3.)  Gianvito Rossi’s version of combat boots has been made in Italy from butter-smooth leather and rests on a rubber lug sole. They hit just below the knee – elasticated ribbed panels make them easier to fit muscular calves.

4.)  The boots are straining her budget, but dievca found her size on the one website with 30% off. She would share the site with you, but the boots have sold out.


Something of Use – the 50/50 Boot at 35 years!

Paper Magazine and Stuart Weitzman 5050 Capsule Collection

Female New Yorkers are boot lovers.  The Men wear boots, too, but the women live in boots for 3 out of 4 seasons.  The Stuart Weitzman 50/50 boot has its place in many a small NYC closet. This versatile style has a forgiving design which allows for large calves to be hugged in comfort.

SOMETHING OF USE ~ dievca has 3 pairs squished in her closet:

The 5050 style launched in 1993, and the legendary over-the-knee boot has long garnered a reputation — and a major celebrity following — for its flawless, comfortable fit and minimalist, sophisticated sensibility. With its distinctive half-and-half construction, featuring a leather or suede front and stretch fabric back, the 5050 continues to live up to the title of “icon” in a world where that word is endlessly overused; it can be paired with any style, any occasion, any genre, any decade.

Like many fashion icons, it only gets better with time. Cut to Fall 2021, Stuart Weitzman debuts a new 5050 Capsule Collection in celebration of its 35th anniversary, featuring new interpretations of this boot, designed to match whatever mood you’re in.

Paper Magazine and Stuart Weitzman 5050 CrystalPaper Magazine and Stuart Weitzman 5050 FringePaper Magazine and Stuart Weitzman 5050 Platform

The aptly named 5050 HIGHSHINE dials up the glamour with more than 300 crystal embellishments hand-applied to each pair. Pearl embellishments give the look an ultra-feminine take with the 5050 LIFT PEARL. Silver-tone studs on the 5050 LIFT STUDS offer a punk vibe. The 5050 FRINGE with cascading fringe detail nods to the must-have cowboy boot trend, while the 5050 LIFT WOVEN boot ups the craftsmanship quotient with each pair taking no less than 14 hours to create using handwoven leather (no two are the same). The 5050 LIFT and the 5050 ULTRALIFT boot provide extra height to boost your strut — a 35-mm platform and 50-mm platform, respectively.

dievca is pondering if her closet can hold a fringe pair or the platform…

Photography: Luke Abby
Styling: Jenny Haapala
Hair: Ro Morgan
Makeup: Christine Cherbonnier
Model: Alicia Herbeth (Elite NY)
DP and editing: Olivier Lessard
Video VFX: James Buongiorno
Production: Will Foster and Peter Schwab
Styling assistants: Olivia Jakubik and Dominique Upshaw
Hair assistant: Kuki Alrawi
Studio: Highline Stages


Yee-Ha (causing Master to laugh)

dievca has 6 pairs of boots sitting on the kitchen table sorted for resale.  They are favorite boots that were a size 7-7.5, she now needs a size 8 to hold her right foot.

Here’s what is leaving – you’ve seen these on the blog (roll over the photos to see the brands):

dievca had success on eBay finding the Rodeo Brava Motorcycle Boots in the next size ($40), she’s eye-balling the Roberto del Carlo blue suede boots on eBay, two sizes up – nib.

she’d like to get a pair of cowboy boots and the red ones above caught her eye, they are the Free People New Frontiers Western Boots in red $148she thought they would make Master laugh. He is always entertained by dievca’s boots.

But dievca cannot justify buying those cute red boots because she owns these Chloe Rylee Python Booties in red:

Chloe Rylee Python Print Leather Ankle Boots


Ah, well.


Subtle bondage in Boots

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Gianvito Rossi Gold chain-embellished leather boots $1600 Net-A-Porter (click on photo)

Gianvito Rossi‘s pair is made from smooth black leather and has gold anklets inspired by equestrian hardware.
Lovely and useful for unpredictable Spring weather.
Showing your BDSM leanings in a subtle manner.


“Please Help…I am a BLACK BOOT addict”

(roll over or click photos for descriptions)
dievca needs to lighten her load and gain some room in the closet,
any advice will be carefully considered.

(Brown boots are next)


Boooiiing! Putting that Spring in your Step.

Grey Matters Molla Boot black/green spring $725

Tensile Strength in Spring Design
In compression spring design the spring’s resistance to being compressed is its “compressive strength,” while its “tensile strength” is its resistance to breaking due to stress. In extension spring design, tensile strength would be measured by the spring materials resistance to being pulled apart.

Balancing Cost and Tensile Strength
No matter how much stress is applied to springs in your application, its tensile strength is integral to maintaining functionality as well as increasing the life expectancy of your springs. The longer your springs last, the more cost-effective they ultimately are.

The other factor involved in spring cost is weight savings. The less amount of material used in the spring, the less it will cost. By minimizing the materials used and maximizing their efficiency and tensile strength, spring designers can create the most efficient spring design.

Gray Matters is a collection of standout sculptural pieces: objects with a life of their own or enhancing the character of women like no other.

As in gray the color, Gray Matters is versatile and sophisticated, always adding subtle nuances, never imposing.

Designer Silvia Avanzi was inspired by the artistic heritage of her native country Italy, along with the hectic lifestyle of her adoptive city New York. Beginning with her long-time passion for shoes, in 2015 she decided to solve the eternal challenge of how to effortlessly make a personal statement from work to play, from day to night.

Gray Matters is made by three generations of expert shoemakers near Venice in Italy. Exuding with artisanal details, each piece carries an attitude of its own; a casual confidence of women who can own it.

A 'Thank You' to the Yost Superior Company.

Finally, after 17 years on the hunt…

Years ago, dievca was in Milan for work and she was wearing a great pair of brown leather embossed crocodile boots. As dievca was rushing to an event, the heel got stuck in a walkway grate and ripped the back the boot off. Made for a really messy day – duct tape to the rescue…

dievca loved those boots.
she’s been looking for brown Croco boots ever since.
Finally, 17 years later:

THE CORSA CONCAVO

M. Gemi THE CORSA CONCAVO boot in walnut Croc $398 (click photo for link)


Note that the heel is not slim – dievca’s not getting stuck in a grate this time around!
The brand is M.Gemi and the cost is dear, but dievca is willing to spend the extra money for a pair that is going to replace two pairs in her closet (resale).

Here’s another version of the boot in case you need black:


Something useful: a progression of Winter Boots

Years ago, dievca wore Uggs. They were toasty and warm, but perhaps didn’t have the best “look”. The  multi-colored zipper was interesting, though.

She moved on to a pair of shearling/suede high tops that were made in Turkey and “off brand”. They were amazing, until they finally disintegrated. She went on the quest for something similar and failed.

She found a pair of Ganni Masha Texas shearling Boots on eBay, but they were just that bit too small and not really warm, so she sold them.

Yes, the Canadian Cougar Pillow Boot are still in rotation and still amazing/useful, but dievca likes to have a lower profile boot in rotation for easy slip-on, without the red interior.

Which brings us to the surprise boot. Something dievca bought for $99 at an end-of-season sale, last Spring. The move was a desperate attempt to replace those shearling high tops. These boots sat in her closet all Summer and she was going to sell them because she thought they looked “clunky”, until a  cold day called for a quick slip-on with a low profile.

The Technica Monaco Shearling Moon Boot have become a staple and the compliments received have been in large numbers. It’s crazy. All because of a spontaneous buy of a sales item that dievca wasn’t sure about keeping:

If you are interested in a pair, they have them at MyTheresa, just click here. But, dievca hates to tell you…they are full price.  ($214)


What dievca would like as a gift…


Master asked what dievca wanted for the Holidays~
Now dievca is answering beyond “you”.

Make a statement in Aquazzura‘s red crocodile-effect leather Brera boots. This bright pair hits just below the knee – a key style for the season – and features a round toe and a mid-high heel. Let them stand out alongside muted hues.

Shown here with Joseph Fort crepe dress, Joseph Ryder 25 leopard-print calf-hair bag and Alighieri Leo gold-plated necklace.

Damn…that calf diameter is too small for dievca – Sigh. Maybe Master would consider this instead:

Chloé green leather Trench

 


Boots for the Bedroom and Beyond (lingerie)

Boots (and shoes) are a sexy,
statement weaving addition to your lingerie choices.
Consider them carefully.

Tamara Mellon Boots
Photo editorial: Paola Kudacki
Sexy: You


These boots are made~


Nancy Sinatra had it right, find the right boots that are made for walking the City (or beyond).

Master always says that NYC Women depend on their boots heavily to get them through the City. dievca’s sorting through her boots and making some decisions, she’ll be sharing what she is looking at her soon! XO

Off-White FOR WALKING patent printed boot $2000 runway


Oh, Apollo!

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Christian Louboutin Apollo Boots

  • Allover perforations with grommet eyelets lend a distinctly modern vibe to this premium suede pull-on boot
  • Approximate measurements: heel 4.5″, platform 0.25″
  • Shaft height from arch 14.5″, Boot opening 13.25″ around
  • Country of origin: Italy
  • Material: Leather and metal
  • Lining: Leather
  • Sole: Leather

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Are you kidding me?

Kitty in boots (2)

Aquazzura Fauna Suede Embellished Boots (click on photo to purchase)

dievca knows they exist…
she knows that NYC is full of these, uhhh, ungh, critters.
But she doesn’t want to buy a pair of boots with them
or an art photo of the really gross type.
Blech~

Boots from Net-a-Porter
and photo from an auction at Housing Works:

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If you are an Entomologist…
have at it.
They are all yours!
dievca will pass.
Gross.
XO

OK, OK — dievca likes this Insect from Shop Housing Works

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Iradj Moini Insect Brooch (click photo to purchase)


Boots of interest…chains, d-rings, studs and zippers

Hopefully the end of Winter is in sight.  With that, the Winter sales begin and boots are reduced in price.  Perhaps, dievca should buy for next year.  Here are some options with hints of BDSM:

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Maison Martin Margiela Boot with Chain

  • Smooth leather boot with a plain rounded toe, chain link trim, side zip entry, thick heel
  • Approximate measurements: heel 3.”, platform 0.5″
  • Shaft height from arch 6.”, Boot opening 9.25″ around
  • Country of origin: Italy
  • Material: Leather
  • Lining: Leather
  • Sole: Manmade

Saint Laurent Motorcycle Studded Strap Boot3 Saint Laurent Motorcycle Studded Strap Boot2 Saint Laurent Motorcycle Studded Strap Boot

Saint Laurent Motorcycle Studded Strap Boot
  • Stud trimmed bootie with shiny side ring detail and a buckled strap
  • Approximate measurements: heel 1.”, platform 0.5″
  • Country of origin: Spain
  • Material: Leather
  • Lining: Leather
  • Sole: Leather
  • International shipping available
Khrio Slim Double Zip Ankle Boot3 Khrio Slim Double Zip Ankle Boot2 Khrio Slim Double Zip Ankle Boo
Khrio Slim Double Zip Ankle Boot
  • Textured bootie with double zips and a short, wide heel
  • Approximate measurements: heel 2.”, platform 0.25″
  • Shaft height from arch 5.5″, Boot opening 10.” around
  • Imported. Country of origin: Romania
  • Material: Leather
  • Lining: Leather
  • Sole: Manmade

Alexander McQueen Suede Boot Alexander McQueen Suede Boot2 Alexander McQueen Suede Boot5

Alexander McQueen Suede Boot
  • Asymmetrical zip trim lends contemporary appeal to this show-stopping suede boot
  • Approximate measurements: heel 1.”, platform 0.5″
  • Shaft height from arch 15.5″, Boot opening 13.” around
  • Country of origin: Italy
  • Material: Leather
  • Lining: Leather
  • Sole: Leather

Olivia Miller Calista Boot3 Olivia Miller Calista Boot2 Olivia Miller Calista Boot

Olivia Miller Calista Boot
  • Casual boot with a rear zip, multi-strap trim, stacked heel, lugged sole
  • Approximate measurements: heel 2.25″
  • Shaft height from arch 14.”, Boot opening 14.75″ around
  • Country of origin: China
  • Material: Synthetic
  • Lining: Textile and Synthetic
  • Sole: Manmade

Going Down Under…ON SALE! 4 days…Illex Kinni

www.illexkinni.com
LAST  4 days  to pay
$100.00  for   Mens & Womens
Leather boots/Shoes  All Styles

dievca is still in the (slow) process of clearing her closets.  she got to the boots section and had a very hard time getting rid of any pair. NYC is a “Boot” city — because boots are practical and easy for walking the City and they usually hold up well under duress.

That being said, dievca doesn’t need any more boots….Really….she is good.

Sigh~

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Illex Kinni Loveless

So why does she lust over these Australian Boots every time they have a sale?
she already owns a similar pair….

Illex Kinni Dancer

Illex Kinni Dancer

Probably because she bought her pair in the US and didn’t know that the other pair was available until 2 years later….and she hates that she didn’t have a choice.