Sunday, 13 November 2011

Sticking The Boot In


Know the feeling? You've been desperately trawling the charity shops for so long even a 1980s acrylic batwing sweater starts looking attractive. That was me yesterday, seriously losing the will to shop, until I spotted these 1970s suede beauties. 


Made in England by Dolcis and priced up at a fabulous £4.99 my heart skipped a beat and my palms broke out in a sweat. Despite them being a size and a half smaller than my usual size they slipped on and zipped up like a dream.


Do you honestly like those? the manager asked in a bemused manner, they've been in the shop for weeks and we all laughed at them when they were donated, we couldn't believe that anyone would want those hideous old things. How I love living in a place where the locals prefer cheap new stuff to cheaper old stuff.

Dumarsel, London 1960s cape dress (£15, Vintage Village @ Clothes Show Live, 2009), Tribal choker bought from a Lamani gypsy in Goa

According to yesterday's Guardian knee high boots are back. I didn't know they'd been away, there's always been plenty in my cupboard.



A boot fetish? Me?


Hope you're having a brilliant weekend. 

87 comments:

  1. I was just about to say those types of boots are in right now. How rude of the manager as well to ask if you honestly liked them! None of his business if you do or not - you could be buying them to throw at stray animals for all they need to care :| Anyway, you look fabulous as always!

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  2. A fab addition to your collection! I've actually had staff in charity shops offer to GIVE me things as they can't believe I actually want to buy "that old plantpot/plate/glass". I'm a bit like - hmm its a charity shop - are you not trying to make money?!!

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  3. The boots are great. I had a pair of suede court shoes in a similar green a few years ago, never worn and I car booted them for pence and instantly regretted it :-(

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  4. A lady with a boot fetish is a lday after my own heart. Very funny what the manager said. Hah! More fools them - you could probably pay ten times that for nasty acrylic new boots. That shade of green is divine! And very now too with all the jewel shades being touted for winter. I love your cape dress!

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  5. How I love living in an area where the locals prefer cheap new stuff to cheaper old stuff.

    Haha so true! That's the best place to be, otherwise the racks get over-picked five minutes after new items are put on display. What a great find. I can just imagine all the fabulous dresses those forest green boots will go with. And that's true about thrifting. It can be easy to lose one's mojo after three consecutive things you try on smell like mothballs or death. Or both.

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  6. oh i love them. i never knew boots were out either. that's like saying air is out. silly experts.

    don't you love it that what you are looking for in charity shops no one else is?!

    i used to hurry to estate sales b/c i was so worried that whatever was great would be gone but i've gotten my best stuff just when they were packing it up and closing.

    you look fabo as usual my dear vix.

    xo
    janet

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  7. omg what a bootylicious pair!! i also want some green boots and yours are perfect, oh and i can´t believe what the manager said, he probably should change his prfoession...
    love and kiss,mary

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  8. I love you so...I hate it when people openly mock me to my face...like that sales person did you! I get that all the time...Do you seriously think bright red hair looks good?...ummm...no I did this on purpose so I'd look stupid and get people to look down on me...why do people act so stupid? But...for every dumbass that snubs me I get 10 compliments..so its all good in the end! I love those boots! I think you look amazing in boots because your so lean and pretty! Hearts, Janna Lynn

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  9. wow how many boots!
    Ok, first one (up) are my favorite!!
    Last post -beautifull dress and rings again - I wonder where do you find them ??

    and next year I would love to bring you with me on JAZZ :)
    what do you think?? to come in Bosnia & Herzegovina ??

    :*

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  10. Love, love, love the boots... all of them!!

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  11. Great... not only do I have jewelry envy -- I have boot envy too! Gorgeous collection!!!

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  12. Love the colour and style... Phew, thank gawd you came across them and rescued them - sounds like the shop might have foolishly binned them. Sounds like another era, footwear made in Britain, doesn't it...

    And are you trying to kid us you only have 12 pairs of boots, Imelda? ;) x

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  13. Oh my they are fab! I never knew the knee high was 'out', i also have a fair few pairs. xxxxx

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  14. Fantastic boots, theyre always too long in the leg for me, i have to go for the shorter ones.

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  15. Those boots are amazing! I can't believe no one bought them in weeks - they are perfect <3 The color, the heels, the lenght. I'd wear them the whole autumn and feel absolutely happy))
    Also - the look great on your gorgeous legs! xxx)

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  16. Your cape dress is fantastic! I love the print. The perfect partner to the new boots too. (I also didn't know that knee high boots were supposedly out of fashion - er, what?!)

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  17. Those boots are stunning I remember Dolcis well I used to buy loads of shoes and boots in there xx

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  18. those boots are ridiculously lush Vix! I love them! Thanks for the comment you left me-I'm back online following our move and devouring your posts that I've missed! Hope you're well much love xxxx

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  19. Fabulous dress ! And boot fetish nope you're fine you can have as many as you want! ! kiss love

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  20. They're lovely! And I was thinking how delightful that dress is! You really know what suits you! I've never seen you in a minging outfit or anything less than fabulous!!!!!!!

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  21. how do you find boots to fit your calves love its the hardest thing to get some fitted ones!

    Sunnie
    (.=

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  22. Those boots are just perfectly Vix! Well spotted, well snapped up, and who cares if the charity shop manager doesn't get it? I buy and wear things all the time that most of my friends don't get, never mind the staff in the charity shops!
    Love your frock, the whole outfit is wonderful.
    Look at your fabulous boot collection! Doesn't it make you laugh when someone somewhere decides this season's "in" thing is something you always wear?
    To thine own style be true - there's a perfect motto for you, Vix! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  23. Vix can I have a dress please? Just one dress. I'm not picky, but the one in the picture above will do just fine. Those tapestry boots on the left are out of this world. I too am a boot fanatic.

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  24. There's nothing worse than an opshop drought! But what a wonderful score to make up for it!!!!Those are ridiculously DIVINE!!!Great colour! Frigging hot with that amazing frock!
    That's a hell of a collection of boots you have.Obsession?Addition?? WHO CARES!
    Rock n Roll!
    Love YOU!!
    Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  25. Random question Vix but where do you get your boot insert thingys? I've been looking for mine and can never find any!!
    They are a gorgeous colour, and a frickin' steal!!
    xx

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  26. Fab boots! Like you I have always had, um, lets just say quite a few pairs of boots.

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  27. Kneee high Boots!!! A wardrobe staple come rain or shine!!!! love the green suede numbers!

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  28. Kneee high Boots!!! A wardrobe staple come rain or shine!!!! love the green suede numbers!

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  29. My god, I'd have passed out if I'd found found these...not forgetting to hang onto them first though! They are stunning and what a bargain.
    I am mad for knee high boots.
    xxxx

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  30. My god, I'd have passed out if I'd found found these...not forgetting to hang onto them first though! They are stunning and what a bargain.
    I am mad for knee high boots.
    xxxx

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  31. they are just perfect. utterly perfect.

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  32. They're gorgeous! You lucky thing! For me, knee high boots have never gone 'out of fashion' and I also share your boot fixation, Vix.
    xxx

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  33. haha, you've a lot of luck with your locals, my dear :D
    your boot collection is fab, I guess we both are boot fetishs ;D

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  34. Kinky boots!

    Channelling Stevie, are we Vix?! Very lovely and I adore those floral boots too - They are all very in right now - Again, such taste! You put me to shame, and I won't be making a crochet'd dress any time soon after my workshop yesterday! LOL x

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  35. I love those boots Vix! And the price is right, too!

    I think shoes were made "bigger" in those days, I think. You're having a lucky day, unlike me!! :)

    Jules
    http://andsuddenlyisee.wordpress.com
    http://wordshakermag.wordpress.com

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  36. What fabulous boots - that manager obviously doesn't know good stuff when he sees it, but that's all to your advantage! I looove my boots too, unfortunately for me I have rather large calves and so find it very hard to get knee lengths that fit them. Luckily found a code for Evans that combined with a 25% off day meant I was recently able to acquire two new pairs.

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  37. I bought a pair of knee high biker boots eight years ago. They've been worn to death and are still going strong after aralditing one of the heels back on last year. I never knew that they'd gone out of fashion!x

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  38. What a glorious colour! The end.

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  39. Fancy all of the charity shop staff laughing at those boots, it's not like there is even anything odd about them.

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  40. Gorgeous boots Vix, i don't think you can ever have too many pairs..thats what i keep telling myself anyway :) xx

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  41. Heh I think you may have a teeny boot issue! Love these ones tho, they're an excellent colour. And your dress is gorge! :)

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  42. Perfection as always. The boots are a very flattering style and your boot collection OMG....I rather fancy those floral looking ones. The frock well what can I say.....perfection also and a fav colour of mine.

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  43. Vix you look totally gorgeous in this outfit. I am all crazy over it because of the big serving of green! *OOOOO*
    I love those boots (And all the others you have shown.)
    Helga is beating me in suitcases
    Your beating me in boots... *heheh*
    The dress you have on is super funky I adore it immensely.

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  44. Vixcita,
    you look so bella in this green outfit! what? even I would bought them suede bad ass boots. look at your wondrous collection of boots. I need to get me some boots. I went Charity shopping on Saturday and it was packed of tall grannies, I sneek in and couldnt find anything good.

    besotes

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  45. They're really fabulous - I can't believe the people in the shop thought them hideous! Green suede boots - you'll always be able to wear those beauties :)

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  46. amazing boots, they are so you! pssssh, the charity shop worker sounds like the majority of them, what does she know!

    xoxo.

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  47. Gosh what a fabulous pair of boots, they were destined to be yours Vix. I love your assortment of boots, it’s quite a collection xxx

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  48. What is not to like? Green, suede boots? They rock, I love them and would certainly wear them. Lucky for you though that the locals haven't got your good taste, I couldn't imagine you with the 1980s batwing sweater lol. Xx

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  49. It can get a bit soul-destroying when you go in every shop and see the same faded t-shirts and floral blouses. I think this is what the thrill stems from though, finally uncovering some treasure which was waiting for you.
    Those boots look so modern, some people don't know style even when it's staring them in the face!
    Though you have an impressive selection of kinky boots, I can't see a pair which would look better with the dress. Well found, and well deserved!

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  50. Haha, you've got to love the sales technique of certain charity shop volunteers! All the better for you though. An excellent addition to the boots wardrobe xx

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  51. Green Suede Knee High Boots!!!!, I'm also a huge fan of boots and these ones are fabulous!, and so happy you discover them and rock them with your great style!, so pretty with your printed dress!!
    besos & lovely boots!

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  52. great blog :) love your boots!
    http://be-afterdreams.blogspot.com/

    xx

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  53. Oh my goodness, you are KILLING me with those boots! Every time I see a new pair I squeal. The green ones are diviiine! Xoxoxox Claire

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  54. how amazing to find your blog!! i love your vintage and second hand pieces! I'm always looking for some as well :) The boots you find are great!

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  55. Fantastic collection of boots!
    I love your green outfit is very in with the ethnic trends and the color is fabulous for fall.
    Have a lovely week,

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  56. OMG these boots are SPECTACULAR! And I love your gorgeous frock (I desperately want to call it a kaftan!). I'm totally envious of your amazing boot collection! YAY for boot bargains!

    Love! Sarah xxx

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  57. Those boots are amazing!
    I think I just fell over right now over your collection. drool......

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  58. I love your boot collection!! The dark green is gorgeous.

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  59. Hi Vix, my heart would have missed a beat if i had found these boots here, so fab, the color is so unusual, lucky you! what is wrong with the guy, they just don't understand...

    Quite a collection of boots you have, hard to find decent boots in thrift shops, they go fast-


    Lots of love and friendship

    Ariane xxxxx

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  60. You have an amazing selection of boots! These green ones are delightful - I can't believe the lady would check if you really liked them, ha! xxxxxxxxx

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  61. Hi my dear! Wow, what a fabulous collection of boots, so covetable especially with the new addition of those gorgeous green ones-they're so lovely! Have a great week xx

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  62. They say if you put a potato in the boot the nigt before you want to wear them it stretches them :) sound ssilly but it works!

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  63. LOVE your whole outfit!! I am very partial to boots too, they are such a wardrobe staples and classics. So easy to wear.

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  64. Hideous old things... Excuse me?!?! They look amazing on you, Vix! X

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  65. Love the outfit one of my favs I think xx

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  66. I'm a UK size 5, a US 7. I say this because one day I will visit you and want to try on all your boots. So fantastic!

    Remarkable to me that anyone would scoff at those boots- they are beautes in my eyes! And stylish- as in (as you said: tall boots are back) even though they never left. That's what I love about fashion-
    leopard is back, plaid is back, polka dots are back, maxis are in, knee-high boots are in, and gorgeous jewelry are now called statement pieces.

    I don't recall a year however when leopard or its friends were EVER out. But ya know- what ever floats the boat.

    You look amazing per usual. I am green with envy. But my envy is full of love! xo. Bella Q

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  67. So adoring your boots collection. Seeing you wearing lots of green lately, I´m inspired to style my green items too. :)

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  68. Wow those boots are lush i adore green ;-) there the mad ones not you it has to be said. Loving your boot collection that did make me smile ;-)). Have a wonderful week, dee xx

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  69. Your collection of boots makes me as green as that gorgeous dress, Vix! Absolutely love the colours of that outfit xx

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  70. I am in love with these boots. They are so PHAT!!!!! They are just banging with that cape dress. You are friggin gorgeous in green my dear. Your boot collection makes me envious! I have a thing for boots too and it might be the only reason why I can handle winter.
    Loveyou~
    Krista

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  71. I never knew they were out either...but then again I wear what I like too! These boots are so gorgeous......here the 1960's & 70's clothing are snapped up right away at my local thrift shops & then later sold at consignment boutiques at a higher price of course. This past weekend I spotted a pair of 70's gorgeous grey fringe knew high boots but was 5ft away too late!

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  72. They are fantastic boots and my fave colour. I have serious boot envy looking at that amazing collection of yours! M x

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  73. They're amazing! Unfortunately for me, due to having abnormally fat calves compared to my skinny feet, boots are my shoe-nemesis! I've given up on even trying to find a decent pair that fits me this year. Doesn't stop me having serious shoe envy of yours though! Emma

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  74. They're amazing! Unfortunately for me, due to having abnormally fat calves compared to my skinny feet, boots are my shoe-nemesis! I've given up on even trying to find a decent pair that fits me this year. Doesn't stop me having serious shoe envy of yours though! Emma

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  75. Holy crap, those are fucking gorgeous! Can I say the f word on here?? I love that dress and it looks amazing with your new boots! The boot collection is quite shnazzy! If you think the opshop/thriftshop situation in your area is bad you should see it here BLAH nothing.
    Karlene

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  76. I would die for your boot collection!!! That is some collection you have there Vix. And those boots fit like a dream. x

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  77. you have such amazing style! i would die to own the pieces you have! those boots are amazing, I want them! I can't believe they thought they were ugly? Really? To me, they rock. And I'm so envious of your boot collection. And your whole wardrobe, haha :)

    Beneath the Glass

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  78. 80 comments, yikes, I don't know how you find the time to read them all and comment back!!
    Great boot collection, makes my 3 pairs seem very measly by comparison!

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  79. They are stunning! I wish I lived in a climate were boots were more wearable. You do have quite the collection but I think these just might be my favourite of yours! For now anyway.

    xx

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  80. amazing and in emerald suede bargain xx scisi xx

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  81. There is always room for boots, your collection is awesome :o) Scarlett x

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  82. It blows my mind that one, never mind a few people could all agree that those killer boots are ugly. Seriously?

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  83. you have an epic boot collection! absolutely in love with your blog, every post is brilliant. so inspiring!

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