The black boot

Alexander Wang kori oxford boot, Chloe quilted biker boot, Vintage heeled chelsea boot (similar)

Slowly multiplying over the course of the year, I’m building up what was once a rather meagre selection of black boots. I finally deemed them a necessary building block in my wardrobe after an extended period of I would class as denial. Well, that and my continued loyalty to a battered pair of heeled chelsea boots.

Even though I am fully aware that the increased number of options can prolong the decision-making process, I’m still never one to shy away from a little bit of variety. The most recent addition to my black boot collection, the Chloe quilted biker boots, are a pair that I am anticipating will see plenty of wear in the years to come. I actually spent months agonising over the purchase, tossing between these and the Chloe studded Susanna boots, a shoe that I was almost certain I needed to have, and it was inevitably going to be one or the other. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hype of a product, something that I have been guilty of in the past, so naturally I was quietly relieved when my friend Nina let me try on her Susanna’s, which, as gorgeous as they are, were not for me. At least not in the black. So, long story short, my mind was quickly made up.

While my small collection might only total three pairs, I’m quite certain that I have all my bases covered. Two pairs of low heeled boots, one pair cut low around the ankle and the other a standard cut – each with subtle detailing which sets them apart, and one pair of rather ambiguous mid-heel height boots; I think these could pretty safely carry me through all of 2013 and 2014 with ease. Forward planning at its best.


  1. Mary December 17, 2012 / 12:59 pm

    Oh, your Chloe boots are absolutely divine. But I love the look of all of your boots really – they’re classic and versatile, and yet have all these neat little details! I definitely can see you wearing these for years too; boots are always a great investment buy (so everyone tells me – I need to start my /own/ black boot collection ) x

  2. catssaymeow December 17, 2012 / 6:26 am

    I am not game enough to say that something will take me though all the way to 2014! I have at least figured out what I love in my wardrobe – that’s something, right?

    BTW I prefer this quilted version over the studded Susanna boots – more of a classic.

    • jamie-lee December 17, 2012 / 6:33 am

      Haha well it’s hard to be certain when you are constantly culling – I know this too. But… those heeled chelsea boots I bought two and a half years ago in Melbourne and they are still going strong, sometimes you just get a feel for what will be a wardrobe classic. That, and if I love a shoe, I pretty much wear it to death!

      That’s the way I felt! Plus I suppose they aren’t all over the blogosphere either so I don’t feel as though I was somehow coaxed into the purchase because of that.

  3. Roxthefox December 17, 2012 / 6:28 am

    Those AW booties are amazing, I’m so jealous. Love the peek of gold. Anyway, great blog, would you like to follow each other?


  4. T. December 17, 2012 / 8:52 am

    Nice boots collection! I like those Wangs!

  5. lin December 17, 2012 / 9:49 am

    I love that feeling of knowing something is here to stay. It’s nice to know when your spending “pays off”, haha. I like the quilted ones best!

    My unexpected mainstay is a pair of desert boots I bought last year from Topshop – I already know I need to replace them when they wear out. Not sure where I’m going to get them from though…they seem available everywhere for them, but choices limited for women are rather limited!

  6. Kristin December 17, 2012 / 10:03 am

    Definitely a good buy with the Chloe’s. To me, they are easily they nicest and most versatile. I think the Susanahs have become too much of a trend shoe. I only have one pair of black ankle boots, super cheap non-leather with lace inserts, but they are comfy and are quite enough for the QLD climate. I’m more of a loafer kind of gal anyway.

  7. MLU the blog. December 17, 2012 / 10:16 am

    Oh my! That Wang’s kori oxford boots is really TO DIE FOR!! Love this post! And your blog really worth to follow! 😉

    PS: We made a Christmas edition DIY tutorial recently. We hope you don’t mind to have a visit.

    Follow you now!;)

    Keep inspiring, sweetheart!

    MLU the blog.

  8. bonnie December 17, 2012 / 10:06 pm

    mad lust for those wang boots, the heel detailing is so cool. great collection you’ve started 🙂


  9. Marion December 17, 2012 / 11:08 am

    Amazing shoes!
    Love the golden details

  10. Marion December 17, 2012 / 11:08 am

    Amazing shoes!
    Love the golden details.

  11. indi December 17, 2012 / 12:23 pm

    You will always wear these so don’t worry

    Have you considered the Acne Pistols, possibly my favourite purchase of 2012!

  12. Marlene @ chocolatecookiesandcandies December 17, 2012 / 12:23 pm

    I’ve been contemplating about getting a pair of black ankle boots for the past month. I don’t have any but have been eyeing your AWs and Chloes.

  13. Antonieta December 18, 2012 / 4:46 am

    hi! thanks for your comment on my blog…tell me if you make that Diy ok
    I agree with you.. black boots are necessary, amazing collection!!

  14. indie by heart December 18, 2012 / 8:05 pm

    These are all so great 🙂
    My closet is missing a pair of real leather ankle boots. 🙂 All the plastic ones wont last during the Finnish winter; small rocks (spreak on the ground so we wont slip) make horrible mess to shoes, especially to all kinds of heeled ones.

    Indie by heart

  15. Lisa December 18, 2012 / 5:58 pm

    This is a great collection of stable piece boots! I love how they are fairly simple with small flashes of statement. I can see why you need them all 🙂
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  16. Sherin December 18, 2012 / 8:46 pm

    Black boots like this are perfect. I love the quilted pair.

  17. chic_e December 19, 2012 / 2:10 am

    I love your boot collection! These are all fabulous and fully functioning workhorses. If my closet was in flames and I only had time to grab a few pair of shoes I would definitely grab my black jodhpur Balenciaga’s, HOPE ankle boots, and my Chloe Susanna boots (all black!). Black boots have a very special place in my wardrobe as well and they’re going to be with me in the long haul. Nice picks.

  18. lyddiegal December 19, 2012 / 4:39 am

    I love how unique they each are – the quilted pair is awesome!

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