Vote for my boots!


In December, we’re going to a cold, snowy place where it’sΒ around 5 degrees Celcius. As it’s sort of a business trip, my New Balance running shoes just don’t seem right for dinner, which means I get to buy a pair of boots.

Here’s my dilemma: My shoe size is 38 while the average in China is 35-36, or even smaller. To save money, I searched for CHEAP, stylish, PVC boots but no shop had my size! If they had large sizes, they were ugly, chunky boots only Gisele Bundchen could look good in πŸ˜›

My last resort is the mall retailer’s end of season sale, featuring top brands. I found 2 pairs of calf-length boots, both cost around MYR200+:

A. Black, low heeled, soft leather with 3 buckles
– by TeenMix (China brand)
– very comfortable, with square, roomy toebox
– very safe due to the ridged rubber sole
– Gothic or punkish look
– looks cool with skirts or shorts but boring under jeans or slacks
– leather isn’t that durable
– Hubby hates the ridged rubber sole and said they look like workmen’s boots

Opinion: I’d get more wear out of these boots in cold climates but they’re rather funky (and chunky) for a 30 something year old mother!

I know my Mum would hate this pair (Hubby already does) but it’s such a cool pair πŸ™‚ Just wish they’d look nice under slacks or jeans too…but they don’t.

It has a feminine military look with a tapered calf and wedged, rubber heel (the pics show GOOD leather but the display pair had scuffed marks around the toebox. Does leather scuff that easily?) :

The ones I saw has 3 buckles instead of one.

B. Maroonish-red (almost coffee brown), 1.5 inch heel, stiff leather with simple stiching
– by Bata (Australia or Italy???)
– square, wide toebox but slightly too tight for thick socks
– good quality leather
– very stylish with skirts or slacks

Opinion: I look and feel good in these boots because of the heel, colour and design. Unlike that famous song by Lulu, these boots are NOT made for walking!

My IDEAL pair would be these:

Gaucho style low heeled boots (one of the top 10 women’s boots rated by The Independent)

It’s been almost 2 weeks since my search but I don’t think I’d be able to find them at MYR200+.

Here’s where I need your help: Which pair of boots should I go for? Let me know your thoughts, please, please, please! I only have till Friday to decide or they’ll be gone…

P/S Thanks so much for your time – this frumpy Mum needs all the fashion help she can get. I’d hate to regret my buying decision later!!!!

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  • Heya! I’d do comfort over fashion any day so which pair is most comfortable to be on your feet for long hours? It appears you are more into #1 BUT I love maroon anything so I would vote boots #2 unless it was for practicality in which case I’d vote #1 – fickle no? πŸ™‚ Besides a gothic/punkish look would be cool on a young mom no? πŸ™‚

    KittyCat: LOL, thanks for the dialogue! You can see how tough my decision was…I was SO, SO for that gothic look but got to be sensible here πŸ˜›

  • Hmmm… Living in a place that gets cold & snowy, I’d suggest something that you could walk in when it is cold & snowy. Mostly snowy. Which then turns to slushy. And wet. And slippery. So I’d vote no on the heels, even though they’re definitely cooler. & if you want #1 to look good w/ jeans, you can always tuck ’em in. =)

    KittyCat: Ooh, I forgot about slush! Especially as I nearly skidded a few times on the wet sidewalks of New York in my then 1.5 inch high boots πŸ˜‰ Sigh, that sure felt like a century ago!

  • I love the last pair of boots. Very sturdy looking yet fashionable! I actually tried on a similar pair last weekend, but hubbs said it’s not practical. I’m still determined though!

    KittyCat: I got a pair that’s safe, sturdy, fashionable, heeled and Hubby-approved πŸ™‚ Will post soooooon

  • 3 or 5 for me. 3 is kinda nice but i must say wearing them would take some time. they’re very madonna and stylish for us moms at the same time. i’m sure it will show the rock star in you. be daring a bit. why not, everyone will be wearing boots right?
    1 is not suitable (in a polite way), it’s too juvenile.
    don’t you have any with laces? I’ve got one when in US for USD20.
    i’m afraid the ones in the heels will not be comfortable if you’re tugging a toddler here and there.

    KittyCat: Ahh…you’ve got hit the right keywords for me – Madonna, rock star Mum! I think I’ll have to wait till I’m 40 before I can indulge in some fun fashion πŸ˜›

  • Definitely the 1st pair for me. I like the rugged look. Can’t imagine why they won’t look good with pants though. Heels and toddler don’t go together.
    Bata is Czech πŸ™‚

    Paik Ling: Hey, you’re into rugged looks too? Alright!!! I think we’ve got more and more in common…

  • The last pair is the best for me. I have chunky calves…hence, I’d go for a slimmer cut. Anything with buckles just make my chunky monkeys chunkier!

    boots with laces are too much to bother with. The last pair def. the one!

    KittyCat: Chunky calves here too but have you tried some with buckles or laces? They have a slimming effect, you know…don’t mind the laces IF I don’t have a tot!

  • I like the last two. The first 3 are too manly. Not nice, well, to me lah. Haha. The 4th is lovely but it might not be practical. The last or 5th is practical and still pretty enough. Hehe.

    KittyCat: Wow…you’re very feminine πŸ™‚ I like a bit of rock n roll LOL

  • Personally, I prefer the last one πŸ™‚

    KittyCat: Me too!

  • my opinion would be the gaucho style. it’s easier to match with any kind of attire.

    reply to ur comment:

    sigh. i actually tried to educate them so they would conserve the environment in their ow way but it’s been 2 years already and my colleagues just don’t give a damn. serious. i flare up easily and so i have been training myself to tell them nicely but they just give me a dumb look and then the next minute they throw the paper into the dustbin. i showed them pictures … tell them about food insecurity and such but no effects. what to do … malaysians are pretty lucky to be in a country blessed with natural resources and peace; they don’t feel the pain so they don’t feel the urgency of conserving the environment.

    one of my previous entries was about a colleague calling me a thief just because i recycled papers from her dustbin.

    sigh. it’s so hard to make a difference in the world. and i think these people never thought people like me trying to spread the word of conservation have dignity and self-worth. even though sometimes there r volunteers cleaning the beach and such … some people who jeer and laugh at those volunteers have forgotten that they too have self-respect.

    hope to see u back on my blog!

    KittyCat: I hope I can get my gaucho boots too πŸ™‚

    Guess what? I’ve spent more than 10 years in a career that involves persuading and influencing people to do the right thing ok? I work, meet, email and talk with many, many, many people from all over the world – I can tell you that it isn’t easy but it can be done.

    Keep your chin up and try a different approach. If ONE way doesn’t work, another might! Remember that Thomas Edison had to test almost 1,000 light bulbs before inventing the one that worked πŸ™‚

  • The military one doesn’t cut it for me. I like fuss free simple cut like the last one, the gaucho one. But whichever you choose, it has to look good with your jeans and it has to have good grip. I tell you, slipping on slippery ice that has melt and staring up to the sky lying on your back in the middle of the street isn’t much fun. I learned that on my first week of stepping into England during uni days, wearing a pair bought from Malaysia.

    KittyCat: Oww…back breaking is definitely not for me LOL I like simple stuff too but with a bit of ruggedness, you know? Sigh

  • Angeleyes Link

    I’ll go for the last pair too… in fact I have a pair similar to that except it is lower (not calf length) which is suitable for non snow environment but I still wore it for 2 of my ski trips and it has even survived my two years in Perth… hehehehe I wore them to Norway even!

    KittyCat: Hehehe I got the calf length one in the end coz they made me look taller and slimmer πŸ˜‰ Ooh, got to check out your pics of Norway!

  • I’d vote for the 2nd option. The 1st is too manly for my liking.

  • i like the 2nd pair… or the last one…

  • I like the last pair with low heels. My opinion for boots, if a lady is wearing, it would be nicer with heels. Those without heels look too manly, I think.

    A Mom’s Diary, VivianZ, Whoisbaby: Thanks for the unanimous vote LOL

  • Hi, I love the one on your wish list….it has high heels, good to grip the snow, looks very elegant too, and stylish.
    The first one looks very Rambo, but very nice too.
    I just bought mine as old one 12 years old, ha ha.
    Bought at WalMart for $19.00 as it was on special sale.
    You have a great time, best regards, Lee.

    KittyCat: Rambo??? I think that’s what Hubby would say too if he saw that pic (which is a lousy one)! $19 for boots…AARGHHH, can you hear my pain all the way from here?

  • I too have been looking for a pair of boots in the last 2-3 weeks. My preference is low or medium heeled, but hubby recommended the flat heeled, he thinks I will have problem balancing myself in the snow. πŸ™‚

  • Kit Link

    Leah – Hahaha I wonder why our husbands always wants us to opt for the most boring styles???

  • KittyCat Link

    Leah – Hahaha I wonder why our husbands always wants us to opt for the most boring styles???

  • Anita Link

    Bata…
    Bata is the brand from Indonesia πŸ™‚