Are boots an invitation for creepy comments?
I'm really glad spring is here. On the footwear end, I'm ready to trade in my boots for a pedicure and a pair of chunky sandals. I've worn the boots into the ground this season, and they are tired, poor things. They feel real pain.
But also... I'm curious about something.
Here's the thing. I appreciate function and fashion. I believe boots, especially when paired with tights and an appropriate skirt, are perfectly chic cool weather wear that do not a hooker make. Surely they should be worn with care, but on the whole, they are metropolitan. They are sleek. They are warm and comfortable. Alas, every time I wear them, some dude -- friend or stranger alike --invariably espouses the same phrase: "Nice boots."
It sounds innocent, and although there's nothing overtly raunchy in those exact words, there's usually a tinge of creepiness to it. You know what I mean. It happened again Tuesday on the way to lunch. I had on a pair of casual brown slouchy boots with, like, a square two-inch heel. Hardly on the stroll, you know?
I talked to a friend about this recently. "Oh yeah," she said. "I wore my boots to work once and got enough uncomfortable comments that I never wore them again."
Does this happen to you guys? What gives? Are we so firmly entrenched in porn that our beautiful leather boots have to stay locked in the closet for all eternity? I'm not just trying to rant. I'm genuinely curious. I'll keep wearing mine either way.
Yours in boots,
Deal Diva Stephanie
PHOTO: Jessica Simpson rocking knee-high boots at Macy's, AP. I think she looks adorable.