Autumn is (Finally) coming around; the leaves are browning and the breeze is chilly. In all honesty, I’m more of a summer person, but there is one thing I do prefer about the winter… I can finally start wearing boots again.
During the acceptable months, it is very rare that you find me out without a pair of boots on. Not only are they the toastiest things in the world, but as a relatively short person, they allow me to wear heels on a regular basis without looking like I’m wearing heels on a regular basis. They’re an opportunity to have height without the gradual growing pain of high heels.
Every winter, I have a signature pair of black boots that I throw on with practically anything. They become my everyday shoe… My easy go to. I used to buy a pair and have them last me two, maybe even three years. However, the last couple of pairs have been cursed.
I’m not talking about any kind of perpetual bad luck curse… In fact, “cursed” is probably quite dramatic. However, it’s my blog and I can be dramatic all I want, so we’re going with cursed. Essentially, the last 2 pairs of black boots I’ve had, have needed replacing after less than a year. And as someone who prides herself on making her shoes last, this has been weird for me.
The first pair…
I spent 3 weeks deliberating over whether this was the pair for me and finally made a decision only for them to be sold out in my size. I waited a month for them to come back in stock (When I commit, I commit) and when they finally delivered them, the office of my student halls lost the package. Eventually, they found it again, but I should have known this pair was cursed from the beginning.
Once I had the pair, they were everything I wanted in a boot. I wore them whenever I could, but since it was almost the summer, I only got about a months use before they hibernated until winter. Then, somehow in my move to my second year house I lost one. I lost a whole boot. Before I fully had a chance to love them. It was a real heartbreaking situation.
The second pair…
Obviously, after losing the first pair, I had to purchase a new set for the winter. They were sturdy, fashionable, looked great in photos and were reasonably priced… and they quickly fell apart. The laces thinned out and ruined within 3 months and the soul slowly broke apart from within making it uncomfortable to work, but I stuck through. I refused to give up on them.
Spoiler alert: They temporarily ruined my feet. I should have given up on them.
Thanks to the last pair, I was back to square one this Autumn… Until XY London came to the rescue.* This year, they were kind enough to gift me a pair of their Dee-Dee Black Synthetic Leather Boots. On the surface, they were everything I wanted in a boot: black in colour, with zips and a block heel. However, they were a brand I’d never heard of… Would the curse continue?
The curse has been broken!
In all honesty, I love the shoes that they sent me. They’re very walkable, comfy and look a lot more stylish and “adult” than my last pair. Also, I know that I got them as a complimentary gift, but they only cost £19.99 In the first place! For a pair of boots that will last the whole (And hopefully the next) winter, that’s a great price.
How am I styling them?
I’ve mentioned before that I’m not exactly the most stylish person in the world, but I’m trying a lot more. My favourite way to wear these is with a long pair of thick thermal socks, which I then roll down, almost creating a cute little top to the boots. Not only does this keep me warm, but it adds a nice little cosy flair (And gives my tendonitis fuelled ankles a little extra cushion).
How walkable are they?
Like I said, I wear a heeled shoe whenever I can. Therefore, I’m pretty good at walking in heels like this anyway. However, I now live on the top of a very high hill, so I was able to properly test them. I have walked up and down this hill many times now, both in moderate temperatures and the rain and have felt stable every time! Honestly, I will be buying from XY London in the future… Cute, affordable and practical is something that I can most definitely get behind.
And there you have it! Thank you to XY London for sending me the boots, and sorry to everyone reading this for the erratic upload schedule. I was going through a rough patch, but I can assure you that I’m back and better than ever.
What do you think of these boots? Do you have any cursed shoe stories? Let me know in the comments!
Lots of love
*DISCLAIMER* These post includes a pair of boots that were gifted to me by XY London. However, this does not affect the integrity of this post. I always keep my reviews genuine and honest. To find out more about how I work with brands, you can do so here.