First off, we have these, from Fluevog:
These are the Radio RTP in purple. I first noticed them when I went fantasy Fluevog-shopping back in August, but after falling in love with my eventually-purchased yellow babies, I discarded these gorgeous violet guys. I also figured that, hey, I already have blue motorcycle-esque boots, so purple would just be overkill, yet...everytime I go on the site, my eye always falls on these. They're super cool, no? When I was dithering over the yellows and had to go back to the store to see if the bigger size fit me, I thought about trying these on, but I didn't and now I kind of regret that. I think these would probably be more comfortable for me (and cheaper, at $285!). Anyways, while I really like these boots, there are still more. STILL MORE!
These are also Fluevogs, the Earl of Warwicks Lancaster in petrol blue. I honestly don't know why I'm so attracted to these booties, but I can't stop checking them out. And at $249, they're dangerously in the "Well, I can technically afford these, even though I know I shouldn't" category. In theory I'm not a big fan of ankle boots, but I've noticed that I really wear my grey booties a lot, so I know how versatile ankle boots can really be with pants or skirts, and I like that these unisex booties are a little rough and tumble. Me-ow.
And then we have the boots that I check up on periodically, just to see how they're doing:
Oh my God, Frye, marry me now. These are Frye boots, the Shirley over the knee riding boot in burnt red leather. People, I think I would do vile, unspeakable things for a chance at owning these boots. Because at $448, I'm not exactly racing to slap down my credit card for them, y'know? But at the same time, LOOK AT THEM! That color! That shape! That height! Other advantage? I already own two pairs of Fryes and I heart them wholeheartedly, as opposed to my ambivalent feelings toward my Fluevogs. I have daydreams over what I would wear with these boots (think of it: a long black shirt, black leggings, and over-the-knee red boots! Did you just drool a little? I know I did.)...it's sort of getting to the dangerous "I WANT THESE!" level. The kicker of it all? A certain tall, bearded, Greek bird told me that he would consider helping me pay for these as a Christmas present. So tune in on December 26th, people, because I might be wearing these (AND NEVER TAKING THEM OFF).
Plus, isn't 10 a nice, round number for number of boots?
Look, a debilitating drug habit would be way worse than a debilitating expensive boot habit, so stop judging me.
Anyway, what I noticed in looking at these different pairs of boots is how different the aesthetics all are here. And sometimes I wonder what exactly catches our eye when we're (fantasy) shopping: is it the image of us as we are or the image of us as we want to be perceived by others? I mean, all of these boots are different heights and different colors and different styles, so I wonder if they're all facets of my personality or if any of them are the "real" me and the others the me I want to be. I can't tell you the answer to this question, since I don't really know. I mean, I know that I've taken more risks in my own clothing choices in the past few years and that having fun shoes/boots really helps with that, but I don't even know if any of these screams me or if none of them do. Hmmm...