By the things we don't buy.
I'm sure there are lots of things I can list (although to be honest, if they're not first and foremost in my mind, then chances are I can't regret not buying them "that" much)
One is a pair of Chie Mihara pale tan leather ankle strap flipflops from probably 10 years ago. Every single year I think they'd be perfect. Even though they'd probably have given up the ghost eons ago. In my head they'd be pristinely battered and vintage looking......moving swiftly on.
Another is an oak Mulberry Bayswater - when they used to cost £415. They now cost THREE times that much. Seriously? To me, Mulberry have honestly become a bit of a joke - primarily due to their ridiculously inflated prices for identical products (I'm sure they'll try and claim there's a change in the leather etc etc but to your average consumer - me - who can't tell the difference, sorry chaps, I just feel like I'm getting ripped off) Considering it was cheaper than a LV scarf all those years ago which yes, has gone up in price but by a much much smaller percentage that I can't work out as I'm pants at maths. Suffice to say I think they're around the £600 mark. Not over a grand, that's for sure) So after saying all of that, I don't really know why it irks me that I didn't buy one - probably because I think they look a ton better bashed up and lived in (you can see why I like the Golden Goose, can't you?) and by now, it would look amazing. However it's not like I don't love all my handbags so I can live with that one.
But I can't live with another one that got away with is the over the knee boots. Firstly I didn't buy a pair of black Pied A Terre ones from their gorgeous shop they used to have on South Molton Street (lordy I bought so much from that shop way back when. Well, way back when they were actually a shoe brand and hadn't been swallowed up into the Dune family and dissolved. Sob). They were over the knee but they were properly over the knee. For tall people.
Unlike most of the over the knee boots today which, if you have vaguely long legs, are somewhere on or just below the knee. Wrong diddly. Well not if you want knee high boots but if you're looking for over the knee jobs, these fall somewhat short of the mark. Literally.
So then I nearly bought the Stuart Weitzman Loden green boots last Winter. I even got round to boring myself with these. And I didn't buy them.
I SO WISH I HAD. As I still really really really want them. But they are scarily expensive. And they're green suede. Considering the amount of rain we've had in the past two days alone in what is allegedly our Summer - the chances of these lasting a British Autumn, god forbid a Winter, in one piece, aren't the best.
But that doesn't stop me wanting them and not being able to stop thinking about them. It doesn't stop me making outfits up around them. I even bought a cape thingy (to be revealed...) in a khaki colour to put me off them as I couldn't wear both together without looking like an elf. It hasn't worked. I still want them.
Or at the very least I now want a pair in black as well. Or grey.. or even berry. A camel or tan pair wouldn't go amiss either. As you can see, haunted is the word.
So on this day of more rain, I can't help but think about over the knee boots (and red wine but that's only because I said I wasn't going to drink this week. Why? Why would I do that?)
And do you know what's really scary? So many are already sold out. WHAT??? I'm assuming that this means there will be loads more coming through but how can I be late to the party when it's still August.
Nothing like a bit of a panic sell out to make me start searching high and low for a pair that might work.
Firstly ASOS where they have actual suede ones.
So I'm looking for flat ones as I'm 5ft 10 and fear that a heel will have me spiralling into tranny territory but these look great for a chunky heel (which I feel is pretty important with over the knee boots to avoid the Pretty Woman vibe)
ASOS Kickster Boots £85
However shovelling humble pie in like a looner as I would so have tried them in the tan suede. Except that they're... oh yes, Sold. Out. In my size....
ASOS Kickster in tan £85
These look like they might be worth a try though...
London Rebel was £55 now £40
Now there is a fine line between Parisian chic and gestapo disaster when it comes to over the knee leather boots but these I think would definitely have you firmly looking French. Am totally gutted they're sold out in my size.
Vantage Black Flat Knee Boots from KG were £220 now £79
Now it does clearly depend on how long your legs are and these, alas I know wouldn't work for me but they look like a great close fit if you don't have stilts instead of legs.
Tamaris over the knee boots £65 in cigar. Not nearly as nice in the black version. Clearly not leather.
However for an extra couple of ££ I would stretch to these. The difference is massive and whilst they're not as close fitting on the leg - I LOVE them. I might even be tempted to try them.. (free delivery and free returns at Zalando) Simply love love this colour.
Zign Over the knee boots £95
Also though love them in the bordeaux
But these are the ones that stop my heart. Are they worth ALL that money? (have to say I think I know the answer to that already - especially compared to ones like the Zign ones....)
Stuart Weitzman Lowland Boots in Loden £650
The only ones that also come close are from Office. Now I'm not sure that these are as long as they look but they must be worth a go for that much less than the SW ones?
Office Eden Stretch Over the Knee Boots £110
Which I actually think I might prefer in the Bordo (the fact they spell it like this is almost enough to put me off buying them..... I'm assuming they meant Bordeaux..... one would perhaps like to think they're trying to be down with the kids a la text speak as opposed to someone not being able to spell)
Office Eden in Bordo (boak) £110