Except in this instance, it's at least three or four and it's a boot.
In an ankle boot (but maybe that's only because I've not seen a knee high version. That's definitely something to look out for for A/W). These have been around for a couple of years and are going nowhere.
Ankle boots, if you live in the UK especially, are verging on a year round staple. I would love to say that they're obviously redundant in the Summer months, but alas, we all know that's only guaranteed if you head off somewhere sunnier.
The reason for this post is two fold. Oh how I love a coincidence. So yesterday, I dragged out a pair of much loved, good old Toga Pullas. And then secondly - one of the main reasons I frequently come up with a blog topic - I'd seen something I'd fallen in love with. Which is a regular reason for me canning what I had in mind and going off piste with regards to post content. Too much of a coincidence not to drop everything and explore options.
Today it's my absolute favourite - the buckle boot. Ankle boots with lots of buckles on. Hi ho Silver, I'm the Dandy Highwayman, Like a Rhinestone Cowboy - yes the husband takes great delight in humming any one of these in a hilarious fashion when I put any of mine on. Hilarious I tell you. It's a joke that never gets old (according to him).
I'm vaguely tempted to sell a kidney to buy these, just to see his face. Regardless of his reaction, these are boot porn for me. Perfect. Although I will admit a kitten heel isn't remotely practical. Tube escalator and titchy tiny heel = recipe for disaster. Been there, done that, got the knackered boots to prove it.
However. Doesn't stop me wanting them though. I am on the look out for the high street version as I am not spending this much money on such an impractical heel (famous last words).
Warning - these are going to divide.
Gucci Buckled Printed Leather Ankle Boots £1290
And doesn't stop me falling in love with my pairs all over again. I have three pairs of multi buckle ankle boots - Toga Pullas, which I had for three years now and the Chloe Susannas which I bought last year. And the flat Isabel Marant pony skin leopard ones which I got in the sale for 70% off. The former two have been worn and worn and, only with the newer Marants, will continue to be shod right up to those heady super hot Summer days (so that will be about three days I won't be wearing them all year then).
Toga Pulla Leather Ankle Boots £326
Susanna Leather Ankle boots Chloe £850
Another style that I haven't succumbed to but do look at longingly from afar - the Givenchy buckle boots.
Givenchy Elegant Studded Suede Ankle Boots £930
Of which there are some great inspired versions of on the high street.
Office Lock Down Studded Boots in Burgundy £98
Personally, it's the snake which I love, again £98 from Office
Similar at Topshop in grey suede.
Amy Suede Stud Boots from Topshop £85
Love the blush - perfect accessory for Spring.£85
Or the classic black, again £85
But there are definitely variations on all themes - bar my newly beloved Gucci numbers (of course).
Higher heeled and with more than a nod to Toga Pulla at River Island.
Black stud buckle western heeled boots £60
And a lower pair in the leather and suede mix, which is really hard to come by. Go River Island!
Black leather western buckle boots from River Island £45
For Summer - love the classic Office Jagger £84 in a khaki
And then there are the pointed versions which are a great Marant tribute.
Office Lightening Pointed Black Buckle Boots were £88 now £48
And in the leopard cow hair were £88 now £38
Away from the classics now to some that just bang to the beat of their own drum. Love you, Topshop.
Andrew Buckle Ankle Boots from Topshop were £79 now £40
Or in the black again now £40
And finishing with my favourites. The black are pretty fabulous.
Magnesium Buckle Boots were £99 now £65
But, these in the red, I simply love for £65 and of course they're OOS in my size. Wasn't meant to be or will I spend all six hours of the rugby tournament tomorrow trying to track them down?
ALTHOUGH.... I've just read the reviews and these come up big. Which means they have them in stock in my size. That's meant to be no?
And here I am in my trusty TPs yesterday.
Dress - H&M
Onyx jacket - hush
Black buckle leather and suede boots - Toga Pulla
Black Tools Bag - Balenciaga
Navy tassel earrings - H&M (I meant to put the black ones on. I put the navy ones on by mistake. Donkey).
Yes the dress. It's the H&M one. Sort of. I bought two and took them to an (amazing) seamstress who added inches to it and put in pockets. And with the second dress, also managed to make me a neat fitting blouse. Result. I am now on a mission to alter all high street clothes to make them work for me. So long as the ruffle is around that is...
Off to get ready now for a retro cheese and wine evening. What's not to love? The fact I'll be hanging tomorrow for rugby at 9am for a rather long tournament in the rain? Details, schmetails. Have a fabulous evening everyone and talk me through the buckles. Am I alone in my obsession with these?
OOH and can't go without saying.. I LOVED La La Land. But not because I have fallen in love with the musical cheese genre. Because I don't think it's really a musical musical. I honestly thought I was going to have to gauge my own eyes out after the opening sequence, had it continued in that vein but bar another three or four numbers - that's it for the musical musical bit. It's not remotely as jazz hands as I had anticipated. And yes, Emma Stone's dresses and shoes are drool worthy. And yes, the Ryan Gosling thing. I get it. I completely get it. His eyes are still too close together but it doesn't matter. He is utterly amazing and mesmerising and just oozes "it". How are they not together by the way? Can you bet *that* good to act chemistry like that? Hmmmmmmmmm.....
But why did no one warn me about how sad it was? Errr hello? Tissues at the ready. I wept. And a part of me died.