Hi ho silver

Yes, it's cowboy boots time.

I've caved on the white ones (can't say I do things by half) and I've realised that I have my black Toga Pulla ones from about 4yrs ago which are very much "where's your horse?". (complete with jangly buckles and everything).

They're back.  I'm going to call it now.  Not necessarily in white - the colour palette is your oyster. 

Now interestingly, I've been thinking about my hero list from the other days and ankle boots are on there. 

These do fall under this category - they're definitely not the only ankle boots I wear (I basically have an ankle boot fetish) BUT I do think that the western style - yee ha - boots are here to stay. 

At this point, I can hear lots of whooping and lots of weeping.  Fear not, if they're not your bag, they are certainly other boot alternatives in the land of footwear but spare a second to consider these as they might be more versatile than you think.  

Let me explain.. ok so for a start, I like the ones that are quite closely fitted to your ankle.  Will start with the downside - they can be a bugger to get on and off.  Especially after a glass of wine or a small gin.  I mentioned this a while ago and someone did confess - I think it was over on Instagram - that one night she had actually slept in hers (it was a pair of sock boots actually but same issue, different style). 

The point is you are going to have to labour for your love here as they are super versatile, despite the tiny issue of removal.   They look so amazing with all sorts of skirts (ok so maybe not a pencil skirt but since I haven't worn one of these for as long as I can remember - moot point.  If you do wear them - maybe not with a cowboy boot), dresses, skinny jeans, leather leggings and finish off a straight leg or boyfriend jean perfectly.  Not to mention looking fabulous with cropped flare trousers too.  There aren't many boots you can say that about, apart from a sock boot but in my experience, they have thinner heels and one of the OTHER joys of a western boot is that they usually have the most practical of heels.  Chunky, not too high - you could run a marathon in them.  (Maybe).

So I'm going to break you in gently.. although to me, these aren't quite cowboy enough for me but they are called Western, so I guess they can legitimately go here...  And they are rather fabulous.  ADORE the colour.  Genuinely a classic shade and a pretty neutral boot really, that you would have for ages.  Look at that marathon running heel height. *thumbs up*

Office Leighton Unlined Western Boot £80



Plain again and ideal if you don't like them so far up your ankle.  Better if you're more petite (me - I like them as far up my leg as they will go - less to fake tan).

Office Arrived Unlined Western Boot £89 



Upping the ante now with a bit more Dolly.  Embroidery.  So these are far too subtle for my beloved Ms Parton but they work perfectly in good old Blighty.

Office Atlanta High Cut Western Boot in Nubuck £89





However we're definitely nudging into Dolly territory with a big of bling.  Subtle enough for any urban street though.  THESE are all the awesome.

Office Argentina High Cut Western Boot £105



And then we dive into the Western camp with a full on lasso.

Arizona Western Boots from Topshop £65



Or in the cream... hmmm I would actually love these in a tan.  You heard it hear first.  

Arizona Western Boots from Topshop £65



Did someone say lilac?  Random but so random they're right. 

Arrow Western Boots £79



And then - there are the ones I have.  Which I absolutely love.  In white - £89.99 from Mango. 




I love them so so so much - I'm tempted to get them in the black as well.  They are genuinely that good.  I walked TEN km in them yesterday.  Yup - ten whole km.  And they didn't hurt a bit.  Genuinely the most comfortable boots ever. 

Leather cowboy ankle boots in black £89  And OOS IN MY SIZE!  ARRGGGH which obviously means I want them even more.  Yes I did go to the only two Mango stores I know in London today (is there still one in Covent Garden?) and no they didn't have a size 40 for love nor money.  The.  Law.  Of.  Sod.


Or what about if you can't decide between the black and the white? 

Arrow Western Boots from Topshop £79



Then there are the old buckle me up Western style - this I can definitely get on board with (having had a similar pair for four years).

Amazing Western Boots from Topshop £72



More buckles at ASOS. 

RAID Tracie Black Western Boots were £39.99 now £18



So I am going to be digging out my old buckle boots and am going to look and see if I really "need" (errr no obvs not...) another pair of black cowboysboots.  Or should I leave it to the Autumn and just wear the white ones to death?  That's probably the most sensible thing I've said in a long time (who am I and what have I done with myself?!).

In the meantime - today I was in need of a leopard fix with my new dress that I was very kindly given by Lily & Lionel yesterday.  And super spookily, who do I bump into this morning at a special breakfast at Liberty of London to celebrate the Women of Liberty Windows - obviously on International Womens Day - but Alice Stone, the Creative Director of Lily & Lionel.  Here with my lovely friend, Stacey Duguid (on the right), Editor at Large of Elle.

Did you know that in the early 1900's, one of the only place that women were allowed to gather unchaperoned were department stores?  And so the Suffragettes could be found gathering in the wooden halls of Liberty, plotting their campaigns.  Roll forward and today, 50% of the leadership of Liberty is female.  Woman Make Liberty.  Such an honour to be invited to celebrate the women of Liberty, who adorn their windows, all shot by Mary McCartney.


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Dress - Lily & Lionel (gift current)
Biker - hush (gift 4yrs ago)
Boots - Tabitha Simmonds (sale aw16)

Bag - Loewe fromMatches (current)
Sunglasses - Chloe from Very Exclusive (ss17)

Break it to me gently.  Are we a yay or a nay on the hi ho silver?  Are you on the horse or are you somewhere else, sporting a very different sort of footwear?  I am lamenting not being able to get the black Mango cowboy boots - I didn't even know I needed a black pair till I started writing this post.  I will just wear the white ones on rotation.  You have been warned... oh and any other suggestions that I've missed and must look at - PLEASE do tell me!

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  1. I so love Liberty's being led by women, but then I love Liberty's, full stop!
    I'm on the fence as far as the boots go! I love the Chloe Susannah's, can't afford them though, and have yet to find something similar in navy. And yet, I'm not convinced I could pull them off, maybe a bit chunky for your shorter than average, vertically challenged person. But it's an itch I have to scratch, when the right pair come along!
    As for the pencil skirt, I'm planning to wear one, ganni inspired with frills together with cashmere hoody and knee high boots for a family birthday at the weekend!

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    1. Definitely keep an eye out for some navy ones! And pencil skirt outfit sounds super interesting! Have a great weekend xx

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  2. I'm all about the boots :heart eyes: but then I lived in Texas and sing rock and roll, so I have all the excuses! Sadly, my rule is usually NO zips, and why would you need a zip AND chelsea boot elastic?? However, I might make an exception for those lavender ones! (I have b&w ones in real full length boots already.)
    So you can guess my next question: anyone know where that fabulous red fringed jacket came from??!!

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    1. YES I DO!! The red fringed jacket is Lily & Lionel NEXT Autumn/Winter! Which isn't the most helpful now, I'm sorry..!!

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    2. Aha! Thank you, Kat. That would make sense... but at least I haven't missed it yet then! There is hope, if my memory lasts that long (what are the chances?!).

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  3. Yeehaa partner! Love those boots, have some I actually bought in Sunset Strip in an actual cowboy shop so will dig those out - love the lilac ones though

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    1. They're fabulous aren't they but on reflection I'm not sure how practical lilac suede boots are..?!

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  4. I bought a pair in new York about 6 years ago. Struggled in the shop to get them on as I loved them so much. Try as I might I couldn't get them off. A big black male shop assistant had my foot between his rock hard thighs yanking them off. Never was I so embarrassed in my life. My husband even walked out of the shop. I did buy them though ���� and still have the same problems getting them on and off

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    1. Why is it relevant to the story that the sales assistant was black?

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    2. Too be honest, I hadn't even noticed until Alyson brought it to my attention. It described the scene, nothing more, for me.

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    3. I agree Danish Pastry. People are outraged at everything these days.

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    4. This is a fashion blog, so I don't want to belabor the point, but I wasn't "outraged" and that's not the way I framed my question. Simply put, I read a remark that rubbed me the wrong way and I spoke up.

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  5. I still have my tan Cowboy boots from 1988, bought for my birthday by my mum from R Soles on Kings Rd. I discovered them buried deep in the closet of doom a few weeks ago and put them on - they look great but are so battered on the heels that I actually walk like a cowboy in them. Bandys-R-Us. I love the Office pair you showed first. As horses are my business I have to be careful not to lapse into full cowgirl mode and these are a gentle nod in the direction of a howdy ma'am and a great colour. I'd imagine years of wear from these (30 years, maybe?)

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    1. OOH now I want tan ones! You should get them reheeled....

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  6. I think I'm generally on board with these, but definitely ankle only, not knee high and I'd probably stick to darker colors. A version of these boots used to be popular when I was in my teens, does anyone else remember those? Only they were cut more like a shoe and hit below the ankle... around 1991ish. This was New York mind you, so I'm not sure if the trend was the same in the UK. My favorites here are the first ones, the brown pair from Office.

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    1. I have to say I'm also only going to go with ankle.. although I do like them when they're quite high up the ankle - LIKE THE MANGO ONES I CAN'T GET!!!

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  7. Adore white booties on others and love yours! I also took the plunge and got a pair too (have yet to wear them out though). Isabel Marant Rilows white booties (ankle buckle strap is removable too!) On sale at Matches!

    https://www.matchesfashion.com/intl/products/1159858

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    1. I have a whole thang coming up on white footwear *fist bump*

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  8. I have the Arrow boots from Topshop which I bought last year in the sale and I absolutely LOVE em ! I stupidly returned the gold and white version after much ridicule by the family - real regret ! Also have a silver buckle Topshop pair . I’m deffo on board the John Wayne pony . I’ll look out for your Mango boots on my travels :)

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    1. WHAT - GOLD AND WHITE??? omg they sound AWESOME!

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  9. I went full on grey snakeskin leather cowboy. Completely and utterly outside my comfort zone but in the sales as £13 I couldn't think of a better time to challenge my narrow comfort zone. Well mainly it was the lack of cash investment that convinced me. Any hoo I have to say I love them. Those white boots could not be more right on you.

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    1. Ok you have to say where from... they sound INCREDIBLE!

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  11. You say cowboy boots i think ooh no then ì see them and love them, whats going on? x

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