Boots with crepe soles are good for the winter.

apc armelle

I road tested these crepe sole boots on the snow/ice covered sidewalks of NYC today.  I felt very steady on my feet.  And love the sort of simple Americana-work-wear aesthetic of the design.  God bless Jean Touitou for designing a chic women’s ankle boot with a sensible wide toe box.  I normally wear a US size 9, but always size up with APC shoes to a size 40.  The leather is thick and soft and sewed directly into the the leather mid sole with a tan colored thread.  This tiny detail is key.  If the thread were a bright white, it would look tacky and would have ruined the entire boot.  The crepe (a cheap crude rubber material) is cemented in layers to form the sole and heels.  Eventually the rubber will wear down but according to Reddit, crepe soles can be easily replaced as long as there’s a midsole that’s still intact.  I’m very happy to keep this one boot while getting rid of all my other (three) boots.

[outfit:  levi’s 501ct jeans, APC armelle ankle boot]

p.s. I just started using the Joby Gorillapod flexible camera stand today and it really made taking outfit photos a lot easier, since it hardly takes up any space, I can just leave my canon DSLR camera out with the settings in place to take quick high quality pictures.  I’m hoping this will translate into more OOTD posts.  Stay tuned!

mega post: Everlane’s first permanent IRL store + every anti-trend aesthetic + what I’m currently doing/eating/wearing.

line outside everlane store NYC

Just look at this massive line outside the first ever permanent Everlane store in NYC!  It filled a whole city block.  I really wanted to go inside but someone in the front of the line told me she waited 45 minutes.  I don’t have the patience for that!  I’ll try coming back when it’s less crazy and report back to you guys.

I went down a rabbit hole reading about anti-trend aesthetics yesterday.  It felt like I was reading a manifesto in some ways.  I think a lot of blogs (like mine) are talking more about “basics”, “classics”, and “essentials” but when you take a closer look there are subgenres within that with slightly different ethos and functionality.  Continue reading “mega post: Everlane’s first permanent IRL store + every anti-trend aesthetic + what I’m currently doing/eating/wearing.”

wardrobe radar: crossover slider

johnston and murphy sonya sandal close up

Crossover sliders are just as ubiquitous as arizona Birkenstocks these days.  I’ve been eyeing them for quite a while but haven’t been able to find the right ones for my foot type (long and narrow).  But alas, today I stumbled across this version by Johnston & Murphy.  The stock photos were not immediately appealing to me; first I felt these shoes were kind of ugly, but I fell in love with them after I saw how JetsetJustine styled them with modern casual pieces in this photo: Continue reading “wardrobe radar: crossover slider”