Eternal Search For Boots


“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world”

Marilyn Monroe

Since moving to our farm in rural Virginia, I have had to rethink my shoe-buying habits completely. Gone are my beautiful Manolo Blahniks.  Gone are my stunning black Prada pumps (well not exactly gone, just relocated to my daughter’s closet). Gone are pretty much every single 3” heel I used to wear.  This transformation didn’t happen overnight, but as my life changed and I stepped out of my public affairs consulting company and traded it for being on the farm, the need to get dressed up became much less important and far less frequent.

Boots of every type have become my new footwear obsession, and yes I do think it borders a little on the obsession-scale.  I justify having three different types of Muck Boots (which I just read are Meghan Markle’s favorites too) by reminding myself that if anyone comes for a visit and forgot their boots, I just happen to have a spare pair or two.

Besides my Muck Boots, I have fallen hard for DuBarry boots.  They last forever if you take care of them.  They are waterproof which is essential when you live in a place where the average rainfall can easily exceed 45” a year and you have animals to take care for seven days a week.  Most important of all, I can wear them when I run into town and meet my girlfriends for a quick lunch without looking like I just stepped off the farm, even though I did.

When I am not in my DuBarry’s then I am usually grabbing my Blundstones.  This cult favorite has been around a very long time.  The company was founded in 1870 in Tasmania and is still manufacturing a beautiful rugged boot that works as hard as you do.  I snagged a waterproof pair with a fleece lining for winter. I recently tested them in Alaska and my feet stayed nice and toasty warm.

None of these boots give me quite the same thrill I used to get from wearing a pair of sassy 3” heels, but I haven’t had a cortisone injection in over 6 years either.  I was bordering on junkie status when my Podiatrist said I had reached the limit and either give up “those” shoes or do a complete nerve-ablation of my right foot. Thankfully the Chelsea Boot craze means I still feel stylish, and just like Marilyn said, (With the right boots) I am pretty sure I can conquer anything!

As a side note, you don’t have to live on a farm like I do to enjoy wearing boots - so go ahead and add a pair or two to your wardrobe.

Happy Boot Shopping!

Camilla Strongin