Monday, November 08, 2010

Cougar Boots

Wearing "Ringo Starr" Cougar Shoes,  Anna Sui floral leggings, Complex Geometries long-sleeve &  RayBans.
Usually rainboots and winter footwear are awkward and heavy. To dodge those burdens in the past, I've gone for quirky alternatives to the classic Hunter wellies. A pair of sleek and slim $300 Donald J Pliner rainboots LEAKED water after six months of wear. A non-waterproof rainboot? No thanks. Next, I threw some cold euros down on a pair of Ferragamo "Freeze" rainboots whose material lining came undone. Sometimes 'Made in Italy' should read more specifically, like in this case: "Made With Kids Glue in Italy". Ever try to replace lining in a pair of boots? I couldn't find a single cobbler who'd agree to do it. Finally, the worst was when I dropped a painful $500 on a pair of gorgeous rubber and cow hide boots from (possibly now defunct) luxury brand called "Trans(parent)".  Despite their unique look (what I imagine Rick Owens could style his Apocalyptic models in), the combined smell - yes, I said 'smell' - of the rubber and hide combo was too potent for them to actually be worn. Perhaps in a vacuum-sealed glass cube they could moonlight as a sculpture in my living room? Next I turned to Canadian saviour-brand "La Canadienne" with a boot that was truthfully, warm enough to be worn in an ice storm. However, when the soles became separated from the boot due to the glue coming off, I decided it was the last time I would spend excessive amounts of cash on original-looking boots that purport to be 'quality'.
Singing in the rain, wearing: Prada coat, Audrey Cantwell leather leggings and "Regal" Cougar Rainboots.
The solution arrived on my doorstep last week in the form of a pair of rainboots and a pair of winter boots, courtesy of Cougar Shoes (whose winter boots from the 70's-80's, used to look like this. RAD!). Both of my new pairs are exactly what I'm looking for: waterproof, warm, comfortable, well-cut. The price tag reads only $85 for the "Regal" rainboots and $200 for the height-adjustable, fur-lined "Ringo Starr" winter boots. But it could have just as easily read: "worth every penny." These boots were made for more than walking, and that's just what they'll do.

Please fill out this one-minute survey by Cougar shoes please! http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/413388/feedback  For every survey completed, Cougar shoes will donate $2 to the Red Cross.

12 comments:

Ashley McConnell said...

those are some rad rainboots

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Anonymous said...

everything you wear is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I love your outfits and those boots you lucky girl!

Raquel said...

i really like the rein boots, and also the pictures where you're wearing them!

la belle fille said...

Looks like you're having fun in those photos! Like the biker feel to the rain boots. Luckily it's not time to wear them yet tho ;)

Sasha said...

LOVE those rainboots! So hard to find rainboots that don't look just ridiculous and cheap. Those floral leggings are awesome, too.

Thanks for your comment - hopefully your girls in LA will come out. XO

janicewong said...

yes, agreed the rain boots are lovely!!! so is the model ;-)

Jillian Morris said...

They're not your usual style, Raji... but I love the way you make them work for you!

I like supporting Canadian brands too so I may turn to Cougar when the temperature calls for it.

Dina Nielson said...

Great post - thanks for sharing.

V. cool of Cougar to donate to Red Cross too! More corporate philanthropy is needed.

Anonymous said...

I just purchased the same "ringo star" boots. I love them. But I only paid 129.95 for them at DSW.

Fontana said...

Doesn't hurt that you've got a nice pair of legs to tuck into those boots! Love the leggings in the second photos too --- are they leather?

Fashion Minute said...

Thanks Fontana - indeed the Audrey Cantwell leggings are leather (well the front panel at least) and they are very comfortable and versatile. You can purchase them from the amazing designer herself on her Etsy site. :)

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Thank you dear readers for all your comments!!

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FM