Thursday, 18 August 2011

Imma die with my boots on.

These are my favourite pair of boots.


I bought them on a whim on eBay one day, not holding out much hope they would fit. They do - we were made for each other. Dave was home when they arrived in the post. He handed the parcel over to me and saw the return address was Queensland.

"What is it hon?"

I am a sneaky, terribly brilliant liar. Had 1.5 seconds to answer his question before arousing suspicion. Didn't want him to know I'd bought a pair of boots for $80 online and they probably wouldn't fit. Suddenly remembering that both of my sisters were in Queensland that week. "Oh ... the girls said they found me some amazing boots. They posted them already, wow, they are SO nice!"

I opened the parcel and they fit like a glove and I walked into my bedroom and text both Linda and Leigh at the same time: "Bought boots from eBay. Told Dave you bought them for me. Thank you for kind gift."

They text me back straight away. "We are SO glad they fit! You're welcome!"

Every time they see me in these boots, they comment on their generosity.

They were the only shoes left that fit me towards the end of my pregnancy with Rocco. I called myself the Angry Pregnant Cowgirl. We moved quickly from clomping the halls of maternity to clomping the halls of cancer wards. The Angry Cowgirl.

They have special powers, make me feel incredibly tough and kickarse. I took them to San Diego and wore them as I spoke.

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Last year, when Dave and I were in New York, I looked for red cowboy boots everywhere but had no luck. I believe every woman should own at least two pairs of red shoes in her lifetime. My favourite fable of all time is the Red Shoes - the real version where she gets her feet chopped off.

On our last day, I told Dave that I hadn't been to Central Park and I needed a photo of me there to prove I went. So we ran up, I posed - some would say awkwardly - for this:


As we ran back to our hotel, I spied these babies in the window:


                      HON I FOUND THEM

It was the sweatiest, quickest shoe sale I have ever been involved in. The cashier was batshit crazy and would not shut up. I get so many comments on these boots. They jazz up any mood I am in. They give me confidence and sass.

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When I was in LA and San Diego, I scoured everywhere for a pair of black cowboy boots with white stitching. No dice anywhere - kept trying Macy's and Nordstrum and all the schmancy shops with snooty cashiers. On our last day, I looked everywhere but could not find my boots. Suddenly, a guy said the two magic words "Boot World." I promised Mrs Woog I would be quick ... as she waited in the taxi with the meter running, I raced inside to Boot World and yelled at the guy. "Do you have a size 8 mens black cowboy boot with white stitching my taxi is waiting?"

Yes. He did.


I stood at the counter and let him sell me some leather conditioner too. Need to start looking after my babies more. A female cashier came running from out the back "OH MY GOD THERE IS A HUGE SPIDER IN THE STOREROOM!" As a fellow arachnophobe, I laughed and told her she's lucky she doesn't live in Australia. I have huntsmen as big as rats in my woodpile. (I can't even type the word "huntsmen" without squirming.)

I bought the black boots, got in the cab, raced back to hotel, packed, and caught a plane out of the country.

Apparently it is now my "thing" to buy cowboy boots at the last minute in America.


If I take my black nailpolish off it will mean my trip is over and I am just not ready for that yet.

Haven't worn my newbies much yet. They haven't walked in any maternity or chemo wards. They are not scuffed. I wonder where I will go in them? I wonder what they are going to see?

41 comments:

  1. You are still SO welcome for those originals broze - fuck me I'm generous uh xx

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  2. Great story-I love your sisters. Nice dang boots too-all three pair.

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  3. OMG, I fucking LOVE your boots...especially the red ones.

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  4. you are a born storyteller, a one with kick ass boots and great sisters.

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  5. I love your story telling too and those kick arse RED boots.
    What quick thinking but does Dave read your blog ?
    I love my black ECCO boots #just saying they are the best I've ever owned.

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  6. I don't understand how to wear cowboy boots. You'd think being an American and all, I'd get it but I don't. Help me understand how to wear them and maybe I'll be a boot lover too. I will not however "send" you boots from ebay. You're on your own.

    P.S. I *just* took off my yellow nail polish from BlogHer tonight. What looks totally funky at a blogging conference ends up looking like a dirty whore's hands after a few weeks.

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  7. Just had to Google huntsmen spiders to see what they look like...
    OH MY GOD!!!!
    Not sleeping tonight. Glad I live in the States...
    Also, love the sassy boots :)

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  8. First the Vegemite face mask; now a post about fabulous boots. Eden, your beauty and fashion blogging internship is complete. Time for a Styling You guest post. x

    PS. That was mighty quick thinking re the original boots coming from your sisters, not eBay. I'm impressed.

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  9. You know how my email is redbootsbeth? Well, I am ASHAMED to admit that I no longer have a pair of redboots in my possession. I have been searching for them for years. And what did I spy this morning in the shop that I bought my biker boots in? A MOTHERFUCKING PAIR OF RED COWBOY BOOTS. This is a sign. I need to get them. I AM getting them tomorrow. The end.

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  10. Eden, you write just like you talk. Love it! So glad I found your blog. Thank you. Love your red boots and the original story, too - scary!

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  11. Dang, I don't have sisters...from now on I'm sayin' "Eden sent them".

    Awesome boots! x

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  12. Oh, and I just remembered fondly the red patent knee high boots I bought about 8 years ago, thinking they'd make me look like Wonder Woman. Instead I looked like a hooker. Double Dang! Gotta get back on the hunt - or use it as an excuse to go to NY...

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  13. I so need to learn how to LIE good, and under pressure, quickly. Can you teach me?
    Wow, boots are deep. I'm totally into them.

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  14. Those boots were made for EVERYTHING. I'm jealous!

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  15. As a fellow cowboy boot lover I bow to your collection! I am in desperate need of a long tan pair with a chunky heel. See you very, very, very soon gorgeous woman. Yay! Double high kick, twirl and jump in the air with jazz hands!! x

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  16. I have to get some cowboy boots. Because Eden has some.

    Btw, why do you buy mens' boots? Do they fit better...?

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  17. I had a pair of brown kick arse awesome cowboy boots that I bought home from Canada. I got rid of them in the late 90's when they were not fashionable.

    I kick myself every time I think about it.

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  18. Want me to paint your nails again? I've bought the nail polish in America so technically we're like still there.xx

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  19. If you come to Texas, you can hardly go through a town without finding a boot store...I know quite a few people that are shocked that I don't own any, many of them family members. =P They haven't converted me yet. My grandmother actually used to work for Justin Boots...great place to buy boots, if I ever do decide to go looking for some. However, I feel like they look better on you (I'm short and plump- I'd need a children's size boot, but I'm probably not thin enough). Rock those boots ;)

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  20. Oh God. Boots are my favourite item of clothing and I have never owned a red pair as I've never found a style I like. Those red ones are kick ass, you've inspired me to resume my quest for the perfect red boots!

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  21. ok seriously I want to go out and buy a pair of cowboy boots!!! Love your writing Eden and I especially love those 3 pairs of uber hawt boots!!

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  22. Those boots are divine, especially the red!

    Oh and I'm a mens 8 too, we rock that shit bitch x

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  23. Wish I could wear boot like that. I can totally see how they make you feel. That post is a fabulous read - enjoyed it muchly.

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  24. I wonder what it is about boots that make us feel kick arse, 'cause when I wear my boots that's how I feel too.

    I.Want.Red.Boots!!

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  25. Love me some red shoes and my ones are almost at binning stage - next on my purchase list!

    Love the story behind your boots - that makes 'em a little more special! xx

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  26. While in Texas I saw a gorgeous pair...turquoise with red stitching. You need to go to Texas.

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  27. Our first Christmas together Big D bought me a pair of maroon colored boots. They were hideous and a size too small. I would only wear them when he would say "hey, why don't you wear your boots when we go out tonight". *choke*. They were awful. We were married about ten years when they got "lost" and accidentally ended up in a bag I took to the local Goodwill.

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  28. Love love love your boots! Cinderella was spot on, the right shoe does indeed make all the difference. I used to wear Doc Martins for inner strength, worked a charm.
    x

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  29. Your boots are completely rockin.
    I can't pick my favourite.
    I hear you about shoes giving you confidence and all that jazz.
    When I had to speak at a conference a few years back and felt completely outta my depth I bought what I called my 'power shoes'. I spoke with one shoe protruding out from behind the podium in the hope that everyone was ignoring my quivering voice and thinking "shit, her shoes are hot"!
    :-)

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  30. Awww so purty.and so cute and so...well gosh dang, american kick-ass boots.
    Know the post holiday/away feeling...re nail polish..
    waaah.
    If I take it off it means it's over...
    try red. nail polish...might be JUST what u need.

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  31. Love a cowgirl boot, I've got black, brown and blue. Can't get out of my Blundstones for comfort though. Boots do give you that amazing protected feeling, great for public transport.

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  32. headline . . ."Eden Riley single-handedly saves the declining boot industry" Lovely boots - just like their owner. Glad the sisters got this fetish started.

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  33. Where them to Kansas babe, and we'll go boot shopping together! xoxo

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  34. I think you need to come to WV in those red boots. :-) Free room and board.

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  35. Yes, me and my FRYE boots give me the StrayCat strut I so need with life.

    That, and the Eden bangle, that I will treasure forever.

    xo

    LOVED THIS POST, and how it goes from maternity ward to cancer ward.

    Don't like that part of it, but how your boots help you kick ass, both places.

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  36. And here I thought I was the only one who bought Frye boots at Ebay auctions.

    Duh

    Of course we did.

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  37. I am loving all of those boots. FYI if you ever need a pair that you can't find, I'm in Oklahoma (home of the cowboy) and we have everything...I can find 'em and ship 'em quick. You can even tell your husband they're a gift.

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  38. shit I want those red boots.

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  39. Wow. And here in the US, it seems everyone's favorite boots are UGGs!

    I hope those black boots only take you to happy places.

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  40. I wear dull, boring, practical shoes. Maybe that means my life is dull. Maybe that is a good thing. Maybe I haven't had the trials in my life that are worthy of kick-ass cowboy boots. They are gorgeous, kick-ass boots, for a gorgeous kick-ass gal.

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  41. Like Fadra I don't know how to do boots either. Pants outside or in? With dresses or no?

    I admire your collection tho. And I think your sisters are awesome for lying for you!

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