The Boots I Splurged On

Madewell Billie Boot Review

The Madewell Billie Boot

I came into this fall season knowing it was time for some new boots. Last year I pretty much just ignored the fact that I didn’t have any that worked with my wardrobe telling myself I’d buy a nice pair the next autumn, so today I wanted to talk a little bit about the boots that I ended up choosing: the Madewell Billie Boots. I think it’s important to approach wardrobe purchasing decisions intentionally, so I want to share why I chose these boots particularly!

I’ve always struggled to find ankle boots that look good on me because I have fairly large feet, and very thin ankles. Often times I’ll try on a pair of boots only to find that they look ridiculous on because the ankle of the shoe is so big. The designs I was finding weren’t working, so I turned to the internet and started researching different styles of ankle boots.

I ran across the Billie Boots at some point as I was perusing the web, and was drawn to their design. I liked the block heel, the not too round not too pointy toe, and the fact that they came up a little higher on the ankle and tapered. After comparing them with several other styles, I decided to order them. I went for black leather because it’s classic and goes with so much of my wardrobe. They were also on sale at 30% off when I ordered them which was a bonus since they are pricey.

Having worn them for a few weeks, I can now tell you I’m very happy with my purchase! These boots are so. darn. comfortable, and I’m so happy to have a pair that actually looks proportional on me. I’m anticipating that they will last for quite some time, and plan to take good care of them.

Madewell Billie Boot in black leather

Thoughts on shopping at Madewell

I have been a bit conflicted on shopping at Madewell as a proponent of ethical fashion. The Madewell/J. Crew brand has a well written ethics policy, and I would qualify it as good, but not great. The policy is a bit vague in some areas, and while I appreciate the fact that they are making an effort,  I would definitely like to see them do more and to truly stand out. I hope they are open to this conversation. For now, I’ll make the occasional Madewell purchase after first checking more ethical and sustainable sources. I think that’s part of being a conscious consumer: buying the best option you are able to find.

Did you purchase any new boots for the fall? I’d love to hear!



13 thoughts on “The Boots I Splurged On

  1. Yes! I totally agree with “buying the best option you are able to find”. I really believe in ethical fashion too, and so sometimes if I couldn’t find something either thrifted or an ethical option, I struggled with buying it new. Sometimes it is impossible though, so I can totally relate to what you are saying. I just try to make the best possible ethical choices for the majority of what I buy. These are really beautiful boots, and they look like a good investment that will age well!
    The Artyologist

    1. Thanks so much Nicole!! It’s so good to hear a similar point of view. We can just do out best, and that’s something significant! I look forward to checking out your blog and reading more of your thoughts. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comment!

  2. Love these boots Lauren and can’t wait to see them paired with your fall capsule wardrobe! I actually thought about you and your passion for ethical fashion today in my presentations class because one of the fashion merchandising majors did a presentation on fast fashion and shopping more ethically/capsule wardrobe options…

  3. These boots are fantastic! My black ankle boots are about worn out so I need to look into other options as well… I wish I could fit madewell shoes but they don’t come small enough haha! I’ve also been trying to find ethically made shoes but you’re right – it is so hard! Sometimes I do succumb to a not-so-ethical choice for shoes but that’s very rare nowadays for me.

    Lee –

  4. Awesome boots! They’re so classic and chic–definitely looks like you’ll get a lot of use from them. And man, ethical shoe shopping is pretty tough. I like your philosophy of shopping consciously and choosing the best option. These boots seem like a really good investment!

    1. Thanks so much Devinne! I really do feel that they are an investment that will last me a good long while. 🙂 Ethical shoe shopping is such a challenge, but I’m glad to here people opening up the conversation!! Thanks for stopping by and commenting– I hope your October is off to a good start!

  5. These boots look great, there are just the perfect boots : it’s a good basic purchase and I’m sure you’ll wear them with evreything : skirt, dress, jeans, trousers. By the way, I’ve just discovered you, your blog (after your youtube videos). Thanks for your consumming approach in which I can find some inspiration (I love your style, classical but trendy, natural and simple, and very parisian – I’m french and live in Paris 😉

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment Fran! I really do think I’ll be wearing these with everything! I’m so glad you found my blog, and I can’t tell you how happy your comment made me! I’ve always loved France and French style, so that is such high praise to me! Paris is such an amazing place. I had the opportunity to visit when I was younger, and would love to return someday.
      Thank you again!

  6. This post made me so happy! I agree with everything you said here. Every last word, and all the comments before me, too! Here’s to trying our best within our means!

    By the way, how do you feel about Munro American shoes? Are they well enough made, even though they’re made in the US?

    1. Thank you so so much Katharine! I love all the positivity in the comments on this post!!

      I hadn’t actually heard much about Munro American before reading your comment, but I quickly googled them and found out they are actually based and made in my state, about 30 minutes away! There just isn’t a lot of information on their site, but my assumption would be that in terms of ethics they are well made because they are so small, and the pricing looks fair for the products. If I find more information I’ll be sure to update!

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