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.
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!