I’m a complete sucker when it comes to buying footwear and a firm believer that a gal can never own too many pairs of shoes or boots. In the words of Carrie Bradshaw, “I will literally be the old woman living in her shoes”. Sadly, I can relate. I’ll admit, I don’t settle for cheap shoes. Certain brands just fall apart or are cheaply made. To me, it doesn’t make sense to have them repaired over and over again. But I do love vintage leather shoes and boots and if they are in good condition that’s even better for me and my bank account. I’m at the point where I’ll pay the money so my poor feet can nestle comfortably in a bed of Italian leather. Lately, I’ve been obsessing over “Fiorentini and Baker”. I’ve scouted out their boots over the past couple of years and promised myself a fabulous pair of leather boots when I book my next HUGE gig. Fiorentini and Baker is a creative collaboration of one Bologna’s most highly regarded interior designers – Gianpaolo Fiorentini – and shoe designer Deborah Baker, one of London’s finest exports. The fusion of these diverse design backgrounds has resulted in a range of classically timeless shoes for both men and women. The philosophy of Fiorentini and Baker is simple – they create beautiful shoes. Supple leather, soft suede and original vintage fabrics reflect the graceful and undeniably romantic influences of cinematic legends such as Betty Davis and Julie Christie. Effortlessly wearable and exceptionally durable, these hand-crafted mens and women’s shoes are created by artisans using traditional techniques that ensure these unique shoes grow old as gracefully as the stars that inspired them. These are the type of boots/shoes that will last you a lifetime. And if I’m going to be an old woman living in her shoes…..well let’s just hope it’s a comfortable pair. – Christina XO
The NIA BOOT was selling at Violet Boutique. (Picture courtesy of Violet Boutique) I tried them on and sat there wishing I won some money from that scratch and win ticket I bought. Sadly I had to leave them there. Sniff.