How to Make New Boots Look Vintage
If you go shoe shopping right now, you will see boots.
I mean lots of BOOTS.
Mom’s are buying boots for the kids, Grandma’s are buying boots for the kids, Grandma is buying boots for Grandma…
boots are amazing.
They are comfortable, warm, look fantastic, and if you go in clearance any time of the year it seems,
there are plenty to find at an affordable price.
I’m not into the $179 boots.
I like the $20…or $40 ones.
I was in Marshall’s last year, and I came across these cool boots on the clearance rack.
I loved the style.
I pictured myself walking down 5th Ave. like Jennifer Anniston does with her coffee in hand.
I would look COOL in these boots, man!
The color was really weird.
Somehow, I looked passed the shiny green, brown, grey color and got them.
They were only $20 and very cozy and comfortable.
So, they sat in my closet and I never wore them.
Every time I tried them on they never looked quite right.
Almost like plastic boots!
They needed something…
I took them down in my basement, and sanded the booty off of them.
I mean I really sanded them good.
They were already looking better, but I decided to take it a step further.
I removed the laces and spray painted the entire boot with black spray paint.
All I had to do was tape off the top so it didn’t get in the shoe.
I only did one coat.
After they dried, I sanded them again, but not as much.
(any grit sandpaper will due)
They turned out fabulous.
My only problem, is that my youngest daughter wants them.
How could I resist.
They are all yours, Val!
Happy boot season.
Vintage Cowboy Boots Galore!
Kim at the Nashville Flea Market with some smokin’ vintage boots
Last week the Closet Girls, Tina Adams and Rebecca Thompson, paid a visit to my closet. What I wanted from them was not a complete wardrobe overall, just a lively collaboration session, a little fun and another set of eyeballs on my wardrobe. I love the art of collaboration because it always yields wonderful results, and in my case, our brainstorming created another 10 – 15 outfits for this season.
They pointed one thing that was woefully missing from my closet: a pair of vintage cowboy boots. I bought one pair from a consignment shop in Aspen, but the pros said I needed some in a neutral color with a higher heal.
As it was the third weekend of the month, I wandered around the Flea Market this past weekend not thinking the least bit about my need of cowboy boots. I was preoccupied for a while over my harried negotiation with a jewelry vendor which I lost. As I began negotiating, she very curtly said to me, “Honey, I don’t stay up all night putting stickers on this jewelry to give you a discount.” (Well, OK….but, I thought that negotiating was what you were supposed to do at a Flea Market). Well, since I didn’t get the dang piece, maybe she lost! Rude!
Happily, I turned a corner and found my old friend Kim Brewer. There she was surrounded by boots, boots and more really COOL boots. She has over 600 pairs! Why, she even had a pair of turquoise boots lovingly named the mermaid boots. In my trying on frenzy, I forgot to snap a picture. Dang it!
Aren’t these the best?!
Quickly, I relayed to her the closet girls suggestions and voila, there they were, my new boots. What do ya’ll think?
Kim is a vintage queen. She sells only men’s vintage clothing and cowboy boots at the Flea Market. However, at her booths in the Downtown Antique Market on 8th Avenue and in the Tennessee Antique Mall on Wedgewood, you will find a complete line of vintage clothing and oodles & oodles of boots! You’ll never find a nicer and more gracious person to do business with in this town. She loves finding the perfect boot for you and your taste. Cowboy boots look great with shorts, skirts, sundresses and your favorite jeans. They are the perennial trend that lingers in NashVegas for obvious reasons.