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Date: 10/3/13 10:23 AM

This is from a Target ad in my email this week -


I know the fashion equivalent of tall boots is perpetually in style, but these boots look almost exactly like my Ariat paddock boots (well, like the lace up ones when they were new, lol)!

Is this really something that people will wear this fall? Or maybe only for the young/fashion forward?
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Date: 10/3/13 11:02 AM

LOL, yes, a variation on the ankle boot with dress. At least they aren't sky high heeled ankle boots. The lace up short boots worn with a dress were in fashion in the late 80's or early 90's as well.
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Subject: I know Equestrian is in, but... Date: 10/3/13 11:04 AM

Yep. I wore those in high school in the late eighties with everything. I loved mine and you could wear them with dresses or skinny jeans or any thing else. They were flats, too.

More recently, I think they were part of the "hipster" style for a while.
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Date: 10/3/13 12:27 PM

Should I wear mine with manure still on for an authentic look?

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Subject: I know Equestrian is in, but... Date: 10/3/13 12:41 PM

Liz & Trinity- I also had similar boots in the 80s (suede w/ heather knit at the ankle), but never wore them w/ dresses or skirts.

Briar Rose, lol. I do wear my cowboy Ariats (even to wrk!!) w/ "mud" still on them (it may or may not have more than just mud). But my paddock boots get much more wear (and my lace-ups are old (~1o years) and cracked open - current paddock boots are zipper style).

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Date: 10/3/13 1:23 PM

Granny boots - only short

Brings to mind a grown up Little Orphan Annie look. We 'sort of' watch The Voice and the X Factor (sort of watch - triple fast forward always at the ready). Some of the girls and young women wear the short boot and high waisted girl dress type outfits. Makes sense and looks cute on some of them.

There is a talented 15 year old on the X Factor that had the look going on last night's competition. Seems to be an adorable girl. It was nice to see that she had above the knee leggings on under the skirt - think extremely modest hot pants.

Gosh, there were so many restraints on what to wear or not wear when I was growing up. Can you imagine being 16, working at K-Mart and being sent home for having enough sense to wear tailored trousers on stock day? As opposed to a short skirt?!?! Or having to ask permission, as head yearbook photographer, to wear pants to pep rallies to be able to take better photos.

And think of how simply the Target dress could be sewn up - although it probably doesn't cost a lot.

It's rather refreshing in its own way. If a young woman/girl doesn't want to bare her belly, upper backside, chest, lots of leg or wear impossibly impractical shoes they have to come up with a different look. I like it. Whatever the reason behind the fashion it seems to take back some control over the wearer's physical comfort and being. Modest, practical and cute. (it does look nice, interesting, fun on the older women/girls but the 15 year old stood out because of her talent and personality)

Well, the more I think about it the more I like the look. A new uniform to boycott some of the harder to wear or harder to obtain uniforms. I'm going to look at it differently now and think of it as an expression of freedom.

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Subject: I know Equestrian is in, but... Date: 10/3/13 1:54 PM

You really wouldn't wear a lace-up boot in the muck, would you?

Dr. Pol wears rubber boots when he goes mucking! lol

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Date: 10/3/13 2:29 PM

I think the boots are cute. With the popularity of steampunk, it doesn't surprise me that lace up boots of all heights are in fashion.

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Date: 10/3/13 2:52 PM

Ohh! I used to have a pair of these in golden brown. Loved them. but then Doc Martins came in, and I decided I didn't like them short. But I didn't wear them with dresses or skirts--just jeans.

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Date: 10/3/13 3:41 PM

This must have been from the early 90's. Look at the boots and with a mini skirt. Loved the boots, the textured tights, the sweater, the hair, everything about it. I lusted for this look in such a bad way back then that I still have the ad that I tore out of a Mirabella magazine. There was no money for such boots at that time, sigh. The boots do have a little bit of a heel.

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