Winter’s Comforts

Of all of nature’s gifts, snow is the one I want to take back to the store and exchange for something else. Winter is pretty, but very uncomfortable, and I much prefer sundresses and sandals to being bundled up in long johns and scarves and ten pairs of wool socks. So when the snow finally fell this year I was, as usual, in the depths of despair. After the requisite amount of pouting, I did the thing I always do when the snow falls for the first time: I pulled out my Really Giant Boots.

My Really Giant Boots are not what I would call the height of fashion. I got them for a highschool trip, where we did wilderness-y things like snowshoeing and hiking. They kept my feet warm and dry, and their gargantuan size, thick, heavy soles and general construction-worker aesthetic made me feel secretly tough — like I could kick down a door or fight off a bad guy should the need ever arise. After that weekend, I wore them every single day.

I had a teacher who used to shake his head, bewildered, every time my boots and I clomped into the classroom. “Hailey,” he would say, “those boots are just so curious.“ He explained that they reminded him of a girl he knew in university who was fearless and outspoken, and while I am none of these things – I’ve always been a shy and quiet kid – wearing the boots make me feel like maybe I could be. I’ve worn them every winter since. The last time I wore them home, my mom took a look at them and said, “I’m glad you still wear those. They look like old friends.”
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Miles of shoes before we sleep.

This is an honest-to-god email I got, and I decided to post it here too. If anyone else has a fashion related question, feel free to send them to me serahmarie @ wornjournal.com and I’ll answer them here!

Dear Worn…
I’m a born and raised Montrealer, but (it seems) I’m having some difficulties navigating the city. I’m looking for a store that sells many many pairs of second-hand/vintage shoes and boots. I’ve managed to accumulate a few decent pairs from Village des Valeurs, but it’s always a gamble trying to find something the right-ish size and not completely decrepit.
Thanks, Christina

Dear Christina,
For sure La Chatte Botte. Run by two cutie girls Nika and Carole, La Chatte Botte is a traveling shoe sale that hops from store to store mostly in Montreal, but sometimes Ottawa and Toronto too. Some of my favourite shops like Lustre, Headquarters, and Victoire have recently hosted these miles of shoes.
xoxo,
Serah-Marie