I bought a new pair of winter boots, ripe for object analysis of the straightforward and deeply reflexive variety. They are Ali model Sporto boots, size 8.5. The upper is brown suede, trimmed with brown faux fur. The tongue is not suede, but a shinier, man-made material. The boots are waterproof, an assurance offered by a salesperson, the box, and a small tag sewn to a seam on the inner side of the heel. Visible stitching is in dark brown thread, with some in a lighter, coffee-colored thread for contrast. Dark brown piping arcs around the heel.