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.
Over the next however long, I’m going to be doing a multi-part series on two recent shopping trips: one to a series of department stores to enhance my work wardrobe, and one to the campus bookstore for casual wear.
The material culture class I took a couple years ago focused on costumes (in the academic sense of the word “costume,” not the more common Halloween or theatrical sense). Everyone was assigned an item from what is now the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection. I actually had a crazy quilt, which was terrific both aesthetically and in terms of provenance. But since I never did a piece of clothing, I figured I would take the opportunity now. I’ll add links to the posts as they go live.
Boots: part 1