You can read more about my obsession with Boots as they relate to this blog Here, here and Here.
Therefore it is without too much shock that I convinced myself of a need for (more) boots. I've been thinking about new boots ever since the (too-new-to-admit-I-don't-love-them-anymore) Konigs dropped about 5 more inches than I was hoping they would and now look like I'm wearing some sort of abhorrent boot equivalent of capris.
This is sort of to be expected since my legs are of mutant proportions and I've never bothered with custom boots. But Boot-Capris are not very sharp looking and particularly in the overly subjective Hunter Ring I feel like I might as well have shown up to the party in pink cowboy boots.
So, while I've been considering what boots I might get if I consider someday maybe getting new boots... this week I had a fit after watching video and reviewing photos from the last couple shows. This fit coincided with a glass of wine that emboldened me to impulsively purchase a new pair.
I spent more money than I ever have before on boots. In fact, I think if you add up what I paid for all four pairs of leather tall boots that I've ever owned in my life ever, the total would still be less than one this one pair.
(I will confess to owning a pair of absurdly gorgeous over the knee lovelies that did in fact surpass the price tag of the new boots, but I maintain that I bought the absurdly-gorgeous-lovelies when I didn't have horses and couldn't be expected to spend all my money on horsey things).
1995 - Devon Aire Cheap-Ass Field Boots (On sale and ill fitting) for $119
1997 - Effingham Field Boots in what seemed like a perfectly fitting Tall/Slim for $198. (for the record I still school in these things daily. they are worth their weight in gold. Ugly as sin though.)
2010 - Konig Dressage Boots. Bought used from my then Trainer they were a steal at $150 and fit me oddly well.
2012 - Konig traditional Field Boots. On sale at my local tack shop they were marked down from $900 to $299. I snapped them up like whoa.
Thus far that's a total of $766 spent on boots, 3 pairs of which are still totally functional and get used (lord knows where the Devon Aires ended up..). The Dressage boots fit nicely, the other two (while squishy and comfortable like socks, leave something to be desired).
I feel pretty good about that. So good in fact, that I figured a big Boot Splurge hardly impacts my per year cost of boots (assuming I depreciate the cost of all boots back to the initial leather boot purchase of 1995. That's how accounting works, right?)
Does it sound like I'm trying to justify a totally unnecessary expense? Cause I am...
Anyway. I'm sure you're thinking "Jesus woman, didn't you just spend a fortune on a saddle that doesn't fit?" (ps saddle has been sent off for adjustments, it's gone again... WAH).
Or perhaps you're also thinking "Jesus woman, didn't you just drain the horsey account at a show? and on Gus' weird nicotine patch things, and on Prairie's new open fronts? and on EVERYTHING ELSE YOU CONSTANTLY SPLURGE ON!????"
If that's what you're thinking, then yes. You would be correct. And I deserve to be scolded. A lot.
But instead I said "God dammit, if I'm spending all this money on shows and saddles and giving the hunter ring the college try, then I should not look like a ragamuffin at a middle-school fun show." At the very least the photos of us standing still or on the flat should look decent. (over fences is another issue, but boots can't fix that).
So while an unnecessary expenditure is to totally be expected, what isn't to be expected is for it to happen without significant Tack Ho research. I googled for about as long as that glass of wine lasted me before throwing up my hands in an expletive ridden bout of self assurance and pressing "confirm order."
So my dear readers (and poor husband), in about a week I am expecting a pair of brand new Sergio Grasso Imperias to be delivered. I somehow took comfort in the fact that I "saved" $50 by not getting the Veronas. Much like with the CWD there is a voice in the back of my head going "they won't be riiiiiiight.... something won't be perrrfecccctttt" and I can assure that for their hefty price tag they will be promptly returned if I don't think they will fit my mutant legs like I hope they will. Part of me thinks there a chance I'll exchange for the Veronas, which have a slightly slimmer profile... Realistically I went with the Imperias on the sole basis that they have a swagger tab, which the Veronas do not and I think that makes them look a bit too.... boring.
But can we just pause for a sec and oogle the pretty boots? I think they would be a stunning addition to the collection.
So, that's my confession. Forgive me readers for I have splurged. It has probably only been about 20 hours since my last splurge/confession.