Dreading the chillier weather, my outlook for fall wasn't that positive. And then I stopped in to J. Crew and saw these Red Wing boots. Red Wing Shoes, provider of American work boots since 1905, has recreated the classic Irish Setter boot - circa 1952 exclusively for J.Crew. I spotted them this weekend and have visited them twice since and that is not like me. There are two problems: 1. I don't need them (which hasn't stopped me before) and 2. They are $325 - yikes. I am hoping that their wonderfulness evades Bostonians so that I can purchase them on sale. Although J.Crew sells this vintage version which I love, a similar pair is on the Red Wing site at a suggested retail price of $223. And while you can not order them online directly through Red Wing, I am on the hunt for a local store that carries the cheaper version.
I like the way J.Crew is showing the boots in their catalog with jeans, a striped cardigan and field jacket. Last season, I was all about refined, dressy boots, this season, I am into the rugged look. And these Red Wings are classics which will always be in style. So I recommend you grab a pair, but only if you are not a size 10.