Wednesday, January 21, 2015

We Wear: The painfull truth

It happened. I dug really deep into my wallet and I found some spare money to spend on the one and only Acne Pistol Boots. I have been eyeing them for a while as they are perfect, versatile and timeless. But one does not just spend that kind of money without doing some thorough research, not even me. So when I not so accidentally stumbled upon the Acne webshop, I read these shoes fit wide and it's best to choose a size down. A SIZE DOWN?! That would mean I'd have to click a size 36 home. I quickly read some other reviews whole all said the same. I was pretty hesitant but call it faith or call it luck, I was going to Antwerp that very weekend. I googled the address for the Acne flagshipstore in Antwerp and mentally made an appointment.

Meanwhile I was constantly thinking about these shoes. Patience is a virtue they say, but it has never been my strong suit. But then it finally became Saturday and together with two of my friends I cruised to Antwerp. Usually we immediately go for a bagel at Barnini, but my friends do know me so we headed to the Acne shop first. Which was still closed when we arrived. That's just my luck. The lady in the shop waved a hand at us which we interpreted as "five more minutes" but they ended up being half an hour. I don't know, they were cleaning up their Christmas decorations or something.

When the store finally opened, I spotted my beloved boots almost instantly. The winter collection, with a furry inside, came with a 40% discount and however the man in the shop told me "a lot of women wear these barefoot in summer", I opted for the regular ones. I really thought it was bullshit by the way, that whole barefoot in summer thing. Really, who does that? I tried on a size 37 but I wasn't sure. I had to try an actual size 36. Again the store manager wasn't very clever by saying they didn't have the 36 in black anymore, only in green. I had to ask if I could maybe try those on, just to know if the size was ok. Isn't that supposed to be his job? Anywho, the 36 fit like a glove and I made up my mind. The store manager proposed he could order them for me, but I thanked him and said I was going to buy them online.

A couple of stores later, when my friends were still browsing through Forever21 (and I almost went berserk) I clicked them home via the webshop. Thank god for internet everywhere and PayPal. I didn't choose the regular delivery but the one with a 3-4 business days delivery promise. I ordered on Saturday so I expected them to arrive on Thursday, maybe Friday. On Wednesday I checked my PayPal account and the payment was still "in progress". That already made me nervous because I figured they would only ship when the payment would have been approved. So I tweeted about it and I don't know if it had anything to do with it, but the next day the payment was approved and my UPS tracking number said they would get delivered on Monday. That really bummed me out, as that meant I had to wait more than a week in total, while I chose a 3-4 days delivery.

Monday finally arrived and my mom deliberately didn't text me to say the package had arrived, so I'd be even more thrilled when I got home. And thrilled I was! So thrilled that I was nervous to unpack my shoes. But they were everything I wanted them to be when I took them out of the pretty pale pink box. And then I tried them one. They were so stiff! You know that feeling when your heart suddenly drops to your stomach? Well I had it right there. When I tried them on in the shop they really fit like a glove, but since my ordered shoes are brand new, they still needed to be 'broken into'. I wore them the following days to work, and I could already feel them adjusting to my feet. The size really is a-ok as I can still wiggle my toes. That I actually slipped and fell twice last week, has nothing to do with these shoes, I swear. I have the balance of a new-born deer.

So what can I conclude here? I am still very much in love with these shoes. I know exactly why I bought them and they are even prettier than I could have ever dreamed. But I have always read they were the most comfortable shoe in the history of mankind, and I cannot agree with that yet. They don't hurt me anymore as I walk down stairs but that has been different let me tell you. But my advise: don't give up. These shoes are made out of real leather and leather does soften up when wearing often, so that's what I'll be doing. The heel-height is pretty much perfect to walk around in. I'm no expert at all in walking on heels but I manage fine in these, although cobblestones always are a hassle.

I'm sorry for the ridiculous amount of text! But I wanted to be thorough and describe how it felt for me to be spending this amount of money on shoes. This is not something I do every month :D

I'm wearing:

Hat: H&M
Coat: Zara (old)
Sweater: H&M (sales find!)
Skinnies: Asos
Shoes: Acne Pistol Boots
(Camera) Bag: Etsy


  1. Jaloersss! Maatje 36, da's bijna nie te geloven haha!

  2. Oooooooh jaloers! Deze staan ook al heel lang op m'n wishlist!

  3. LOVE the quest for pistol boots story, klinkt zo bekend :D ik ben echt obsessief als het om de zoektocht naar het Perfecte Ding van een bepaalde categorie, en dan doe ik echt research en shit en kan ik daar weken aan spenderen. Hopelijk worden ze nog super comfy! anders kan je ze sowieso zonder te veel verlies doorverkopen.

  4. En ik ben eigenlijk een heel impulsieve shopper :D Maar deze "lingerden" al zo lang in m'n hoofd en dan opeens ontploft het en MOET ik het hebben. Dus toegegeven heeft mijn research maar een week geduurd. Ik kan wel met een opgelucht hart zeggen dat ze ondertussen al een pak comfy'er zijn :D And I'm not just saying that! Ze hebben zelfs de sneeuw van afgelopen zaterdag overleefd (en ik ook).

  5. Gewoon voor gaan Tara! Ik raad wel aan om ze toch eens in't echt te gaan passen en niet zomaar roekeloos een maat kleiner bestellen dan da ge gewoon zijt :D En....volhouden. In't begin deden ze mij echt pijn, maar ik heb ze zaterdag de hele dag gedragen en buiten wat gevoelige voetkussentjes heb ik niets gevoeld! (Ik ben het ook niet gewend om op hakken of hogere schoenen te wandelen.)

  6. Ik vond het ook raar... Maar de 37 zag er ook echt al te groot uit!

  7. YOU BET! Jammer dat perfectie een prijskaartje met zich meedraagt :D Maar ik heb nog geen seconde spijt gehad (okee, misschien wel de eerste 5 seconden). Worth every penny!


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