Back in my Texas days, I could wear the most ridiculously uncomfortable heels daily without any repercussions (I drove everywhere). Also, winters there are virtually non-existent…so the salt/slush problems that we face in Canada aren’t even an issue there. But in Toronto…The longer I live in Toronto, the more comfort-minded I become…though definitely not to the point of not caring about style. So in a battle of comfort vs. style, which one do you choose? Apparently, you can have both!
Last week, when I laid eyes on Ecco’s Fall 2011 collection of leather boots, some water-resistant, some with bendable (read: comfortable as all hell) soles, others with thick rubber tread, guaranteeing that you won’t be slipping all over the place or freezing your toes off on those snowy days, I was completely smitten and confused. Smitten, because the selection looked hella-stylish, confused, because…stylish, functional, AND comfortable did not exist in my winter shoe-wardrobe until now.
Though it was hard to choose, my favorite style was definitely the fur-lined, wool-insoled, rubber treaded Leros boot (below). Warm, comfy, and stylish? Could there be a more perfect combination? It arrives in stores in August, and I will make sure to scoop it up before my size sells out.
I also got to check out Ecco’s limited edition La Granda styles, in mustard-colored leather (below), and in olive green lace-up ankle bootie. Available in the month of September only, and only online! If you want those babies to be yours, you’d better set a calendar reminder for Septemer 1st.
Apart from the kick-ass boots, Ecco Fall 2011 collection will include some amazing leather bags – slouchy, structured, messenger or hobo – whatever your flavor, there’s a bag for everyone. My personal fave was the ladylike Medina purse (below) in cognac leather – the quality, the stitching, and of course, the style of this bag were impeccable, making it a must-buy come fall.
Do you own any Ecco shoes? As an Ecco-newbie, I’d love to hear your stories. Share in the comments.