On a mission to find comfortable boots


Life as a middle-aged woman sometimes strikes me as equally full of changes and surprises as adolescence. So many developments I did not even begin to see coming, and I’m not talking only about the ones involving hormones. To wit: I absolutely did not anticipate that suddenly I can not tolerate anything but surpassingly comfortable footwear. I’ve never been one much to suffer for fashion, but now my tolerance for feeling ouchy in order to look good is pretty much nil these days. So since fall is afoot (see what I did there?), I’ve been thinking about finding boots that feel as good as they look, checking out brands that aren’t on my usual style map, but that are known for creating well-made, walkable stuff (added bonus: they’re all pretty well-priced, too). The bad news is one has to slog through a lot of pretty frumpy choices to find anything decent, but if you poke around long enough, good options emerge, like this Loubouton-ish platform boot by Naturalizer,  which I actually went for.

This reminds me somewhat of Acne’s popular (and pricier) pistol boot.

These sleek wedges are from Dr Scholl’s, a brand that can surprise you.

These are suede and also waterproof, which is a cool trick.

I like the idea of a slighty-higher-heeled-than-usual Chelsea boot.

This kitten-heeled pair would work as well with a dress as they would jeans, and I dig the sharp pointy toe.

Combat boots can be a little too mannish for me, so I like the idea of a pair that has some height.

Just a good, polished, walk-everywhere-in-them boot.


And I’m back


Profuse apologies for the unannounced absence: I finally broke down and replaced my ancient, filthy laptop, and it took longer than anticipated for the nice people at the tech store to transfer all my data. So I lived without a computer for TWO WHOLE DAYS and it’s kind of amazing how hard that was for me—I felt purposeless, distracted, and and vaguely as though I was missing a limb. And it’s been raining here in Sag Harbor so pretty stir-crazy too. I texted a friend to say “I don’t know how we survived in the olden days,” to which she replied “I think about that often. Our brains have changed.” Which is undoubtedly correct, and that scares me a little, but mostly I’m just pleased to be connected again. I’ll be back after the long weekend with all sorts of exciting, autumnal posts—it’s been cool out here (and from what I hear in the city too) and it’s put me in a very back-to-school-shopping mood. Tell me, readers, what fall purchases are you looking forward to?

Top 5 of the week: chambray shirts


I’m out in Sag Harbor until Labor Day—how are you spending the waning days of summer?—and it’s been getting a touch chilly in the mornings and evenings. So I’ve been thinking about the best layering pieces for fall and I feel like a good chambray shirt lands right in that category. You can wear it on its own, or with a jacket, or even as a jacket with a thin top or tee underneath. I like the feminine touch of the ruffly neckline of this little number, but also the cowgirl-tough pearl snap buttons.

The patch pockets here are a cool touch, and the light blue is a rather perfect light blue.

The dark wash here is nice and clean.

A tie-neck top that’s positively office-appropriate.

Just a simple, pocket-free menswear-cut option from Everlane.






Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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