I’ve been skiing lately. So no historical costuming until the snow melts.
But here is a remarkable link. It’s a boot. No, it’s a bag that is made to look like a boot. Or maybe its a boot that was turned into a bag, because it really does look like a boot. So if you want to look absolutely thrifty or insane – and want to pay money to do so – this is a great option.
Imagine it as a trend: all the women of the world storing their IDs, possessions, touch-up make up, receipts, and various personal items in the boots they clutch under their arms! If some guy is fresh, the modern woman can whack him aside the head with her boot-purse, giving a new meaning to the verb ‘to boot:’ to be painfully and publicly rejected or reprimanded with a soft strike from a boot-bag. Imagine the possibilities for this new social ritual!
But I appreciate the Boot-Purse more for its short term novelty. A woman could arrive to lunch with a friend or colleague, and plop her boot (which is really a purse) on the table. The friend could look at the boot, then perhaps look at the woman’s shoes, to detmerine if one of her feet is naked. There would be puzzled looks, then some questions. The boot is the work of a designer, the owner could say, then quote some scientist or artist and quickly change the subject to something unrelated. Throughout the meal, she could pull items from her boot with nonchalance: a ringing cell phone, lipstick, some rolled up twenty-dollar bills. It could work and prove remarkably disarming, and provide a topic of conversation not just for the boot-purse owner, but for those she lunched with as well.
Acctually, the more I think about the boot bag, the more I think it is a work of genius at a bargain price. Forget all those logo-ed, overpriced, vinyl monstrosities of unimaginative purse tackiness and get yourself a boot. I would applaud anyone who dared to carry it though I would not carry it myself. It’s not my style.