Okay – it’s autumn. I’ll accept it. So embrace it I shall with some seriously awesome boots…!
After a summer of pretty dresses and separates I’m back in a favourite style of mine: masculine chic. Although there are lots of ways to interpret this style, one of my most favoured ways is to team denim with some camo and finish with a magnificent pair of stylish, comfy boots.
Enter Josef Seibel for the third time [on the blog this year] – makers of seriously comfortable footwear. The long-established European brand was new to me back in the early part of this year, but now I have experienced the comfort their boots and shoes provide I am a SERIOUS convert. And when asked to pick and style a pair of boots from the AW19 range, the Lina 09 ankle boots* – with their fabulous red laces – had me at ‘hello’…!
Disclosure: This post is a paid partnership with Josef Seibel (all content is original and opinions are 100% honest, however). This blog uses affiliate links (at no cost to you) and any items listed as* were gifted within the last 12 months. Full disclosure
The outfit inspiration
These boots are so flippin fabulous – the red laces are everything. It’s such a small detail, but without that splash of colour they wouldn’t have the cool factor IMO. I love the combination of these boots and these jeans, and you know the main reason why?
When worn with rolled-up jeans like this, it’s reminiscent of the (bear with me here) skinhead style, or “bovver boy” style, of the late 60s and 70s. The classic look of lace-up boots and rolled-up jeans. Now I KNOW that’s not exactly a favourable look to go for, but from the knee down I am ALL OVER that style. In fact this outfit- with my first pair of Josef Seibel boots – from earlier this year was a take on it, albeit with soft pinky-beige cropped trousers rather than jeans.
[Bovver boy is a term referring to a hooligan who creates bother (trouble/”bovver”), specifically a member of a skinhead gang.]
So I knew that the very best jeans to wear with these boots was going to be my all-time favourite boyfriend jeans – which are at LEAST 10 years old – that I can finally fit in again after a summer of some serious health and fitness. (Watch this space for a post all about that sometime between now and my target weight – hopefully before Christmas.)
For the top half I went with my trusty old camo jacket (its military styling is reflected in the boots) and the whole look was softened a little with the striped FatFace shirt* (round collars always add a touch of femininity), gold jewellery and yet another one of my headbands.
I chose a deep red bag to echo the red laces – and the look was complete.
The comfort factor
I can’t talk about Josef Seibel boots or shoes without mentioning the comfort… ughhhh they are COMFY. I wore them as you see here, purposely with short socks that come below the top of the boot, so a bit of bare ankle was on show. Unlike some boots that would rub your ankle if there wasn’t sock between the top of the boot and bare skin, these do NOT rub. I’ve walked the dog wearing them like this, I’ve walked into town wearing them like this – no blisters or rubbed bits of skin were to be had.
The Lina 09 boots are super sturdy as well as comfy and have leather uppers, microfibre lining, a removable ‘footbed’, a lightweight and highly durable outer sole, red laces and a side zip – a detail that makes them SO much easier to get on and off. They also come in reverse colours: red with black laces, which look even more authentically bovver boy to me.
They currently retail at £105, with free delivery to the UK (correction to what I originally wrote: returns are not free unfortunately, my only grip). A hundred quid is quite pricey but not too pricey; personally I think that sort of price means you know you’re getting excellent quality and, in this case, supreme comfort. Not that I want to sound like an old lady but let’s be honest, ladies – who doesn’t want supreme comfort as you get older…?!
Special offer for Not Dressed As Lamb readers
Josef Seibel have kindly offered a free shoe care gift (worth £6.95) with each purchase of Lina 09 boots that are purchased via the link I’ve sprinkled throughout this post (Josef Seibel Lina 09 boots) – using that link means the gift should be automatically added to your basket when you check out 😀
Finally – a doggy debut…
The last picture is the first appearance on the blog (in an outfit post, at least) of our gorgeous new greyhound Suki. Being a somewhat energetic girl she wouldn’t stay still for very long – hopefully we’ll teach her some dog blogger poses in the near future! She’s been an absolute dream and has certainly help to heal our hearts after the loss of Riley earlier in the summer. Not forgotten, not replaced – just a wonderful legacy of being the dog that opened our hearts to wanting to adopt another <3
Are you a comfortable boots fan come the colder months? What’s your go-to style (and anyone else with me on the bovver boy style)?? Tell me in the comments…!
Boots: Josef Seibel* (also available at John Lewis)
Jeans: La Redoute, years old (similar)
Jacket: La Redoute, old (similar)
Bag: JD Williams
Earrings: Chambers & Beau
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