The case for the Dicker boots
I caved and bought into the Dicker boot hype. The vaguely western, 2-and-a-quarter inch high ankle boots usually seen in taupe suede on everyone nearly everywhere.
Let me back up a bit.
While going through the latest purge cycle, I faced some truths about my preferred style of dress. Many of these things aren’t new, but I don’t seem to learn lessons well. At any rate, I re-re-realized that there is no place for anything heeled that fully exposes the front half of my feet (so long Zara sandals…it was fun while it lasted). I also realized that if my Harrows are going to make it long term, they will need to be rotated with an equally easy to wear option. I’d briefly considered the Dickers, but the price kept them parked safely out of range…
…until Labor Day. Actually, a few days before. It was kind of a weird, back and forth, hemming and hawing sort of deal.
Still interested? I’m glad. Onward.
So I’m masochistically browsing La Garçonne one night and I see that the red Dickers I posted about were on sale for 50% off. HALF, EDDIE. I had never before seen these boots on sale. Ever. I panicked and called (read: texted) my friend whom I always call (again, text) in these situations. We decided that I should wait it out overnight to make sure this wasn’t my “OMG IT’S ON SALE, GET IT NAOOOOO!” impulse making me all…impulsy.
I waited until the next day. The pitch was still at fever levels. I decided to wait it out a bit longer (whaaa?). I did (WHO AM I?!?). Red suddenly became the wrong color. I remembered the new rule – if something is to be added, it needs to go with nearly everything. If you’re me, everything is black and white with smatterings of navy and grey. Red would have been much to harsh to throw in the mix. I pat myself of the back for being so prudent and thinking things through.
I looked at the other, slightly more expensive though still on sale, options. Hmmm, this natural color looks interesting…could work as a neutral. I called (texted…somehow, writing ‘call’ just seems more natural…I need to actually call people more…does anyone do this??) my friend. She said the natural color sucked and suggested bronze. I immediately thought “eww” and went back to red. The choices are giving me anxiety – partially because I am a spaz and partially because I think that everyone who ever wanted to get a pair of Dickers would know about this sale and would buy out everything. Yes, these are my problems.
Since it was close to Labor Day, I figured I’d wait it out until a coupon code was issued and if my size was still available, it was meant to be. After a couple more deeply thoughtful sessions, I chose the bronze Dickers to be my relief pair of ankle boots (black was covered already, and I don’t really like camel, and nothing else made sense). The Labor Day promo code for an extra 20% was issued as expected and all of the sizes were still there. Hooray. I guess that’s what happens when you like an overlooked colorway. If I’d wanted grey/taupe suede, they’d still be sitting on La Garçonne’s site. Still.
If any of you are thinking of getting a pair (and I’d recommend it because all the rumors are absolutely true – they’re comfortable as all hell and they work with damn near everything), there are still tons on sale in bronze, bordeaux, and natural leather at La Garçonne. They’ll probably get discounted even further because no one seems to want leather Dickers in a saturated color. Eh. More for us, I guess.