Monday, September 9, 2013

H by Hudson: Finally Find the Pair of Ankle Boots You'll Wear Forever

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I can safely say a flat ankle boot is my favorite kind of shoe. I can wear them in summer and winter, bare legs or tights. They are comfortable and allow all-day walking, yet are boundlessly cooler and more polished than other such comfortable shoes. I always feel like even the most feminine dresses I own have a little edge and are therefore more “me” with ankle boots. And personally, because I’m short, I find them to be way more flattering than knee-high boots (don’t even get me started on over-the-knee boots). But honestly, whether you’re short or tall, have an edgy or classic style, an ankle boot will forever be a hero piece in your closet, the perfect partner to skirts and skinny jeans and leggings and…everything.


And speaking of forever, I was on a quest for ankle boots that would last for just that long: forever. I got into a bad cycle of buying too many cheap pairs every fall instead of one or two great, lasting pairs. And guess what. Every fall, the ones I bought last year are already busted and I have to buy another batch. For this year I promised myself an incredible pair that I know will last me forever. A pair that defies trends and looks cool with the faster, more fleeting looks I wear every year. The kind that looks better the more it’s worn in. So what luck to have met the brand H by Hudson at just this time.

H by Hudson may have been new to me – and it might be new to you – but it’s actually an iconic brand that folks in Europe have already been clued into for years. The Hudson line was established in 1990 and really captures that classic cool of London style, making it the prime candidate for a lot of punk, post-punk and indie scenesters.  The introduction of H by Hudson in 2004 kept the line evolving with even more styles, perfect for urban stomping and country weekends. Whether you go flat or higher-heeled, there are tons of styles that are timeless with a hint of edge. The part I know you really want to know? The quality is everything it’s cracked up to be. My boots are suede and SO soft but firm enough to last forever. And they’re probably the most comfortable boots I have ever worn – like from the first moment. No pain-is-gain period of breaking them in. They look new, they feel years and years old in the best possible way.

I couldn’t be more obsessed with this pair. Could you die over the rich navy color. I mean, right? Such an unexpected color pop yet deep and sophisticated and neutral so you can literally wear it with anything. And the double zips? You can wear both up, both down, one up and one down – the possibilities are endless, which Sutton and I wanted to demonstrate. Because we are both obsessed with these boots, and we have completely different styles. Sutton is polished and uptown but wants to wear these everyday. I’m edgy and downtown but want to wear these boots everyday. How can we do that, you ask? We’ll show ya.


Here's Sutton working the uptown look:



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Sutton is wearing the H by Hudson boots with an I.C.B. blazer, H&M t-shirt and Acne skinny jeans, with Revlon’s Photoready eyeshadow in Metropolitan, Purminerals CC Cream, Ilia Multi-Stick in I Put a Spell on You as blush and Lippy Butter Lip Gloss in Snog.


And me working the downtown look - I decided to do some downtown, rockerish things like standing on furniture to show these boots off, because you're going to see me wearing them a lot and I don't want you to get bored of my poses or something terrible like that.


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I'm wearing an Alexander Wang vest, vintage Slayer tee, Vera Wang for Kohl's pleated (faux) leather skirt, and jewelry by Eddie Borgo, Joomi Lim and Need Supply.


Handbags and Hugs,

Astor

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