The funniest thing about fashion is how one mere piece of clothing or acessory can spark so many conversations, debates whether positive or negative.
I'm a discreet, no-nonsense person, not into theatrics and my style is accordingly rather tame. That's why I'm always bemused by the reactions provoked when I wear certain items: the extra attention I suddenly get in stores, the unexpected consideration of drivers letting me cross the streets instead of running me over, the looks of appraisal and approval, the simple fact that you're seen can be weirdly addictive especially in a French society where Black women are so purposely invisible.
I've had these red high heeled boots for years now (see here and here). They're quite classic - except for their eye popping color- with a chunky and walkable mid-heel height and I make sure when wearing them to keep the rest of my outfit understated, neutral, no battle royale of colors or prints (not that I own that much colorful items come to think of it!). Like last Friday, when I decided to put them on: Just wore my black and white tweed coat, grey merino sweater, cigarette cropped blue jeans, a lightweight grey scarf and black tote.
Still these boots are people magnets, drawing eyes, freeing the speech of strangers, embolding even some guys to chat me up - some men are so basic it's hilarious!- and that always baffle me since I'm so not used to it! They're not that hot and kinky right??! Haha!
coat + jeans: Zara / sweater: H&M / scarf: Isabel Marant / boots: C. Petula / bag: Céline