On a frigid Friday the 13th in February what better way to spend the day than to take a little road trip north to visit a fun shoe store? My good friend Liz and I set out for Podo Shoes in St. Johnsbury, VT to do just that. She had heard about the store and thought it would be a worthwhile adventure. She was looking for some fun motorcycle boots. I had been looking for some functional but attractive ankle boots to slog through the remainder of this unrelenting winter. We found those things and more. Plus, everything was on sale!
Most of the store merchandise consisted of what I affectionately call the “Upper Valley Look.” There is no denying that gals in this part of Northern New England have to battle the elements while trying to look good. Many women tend to give up on the stylish end of things, opting for function and comfort as the only consideration. But, it is possible to look good while staying warm, dry and comfortable. My rule of thumb is to avoid a head to toe “Upper Valley Look” because I prefer to mix things up a bit. That said, when it’s time to replace your UVL items, this is a great place shop.
And I found my ankle boots plus a bonus pair of low heeled mary janes. The boots are Blundstones from Australia. They have a synthetic sole with an ample tread and a waxed leather upper. I think they will work well when negotiating mucky parking lots and wet sidewalks. I love the easy on and easy off pull tabs at the front and back. I really like the color which is not quite black and not quite brown. And that stretchy contrasting gore- I can hardly contain my glee. I’ll still need my Bogs for snowstorms and winter sports but now I’ll have options.
As for the Pikolinos, they are divine. I have been admiring them for some time but have never owned a pair. The brand is from Spain and they aren’t as pricey as some of the other Spanish brands I tout. I suspect it’s because they are made in China. But, never mind, I think I’m in love. I have them on right now and I may just wear them to bed. The perforations are an interesting design detail. Can you see that in the photo? At first I thought they were mostly a spring/summer shoe but then I learned these were from the fall/winter line. So, there you go. A versatile shoe if ever there was one. Do I sound like I’m trying to justify the purchase? Did I mention they were on sale? Liz walked out with no less than three pairs. They also had a great assortment of Smartwool socks, tights and apparel which you can see behind her. Thanks to owner Deborah Schein and her employee Sophie for a wonderful shopping experience. We’ll be back. But… maybe next time… in the spring.
P.S. We had a great lunch at a place across the street called the Tap Room and later strolled down the street to a consignment shop and nice little bookstore with a coffee bar. St. J. is a hopping place!