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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Rena by Pour La Victoire

Arched Support: The Rena in Dark Brown by Pour La Victoire

Pour La Victoire has long been dear to our hearts. Their explorations of form belie a love for the beauty of a well-crafted shoe. Pour La Victoire shoes and boots have a curiosity and precocity that never fails to look stunning. In this interim sale season between fall/winter yet on the cusp of resort and, then, spring, we could use some inspiration. This week we take a look at a seasonless boot gorgeous in its details: the Rena in dark brown.

We find the Rena both timely and timeless. The recent emphasis on boots makes it contemporary; classic, clean, aristocratic lines and warm, chestnut brown leathers support a host of outfits. Thanks to its extra-tall shaft (over the knee with the cuff up) this boot accommodates tucked jeans and a crisp top, yet works under a skirt. We see this with a white summer dress and lots of necklaces, or something richly green, full and knee-length with bright and patterned tights peeking out from the inch or so of exposed leg.

The materials are equally amenable to a variety of stylings. The pebbled leather shaft has a buttery hand and its lightweight suppleness makes it wearable year-round. A buckled strap at the knee keeps the boot hiked up. Loosen it to let the leather slouch down on itself for a more casual, scrunched look. The smooth vamp rounds out in a classic toe immune to ever-changing fads. The 1-3/4" stacked wood heel under a leather sole provides a bit of lift. A golden zipper on the inside shaft eliminates the huffing and yanking typical of the effort to don tall boots.

The sum of all this is a boot with range. Wear it clean and classic or down and dirty. Wear it up ... or even more up. Jeans? Yes. Skirts? Of course. Wear it in fall, spring or in these dead periods between seasons when a boot like this escapes trends and points to a quiet, elegant beauty.

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