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September 22, 2008

Ann Demeulemeester Fall 08 Lace Up Boots: A Tale of Obsession

Regular Sea of Shoes readers may be getting tired of seeing these boots but they're about to get another dose of them. Sorry guys, I can't help myself. I'm obsessed.

So is my mom actually. As I have mentioned before, these boots topped both of our must-have lists for this season. We loved them so much we both got them in another variation: the plum triple lace up version from Browns Fashion.

We always end up having at least one pair of the same shoes every season but this season we got the same exact two pairs as each other! When it comes to these boots, the more the merrier, right?

My pairs, side by side

It's difficult to articulate what makes these boots so fantastic. They have steampunk vibe; romantic and archaic but slightly bad ass all at once. They're the  sort of boot a Tim Burton heroine would wear: the Corpse Bride could wear them with her decaying wedding dress, and Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas would love them, too.

Here are some ways my mom and I have been styling our new favorite boots.

My mom wears her black lace up Ann D boots, all clothes from her line Atlantis Dry Goods.

I can't get a picture downstairs without the dogs, haha.
Mom wears her triple lace up Ann D boots with an American Apparel skirt and two sweatshirts from the same label that I can't remember the name of...they were purchased at Fred Segal on Melrose, I'll ask her about them.

Quite a boring outfit, I apologize. It was too boring for me to wear even to drivers ed so I ended up changing. Triple lace up Ann Demeulemeester boots worn with silver coated Superfine jeans and a random charcoal tee.

Rabbit fur felt hat, silk shirt by Reset (a label I buy at Tulsa boutique Boulevards), Acne Tube jeans, thrift store belt, and my black lace-up Ann D boots.

I'll try to give these boots a rest for a while and try to wear some more of my fall purchases. :)

TTYS, jane


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Photo of Mel

amazing boots indeed!

just bought a pair for my birthday but i have to wait a month (until my actual birthday) to wear them ahhh... for now i just wear them in my room haha

a bit off topic but- what kind of bags do you usually carry? obviously your blog is focused on shoes but i was just wondering if you had any favorite brands/styles?

love your style + blog :)

Photo of connie

I love how the boots are versatile in look-- they're both steampunk (like you said) mixed with equestrian. I can totally see an English woman wearing something like your mom's outfit in the first photograph riding away on her horse without a care to be ladylike, while I can see yours on a very sophisticated American ranch with people playing polo in the background. I love it.

Photo of Annie Spandex

Too boring an outfit? I disagree.. I love it! Wear those boots as much as you want. They're pretty beautiful.. I can't decide whether I like the plum or black better. I guess you couldn't either!

Photo of dannydaily

just love it, and even more that you guys have them in two different color variations. kudos. i feel the same way with scarves...when i see one i love, i must have them in all sorts of colours.



Photo of Harm-ony

Hello there,

Mel has just beat me to teh question I've been meaning to ask for a long while?
Is there a bag collection anywhere?
So far I we have not seen any bags in your blog and personally I'm very curious what bags complete your outfits, and what you usually carry around in them :)

Love your blog and your sense of style.

Photo of Corie

those boots suit both of you so well!

Photo of Patricia

I'd personally like to declare a campaign known as "Donate a pair of AD's to Patricia". It's a foundation that aims at improving the quality of life of one Patricia, who isn't fortunate enough to have the nutritional nourishment of AD triple lace up boots.


Photo of jane

i absolutely LOVE the 'boring' outfit, those boots are amazing.

Photo of Brigadeiro

*drool* Jane, you could NEVER 'bore' us with these boots, they are amazing, as are each outfit you and your mom pair them with! I also love your so-called 'boring' outfit, not boring at all, you could wear those AD boots with a tee-dress and it'd be amazing!

A quick Q: Is your mom's line available anywhere? Her outfit is SO romantic yet edgy, love it!

Photo of Jamie

AHH Loves it! Love your mom's first look. Very "Pretty Baby" without the actual context in effect. Amazing how many looks you can pull off with those boots. I am flipping out!

Photo of karina

I love this kind of posts.

Photo of Prêt à Porter P

those boots are incredible! keep them coming! i love how your mom wears them with a ruffled dress. and i like your two versions.

Photo of Sus

Looove those boots, wouldn't get sick of seeing them at all!

Photo of Tara

love your two outfits, and your mum's first outfit in particular!

Photo of Blairr

Your look would be so great on Serena of Gossip Girl!!! Do you watch this serie?

Photo of Belowen

Aww, I don't think that first outfit is boring! I really like it actually. Those boots are incredible...

Photo of Nadine

Those boots are gorgeous! Thanks for turning me onto Ann D.

And I must echo the sentiment that your "boring" outfit is hardly that, considering your statement footwear (+ silver-coated jeans)!

Thanks for the fashion eye-candy.

Photo of Becca

I don't think anyone could ever tire of those boots and their amazingness. They are so so perfect in so many ways.

I love your second outfit with the cute little hat! So great!

Photo of songy

Well I'm not tired of those boots. Man your mother is stunning. I guess that's where you got your beauty from.

Photo of jane

i lovvvee those boots!!!! and i really love the last outfit you put together, especially those cute jeans! but when it comes to high-waisted jeans im always a bit cautious bc the back pockets end up looking really awkward/weird. do you have a pic of the back of those jeans? thanks, your blog really is wonderful and inspiring! keep it up :)

Photo of Dana

Nadine correctly defined it as fashion eye candy
and you look every bit the hollywood it girl in those high waisted acne jeans
love your mom's brand's ruffly dress, it's awesome! look medieval w/ the boots somehow

Photo of Nubby

You and your mom both wear those boots so effortlessly!

Photo of Laura

Oh dear, I am very much in love. Demeulemeester never ceases to woo me with her stunning shoes.

Photo of Vix

I know I don't comment often but I am seriously addicted to your blog. You have BIG things in your future. Love how both you and your mom styled the boots. My favourite would have to be the boots paired with the cream dress.

Photo of j

They do not hold a candle to your sublime AD boots in any way, but seeing all of your pics of these boots over the past couple of weeks has me itching to pull out my Frye Villager lace ups and pair them with all sorts of new things!

Photo of Stefania

the outfit with the high-waisted jeans belted with the straw hat sublime!
so perfect

Photo of Catalina

Great photos - and I'm obsessed with the dress you mom is wearing in the first photo - I would love to find out more about where to see her line.

Photo of Catalina

Great photos - and I'm obsessed with the dress you mom is wearing in the first photo - I would love to find out more about where to see her line.

Photo of Heather

I love your mom's first outfit. That is an amazing dress(top&skirt?) I am in love with the mix of ruffles and badass, lent by the boots.

Photo of Stephanie

Wow!! So jealous of those boots. They're amazing. I loooove your mom's second outfit- what brand are those sweatshirts/hoodys??

Photo of Jamie

Jane, you kill me... you are so stylish. And your mother too. I look forward to your blog.

Photo of mon

Love these boots! Where did you purchase the black ones and do they run true to size? I have a pair of AD boots from last fall and they ran really big...

Photo of nina

you and your mom are seriously the most inspirational and stylish people out there!

Photo of Nina

i don't blame u guys for being obsessed w/those boots. i would sleep in them, too, if i owned a pair. jane, you look gorgeous w/that hat on.

Photo of juliette

i love the last outfit!!

Photo of Poochie

I know you were kind of cautious about the non-heeled version of the boots but I just got mine tonight from Saks and I'm digging them. They didn't have the heeled version in my size regardless.

I'm totally going to steal some fasion inspriation from how you've paired yours up.


Photo of arline Jernigan

I would love to buy some things from your moms line. Can you order from the internet?

I want those boots too.

Photo of chauss

ok, the black ones rock and the plum ones are fantastic. are your black ones triple lace too?
i still havent seen see any of these irl yet...

Photo of Cassaundra

it's okay, they're very gorgeous boots!

the photo of your mom wearing the boots looks very Victorian.
so cool.

Photo of Anny Goodwin

Lovely boots. You actually beat me to these boots, I was going to get them from Browns...
Your mom's first outfit is my favorite. I love frills I admit it... Will Atlantis go on line anytime soon? We poor gals in Europe would love to purchase goods from your mom's line!

Photo of Alicia

Great Boots. Just a question, does your sister love shoes as much as you? or is her obsession with something else?

You're very, very pretty, Jane. Your mother is lovely, too. x

Photo of MeryJanes

wow they are amazing! but quite difficult to wear!

Photo of tanya

you are toatally The SEX in the last pic

Photo of freya

your boots are to die for. they look amazing with every outfit.

Photo of Caroline

the romantic dress and boots combo your mom is wearing is so incrediblllle.

Photo of sera

Love you for a long time~
I think such kind of boots will look better with looser pants than skinnies

Photo of Nanny

Hell, I just checked the price of these beauties...gasp! You're a very lucky girl that you can afford them, not to speak of even two pairs! They're lovely, and as I'm far from being able to spend almost a month's salary on boots I'm looking forward to watching you wear them on your blog this fall!

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