Oh The Joys wrote a post about her favorite things, one of which was a pair of vintage Frye boots. This boot reference reminded me of a recent conversation I had with my mom. One that I believe I had successfully blocked out until now;
Me: Mom, did you know that those Frye boots you are wearing are a totally coveted fashion find.
Mom: And I got them in the late 70's!
Me: I know!
Mom: One of the younger teachers at school told me they were "fuck you boots"!
Mom: You know, you wear them when you feel like saying "fuck you!".
At this point I have a gaping expression as I internally debate whether or not to tell her what that young teacher was really saying about her boots. But I can see husband furiously shaking his head "No. No. No!" at me. So I press my lips together until my eyes are watering with the effort of silence.
So if you live near me you might someday see a 4' 11" woman strutting in her Fryes with a "You know what I mean when I wear these" attitude. But she totally doesn't.