“These boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do…

…one of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you” (thanks Nancy). Boots lovely boots, how I love this time of the year. This weekend I noticed  how the nights are drawing in with that slight nip in the air, and I found myself eyeing up my soft woolly jumpers and colourful tweeds. Idly I started to count the number of boots that I had tucked away at the back of my cupboard.  I am shamed into saying that I don't have 5....10....or even 15 pairs, but a whopping 22! But I am going to hold my head up high and justify it by saying “I only EVER wear boots in the winter”. Now my next admission… I’ve just bought ANOTHER pair.

Oh but these babies are DELICIOUS! Sumptuous Schiaparelli red velvet with a deep silky pile that shimmers from every angle, with fragrant buttery leather lining that evokes childhood memories of ponies and tack rooms. And finally their crowning glory is the unique Suzani needlework (the word Suzani comes from the Persian for needle) that adds that final ‘je ne sais quoi’. These are MY Artemis boots and what's more, no two pairs are ever the same. Artemis’s boots originate in Turkmenistan where the special combination of chain, satin, buttonholes and couching stitches form the traditional Suzani technique.  All of the boots are skilfully handcrafted in Istanbul using Suzanis, leather and a rubber heel.

So my 23rd pair will now take pride of place in my collection.  In fact with this season’s ‘boho’ fashion they’ll be in good company with frequent outings on a regular basis. And the best thing? I will be the ONLY person wearing them at London Fashion Week. VERY few people have the red Artemis boots (black ones are much easier to come by…) Green with envy?  OK I’ll quickly open my little black book and tell you where you can get a pair – ah but what a shame it won’t be in time for LFW.