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Special Guest Post by Matt Jacobson: Women's Legit Riding Boots

Hello all! Here is another deliciously delectable guest post by none other than Matt Jacobson from His blog takes us through Matt's life and what really makes him tick, from his favorite local shoe repair shop to his fetish for customizing and revamping his 1948 Mercury Woodie (heh). Matt takes us on a wild ride, and we're soaking up every minute of it. Enjoy below:

I favor more trad than fashion when it comes to my clothing. I've gone from Brooks Brothers to Neapolitan's finest--Kiton, Borrelli, Barba - and cautiously back to Brooks (thank you, Thom Browne Black Fleece). When it comes to women's clothing, I'm less prescriptive, but I do prefer things on the simple, less tragic side, and I especially love women who own their look, whatever that may be. They don't need to be predictable, just consistent.  

The one Trad look for women that has piqued my interest, since women began piquing my interest, are those confident and hot enough to go about their day in their English riding wear that began their morning. Great legs in tan jodphurs and muddied black boots are hot, and early morning at West LA's Brentwood Country Mart or Palos Verdes' Starbucks are great places for these sightings.

My cursory scan of the Fall Preview women's fashion mags seems to be showing a lot of riding boot-inspired fashion examples from top designers, but I'm partial to the real deal. On this summer's trip to London, I made the annual pilgrimage to the John Lobb bespoke atelier where examples of bespoke riding boots from the mid-1800's to present line the glass fronted cases. Mecca is Jermyn Street-based Henry Maxwell, whose custom creations can cost north of $5,000. Keep in mind that these aren't for me: I'm a man, don't ride a horse and wouldn't buy a pair of bespoke books, either commissioned new or vintage. I just like the idea. And the bespoke boots come with bespoke lasted boot trees which make them art objects worthy of a well edited sitting room. My perusal of women's fashion sites are also featuring the real riding boot look, and while they're long way from the 4-inch Christian Louboutin stilettos favored by me and most women, I can't see why these real deal riding boots wouldn't be part of a fashionista's arsenal.

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