The following day, I wake up with a cold. Not just any cold - think sneezing coupled with a runny nose! Eeew!
But nothing can stop my search. I was relentless! I call Mick Margo, a quaint boutique in the West Village (19 Commerce Street) stocking labels like Alexander Wang, Crispin & Basilio, Jovovich-Hawk and of course Isabel Marant, and between sniffles ask if they still have the Isabel Marant Avela boots in my size on stock.
"Hmmm, let me check..." the SA puts me on hold. "Oh, yes we still have 3 sizes left...", she says graciously and then she drops the clincher, "I think they may even be on sale! I can check with the owner and I'll call you back as soon as I confirm with her. You can also put it on hold if you like!". Excited, I blabber incoherently, telling her how I've been looking for flat boots everywhere, that I hope it will be on sale, and that I will definitely swing by the store soon. Ugh! What an eager beaver! Now they won't put it on sale because they know how desperate I am!
But whew, what a relief! I decide to take a shower and get dressed. I was going to the store no matter what!
But as soon as I get out of the shower, I realize I forgot to ask what color the boots were!
So I call the store again..."It's a light shade of grey, and it's actually called "Anthracite" the SA tells me cheerfully.
"Uhm, I was actually looking for black boots. Is it a dark kind of grey? Practically black?" I ask almost pleadingly, as if willing her to say "yes".
"Well, it's a light kind of grey..." she responds.
"Do you think I can dye it black?" I ask again.
She explains the kind of the leather used on the boots and says it could work but she wasn't sure entirely. I thank her again and tell her that maybe I'll just see the boots for myself after the holidays.
She thanks me for calling and I put the phone down. And I feel kinda down as well. This was turning out to be such a rollercoaster of emotions!
I sit down on the couch with a plop. My feet feel hot that I decide to take off my moccasins.
As I stare down the floor, it suddenly occurs to me to check out the Minnetonka website! Kate Moss had those black moccasin boots, and hey they were flat and very very comfortable! Hmmm, this one's a viable alternative!
So I check the Minnetonka online store and practically squeal with delight when I see the boots on sale! $69.99! Woohoo! El Cheapo!!!
As soon as Dear Hubby steps inside the house, I excitedly tell him that I finally found my winter boots!
He offers to buy it for me and asks me how they look like, so I point sheepishly to my warm and cozy house slippers.
"Huh! Ganyan?! Manipis yan, hindi yan waterproof!", he shakes his head incredulously.
"Like that pero boots, Kate Moss wears that Hon!" I reason.
"Pag tumalon ba si Kate Moss sa Pasig River tatalon ka rin?" he says now laughing at me!
And with that, I knew the search still wasn't over. Sigh!
(To be continued...)