Luxury Jones “Just For Fun” Boots — The Western Way
As the mastermind behind the refreshingly off-the-wall, rock-meets-country fashion label Luxury Jones, Portland native Niki Dimitras is constantly abiding by a destroy-and-rebuild ethos, often slashing and deconstructing vintage wares in order to breathe new life into them. Case in point: Luxury Jones “Just For Fun” Boots ($438 at FreePeople.com), which reinvent the Western boot silhouette via the addition of vintage belts, necklaces, and leather strips.
Each pair of boots is one-of-a-kind so that, while some designs feature rounded toes, others have pointier or square toes and, while some boast chunky, slightly angled wooden heels, others sit low with square inch-high heels. Regardless of the variations and nuances, these Luxury Jones boots are made using classic leather or suede cowboy boots as the foundation — vintage designs from brands like Dingo, Acme, Zodiac USA and Tony Lama.
To make the silhouettes more contemporary and city-appropriate, the tall boot shafts are folded over to create an ankle-high style. Vintage belts of varying colors, styles, and widths are then wrapped around these folded-over shafts and piled up to create a deliberately mismatched stack: from braided, chocolate brown leather belts with sightly tarnished, silver-toned square buckles to smooth black leather numbers with domed brass studs along their length; gaucho styles loaded with coin and medallion accents; tightly braided maritime rope belts in natural hemp shades; understate, cognac-colored, oval-ring styles; sophisticated, structured belt styles with rows of tonal stitching; loosely braided leather belts with horseshoe buckles; and more. Some of the belts used to adorn the boot shafts are cut to encircle the area two or three times, while others orbit the area only once. And, while some belts are stacked atop one each other neatly, others are deliberately tangled and criss-crossed for a haphazard effect.
Rugged but slick, the Luxury Jones Just for Fun boots are the perfect addition to any ensemble — whether it includes cut-off denim shorts, safari-style shirt dresses, laid-back cargo pants, flirty floral frocks, minimalist maxi dresses, or skinny jeans and boyfriend blazers.
A few pairs are even embellished with ruffled leather strips and antique chain necklaces for a greater Bohemian flair, a flea-market-gone-Hollywood feel with a touch of rodeo rowdiness. A mash-up of hoedown fun and city slicker cool, these boots merit a good “Whoa, Nelly” shout of admiration.