The Isabel Marant Dixie Boot

I know this is probably the wrong time to be talking about shoes (hypocrite warning!) and what-nots but look at what I stumbled across today:


I like it much better than the Dicker mostly because the lower heel (1.5") means I won't have an 80% chance of falling down and making a fool of myself. The lack of a 1800s Wild West shootout vibe is also a plus factor. But at $615, I'm not sure if I'm willing for this to be my first venture into the world of Isabel Marant. Can I say this is the first time that I've actually thought that an IM item is worth the price and the hype? I can already see all the hipsters in New York trudging around in these shoes - what, the back pull-tab is an excellent touch.

24 comments :

  1. I saw those too, I wasn't sure if it was the angle that made the heel look lower, but you've confirmed that. I also feel like I like this version more than the cowboy boot. The price makes it not an easy plunge, especially since light suede seems so high maintenance. I had a very similar style, the Zand boot, in taupe suede and ended up selling them because I was scared to wear them.

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  2. @S

    The heel is 1.5 inch as per Misch store. But yes, suede is particularly insidious. I've never found a spray that was good enough to keep it both dry and clean, which sucks because we have rain 9 months of the year where I live.

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  3. interesting about the heel height ... it's around half an inch or so shorter than the dicker, which makes all the difference! I have the dicker in black suede and hardly ever wear those either. Well, that and the fact that it's ever so slightly small. But it's come to the point where I'm considering selling those too. And they're black!! And we get much less rain in the Bay area than you do in the PNW. I'm trying to talk you out of the boots, is what I'm trying to do, gorgeous as they are :)

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  4. As an alternative, you might want to check out the N.D.C. sunday low boots. I bought a pair not long ago and I´m totally in love with them. They look a bit like APC boots, with very low heel and in leather with a slight matte suede finish. http://www.thecorner.com/item/YOOX/N.D.C.+MADE+BY+HAND/dept/tcwoman/tskay/5C9FBC4B/rr/1/cod10/44287624CO/sts/sr_tcwoman3
    You can find them in the States. Look at the NDC site for retailers.

    I vote against the IM dixie for the price as well. Her shoes are really not that well made.

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  5. and also, I forgot to mention that the shaft is much lower as well, it cuts off just above the ankle joint. Good luck!

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  6. @S
    LOL! Thanks for helping keep me in line. But did you see the pull-tab in the back? It's really pretty. I probably won't get it seeing as the price is a little steep and I already have a pair of functional Rachel Comey booties.

    @Wendy
    Thanks for letting me know that the IM aren't that well made. I saw that La Garconne has some new NDC boots - I may have to give them a try.

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  7. There's a shop in seattle called "A Mano" that sells NDC shoes. I only know about the place because I found them online while deciding if I was going to buy the boots I recently purchased to ask about some details of the ones they had in stock. Anyways, I found them to be super friendly, quick to respond and really helpful. You might want to pop in the shop to see some in person, because you can!

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  8. Wait and see if they grow on you. I'm actually a fan of both Dicker and Dixie boots, but wearing anything suede is a big no-no for cities with so much rain as mine - wouldn't want to empty my bank account and then ruin the boots in the course of one week!

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  9. Just stumbled upon your blog...I think we're on parallel sartorial tracks. I'm in full-on closet reevaluation mode, and boots such as these are on my to-get list of essentials (though probably in a more fleshy tone due to my need to lengthen my leg line). Looking forward to seeing what you end up choosing!

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  10. @Wendy
    Thanks, Wendy for the recommendation. I never knew this store existed and I do need to check it out since it's clearly stocks a LOT of really nice items.

    @Eva
    You and S are right - I'll wait and see if I can find something that fulfills my needs more thoroughly. I really wish these shoes were in leather, but I guess suede has more of a sophisticated look.

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  11. @ACC
    Hi, thanks for stopping by - glad to see you're a fellow petite like me (I guess from the links on your page)!

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  12. these are really nice. i have the dicker boots in taupe suede and they are a little high maintenance. the dye from my jeans has rubbed off onto the edges of the boot and i can never wear them if it's rainy. that being said, i still think they are some of the most wearable shoes i've ever purchased. these ones look are equally beautiful. to me, they almost look like a shorter version of 1960s mod boots. maybe if you got them in a darker color they would be more appropriate for rainy seattle winters?

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  13. I really like these, I think they would be even better in black. I am not really a fan of IM though, sometimes I feel like I am the only person in the blogosphere who doesn't like the Dicker boots

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  14. @jennifer
    Jennifer! Hope all is well with you. I would like these in black too, and the lower heel will probably work better than the RC Hitch, but then again, I don't know if I'll get a lot of use out of them since I'm more a flat boots person.

    @Anonymous
    You're not alone - I've never been a fan of the Dicker boots (mostly because I think they're not my style) but all the comments have really made me think about hunting down the Dixie in black, which apparently does exist!

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  15. I'm really liking the lower heel and shaft of this version.

    I remember shoe shopping in Seattle! In the seven years I lived there, I don't think I ever bought a suede shoe. It's just not worth the hassle of picking through puddles and feeling anxious about the weather.

    Do you know where these are being sold?

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  16. @Quinn

    I found them via Misch boutique in Vancouver, but I would suspect that Creatures of Comfort will be carrying it soon. I'll keep you posted if I find any news about it. I think I'm going to skip these shoes for now - too much hassle. .

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  17. They arelovely, perfect heel. i have the dicker boots in taupe, and the suede is such I pain. I have them in leather too, and that pair gets so much more wear. I still love the suede ones, though, they're prettier.

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  18. The back tab is definitely a nice touch indeed. I gotta have a back tab on boots. As for the heel, it's not as bad as you think, the more you get used to them. I actually prefer a little heel after wearing flat ballerinas for so long. I think they don't support the ankle as much.

    X

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  19. cool blog! these IM booties remind me a bit of a chelsea boot with the wider ankle opening and back tab. i've got the dicker boots in suede from last season. and no, honestly i don't really think IM is worth the price or the hype, but i forked over the $$ for my dicker boots and they are comfy as hell. don't look half bad either.

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  20. I like the look of the Dicker boots, personally, but I'm really wary of suede in general, let alone suede in Seattle, haha. But I agree -- I really like how low the heel is with this one -- I recently bought a pair of Rachel Comey booties with a near-three inch heel, and I'm still adjusting to the couple of inches.

    PS: I just took a look at your shop and saw that you were selling a pair of Mars boots in size 6! Ah, I'd been looking all around for that exact shoe -- if only I had stumbled across your blog sooner! :)

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  21. @Rachel I think the Hitch booties are more comfy than the Mars and it may just be me, but I think it also has a very slightly lower heel. So I guess you made a good choice =)

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  22. how do they fit? i mean does the size 38 equal us7?

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  23. Love these boots!

    You have a great blog too. I enjoy reading it.

    xx
    M.E.

    http://mindyerazo.blogspot.com

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  24. I have a solution for you for $160. The Sam Edelman Petty looks incredibly similar (but without that pull tab you're fond of...wonder if you could have those sewn on?). http://www.zappos.com/sam-edelman-petty-putty-suede

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