The Legend of the Red Boots: Why Every Woman Needs a Pair


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Every woman needs an awesome pair of red boots. I was reminded of this truism, well worth sharing, while checking out Heidi Klum's vivacious strut (pictured above). The supermodel and TV personality was participating in the finale show of Project Runway alumnus Tim Gunn's new fashion competition series Under the Gunn (premiering January 16 on Lifetime). Heidi looked great in a red mini skirt and matching long sleeved shirt, but what made her outfit––and her attitude––were those sexy, edgy, and elegant red boots. Red boots!

The right pair of red boots can change your life, and I'm not even exaggerating. Red boots radiate confidence, sass, and style. They make you want to dance all night, flirt shamelessly, and apologize for nothing. They turn a walk into a strut, a zero into a vixen, a girl into a woman. Red boots bring out that confidence simmering in your belly––and you thought you'd overdone it on the shrimp cocktails. No! That's red boot confidence lurking in there.

The power of the red boots must not be underestimated. Once upon a time, when I was young(er) and adventurous, I found a pair of red boots buried deep in a vintage shop in New York's East Village. Or maybe, they found me. My red boots were from the '70s, knee-high embossed red leather, with a two-inch wooden heel, and cream satin lining. Mint condition. They kind of looked like Stacy Keibler's, below:


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The moment I put those babies on, I knew we were meant to be together. Oh, the times we had. We'd go frolicking in snowstorms, to concerts, clubs, and after parties. We traveled together, too. My red boots brought out the best in me, but when they (and I) got older and a little worse for wear, we had to slow things down... Times change. But once in awhile––usually during holiday season––not unlike Dorothy in her ruby slippers, I still take them out for a spin.

While Heidi's red boots of choice featured stiletto heels and an above-the-knee shape, don't be afraid to experiment to discover which red boots will float your boat. Wedge heel? Modern cowboy cut? Doc Martens? Lace-ups like Gwen Stefani's (below)? Perhaps a short pair of red ankle booties might put a spring into your step. But whatever red boots you may choose, choose wisely. You might just wake up in a five-star hotel three days later somewhere in Europe. No judgement. May the force of the red boots be with you.


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TV host Tim Gunn and model Heidi Klum attends the "Under The Gunn" Finale Fashion Show at Los Angeles Theatre on December 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)more pics »
Model Heidi Klum attends the "Under The Gunn" Finale Fashion Show at Los Angeles Theatre on December 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)more pics »
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