To recap (the visual contrast is critical here), this pair:
And this pair (though I gather there are quality issues with this design, and have since reconsidered):
As I was saying earlier, though, when I can’t decide between two items it is often a sign that neither of them is quite suitable, and that the search has only begun.
This point was brought definitively home the second I saw this pair from Free People (I like many of the boots they carry, incidentally), which has so soundly thrashed the former candidates that they are like so much dust in the wind (though, admittedly, much less expensive dust). The rewards of patient browsing and an unwillingness to compromise.
Such slouchy, distressed, buckled, riveted, quirky pseudo-spat perfection! I must have these boots, come what may. If they do not fit me properly, I believe I shall weep. If they sell out of my size before I can raise the funds, I do not know that there will be enough doughnuts to console me.
That is all.