Ivory boots in Old Town Prague
I was telling one of my Czech girlfriends that "European women really live up to their stereotype as chic, sophisticated dressers."
She asked "exactly how do the ladies live up to that stereotype?"
"Why, all of these ladies in their black boots. It looks urban and hip and feminine!"
She laughed. "Actually," she said, "we just spend a lot of time outside and the boots keep us warm."
I asked a new Ukranian friend if this was the reason for the knee high boots and she nodded yes adding "I love Prague because you can dress to be comfortable. Here you can wear whatever you want."
Yet a third European woman shared her pride unprompted at finding a pair with an elevated sole so that her feet never actually have to touch the cold pavement.
Another stereotype bites the dust. It still looks nice though. And since we recently had an unusually harsh cold spell in Prague, I can see their wisdom and not just their fashion.