Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Jumping boots ~ part two

When the Kelly Caleche scent was launched in 2007, it was accompanied by one of the most beautiful and striking ads I have ever seen for a perfume. It is one of those images I will always remember, and it was then, when I fell in love with the boots the model was wearing, the 'Jumping' boot.

Having finally convinced myself that the cost per wear will make them a reasonable purchase over a few decades, I bought my own pair last summer.

The beautiful turn lock

The unbelievably soft and smooth inside leather

a close up

The Jumping boot is sized generously, so I went half a size down from my usual size 39

Since they are riding boots, it takes a bit of time to get used to the heel moving up and down when walking, and while breaking them in, thick socks saved my feet. They have become incredibly comfortable since and will remain my most cherished boots for the years to come.


A few weeks ago the Telegraph published an article about the Jumping boots, interviewing Agnes Poncet-Marchal, who is the head of the shoe business at Hermès, Pierre Hardy (the company’s shoe designer), and Fiona Rushton, Hermès’ London communications director. To read the article, click on the link below.

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[Hermes bootmaker Photo: Vincent Lappartient, from the Telegraph]

Photo: Vincent Lappartient, from the Telegraph]

38 comments:

  1. Fabulous! Thank you for the link to the article too, very interesting and informative. I love to visit your blog, not only for the great ideas on how to wear sacrves, but for the added bonus of seeing fabulous well thought out segments like this!!
    Really makes my day, thank you!!!

    Ps,as soon as I saw it I fell instantly in love with the Hermes ad for the jumping boots too!

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  2. MT, when you mentioned that "the cost per wear will make them a reasonable purchase over a few decades", and seeing the same boots on Robee, I've decided to add this beauty on my H-List for this year! Hope that I'll get a chance to travel to France again this year, and make the wish come true =)

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  3. DB, I should have known the ad had the same effect on you! Bought the scent too, because of it ;-) Your sweet comment made my day, so a big mwah to you! x

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  4. myfashionfiles, I hope you can get to France this year and make your wish come true! There is something so special about these boots, wearing them gives a similar feeling to the one of carrying the first orange box back home.. Good luck!

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  5. This is truly amazing! I love the boots, and the ad mesmerized me the moment I saw it too :D Thank you for the wonderful link (been waiting for this Lol), and the brillant write-up too! xx

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  6. They are exquisite, truly exquisite!

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  7. Dear MT,

    They are beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing the information.

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  8. DD, yet another member to join the CenC ad club! Hugs!

    Merci Bonjour Madame, you have summed it up perfectly with one single word! <3

    Thank you, matcanavez. Happy you enjoyed the post :-)

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  9. In all my years of selling footwear here in Australia Mai Tai, I have never seen a more wonderfully made, truly gorgeous, classic boot. Your cost per wear method of justification is one I may have to employ more often to appease the husband:)

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  10. Thank you Julie, so happy you appreciate them! And you are right, with a classic, well made item, the cost per wear calculation seems to work favorably most times! :-)

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  11. They are indeed beautiful boots. Thank you for sharing the information, MaiTai. I am so tempted after seeing your gorgeous pictures, but i have a pair of Ralph Lauren similar to your jumping boots. I must convince myself that i do not need any boots any more. LOL.

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  12. My dear MT, your boots are amazing. And your look in those boots was gorgeous as always.
    I imagined you pair it with your Omnibus scarf, muse belt and your smile. I believe that your look would be as fashionable as an Hermes ad. Looking forward to read your next posting

    P.S. Since I live in tropical weather (and just occasionally visit 4 seasons countries), I couldn't justify your phrase "the cost per wear will make them a reasonable purchase over a few decades". :(
    Right now, I would drool over your boots !!

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  13. MT, I'm just curious if these boots are weather-proof? Or, do u have a method of weather-proofing them?

    It rains alot during winter in Australia, often in an unpredictable manner =( Im worried that I'll spoil the boots in no time..

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  14. oh brother just when i took these off my list due to $$$ you make me want to put them back on. well, cheaper in france right? more reason to go back!

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  15. M, Erlina, myfashionfiles and DB, thank you for sharing my joy and your lovely compliments <3


    Dear M, I understand your dilemma.. and yes, doubling up sadly ruins the calculation. Mind you, they come in brown too ;-)

    Erlina, love the look you've described, and have put my Omnibus on today. It is so cold here right now that I am dreaming to be in a warm climate like yours! :-)

    myfashionfiles, the leather used for the soles and heels has been soaked in chestnut oil for months (more in the Telegraph article), which apparently makes them as waterproof as possible. Luckily, it does not rain often here, and I don't think the occasional drizzle would hurt them at all, but I would not want to have them get soaked on a regular basis. Apart from cleaning and waxing I don't give them any other treatment, and there is always the possibility to send them back to H for a 'spa'.

    DB, put them asap back onto your list, pack your case and pick them up in person! Think of the money you save, leaves you enough change for wine, cheese and good times!

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  16. bonjour matai,
    merci pour votre reponse, j'espere en effet recevoir de nombreuses boites orange comme vous; est il possible d'échanger par mail, je vous laisse le mien chri00000@gmail.com.
    je vous souhaite une belle et agréable journée et vous felicite pour votre superbe blog

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  17. Bonjour Chris, merci pour les beaux compliments.. je vous souhaite un trés bonne journée egalement.

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  18. de rien c est sincère, est il possible d'échanger par mail car je pense que j ai bcp de choses à apprendre de vous.vous avez l air de tres bien vous y connaitre et j aimerai quelques conseils.bonne et agréable journée

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  19. Dear MaiTai, thank you for the information. If you know i have boots in black, brown, grey, and beige, i think you would also say i do not need boots any more. LOL.

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  20. M, you are definitely well heeled, and I agree, no 'need' for more, lol!

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  21. These really are beautiful boots, at the weekend I went shopping in London and saw a lady walking along the Kings Road wearing a black pair, they looked gorgeous in real life! Sadly, my sasquatch feet and "sturdy" calves make these boots an impossibility for me but at least I can admire them on others! Thanks for sharing MT!!

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  22. Dear JA_UK, how I miss the Kings Road! It's one of my favorite streets and what a wild-life sighting you've had, wish I could have seen it too :-)

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  23. Soooo gorgeous. Those boots are tdf! The leather looks fab, and the fit phenom

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  24. Thank you diamondsinchampagne. You are right about the fit, it's the best I've ever had. Love your nick!

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  25. Thanks to you, DH bought me my first H shoes too:D

    You wear it so well, better than the H model!

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  26. Just as well that I was wearing mine that day, casiewboa :D You, of course, look absolutely stunning in yours, what a great eye your DH has!

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  27. Those are exquisite!! Would love to see a photo of them in action!

    http://blackisthenewblack.wordpress.com

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  28. Thank you R! Here you go http://maitaispicturebook.blogspot.com/2010/01/jumping-boots.html

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  29. Dear Mai Tai!
    How much are they cost in France? Is there really big difference in price compeare to US?
    thank you

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  30. Hello Tatiana, last year's price was 1500 EUR :-)

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  31. thank you! it is the same price plus minus. I bought my pair of Hermes boots today!! they called Land(from this seasons collection). by my opinion they look much better that kelly Lock Jumping boots. I had both to compaire! half the price too. happy day:-))))
    You are a genious with scarf rings! i will try your knot tomorrow with my white kelly en perle!

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  32. Congratulations on your beautiful new H boots, Tatiana, wear them in health and happiness! Glad you liked the scarf ring ideas, have fun playing with your Kelly en Perles :-)

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  33. Hi MaiTai,
    You have amazing taste and embody true 'effortless chic"! I am planning to buy the Kelly jumping boots...tomorrow. I have tried on two pairs and am having difficulty regarding size. Do these boots really stretch? I wear a typical size 38. The 37.5 feel OK but are slightly snug in the foot region...the 38 feel very comfortable but I fear they will loosen up and have even more heel slippage..your thoughts please :)

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  34. I am so sorry to come back so late to your comment. The sizing with this boot can be tricky. As they are handmade, no two pairs are the same, and there is variation in the sizes. Generally, it's half a size down from your normal size. If that feels too tight, then go for the next bigger size, as your feet must be comfortable. The leather is very thick, and won't really give away size wise. It is normal for the heel to move up and down, as they are riding boots. It is something to get used to.. I know that some ladies have sucessfully reduced the heel moving by putting gel cushions inside the boot. Good luck!

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  35. Dear Mai Tai:
    I am just breaking in a pair of black jumping boots (which I bought after viewing this little discussion), I am wondering if I could have something put on the bottom of the shoe to make it more waterproof and give a little cushion? Do you wear your on wet days? How are they holding up?Thanks in advance~
    Fleurine

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  36. Dear Fleurine, congratulations on your Jumping boots! Re the sole, I know some people have a rubber sole fixed on to them. I leave mine as they are, but where I live it does not rain very often. I brought them back to Hermès after the winter to have them re-soled, and while it was not cheap (200 EUR) they did a beautiful job. Otherwise they hold up extremely well, if anything, they become more supple and beautiful with time. Just remember to keep the leather nourished with shoe cream, and they should last you forever.

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  37. Dear MaiTai,

    I love your blog and came across this post as I have just bought a pair of Jumping boots.

    I was wondering if you might be able to recommend cedar (or another type of wood) boot forms (or boot 'trees') for me to insert to keep my boots in shape, please?

    Thank you in advance and keep up the beautiful work!

    Best,

    Caroline

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    1. Thank you for the kind comment, happy you enjoy my posts! Re your question... I simply continued using the cardboard 'trees' my jumping boots came with :)

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