Every time boot season rolls around, I pull my sorry pair from the back of the wardrobe thinking, “This year, I’m going to learn to store boots.” So, Dictator, I place myself before you for guidance on what must be the weirdest New Year’s resolution you’ve seen.
Getting the Boot, The Peak

The Dictator rules: Hardly. If you think that’s a list-topper, then I suggest you get out more, boots or no boots. It’s actually a pretty good question. None of the fine shoe shops, homeware suppliers or department stores I visited had much to offer. I’ve seen three good solutions: inserts, racks or hangers. For inserts, your best option in Hong Kong is the Boots Keeper Deo Bunny from Japan, which is essentially a piece of plastic you bend and stick into the boot leg and it comes in a variety of patterns or plain black (HK$128; City’super, IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2234 7128). Online, search for “boot shapers” and you’ll find lots of options. Most come from riding tack shops, such as theoriginalhorsetackcompany .com where they go for HK$361 per pair, not including shipping.
For boot racks, you’d think Ikea, Japan Home Centre or Sogo would help, but no. You’ll have to hit Amazon for all sorts of options, starting from about HK$155. Last but not least, consider hangers from websites such as boottique.com (HK$155 for set of three). Check that the hanger clips don’t leave an indentation at the top of the boot; if they do, cushion them with a bit of foam.



I have magazine clippings from a few months ago showing Dakota Fanning looking all grown up and wearing super cute lace cat ears. But it doesn’t show any credits on the pages. Where did they come from and where can I get some?
Purrfectly Pretty, North Point

The Dictator: Have you people learned nothing? A few months ago was a whole other season. Add the fact that magazine shoots are produced weeks to months before publication, and we’re talking a long time ago. Case in point: you saw Dakota Fanning wearing a lace headpiece by Maison Michel (www.michelparis.com) from its autumn-winter 2012 collection. Although it was founded by hatmaker Auguste Michel in 1936, the brand may have only come to your attention in recent seasons thanks to the fashion world’s obsession with its sexy bunny and cat ear accessories.
We’d usually send you to On Pedder (16 Queen’s Road Central, tel: 2118 3489 or Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2118 3470), but they’re sold out. So are online retailers such as netaporter.com, outnet.com and giftlab.com. So look forward to the new year and the new springsummer collection launching at On Pedder’s Central boutique next month, where the cat ears have evolved from lace to gold (HK$3,800 and up). Alternatively, good old asos.com has a black lace cat ears headband for only HK$139.40. Or make your own with the DIY instructions at monoxious.com.


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