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Silk Flower Midi Skirt, Black Leather Jacket, Structured Leather Calf Boots and Matching Leather Clutch

This week I am going to show you what one can wear with this incredibly beautiful knee-high leather boots that are also called calf boots.


Picture downloaded from Pinterest

Lo Stivale is the Italian term for boot and, at the same time, it is the name this beautiful country bears for its shape.  Italy is shaped like a boot because of the mass of land that was gradually formed at the time Africa moved north. 

The European tectonic plate, the Mediterranean Basin and several mountain ranges were created. Ultimately the Apennines Mountains grew and it is these mountains that run down the spine of Italy to Sicily, forming a boot-like shape.

Fashion has always been an important part of the country’s cultural life and society, and Italians are well known for their attention of dressing-up well; “Fare la Bella Figura”, or making a good impression on others.

But “Fare Bella Figura” goes beyond looking good. The term links beauty with manners, politeness, language, gesture, appropriateness and respect. Respect for yourself and respect for the others. Turning-up late for an important event, coming without a gift may make people exclaim, ma che figura! What a sight, what a disgrace! 

“Fare Bella Figura” is strictly linked to visualising, seeing, and appearing. When you put forward your best, you need to see yourself from the outside, as an alter ego. You need to understand what the outside, the others think of you. For that they do not have to know who you really are, it suffices if at the end what they see makes them think highly of you.

Keep this in mind when you see an Italian man sweating in a suit in sweltering heat and extreme humidity or a women polished from head to toe buying goods in a supermarket. This is all about placing appearance over convenience and comfort.  Important is not to overdo it, because then this is about “Fare una Brutta Figura”.

Back to Lo Stivale. Needless to say that Lo Stivale also produces beautiful shoes and boots. But seemingly 2019 was a year with highs and lows to the Italian shoe making industry.

Also its 4357 footwear manufacturers – of which the majority are still small enterprise producing shoes under their own trademarks – do not escape the worldwide trend towards athletic footwear and comfortable sneakers. So, no big surprise that also in Italy 2019 sales of “classic” shoes were down for both men and women.

The good news for this Italian industry segment is that sales for ankle boots and high boots remained stable. Interested to learn more about one of Italy’s backbone industries? Then read the report from Confindustria Moda Research Centre.

Number 2 of my Boots

My knee-high boots are made of black structured leather and I match them with an equally structured leather clutch to keep-up the look with current trends.  I like my boots to fit comfortably around the calf, because it is like that how they look its best. To me, too much of a gap spoils the look of the boot.

And then, to make sure your calf boots fit well is important for your good foot health and physical comfort. If the boot fits too amply, your calf will bump against the side and if the boot is too tight, it will rub.

Tell me why not to wear the boots together with an extravagant rose pattern midi-skirt made from silk and mix  it with a black leather front-zip jacket?  I brought this wonderful jacket back with me from a business trip to Budapest.

Sonja Fellner, the designer of the skirt is well known for her dirndl collections.





and if you wish to further explore Sonja Fellner’s creativity, just visit her website at www.sonjafellner.com


In 2018, footwear production worldwide reached 24.2 billion pairs, which is a growth by 2.7% over the previous year. Asia is not only where 9 out of 10 pairs are produced but also the continent that buys most of shoes sold around the world.

To which extend footwear truly “made in Italy”? Clearly, footwear “made in Italy” carries a certain prestige, for which many are willing to pay a premium price. But how many if one can buy a “copy” produced for much less?

This is where the Italian footwear manufacturing sees one of its biggest challenges: to protect its industrial heritage and to remain successful in global markets it will be crucial to obtain European approval of legislation introducing the obligatory information of origin.

  • Black Leather Jacket from Boss
  • Silk Flower Midid Skirt from Sonja Fellner
  • Black Leather Clutch
  • Black Leather Calf Boots from Loretta Pettinari




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  1. Joan
    March 19, 2020 / 10:30 am

    Dear Rosa-Marie

    I love those boots, such a classic length and the delicate ribbing effect down the shaft. The heels are just the perfect height to give pose and elegance. And if I may add they look so well maintained and polished, oh how I dislike dirty boots.
    Your leather jacket and skirt and matching leather clutch complete a very delightful look, thank you for sharing.

    Love Joan

    • Rosamarie
      March 19, 2020 / 5:59 pm

      Dear Joan,
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I am happy to hear that you have been visiting my website.
      I know, we are all going through difficult times at the moment and I hope that MYPREFERREDPIECES can provide you with a little break from the bad news and will be a place where you can read and see things you love.
      Stay healthy. Love Rosa-Marie

  2. Su
    March 21, 2020 / 10:29 am

    Good morning Rosa-Marie

    Firstly I hope your well and coping with these difficult times, being a optimist I think within 3 months the world will have moved on and life will be back to normal but with perhaps a few extra precautions.

    To your boots, they look absolutely divine on you. The leather looks such good quality as it does with your leather jacket, what exquisite taste you have. If I could have added anything to your photograph it would have been perhaps a pair of fine kid leather gloves, although no doubt you considered those already.

    What a interesting read on the Italian shoe and boot manufactures, I always knew they produced and had a good reputation but never realised there were so many of them.

    I have actually been looking at a pair of boots from a German store, but not sure if I can really justify the cost, however they are lovely and can imagine getting lots of use from them. May I please ask for your opinion of them Rosa-Marie.


    Very kindest regards
    Su x

    • Rosamarie
      March 21, 2020 / 5:56 pm

      Dear Su,
      It is good to hear that you are doing fine. I hope this situation, we are in at the moment, will improve very soon. I am very sad for the people who have lost their loved ones in this terrible health crisis.

      I have had a look at the boots and as far as I can see from the picture, the quality seems to be good, the leather looks nice. As for the price, in my opinion it is better to buy one item a little bit more expensive and to wear it for many years. At the end, if you divide the cost over the number of years you have used them, the cost will appear low.

      My very warm regards

  3. Su
    March 23, 2020 / 4:40 pm

    Good afternoon Rosa-Marie

    Thank you for taking the trouble to view those boots, I do value the opinion of a another Lady such as you whom has exquisite taste. I think I’ll come over to Berlin for a couple of nights when all the lock-down has finished and visit the store, this is a city I have visited 3 times before and enjoyed.
    I agree about the cost per wear, some of the older items in my wardrobe are the most expensive and have certainly stood the time test.

    Kindest regards

    • Rosamarie
      March 23, 2020 / 9:14 pm

      Good evening Su,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. I am like you, I enjoy traveling to Berlin, there is always something going on in the city. I hope that the lock-down will not last for too long.

      Please stay healthy, Rosa-Marie

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