I would never call the character of Cameron Howe of Halt and Catch Fire a fashion icon for me (that would be Donna, obviously). But in the 4th season, I did jump when I spotted her wearing a pair of Blundstone Chelsea boots – the one wardrobe staple that didn’t make her look like she had just rolled out of bed and continued rolling over her dirty clothes, Katamari Damacy-style.
What surprised me was that these boots aren’t really common. They’re Australian so you aren’t going to see them on too many American feet (both meatspace and tv-space). But they’re an old brand and very recognizable for their colorful panels and dual tags for easy pulling on-and-off. Cameron, of course, had a simple pair of brown-on-browns. I immediately recognized them from nearly a year prior when I was looking for a pair of functional Chelsea boots to replace my Frye’s that turned out to be absolute shit and rubbed my heels to death.
I told myself that if I was still thinking about them 6 months from then, I’d just buy them. Well, I waited 7 months and bought a pair of BL1377’s – dark brown with pink panels. Again, they come in Australian sizes, I essentially bought 3-sizes smaller than my normal American size, but they fit perfectly. And Zappos ships extra fast, so I have no complaints.
Look, I’ve already scuffed the left toe! They’re already worth it!