Sex selling and winning


This is timely. I’ve just finished reading Naked by David Sedaris and while the book of essays ends with an amusing recollection of an obscure nudist colony (trailer park) that worships towels, I wonder how the course of events could have culminated otherwise if the fall boot story starring Miranda Kerr in Harper’s Bazaar’s September issue, shot by Terry Richardson were executed on the colony’s grounds. Likely not that differently, maybe just a couple astute descriptions of man-with-thumbs perennially up, but it’s worth a thought.

And here I am contemplating cut out ankle length flat chunky combat boots for the upcoming season while Kerr debunks my theory–see: we know we’re ugly, but you’re ugly too so let’s be ugly together–subtly retorting, “fuck that, (though she probably doesn’t curse,) ankle boots are a vehicle of the past. Wear to the knee. Be naked.”

What are mortal repellers supposed to do with this though? Ankle boots in a stowaway compartment and naked women looking, well, perfect. It’s a brand of power I don’t think I am capable of achieving.

I remember a time when Kerr bat for our team–unknowingly competing with Jared from the Subway commercials in Who Wore it Best: enormous pant edition contests on Man Repeller. Ah, such, such were the joys.

Pictured boots by Givenchy, Tom Ford, Hermes.

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  • lauramach23

    I love those
    Givenchy boots, but I don’t think the ankle boot era is over just yet 🙂

    Paint me in the landscape

  • guest

    girl, I love sedaris.

  • Hmmm I think I might switch sides.

  • Doni Brown
  • kick ass!

  • Michelle

    love that book

  • Eh.

  • Eleanor

    Miranda Kerr is beautiful. She could wear anything and still not be able to be a Man Repeller.

  • Gussie

    bring back who wore it best!

    • Leandra Medine

      You know, I’ve been thinking about it. Maybe I will.

      • elif


        • B.

          agreed ! and i’m still a big fan of ankleboots, but ofcourse on this shoot they wouldn’t have had the same effect

      • JJJJ

        Totally! I miss that!

  • ClosetCravings

    Although Miranda is quite beautiful, I find these photos kind of boring in a predictable sort of way. I think the one of her sitting is probably the best.
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  • ellen

    You bring an excellent insight to this sexy over the knee shot- I’m contemplating as well.

  • Leslie

    fat bastard.
    laughing by myself

  • Janet Mandell

    Killer boots!!!! WOWzer!!!!

    Follow each other?????
    ****CHANEL handbag giveaway on my*****

  • gaowmichelle

    ugh. she has a BABY. she looks freaking amazing. so amazing. that she could sell me over the knee boots even though i barely hit the 5 foot mark.

  • marinacasapu

    the ones from the right are perfect!!!

  • VotreAmie

    Dear Eight Pound, Six Ounce, Newborn Baby Jesus, in your golden, fleece diapers, with your curled-up, fat, balled-up little fists pawin’ at the air…could you please make me look like Miranda Kerr in all her naked glory, wearing nothing but some kick ass, sass flingin’ Givenchy boots? Cause that’d be AWESOME.
    PS – I apologize for accosting you on the street on Wednesday night – I was excited and you rock my world. Rock on!

    • Leandra Medine

      You kidding? I live for THAT

  • to miranda kerr’s fuck that i say fuck that right back. leave the over the knee boots to the ladies of the night and bring on the combat boots. how are we supposed to properly repel if no one can see the pelt of leg hair we’ve spent all summer cultivating?


  • Sharon

    I NEED thoes boots!


  • Karen Yuan

    so basically, the only thing that can make us forgo our ankle boots is a naked miranda kerr? Perhaps if they stuck ryan gosling in a pair of knee-highs, naked, I’d consider it.

    x karen

  • Eva Kraaijeveld

    She looks gorgeous and the boots as well!

  • Colton Dixon Winger

    I think you should bring it back, but SHEwears HEwears style… which man vs. woman wears it best!

  • Love those pictures!!

    xoxo lorena

  • Lisa Simone Daniels

    Yes please do bring who wore it best back!

  • The Provoker

    Hmmm this is kinda anti repelling with the naked factor, but perhaps as you said with the right combat boots, all will be restored. Btw, I’ve recently begged a very provoking question on my blog that whether or not you think men are emasculated if they were to wear platform shoes, do you agree?

    xx nathan.niche

  • I know it is legal to walk around butt naked in San Francisco, but is it legal in NYC too? Or will we have to move to SF in order to adhere to this new trend?

  • pyrotom

    what boots?

  • Théa Unknown

    Miranda is gorgeous!

    Théa Unknown

  • I solemnly swear to never give up ankle boots!

  • Belén cavas
  • While I love both the over the knee boot trend and the ankle boot trend (living in Utah I wear boots about half the year) but this photo shoot really just illustrates for me why I read your blog and not Harper’s Bazaar. As hot as Kerr looks naked, I’d rather see them layered.

  • PinkCheetahVintage

    Can’t do over the knee boots– tried so many times. Selling my last two pairs now with the knowledge that this will never work for me. Looks hot on Kerr, though 🙂

  • See I think these pictures look extremely photoshopped, no?

  • Kendall

    The first time I ever checked out man repeller it was a “who wore it best,” from then on I never missed a post. I miss those Leandra! 🙂

  • Those naked shots are so man propelling that they almost become man repelling.

  • guest

    jared from subway made me lol

  • silvia

    let’s have some nice ankle boots, some nice knee boots, some nice over the knee boots, simple, isn’t it?

  • Nuit Hernandez

    LOVE David Sedaris 🙂

  • Claire

    Whether or not they best accessorize nudity, I just acquired my lace-up cut out ankle length boots for the fall. The ankle boot lives on in my book!

  • Sara

    Ugh… anyone else bored to death with Terry the perv Richardson?? Can he shoot anything but soft porn?

  • Georgia Walsh

    I feel like Terry Richardson’s presence would leave a stain on Miranda’s pure and goody-goody sensibilities…

  • jade

    wheres the butt?

  • fashionspot

    I love the ankle boot look, but think that the over the knee length boot is also a flattering length depending on what you are wearing underneath!

  • Le Macaron Princess

    I keep thinking what an awesome halloween costume this would be if you had the right group of friends. A nude bodystocking and some tall boots, and you’d be good to go!