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Pillowy tootsies

November 26, 2012

The modern Pillow Boot by Cougar takes the 1976 original and hikes it up over a wedge heel. Here I am giving it a whirl in a mock wonderland in downtown Toronto

Today we’re talking about the little Canuck boot that could.

We’re not that far away from the glimmer of an idea emerging out of a small Burlington company named Cougar. The Pillow Boot’s international fan following owes much to a Saturday Night Magazine feature ode appearing in 1989. Taking the work boot and puffing it up with down, layering with leather and lining with red fleece, it’s what you’d call a handsome specimen. It’s got that original vibe of function and design over style that is precisely what we embrace today as authentic. And cozy.


This year’s Pillow boots done à la ’76 and 2012

This year’s Pillow Boot collection (shown above) is a trio of styles in optional colourways. The original boot (in the middle row) is available in the 1976 tan colour (at right) or mid-brown and black ($270). Above the originals is a row of wedgeified PBs in black or brown leather ($295), while the bottom row offers a knee-high quilted leather with cuff puff detailing ($325).

Cougar is currently taking the Pillow Boot on the road with a traveling pop up fitting room. I was invited to drop by during the Cougarmobile’s stop in Toronto’s fashion district where the boots were on display and a choice of fun backdrops for a photo op. This is all part of a contest Cougar is hosting to find the new face of Cougar to feature on a billboard at the corner of Queen and Spadina. I really want this billboard.

The contest to help make me win opens on December 3rd. Voting happens on Cougar Boots’ Facebook page. I’ll remind you.

More pics from the day’s fun:


The Cougar mobile and my snowy backdrop choice


The Cougar mobile is in Toronta all right


Cute helpers at the Cougar drop-in mobile wearing cute original Pillow Boots


Sitting Cougar green at the corner of King Street West and Brant Street


The pillow boot – so cool and yet so warm

Images by me.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jordana permalink
    November 27, 2012 1:02 pm

    Awesome review & photos Johanne! A few friends have them and they love them!

  2. Shannon Y. permalink
    November 28, 2012 1:07 pm

    My mom had these boots – I forwarded the post to her and she nearly died. She claims she was a fashion icon so ahead of her time (she used to pair them with old blue sweatpants and a fur coat; memories of my youth). haha. :)

    • November 28, 2012 2:08 pm

      So great to hear about a real fashionista in the 70s wearing the originals!!
      Thanks for your comment- and happy that your mom likes the post. She’s so hip!

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