PRETTY COOL: Bottega Veneta’s Puddle Boot


— September 29, 2020 —

If you love dressing like a stick of butter, then you will love adorning your feet with the Bottega Veneta Puddle Boot—the shoe equivalent of a puddle of honey. 

As the name suggests, they’re at their prime when splashing about on a rainy day. Since we were denied the misfortune of drizzly weather—the beautiful, sunny sky ruining any chances of puddle stomping—we tested the boot’s versatility instead by wearing them as gloves, incorporating them into a flower sculpture, and blowing them air kisses, among more conventional uses. Can confirm: they’re an exceptionally multifaceted shoe. 

Scenes of the unbridled joy that comes with wearing them can be found in the gallery above, and our chat with their qt pie wearer—model Milani Sobey—can be found below… 

Where did you grow up and where do you live now? 
I grew up in Campbelltown and I have lived here my entire life. I am looking to make a move fairly soon to Bondi, so that is exciting. 

What’s been the most rewarding part of your work?
The most rewarding part has definitely been meeting so many different creatives. I am constantly inspired and motivated to evolve and change for the better. I also feel really lucky to have such an amazing agency behind me. I have definitely reaped the rewards of having such an incredible support system. 

And the most challenging?
Modelling does come with its fair share of challenges. Whether it be getting passed for a job or rejected at a casting. It can be a challenge not taking it personally, but you definitely learn how to get a thick skin over time. 

What achievements are you most proud of from 2020? 
Definitely my own personal growth. It’s been something that I have worked extremely hard on over the last few months and I feel like I’m in a much better place. 

Do you consider yourself a spiritual person?
I would say so. I definitely believe that everything happens for a reason and that no matter what, the Universe shows you that everything eventually falls into place. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“Do it for you”. I think it’s an important piece of advice because it’s crucial to remember that you can do things for other people, but you need to prioritise yourself at the end of the day. You need to work for what you want because no one else can do it for you. 

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Lately, I have been loving making smoothies and meditating before I start my day. It just helps me to start the day on the right track. 

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I have been loving just a super simple tuna bowl of late. I have it with spicy chilli tuna, chickpeas, kidney beans and brown rice and I could eat it every day. 

What’s the coolest or most interesting thing you’ve learned recently?
I recently learned that the Queen is 94 years old! I was amazed. What a woman. 

What does ‘cool’ mean to you? 
‘Cool’ to me means being completely and unapologetically yourself. Feeling comfortable in your own skin and being free to explore and express yourself however you want. 

Feature: Madeleine Woon     Photos: Sarah Adamson     Fashion: Kristen Coleman

Milani is represented by Priscillas


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