Great to see you posting here. I really enjoyed this. I have a long list of things that I like about this piece, including the way you sustain the animal theme, the off-kilter and unexpected details (the description of Julia's legs and tail for example) and fantastical elements, the list of invented dances, the subplot of the phony friend, the way the detail of Julia's nose-whistling seems to call into question Julia's attractiveness (something I hadn't questioned), the N venting to his father's portrait, and the generally the way this manages to feel like a complete story despite its brevity.
The title must refer to the new boots that Rosie said he should buy. So at the point at which he's telling the story from, he has them on, I guess. So I can see the title as a proud response to an enquiry about his (new) boots -- or information he was volunteering about his boots, and then whole story as part of his explanation of how he came to have them.
A couple of thoughts:
"Before we were done she'd have me spinning on my head.". I wasn't sure if this is the N narrating, telling us what would subsequently happen, or a continuation of what Julia said. Maybe it could be made clearer? If the latter, a "That" at the beginning maybe?
"I guess he failed to walk the line. Bit the hand that fed him." Do you need both, the seem quite similar in meaning. The biting seems to tie in a with cat/animal theme. So it could just be "I guess he bit ...".
Anyway, much enjoyed.
Last edited by Matt Q; 10-08-2019 at 06:29 AM.