Last weekend I finally caved and picked up a pair of these bad boys:
I’ve only had them for a week, but so far they meet almost all of my requirements:
- Fits well and has arch support.
- Doesn’t cause blisters and has smooth seams to avoid chafing.
- Looks cute with skinny jeans tucked into them.
- Doesn’t bag (much) around my really skinny ankles.
- Looks good with dress pants/a suit – and is high enough off the ground that I didn’t have to hem pants that were cut to fit heels.
- Warm (especially if you add footwarmers.)
The only major drawback is that they are not waterproof – they are okay if you get caught in the snow, but the water starts to seep in pretty quickly, so I would definitely not wear them out in the snow. They are also a little big around my calves/ankles, which makes them great for tucking in my jeans but means I need to wear pretty thick socks if I wear them with a skirt.
The other really great thing about them is that they are very well suited to cycling – this morning, I went to yoga class and tucked my yoga pants into my boots so they wouldn’t get caught on my bike chain. As we were riding to class, I realized that the heel of the boot fit perfectly against my pedals and it was making biking easier than usual because there wasn’t a risk of my feet slipping off the pedals.
I will say that they were pretty expensive – $150 – but I had a $50 gift card to REI and they are really high quality leather, unlike a lot of the boots that you can get which aren’t soft, comfortable, or well made. I even liked these better than the Earth boots I ordered and returned to Zappos last week. If you are looking for flat, comfortable, professional winter boots, I would definitely pick up a pair of these – and my REI still had plenty in stock, unlike a lot of stores right now that are done with winter and starting to get spring styles. Which is silly, because I know a lot of people are like me and still haven’t gotten around to getting winter boots.