First of all, here they are:
Boots: Koolaburra "Victoria" in black - $465
Pants: Express "Columnist" Pants in Gray - $60
Tank: The Limited seamless lace tank in red (no longer available)
Blouse: Express stretch blouse in white stripe - no longer available
Dress: Lapis Convertible Dress for Anthropologie in yellow and brown
[Note: This dress is pretty cool because thanks to ribbons and buttons underneath you can wear it a couple of different ways (it works kind of like bustling a skirt). I wore it to Terry Pratchett's London I Shall Wear Midnight book launch. You can see one of the other ways to wear it there.)
Anthropologie is so overpriced I never do more than look there (it's not that I won't buy something if it's worth it; it's just that their markup is ridiculous), but I got this at one of the department stores for, I think, $12 or $15. Rock.]
Well first, I have to mention that this brand seems to be all the rage with celebrities these days. So it's pretty fun to have some boots that all the fancy folk are swanning about in. :)
And now, on to the boots:
These boots are excellent quality, and super comfortable (as well as very warm). They're made of soft leather, with removable/replaceable sheepskin insoles. The rubber soles have great grip (something SO MANY womens' shoes/boots lack, which I'll never understand. WE DON'T WANT TO FALL DOWN, SHOE DESIGNERS). The "mummy straps" (hee) can be used to tighten them around your legs and seem to hold pretty well.
The look is pretty unique, with the over-the-knee slouch and the crossover straps and all. I love the little rivets on the straps - they add to the look. One interesting thing is that these boots are, in general construction/utility (sheepskin, warmth, domed toe, etc.), a little bit like a fancy Ugg. And I really, really hate how Uggs look (they make everyone look like they have fat feet!). HOWEVER. Somehow Koolaburra has managed to make a stylish boot that functions the same as an Ugg without being ugly like one (no fat feet here!). So that is totally awesome! Thumbs up to their designers! So: overall, I really like the look.
Unfortunately I'm not sure they are quite fancy enough to serve as boots I can wear to work (silly *lawyer* clothes!) but they are definitely great for weekend out-and-about or going out or hanging out boots (and if your work is a little more casual you could definitely get away with them there, too).
I'm a little unsure what I think they look best with as yet (pants, dress, etc.) but I think they can function with both.
And now, what do you think?
Do you like these?
Would you wear these boots with:
In general, do you like Ugg-style boots?
Do you think these boots escape looking Ugg-like?
Which celebrity do you fear I'll turn into if I wear these out and about?
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