Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Search for Black Boots

Finding a quality pair of black, flat, knee-high boots has been the hardest task for me! I just want a nice pair of boots I can wear with jeans or dresses. I've been searching for the last two years and been pretty unsuccessful. In fact, I bought three pairs within the last two weeks before settling upon a pair.

Here's how my journey went...
After seeing Ashley of Hudson's Happenings post a pic of her beautiful Steve Madden Zhesty boots, I was smitten and had to have them! I ordered them and was pleasantly surprised that they were shipped and to me within two days. Now that's service! Sadly, the boots didn't fit. I have a high arch so I can't get boots on unless they have a zipper. I should have known better before ordering.



The next pair I bought online were Enzo Angiolini 'Zayra' Boots from Nordstrom. Although I prefer trying them on before buying, Nordstrom has a service where you can make purchases then pick them up in store. I figured if they didn't fit, I could just return them on the spot...which is what I had to do.

These boots were super stylish but way too tight on my calves. Boo!



Finally, I settled upon a pair of Söfft Casoria Flat Boots, also at Nordstrom. The picture above is of the brown pair, but mine are black. They're not the cutest boots ever, but they are cute enough. Since Nordstrom is having their huge sale I snagged them for $132.90. Unfortunately they are really tight in the foot area. I'm going to wear the heck out of them at home and hopefully they will stretch. They should since they're made of leather.

Anyone else have trouble find the perfect pair of black boots?



Photos courtesy of: Zappos, Shopstyle, Steve Madden

23 comments:

Emily said...

I got a pair last year for christmas in brown but they come in black as well. Black boots are so hard to find! Here's a link to my pair

http://www.zappos.com/cole-haan-air-liberty-flat-boot-black

xx Emily @ laughliveandshop.blogspot.com

Lauren said...

I feel like black boots are a lot harder for me to settle on than brown ones. So hard in fact that I have yet to own a pair!

Shutterbug said...

I hear your boot troubles! My calves are so small that I can never find boots that fit!

Melu103 said...

first ones are my favorite
i like the side detail


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Julie (Little Pink Rain Boots) said...

I had the same problem until last year I found the most amazing pair on sale! Good luck breaking your new boots in :)

Claire Kiefer said...

Ooooh, I have been on the hunt for some black boots! Of course, all the ones I like are ridiculously expensive. I need to curb my shopping for a while (I bought a dress yesterday and even some shirts for Matt--who am I becoming???), but when I can use my bank account again, black boots are at the top of my list. :)

Mel said...

It's so difficult finding boots to fit my calf (and then tuck in jeans!). Ugh. Still searching...

Christianna said...

Gah, that sounds like it took forever! But those are cute and will look good with everything. I have tiny feet, so finding boots that fit, isn't really a problem...

Hollie Ann said...

I vote the Enzo's!!! I have a pair in black and they look so luxurious and expensive on! I love them!!!

A party and A HALF said...

I got a new pair of black boots this year from Shoedazzle.
Unfortunately, they don't get worn a lot in Hawaii

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Ah, I have had the same problem! Im dying for some black boots, but I swear every leather pair I find I feel kinda like a dominatrix... Maybe I can find some suede ones, or check out some of your fab finds!

The City Boy said...

I recently bought a pair of Cole Haan boots online (that I cant return) and I cannot even get my foot into them. SO bummed and annoyed

Josie said...

I love the Angiolini pair. I always have trouble finding boots due to slightly wide calves but there's a pair by Steve Madden that I own in two colors... Probably soon to be three!
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

Mr. Taylor and his Lady said...

loved this post, because i really am on the search for some ridiculously amazing black boots. adore!!
xo TJ

prettymeggy said...

i also got a new pair for me, i wanted to buy something like those pictures.. you know no heels specially now with my baby running all over but my hubby keep telling me he love heels hahaha... anyway i like the last one :)
xoxo, Haus of Gala

Ashley said...

I need a new pair of boots in the worst way... I really want a brown pair, but I'm being too picky. Boots can be tough, because you want them too be just right!

Stephanie said...

I'm with you on a search for these! I can never find a style I like and when I do, it's always out of my price range. I hope you enjoy your new Flat boots, they are gorgeous!

Eternally yours,
Stephanie

Jules said...

I've just gone through a similar situation trying to find the perfect pair of nude heels. My search ended today when I got my shipment from Macy's. They're Nine West and I love them!

Anyway, ordering shoes/boots online can be a frustrating process and it's hard to know what will work for you. I'm glad you settled on the Sofft boots. They look classic and like they'll really hold up. Getting them on sale is also a plus ;) I think since it sounds like they're leather you'll be able to stretch them.

Krystina said...

I kid you not, year 2 of my search! Last year I finally found a pair that just come up past my ankle which are super cute for some things. But I want a black alternative to my brown riding boots... It's hard being so short because I feel like finding exactly the right height that won't make me look awkward is next to impossible! Hoping this year will bring me some luck...
LOVING your blog! :) Excited to be a new follower and keep snooping!
*Krystina
cupahotchocolate.blogspot.com

Christina said...

I have the same problem with boots and my arches. And the weird thing is, I can get my left foot in a boot and not the right one! I think it's because I broke my foot a few years ago and it just won't bend as well. So yeah, boots suck for me!

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

I have to try on boots before I buy them. You were brave enough to order them online. Haha. And I saw the ones you got from Nordy's. Didn't buy them though. Still too uncomfy for me. :( And boots tend to make me look shorter than ever...and I'm already short. LOL

Happy Friday.

Shelly said...

I've been having the same problem! I got these yesterday:

http://www.lordandtaylor.com/eng/shoes-Bromley_Leather_Flat_Boots-lordandtaylor/157392

I've been searching for flat boots for 2 years too!

Miss Lindsay said...

Cute enough?? I love them!! Boots are so hard to shop for.
I invested in a pair of Frye boots 2 years ago but let me tell you they don't last forever like people claim.