SOLOW cropped foldover leggings
T by Alexander Wang long sleeve shirt
Inhabit NY cashmere sweater | several years old, gift from Inhabit (their sample sale is on for one more day, GREAT cashmere for under $100!!)
DUO Cazale boots | gift for review from DUO
Jerome Dreyfuss Florent Backpack | (30% off at Forzieri with code SFWEEK30 through today)
Way back in September (feels so long ago, doesn’t it??) I mentioned that DUO boots had offered to send me a pair of boots to fit my wide calves – and here they are. I have had them for a while, but yesterday was the first day it was cold enough here to wear them. This is obviously a completely new & different look for me, because I’ve never had a pair of boots before, but I have to say, I kinda like it.
Just to recap, my calves are about 43 cm around and my leg from the knee-down is about 36 cm tall, which meant I had to get a shorter boot, as most knee-high boots would have been too tall for me. I chatted with a consultant and she suggested that I try the Cazale style, which is what I went with.
When I first got them, I could barely zip them up; it took a LOT of effort. Once I got them zipped up, I didn’t take them off for a while so I could see if they’d stretch and how they would feel. The shoe part fits fine, and the calf fits, but it’s still quite snug, which leaves some gaping at the ankle and makes them awkward to walk in because they’re so tight up at the calf (they do NOT move) and loose around the ankle.
And while I thought I’d like the simple, minimal design of these, I did sort of wish they had a little more substantial heel and maybe a more equestrian look to them.
As I wore them yesterday, they got more and more comfortable, but I do think they could be stretched a bit more so they’re not SO tight around my calves. Just FYI, I didn’t take into account how much extra room I’d need for leggings/jeans when I ordered them. I probably should have. But then again, I thought they’d stretch, so I wasn’t sure how much more room to allow.
I’m beginning to see how ordering/wearing boots is a kind of science! So many things to consider.
I must say, though, now that I have a pair of boots, even though they’re not absolutely perfect (what is??), I’m interested in trying more – I kind of “get” what’s so great about boots that fit and that are comfortable; they really elongate the leg if you keep it all one color. Maybe boots are no longer something I can admire only on other women…we’ll see, let me live in these for a while! I’m not 100% sure they’re “me” – but perhaps they could be?
Overall I have been very impressed with DUO’s selection and service, and this is a great pair of mid-price boots (they’re not just for wide-calves, their boots come in 21 different calf sizes!). The consultant I emailed back and forth with was INCREDIBLY helpful, giving me lots of suggestions, details and ideas to consider before I selected my boots. The reviews on the site are also very good to skim through to get an idea of how they fit/look.
Do you wear boots? How many pairs do you have? How do you find the “right” pair for you?