“ Brand: Aldo / Type: Ankle Boots „
Being a mere 5ft2in, I'm not very keen on wearing totally flat shoes as it makes me feel tiny! So I'm always on the look out for casual shoes or boots with a reasonably small heel to give my height a bit of a boost. I spotted these on the asos.com website and thought they would be ideal as they have a heel but it's disguised, however, the website had sold out of my size so I decided to pop to the ALDO store instead.
I had never purchased shoes from ALDO before but had walked past the store in Glasgow several times so I know it could be quite an expensive shop. At only £40 I thought this seemed like a reasonable price for a pair of boots which, although not leather, are the kind of boots you can wear with a lot of things.
The ALDO Swendsen boot comes in a variety of different colours and materials. You can buy them as a kind of knitted style (shown in the picture) in black, grey or tan or you can buy them in a more leather-look style in black and tan. I purchased the black leather-look style of these boots in my normal size UK5. It's much more of a charcoal black / dark grey colour than a jet black colour which give them a kind of worn look plus I found that this colour goes well with a lot of others and looks more casual than maybe a deep black boot would.
The boots are actually made of a coated canvas which looks like leather, but actually when I look up close to the material I can see the canvass pattern underneath the coating. Down the front of the boot you have a ruched detail which is fixed and gives a casual slouchy look to the boot. They sit very loose around the ankle and have an asymmetric cut which makes them higher at the front and lower at the back. This wide fitting around the ankle makes it easy to wear the boots with jeans and also helps in the putting on / taking off process. The concealed wedge heel disguised within the boot measures 6cm and is very solid and sturdy - it feels like wood underneath though it must be hollow in the centre as they don't weigh too much. With a rubber sole these shoes are very quiet to wear and you won't get any annoying clippity clop noises as you walk along.
When I first tried these on, I was surprised at how soft and spongey the insole was - it felt very thick, cushioning and comfortable. I think these boots could perhaps be a little on the small side especially for those with wider feet as they were very snug on me but after a bit of wear they seemed to stretch a bit. I think they are ment to be a bit tighter than average because the opening is so big so if they were too loose your feet would be slipping out all the time. As it's a wedge heel, they are actually quite comfortable but my one problem was that after wearing for a good 2-3 hours of walking about, my toe started to rub on a little bit of the inside on each foot so much so that I ended up with 2 tiny cuts on the 4th toe of each foot which was quite sore. I bought the little gel plasters to put on each toe which helped stop this and so I found them quite comfortable.
If I wear these without the gel pads then as long as I don't walk for a long time they're fine. If I was going to be doing any large amounts of walking or was going to be on my feet a long time then I would wear the gel pads with them as even through regular wear this part of the boot doesn't seem to have fixed itself. For they money I think these are great value - I've worn them so much already and plan to do so well into the spring so they were definately worth £40.