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Last year around Christmas time I was looking for a new pair of black boots. I have some gorgeous black boots with heels but nowadays they are just not practical with two kids and so I wanted a pair of flat boots that were really comfortable to walk in.
> I really liked the riding boot style that was quite popular last winter and wanted to get a pair of those. I liked that they were knee high boots but flat and had a bit of a style to them. I first saw these boots advertised in a fashion magazine and at just £18 a pair thought I would go and have a look. We have a gigantic Tesco superstore near our house which sells everything and there were lots of pairs of these boots for sale. It's not like in a proper shoe shop where you have to ask for your size, the boots are just hanging up on rails on the shop floor, held together with a little plastic clothes peg so it's easy for you to try them on.
Now, I'm definitely a believer, well, most of the time anyway, in you get what you pay for and at just £18 for the pair I wasn't expecting perfection in a pair of boots. On first inspection they looked ok. You can definitely see that they are not real leather, they are made of a faux leather as they are called. The "leather" is thin and doesn't have that softness that real leather does but they didn't look cheap or plasticky so I bought a pair after trying them on. The style was nice, they hit just under my knee and did up with a zip and had a buckle detail I them giving them that riding boot look.
They went on well when I tried them on but I guess you will never know if a pair of boots are going to be comfortable or not until you wear them a few times. Unfortunately these are not the most comfortable pair of boots I have owned. They never really moulded well to my feet and the faux leather didn't really bend when I walked so they were stiff and unforgiving. I have quite wide feet and they really pinched across the middle of my foot after a while meaning I couldn't wear them for long periods.
So, even though I got a bargain money wise I wish I had of saved up my money and bought a bit more of an expensive pair so I could get a bit better quality.
I came across these boots last year, just before Christmas and instantly fell in love. I was lucky enough to get mine in the sale for just £6 which I think is a massive bargain!
These retail at £18 usually and I would have happily paid full price had they not been reduced as they're asolutely stunning and look much more expensive than £18 in my opinion and they look like real leather. The boots are available from Tesco both in store and online. When I got mine there were two different styles to choose from - one which is plain and one which has buckle detailing. I opted for the design with the detailing as I thought that the plain ones slightly ressembled wellies!
The boots are available in two basic colours - black or brown. I chose black as this is a slightly more versatile colour in my opinion, although I did really like the look of the brown ones, too. The boots are marketed as riding boots, however I doubt that any one who rides a horse would buy their riding boots from Tesco for under twenty quid; these are just fashion dupes of riding boots which can be styled really easily. The design of the boots is really simple - they're pretty long and sit a few inches below my knee and they have buckle detailing on the back of them - one on the bottom and one on the top. The buckles have silver detailing which adds a little bit of detail to the boots.
I was worried at first that the shoes would feel quite uncomfortable around my legs and I was concerned that they might be really tight and look silly, however they're actually really roomy. I'm quite petite though (size eight), however even if you are slightly larger, they have an elasticated back so they will adjust to the size of your legs. The boots are easy and quick to put on as they have a zip fastening at the side. I've had the boots for around eight months now and have had no problem with the zip getting jammed or anything like that. The boots have a rounded toe which I like as it makes my feet look 'neater' if that makes sense.
The soles on the shoes are made of thick rubber which have grips on them and they have a very slight heel which is around 2 inches thick. The grips come in handy considering that these are winter boots and I find that they are really sturdy and easy to walk in, even back when it was icey. boots are extremely comfortable and they're easy to walk in - they fit perfectly which I am pleased about as I usually have problems with shoes rubbing against my feet as I have quite wide feet where as these are really well fitting and I've had absolutely no discomfort while wearing them. They didn't need breaking in when I first got them either as the material is nice and soft. I'm not sure what the material is but it is definitely synthetic and it feels like soft rubber - it looks like real leather though and I have been complimented so many times on them - one of my friends even assumed that they were from Topshop and my Grandma asked me if they were from Clarks! Sizes available are 4-9 and as far as I know, half sizes are not available.
I wear these boots quite often; I got lots of wear out of them last winter and I have worn them quite a bit this year too when it was the cooler weather. These look good with skinny jeans (any colour) and leggings and they give the outfit a really nice finish due to how good quality they look and how nicely they fit. I personally don't think that these look right with skirts but I've worn them a few times with shorts - with tights on though obviously. For some reason I just don't think that they look right with bare legs. The shoes are still in good condition after eight months of frequent wear, and only a small amount of scuffing on the toe area is visible along with some minor 'wrinkles' on the material. Dirt shoes up easily on them but a quick wipe with a wet wipe or sponge soon cleans them up.
I have wanted some riding boots for the past few winters now as every year, come autumn they seem to stay in fashion, they look comfy and versatile. However, every shop i looked in they where just too expensive (well,more than i'm prepared to pay for boots anywyas LOL) I had nearly given up all hope and was beginning to consider forking out the £100 (that i don't have) for a pair of real leather boots in a catalogue, when i cam across these beautys in none other than TESCO!!
I had heard the F&F clothing range was suppose to be good but to me Tesco's is where you buy your chicken kievs not the staples of your wardrobe! However, when is aw these i fell in love they were EXACTLY what i was after and at £20 i figured even if they only lasted this winter i would have my moneys worth.
Price: Around £20 (but i've got a feeling they where a few quid cheaper :O !! )
As i'm sure you've guessed the boots are not real leather, but thats not too say they are cheap looking or feeling as i think they look really expensive and people have complimented me on them looooads and are genuinley shocked when i say where their from. They are quite a dark brown colour so they go with most things in the winter wardrobe and are flat so there really comfy and easy to walk in. They have a small elasticated panel at the back, which if like me you don't have the slimmest calves, make them really easy to get on and comfy to wear. There is also a zip on the inside at the bottom although both these things are virtually invisible so dont affect the look of the boots,
~What i Thought~
As you can probably tell i LOVE these boots i have had them since September and have worn them loads both outside and to work and so far so good in terms of comfort and durability. Which if i'm honest i was a little worried about because of the price. But they still look great, i can wear them with almost anything, there comfy and i get loads of compliments and would definitley reccomend. 10/10 for me! :)