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These were an impulse buy in last November’s Black Friday deals. They have a regular price of around £150 but briefly appeared on offer for just £49.
Sara is a much more casual and manly boot than I would normally choose. They are saved from the risk of being a bit too like ‘bovver boots’ by being slim on both the foot and the leg. I wouldn’t want to look like I was too friendly with Doctor Marten.
I bought my boots in a colour called ‘Charcoal Black’ which is a non-shiny textured leather. The over-stitching on these is tan. They have a chunky ribbed sole that grips well. There is no heel on these - instead it’s a very low, gentle wedge that’s just 3 cm in thickness. At the back the gum rubber sole is cut into a shallow wedge. In length they reach to about 15 cm below the top of my knees. Obviously the length on other people will vary according to each person’s leg length. I’m five foot eight.
The boots have a zip up the inside of the calf and a strap over the front of the ankle which attaches through a branded brass buckle on the outside of the ankle. The lining of the boots is a very comfortable slightly sueded fabric with a design of flowers and flies in black and tan. This fabric prevents the boots from making your legs sweaty when it’s warmer outside. The insole is similarly patterned and is very soft and comfortable.
I’ve read a number of reviews of this model of Fly London boots from people who’ve bought them and then found that they couldn’t zip them up because they were too narrow on the calves. I suspect this can be more of a problem for shorter women who might find that the boots end at a wider part of their calf than for taller women. I don’t consider that I have particularly skinny calves but these fit really well. The boots do stretch a little the more you wear them as the leather relaxes so don’t panic if they are a little tight at first. They have a an elasticated ‘gusset’ at the top which will give you an extra centimeter or so of stretch which is handy if you want to wear them with skinny jeans tucked inside.
The other aspect of size that really matters is the foot. I am a narrow size 5.5-6 (or a Euro 39) and these fit absolutely perfectly in the 39 that I bought and were almost ‘snug’ when I first got them. I’d not recommend these for people who have wide feet or for people who want to wear really thick socks inside their boots.