“ Brand: KG by Kurt Geiger / Type: Boots „
I have always had a weakness for purchasing footwear, but when it comes to buying boots I have always struggled to find a pair of boots which are stylish yet durable and last more than one winter so have bought far too many pairs for my liking. In the past I have purchased knee high boots and they either been deemed out of fashion after one winters worth of wear or too tatty to last another winter, even when I have purchased pairs around the £100 mark. So two years ago I decided that I was going to look for plain black knee high boot but pay a little bit more for a better quality boot. I opted for the KG Vienna Knee high boots and was not disappointed. ***KG Vienna Knee High Boots*** The description of the KG Vienna knee high boots are "a fierce boot with super high, slim stiletto heel and concealed chunky platform. Try wearing with a tailored pencil skirt for a smart and feminine style." The boots are a very classic designed knee high boot. The boots have a stiletto heel and platform with an almond toe (a rounded point). The boots come just under the knee and are a fitted slim boot with a black zip up the inside of each leg. The leather is soft looking and a matt colour rather than shiny leather. The boots have a leather upper, with a fabric lining and a synthetic sole. The heel is 14cm high which is very high but has a 5cm concealed platform in the boots which make them easier to walk in. The boots are available in black or brown. I purchased these in black and will be reviewing the black version of these boots. ***Availability*** The KG Vienna Knee High Boots are available in KG stores and concessions in department stores. They are also available online at http://www.kurtgeiger.com/online-shop/182045-kg-vienna . The RRP for these boots are £220. I purchased these boots in January 2009 for £180 which at the time I felt was expensive but they have been a very economical purchase from the amount of wear I have got out of the boots. At time of writing you can currently purchase these boots in black from the KG website for £119, which is a massive saving. ***Wearing the Boots*** The Vienna knee high boots come in quite a large box and are fully wrapped to protect the leather. As soon as you open the box you are met with a very strong leather scent. When I took the boots out of the box I was very impressed with the quality of the boots. The leather is very soft and has quite a cracked matt appearance rather than a smooth shiny appearance which I find makes leather look cheap as it shows up scuffs easily. The concealed platform is under the surface of the leather and is hidden well, in addition to the heel of the boot being thin but strong and not flimsy feeling. The boot has the appearance of the foot section of the boot being attached to the leg panel as two separate sections and sewn together. The panels are sewn together with black thread and the stitching is very neat and tight therefore feel like a well-made boot. Not only do the boots have a very expensive look and feel to them, they are also a very plain classic stiletto knee high boot. The shape of the toe and because the boots are so plain means that these boots are unlikely to go out of fashion, which I find often happens when I buy boots with lots of detail or buckles on them. The zip is black and concealed on the side of the boots. When I tried the boots on they felt quite fitted around my legs which I was very surprised about. Because I have very slim legs I usually find knee high boots are particularly baggy. The Vienna boots have a very streamlined shape about them without being too tight. I have been able to wear these boots with tights and skinny jeans. I have found it is not possible to tuck wider bottomed jeans into these boots. For those with wider calves this may be an issue and the boots may be too tight around the legs especially if you plan to wear these with jeans. I have also found that although the leather is very supple, even after 2 years of wear it has not gone baggy and out of shape on my legs. Placing my feet (and legs) into boots for the first time was an experience as the boots felt quite tight and stiff. After about 5 minutes once the leather had heated up the boots felt very soft yet supportive around my feet and legs. The inside of the boots are very comfortable as the foot bed under the bottom of the foot is very cushioned. Also the lining of the boots is smooth and does not make your feet and legs overheat even if you wear thicker socks with the boots. I regularly wear these boots for long periods of times. My feet have never blistered or felt sore after wear, nor have my feet and legs feel too hot and uncomfortable which sometimes occurs with knee high boots. Walking in the KG Vienna boots is relatively easy. For those that do not wear heels often they may find the heel rather high and unsteady, however for a "high" pair of heels I find these boots are easy to walk in. Firstly the platform is very chunky which adds a lot of stability to the narrow heel. Secondly the boot is supportive around the foot and ankle therefore it does not feel like your foot is moving around in the shoe too much. Lastly the sole of these boots has a lot of grip on it. This is surprising as a criticism I personally have of KG footwear is that the soles of the shoes have no grip, but thankfully the Vienna boots do not follow this trend. KG recommends that you make timely repairs on their shoes to prolong the wear of its footwear, especially when it comes to the heels and soles. I have had these boots for two years now and worn during the winter months every other day usually and the boots are still in excellent condition. There are some light scuffs to the leather on the platform and toe, as you would expect from this amount of wear but with shoe polish these can't be seen. I also bought a leather protector spray when I bought these boots for £3.99 made by Dasco. I spray this on the leather fortnightly when wearing regularly. The soles of these boots have not needed to replaced and still look in very good condition. I have had to have the heels replaced twice now, however I think this is very reasonable considering how much I wear these boots and that they are a thin stiletto heel which wears down quicker anyway. ***Overall*** Although an expensive purchase these are a fantastic pair of boots and definitely a great investment. The KG Vienna knee high boots are a classic designed knee high boot, look stylish, and are made to an excellent quality. I purchased these two years ago and even with very regular wear they are in excellent condition and do not need replaced, which many cheaper boots will do after this amount of wear. The leather is soft and supple and looks a high quality. The leather has a bit of give but has not stretched and gone baggy at any part of the boot. So these are a fitted knee high boot but still very comfortable. The matt appearance of the leather ensures that any scuffs do not show up as easily as they would on more shiny smooth leather. These are a high pair of knee high boots and the high stiletto heel may be off putting for some but the platform makes them much easier to walk in. The sole of the shoe also has a lot more grip on the sole in comparison to other KG footwear I own which is necessary as I wear these as a "winter" boot. My only concern is that I have quite thin legs and ankles, therefore the boots may be too narrow for those with wider calves. In the case of these boots, although at the time these seemed an extravagant purchase, they have actually saved me money in the long term.