I have been looking for a pair of flat brown/camel boots, leather or suede for awhile now. I hardly ever wear flats but realized I just can't shop in heels anymore. It's just not right to suffer in that much pain while hunting for deals. So besides my Uggs, which are not attractive but comfortable as heck- I have no other flat shoes/boots. I came across this one online when BR was having their sale a couple of weeks ago and decided to give them a try because they seemed really cute online and the price was about $105 before tax.
Boots: Banana Republic Hina Suede Boots in Spice color- size 5 (buy HERE)
Please excuse the non-cute outfit, I was mainly trying to focus on the boot review:)
Here is the sideview with my GAP legging jeans in faded dark in 00 wash tucked in.
(sorry Blogger deleted all my photos)
Here is the back view. See there is the cute cuff with slit on the back. This is one of my fav details.
Here is a closer side view shot so you can see the circumference. Not bad, a bit of a gap but it leaves room to tuck in your jeans. The boots didn't seem to be THAT comfortable, the left foot bed seemed a bit hard on the ankle area, not sure what that is from.
Material is 100% genuine suede. Very high quality except there was a slight bald spot on the first boot near the side- do you see it? That bugged me!
Bottom of the shoe is rubber so it doesn't make too much noise- which is perfect for me while I am shopping. I am a heavy walker in heels so everyone thinks an elephant is stomping around when it's just petite me!
$225, on sale for $149 plus 30% off = $105
Not bad for genuine suede boots!
The heel measures 3/4" which is nice because it's not entirely flat. Quality of Banana Republic boots was surprisingly great! The box and everything it came in was very well packaged. The details on the stitching was excellent. Besides the few bald spots, the boot was very well made. From my understanding, Clark actually makes Banana Republic boots per the SA at the store. Not sure if this is 100% true but that's what I heard.
Style: I love the whole slouchy look of suede boots because leather boots always tend to wrinkle at the ankle area so this definitely is avoided by selecting slouchy suede boots. The color is SPICE which I do love. I wear A TON of neutrals especially when shopping so this color would match with pretty much everything.
The shaft height measures 16" which is a bit tall for my taste. Unless you are going for OTK (over the knee look), this is too much for my short legs. It almost is overwhelming. The circumference is 15.5 inches which isn't too bad when wearing skinny jeans tucked in but alone, it was too wide. I prefer my shaft height to be 14" tall and the circumference to be 14" as well. I do not have tiny calves by any means but they are small enough where it is tough to find boots that fit my calves.
VERDICT: Return, don't love it even for the good price. I think it's cute but not cute enough for me to keep.
I found these Cole Haan Liberty Flat Boots in chocolate in size 5 on major sale at Nordstrom's, made the mistake of tweeting it and someone bought the last pair of 5's! Now the chocolate is completely sold out! I am so bummed!:(
What are your thoughts? Any suggestions for me on nice flat boots? I think I want leather instead of suede. I have 4 pairs of suede high heel boots so for the flat ones, I'm thinking brown leather.