Hey hey! I know, I’m not blogging as much as usual, but with the new library project I’m working on coming to fruition next week (shiny new library, so close to opening it!) and the fact that I have to move house in the next month to six weeks, the old energy levels are low. But I’m back here with you tonight to do another of my blog reviews, since Autograph Fashion were so kind as to send me two pairs of their new season boots. Plus I know you all love some outfit posts right?
So, remember last year when I bought the tall riding boots in brown from Autograph and I was SOOOOOO excited because it was the first time in my 38.5 years of life that I could find tall boots to fit my fat calves? I wore those puppies until the soles wore through. I still reckon I should just go and get them resoled, as the rest of the boot is just fine. They also sent me the brown buckle boots, which I love even more and wore right through summer, and will continue to wear this year right through again.
Anyway, Autograph sent me through two pairs of their new season boots to review – the black tall riding boots and the tan suede ankle boots.
First the black riding boots, check ’em out:
I like bright colours, what can I say?
Autograph got a lot of feedback last year that the soles of the tall riding boots weren’t the best of quality. I did wear mine out, but I also wore them a LOT when I first got them, so I wasn’t sure if it was the quality or the frequency of wear. But this year they have apparently improved the construction of the boot, reinforcing the sole. It certainly feels sturdier than those on the brown ones. I also like the addition of the buckle detail, it just gives them a bit more detail than last year’s boots. Now I have 19″ calves (48cm for metric) and they fit me well, with room to spare. I can actually slide my arm down inside the back of them. So those of you with plus-sized calves – these are going to fit you, I promise. The price is $99.99, which is actually at the lower end of the boot scale. CityChic are offering a very similar thing (though there was some debate about how much leather is in each pair) for double the price. I haven’t found any other wide calf boots anywhere else in Australia to compare the prices with. Regular calf size boots in places like Payless or Target are about the same price as far as I can see.
There was a question on one of the Autograph Fashion Facebook page threads about whether or not “big women would want to wear chunky boots – they wouldn’t be very flattering” (paraphrased). Well, here I am at a size 26 in the boots:
Y’all know I don’t care about flattering, but seriously – these add NO bulk to my legs at all. They fit all the way up close to the contours of my leg. Don’t believe me? I wore them again today:
See, even goofing off for the camera they’re still firm and close to the contours of my leg. Folks – don’t let the fashion “rules” stop you from wearing the things you love – just work them into your wardrobe however you like, and rock the hell out of them!
Oh wait, here’s a detail shot of them with my mint green tights from We Love Colors:
Now, onto the tan ankle boots. I’ve been holding off on this post for the past two weeks for one reason – the ankle boots are faux suede and I needed a non-rainy day to wear them… and we haven’t had one in WEEKS! I don’t want to ruin them by getting them wet or muddy, and I don’t think even water proofing treatment could protect them in the current squelchy weather we’ve had here in Brisbane.
So tonight I came home and whacked them on my feet with the mint tights and took some photos indoors, and walked around with them on for an hour or so. Here, have a look:
I tell you what, it’s REALLY hard to photograph your own feet from the side. I wanted to show off the heel and snub-toe shape of these cute boots:
I wasn’t really successful, was I? Let’s try another angle:
Well, you get the idea right? They are very cute, a great colour and style, and they would fit a wide foot really well (I have a standard width size 10 foot and there is width to spare in them) and very comfortable. The only real criticism of them is that heel. It’s super tiny and I did feel quite teetery on them. Other fat women might be more successful with them than I, but I wonder if they’re going to be strong enough to support this fatty. But I’ll have to wear them out and about a bit to get a real indication of how they’ll hold up – if it ever stops raining! I also think they’re going to crease up a fair bit with wear (you can see the beginnings already) but I personally like that kind of body-formed look. I know other people hate it though. These are $89.99, which I wouldn’t pay, because I don’t need wide fitting shoes and can buy ankle boots anywhere and have them fit me. But if you’re struggling to find boots to fit you, these might be the ticket for you.
So – how do you feel about wearing boots? Those of you in the Northern Hemisphere, I know you’re on the downward run out of the cold months now, did you wear boots much over the winter? And my fellow Southern Hemisphere buds – are you looking for boots for winter? If so, what kind are you looking for and have you found any fab ones that fit fatties?