Friday, October 15, 2010

Review: Guess Solar OTK Boot

     I saw these boots on Endless, and although I have no intention of keeping them, I thought I would check them out and compare them to the Steve Madden Sabra Boot that I tried out here. They are very similar, and the review that I read said that the calves on these were super tiny. I wanted to see for myself!

     If you recall, the two biggest problems with the SM Sabra Boot were the super stiffness of the leather and the buckle behind the knee which really hindered any sort of walking. You'd have to have some pretty long legs and be able to take a lot of pain to walk in those! I was wondering if I was going to encounter a similar problem with these Guess Solar Over the Knee boots.  Pic from Zappos:


     Very intriguing indeed. Its regular price $224.95 on Endless plus 20% off with sale discount and 13.6% cashback on BigCrumbs.com.

     Surprisingly, they actually came in a full sized box:


     And here they are (sorry, some of these pics aren't very good. It's so hard to take indoor pics at night, but I had no choice since I'm stuck at the office during all hours of daylight!):



     The first thing I have to say is that the leather is SIGNIFICANTLY better than the Sabra Boot. I don't mean super soft and squishy like Stuart Weitzman type of leather, but the leather was definitely much softer and pliable. I had no problem walking in these. They were a little bit on the stiff side right out of the box, but nothing a little conditioner and breaking in couldn't handle. The buckle behind the knee was just behind the bend of my knee, but since the leather is soft, it did allow me to walk:




     No rubbing at the ankles. Sizing? Pretty TTS. I bought these in a 6.5, and it was just right with my insoles and thick socks. The calf wasn't as small as the review I read said it was going to be. It was pretty typical for an OTK boot. 

     As for the toe of the boot, it was a nice shape for a riding boot. Not too square, not too round: 


     Verdict? If I had the money, I would probably keep these. Definitely a pair to try out (on sale) if you were afraid of the Steven by Steve Madden Sabra OTK Boot.

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11 comments:

PetiteLittleGirl said...

I spent an hour today at DSW Shoes trying to find a pair of riding boots. Sadly, I couldn't find anything that fits my calf.

Callandra said...

These boots are super cute! I'm seeing over the knee boots eveywhere this year.

Cher said...

@PLG: aren't knee high boots SO difficult to find? Especially riding boots. My friend actually found a pair from Nine West that fits her. Or so she says. I actually haven't seen her wear them yet, but she has really small calves too.

PetiteXXS said...

I can't even find regular knee high boots, much less OTK boots. I've even given up hoping for ankle fit and just want it to not flop around my calves, but no luck so far. These boots do look like they're good quality... but I can't bring myself to spend that much $$ on boots, especially when they don't fit me well :\

Cher said...

I actually find OTK boots much more forgiving than knee high boots. Especially if it has a buckle just below the knee.

I once had a pair of knee high boots taken in around the shaft. It cost about $60. The cobbler did a really good job. So if you find a pair of classic boots that you love and are willing to invest in, I would really recommend having it done. Otherwise, we small-calved ladies are pretty much out of luck!

Cee said...

My problem with knee high and higher boots are the bunching around the ankles (don't like the look), but I want the top of the boot to pliable and straight. I don't even know if that's possible, given that when we walk, the ankle joints move. I think for this price, it's a return. Keep looking though, I'm sure there's something for you out there!

kileen said...

Thanks for the post on these OTK boots. I've been looking for some good riding boots too and have yet to find a good pair. I'm not quite ready to drop this much money on a pair right now, but I'll definitely keep these in mind!

Cee said...

My problem with knee high and higher boots are the bunching around the ankles (don't like the look), but I want the top of the boot to pliable and straight. I don't even know if that's possible, given that when we walk, the ankle joints move. I think for this price, it's a return. Keep looking though, I'm sure there's something for you out there!

PetiteXXS said...

I can't even find regular knee high boots, much less OTK boots. I've even given up hoping for ankle fit and just want it to not flop around my calves, but no luck so far. These boots do look like they're good quality... but I can't bring myself to spend that much $$ on boots, especially when they don't fit me well :\

Cher said...

@PLG: aren't knee high boots SO difficult to find? Especially riding boots. My friend actually found a pair from Nine West that fits her. Or so she says. I actually haven't seen her wear them yet, but she has really small calves too.

Fabi said...

I just bought these for $94 on amazon! I'm not some crazy spam person or anything xD
I was looking for reviews on them and I found you! So if you really like them definitely go check them out

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