For the past couple of weeks I have really been wanting a good pair of flat boots, mainly for shopping or days with lots of walking. It's a bit late in the season, though, and I found a lot of stores were clearing out their boot selection already. Good for deals, but hard to find something that works.
I have seen several petite bloggers praise the Stuart Weitzman 5050 boot, but at almost $600 it is way beyond my budget. I'm also not very gentle to shoes, and could not justify spending that much for something that will probably get beaten up.
I had pretty much given up on boots until next year when I walked into Marshall's on a whim during my lunch break. Like everywhere else, there was a meager selection to choose from in the clearance section; but I was very surprised when I pulled this pair down from the top shelf.
I honestly thought they were 5050s at first, as the design is very similar. The price? $79! I later found that these originally retailed for $250. You know that feeling when you know you've found a steal? Yeah, that's how I felt. Not to mention that I really love Michael Kors!
The leather upper on these boots is super soft, and the fit at the shaft is probably the best that I'll be able to get for my ~11 3/4 inch calves at this price point. (yes, I have stick legs... D:) If you compare my photos with the ones from Jean's review of Stuart Weitzman, you'll see that these MK ones are a bit roomier in the shaft, especially at the knee. I don't really mind this as it allows for more freedom to move, and leaves just enough room for jeans. I think the SW boots also have a hidden zipper as opposed to the exposed zipper on this pair.
Another pair of boots that I had tried earlier on was the Miz Mooz Bellini. I liked the strap details and the design as it looked on the website, but they just looked all wrong on me.
Miz Mooz Bellini, size 6