Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Riding Boots Part II: Tory Burch Nadine

*** Update as of 6/19:
Tory Burch Junction riding boots looks very similar to my Nadine boots  ***

After an unsuccessful attempt at finding a pair of riding boots last year, I couldn't wait to get an early start this year... even though summer's still in full swing. My criteria hasn't changed much with time, as I'm still looking for a pair that is black, preferably leather, flat/low heel, buckle detailing, and with a tall and slim shaft.

I've never paid much attention to Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale in the past, so I hadn't realized that the sale is for next season's styles. Apparently I've been living under a rock all these years (!!) I was excited to see a few pairs of boots on the list, but was enamored with only one, the Tory Burch Nadine riding boot in black, size 6.5 (sold here), which bears a striking resemblance to last year's H&M boots that I coveted but couldn't find.

I couldn't wedge my foot into my normal size, so I went up half a size. Even then, I still have a bit of trouble putting my right foot in (which are slightly bigger than my left). After I zipped up the boots, I was pleasantly surprised to see that they fit pretty snugly around the calves without much of a gap. I do plan on wearing them most often with socks and jeans, so this was a nice fit.
ETA: Per Cher, here's a photo of these boots with bare legs. My calves are 12.5" in circumference.
modeling shots were taken in front of the mirror (sorry for the splotchy photos)

The shaft is tall, measuring 17 1/4" in height from the back (includes a 1 3/16" heel). On my 5'4" frame, the top of the boots reaches the bottom of my knees. To determine if these boots are too tall for me, I alternate between walking around and sitting down to see if the top of the shaft digs into the back of my knees. I can somewhat feel that loop of extra material (see image below --- is there a correct term?) against my legs when I'm sitting, but it's so slight that it's not bothersome.
again, please pardon the splotchiness on the leather above due to a mirror

The buckle detailing is my favorite part of the boots. I'm not sure how authentic the look really is, but to me, these extra touches add to the charm of riding boots. Without them, the boots would look like any ol' pair. The buckles aren't just for looks either because they're adjustable. Quite a bonus.

The boots are made of real leather on the outside and on the soles, though they aren't as shiny as depicted in the photos below. There is a faint leather smell but it should disappear with time. I like how the leather is stiff so the boots keep its shape. I do worry that the leather might soften up over time, especially around the ankles. Hopefully if it does, the ankles won't sag too much. A word of caution, creases and scratches are visible on this type of leather and can't be avoided. As I walked around at home, I already noticed some creasing near the front.

So far, I've only worn the boots for a short period of time, but they are pretty comfortable. I don't foresee much of a breaking-in period, if any. I would say they run about medium in width, but the narrow ankles and slim shaft might be a deal breaker for some. All in all, I was able to check off all the criteria on my list, so I'm really happy with these riding boots.

A quick summary of measurements taken from size 6.5:
- Heel height is 1 3/16"
- Shaft height (from back) is 17 1/4" (includes heel)
- Shaft height (from taller side) is 17 3/4" (includes heel)
- Shaft circumference at the widest part is ~14"

My Nadine riding boots are exclusive to Nordstrom, but I noticed that the Calista riding boots look almost exactly the same. Both retail for $495, so they may be worth a comparison if you're in the market for a pair. Or, if you're waiting for end-of-season sales, it's probably a good idea to keep eyes on both for a greater chance at snagging one in your size. For reference, I bought mine for $300.

46 comments:

  1. AHA! After I read that the circumference was small on these a few days ago, I've been waiting to check these out myself. So glad you reviewed them! I think these might still be a little bit too big for me though. Any pics on bare legs and what is the circumference of your calves?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That would be helpful to include, wouldn't it? ;) Here's a photo as requested. My calves are 12.5" in circumference.

      Delete
  2. this boots pretty good on you. I love them but the shaft makes the difference. I am shorter than you so this will be pass my knees for sure. thanks for the review.

    xo
    Sam
    http://fabulouspetite.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Don't fret! In my experience it's harder to find taller boots like these than shorter ones. But if you have slim calves too, that might require even more patience. Once more fall/winter items trickle in, you may just find the right pair for you out there :)

      Delete
  3. I tried on this same pair of boots in size 8, however, my running calves would not allow me to zip up the boots. However, my really skinny friend tried on the same boots, and her calves were too small to fill out the boots. I've read on nordstrom reviews that the shaft does run small. Fortunately, you fit them!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What a bummer for both you and your friend :( Most boots I've tried on in the past were bigger in the calves, so I think you'll have better luck than your friend once all the winter items roll in. If I do come across any riding boots that are even slimmer, I'll come back and update with a comment.

      Delete
  4. So pretty, and they look a lot better than the H&M ones. I love how structured they look. My search continues since I am capping my boot at $150.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Good luck with your hunt! I'll keep my eyes out for similar pairs and update with a comment if I see any :)

      Delete
  5. thank you for this review, Cee! i have been looking for a pair of boots to fit my legs for what seems to be years! the shaft measurement gives me hope - maybe i'll be able to try some on this weekend. congrats!! they look great on you!! xox P

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Do let me know how your search goes :)

      Delete
  6. Thanks for the review! Glad you found a keeper!

    And LOL! about the Anniversary Sale...I did not know that either! :/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's okay, our wallets have been thanking us for past years' savings, haha.

      Delete
  7. Gorgeous boots. Tory Burch black riding boots has been on my wishlist for a while. They look fab on you!

    xoxo,
    Suzie Q
    Stella & Dot Bracelet GIVEAWAY

    ReplyDelete
  8. They're cute! Did you decide to keep 'em? Or are you still thinking it over?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I really love them so they're keepers!

      Delete
  9. Replies
    1. Yes, unfortunately the sale's over now :( The SA told me these were flying off the shelves during the pre-sale and I was lucky to even find my size during the regular sale. I guess a lot of people changed their minds because most sizes have been restocked again. Definitely keep your eyes on them for end-of-season sales though.

      Delete
  10. great find cee! your patience paid off!

    i really like the logo detail at the top of the shaft, it's not too flashy but still nice, and i also like the exposed zipper, on the inside of the shaft. i'm sure you will get lots of wear out of them!

    xo julesinflats.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm usually not a logo fan, but these are subdued enough and actually goes with the equestrian look. For that I don't mind :)

      Delete
  11. Awww I'm shorter and those boots would hit under my knees.. They look gorgeous on you though! Lucky girl! My calves are also wider so it's hard finding the right tall boots for me. Great way to take advantage of the Nordies anniversary sale! :)

    Xoxo- Sheila

    ReplyDelete
  12. Those boots look super beautiful on you! I'm not exactly on the hunt for riding boots (they are on my second hunt list though), now I feel like trying them on! Last year when I looked for high heeled boots, the calves are always the issue- too big for me. I don't think I have wide calves. The calves of those boots on you are the ones I dreamed. I gotta check TB-other boots might have narrow (?) calves. I don't mind sizing up a little.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I believe TB makes heeled boots that also have slimmer shafts, so yes, definitely give her line a look!

      Delete
  13. Gorgeous!!! Definitely on my shopping list for next year. I always invest in quality boots bc cheap boots are kind of obvious, you know? Plus, they tend to transcend trends better than other types of footwear. I just bought a pair of Frye wedge boots (Caroline Campus) from 6pm, not bad at $238 with FS from $398. They run TTS and look terrific (small shaft circumference too). If someone else is looking for well made flat riding boots that cost abit less, I like Lands End's Blakely Boots this year. Great leather, $249 full price, but thru run good promos regularly. They have a lovely cognac hue worth checking out.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Caroline, you are the queen of boots! Thanks for sharing your finds for this season -- I hope someone takes advantage.

      PS - Haven't had any luck with your Anthro bow boots =/ Eyes still peeled though!

      Delete
    2. Oops. Found them 2 days ago on eBay - In like new condition! Bummer that the seller was charging $100 more than the msrp, but he lowered the price to what it cost new. Still feel gouged, but oh well! Excited!

      That is so thoughtful that you remebered my boot search :). Thanks anyway!

      Delete
    3. Nice! I bet the feeling will pass once the boots arrive ;) Would love to see a post when you get a chance!

      Delete
  14. Love ALL of the boot details - gold zipper, TB logo in what looks like a modified horse bit, and buckle! Simply beautiful! I feel bad (not so much in the looks area obviously) for the difficulties faced in boot shopping for you slim-calfed ladies. I have the opposite problem!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You shouldn't because I'm sure gals with larger calves have their woes too. It's just easier to remember all the times when things don't work out for ourselves ;)

      Delete
  15. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  16. I really love love TB and a bit jealous of your new shoes! I bet you cant wait for fall to wear them. I love that it's high up and the logo is not in your face!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. How did you know I'm dying to wear them?! ;) I say... put these boots on your Christmas wishlist this year. The timing should coincide with sale season!

      Delete
  17. I love these! They are the perfect black boot! I am super picky too. It takes me several trips to the store to find the perfect pair of boots.

    http://livefreeandfashionable.wordpress.com

    ReplyDelete
  18. Hi cee
    I just bought a pair like the ones u posted at LOFT!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Which ones? And how do you like them?

      Delete
  19. Gorgeous boot Cee. I currently looking for a pair of riding boots for fall but I want them in a brown color. The boot in Sienna looks promising but it a bit to pricey. I'll have to wait for a good sale.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If I don't already own a pair of brown boots, I'd be looking at the sienna color too. I didn't see the brown pair in person (all sold out at the time, I believe) but the photos look gorgeous online. Definitely let me know your thoughts if you spot them in stores!

      Delete
  20. Awesome boots!!! You're making me want to go boot shopping. ;) Love the details on this one - great pick!

    Love, S

    http://shamelesslyoverdressed.blogspot.com

    I'm hosting a giveaway at my blog!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Aww, I love this boots, but I'm only 5'1, therefore, these would probably hit above my knees. I loved all the details, and specially because I have slim calves. great review.

    ReplyDelete
  22. How neat, to come across your review... I bought these during the Nordy's anniversary pre-sale in the brown color (size 6.5) but I'm just now starting to wear them out as the weather in Texas is finally starting to cool down. I'm 5'3" and share all your same thoughts on how it hits and how it fits. Somehow, I still think my calves are a little to skinny for the boot overall but with some thick tall socks over tights or denim jeans, I can just barely get away with it. I also agree that the leather will not likely slouch over time but I am secretly hoping for a teensy weensy bit of slouch so that the boots will hit ever so slightly lower and be more comfortable for sitting!
    So I have to ask... How are your boots holding up with time and wear? Any slouches or creases? Do you still love them as much? Thanks for your review :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey Nadia, I've only worn the boots once since I bought them over the summer (the weather's been crazy warm). Over the course of that one wear, I didn't notice any slouching but definitely a lot of creasing around the ankles/toe area, which I expected. I think you made a great choice in buying the brown because I feel like that color is more forgivable on creases -- given time, it'll give your boots sort of a vintage-y look (not so much the black). Please do share your thoughts on the boots as you get more wears out of them, and I shall do the same!

      Delete
  23. I like the buckles on them, that will give awesome look to your wide calf boots.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Sorry I am anonymous, but I don't have a google acct. Could you tell me what brand and style your jeans are? Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Of course! No worries, I realize not everyone has a Google account, so that's why I enabled anonymous commenting.

      I'm wearing LOFT modern slim leg jeans (3rd pair listed). A few other times I've worn them on the blog in different lighting: here, here, here. This pair currently in stores looks pretty similar, I think. Hope that helps!

      Delete
    2. Thank you so much! I have never tried Loft jeans, but they look so cute on you that I will give it a shot. I just bought the Nadine boots on ebay for $265 (they were brand new) I have skinny legs too, but I am surprised at how snug they are! I am going to take them in to get stretched. My 12 year old daughter is wearing them to school today before I take them in. I love your blog! Thanks for all the help!

      Delete
    3. Please do! Once I discovered that LOFT jeans fit my body type, I've hardly given any other retailer a glance when I'm searching for pants.

      Can I just say how lucky your daughter is to have such a stylish mom like you?! And the fact that you're able to share shoes (!!) If you're able, I say give the boots a go with leggings or jeggings (if you own either) a try first because they take up less space than traditional jeans. You may not even have to get them professionally stretched out.

      Delete
  25. Yeah, I could say that creator of Tory Burch black boots do incredible and marvelous work, as I really like variety and design of these boots.


    ReplyDelete

I'd love to hear from you. Constructive criticisms welcome!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...