Almost a year ago, we worked with Zalando for Project Take 10 and now we've teamed up with them again for another dose of their in-house Zalando Collection.
Both Vicki and I chose the leather Cowboy/Biker boots from the range, in tan and black. I chose these particular shoes because a) I like black leather things (oo-er!) and b) because I like flat boots. Simple. However, I do worry with ankle boots that, just like Gok Wan used to preach, they'll cut my calf in two and I'll look like a tree stump, but because these have quite a substanstial, chunky front with all that silver hardware, they seem to balance out quite well.
If I'm being totally honest with you, I haven't taken these boots off for the last two weeks. I wear them to work, I wear them at the weekends, with trousers and dresses and skirts, I'm wearing them as I write this. They are really simple, very comfortable, smart and most importantly of all: they don't slip and slide all over the place when a millimetre of water falls from the sky. Seriously, I have a huge issue with modern high-street shoes never having any grip on the soles. For someone who is a monumental clutz in most social situations (see: setting my hair on fire, breaking toes and just generally falling on my ass most days) having some sort of non-slip sole is a huge benefit for me and anything breakable in the near vicinity.
So far, the boots are looking well made. After two weeks of consistent wear the logo on the insole is starting to fade but the bottom of the sole is looking fresh. Another good thing about these boots is that they needed no breaking-in period at all. I am not a fan of Dr Martens and their whole 'oh, but when you've worn these around in absolute, piecring agony for a month they'll be the comfiest shoes you own!' Nuh-uh, that is not happening, I like my feet too much for that. There's none of that tough, blister-producing leather here, this leather was soft from the get-go and the boots were really comfortable the first time I wore them out.
I wore the boots with my new H&M forest green t-shirt dress (a bargain staple at £9.99) and Whistles leather jacket (much less of a bargain, but I'll keep chanting 'investment' whenever I freak out about it).
What do you think? Like the shape? Or do you agree with Wok and the whole leg-shortening thing?