Project Take 10: Zalando (take two)



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?

17 comments:

  1. Those boots look great on you! If the soles are still looknig good after two weeks then they were definitely a good buy!

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  2. You look a bit like Emma Stone in these photos! Love those boots and I know what you mean about the whole pain of breaking shoes in - I respect my feet far too much for that much pain! x
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    1. Aw thanks, I wish I looked more like her, I adore her :) x

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  3. A good biker jacket is an investment! I love these shoes and totally agree about soles that are flat, what good are they? I slipped in my pumps on wet leaves in the week. Good thing I don't have any shame because everyone saw me...
    xx

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    1. True true, omg I keep doing this Gem! The leaves are lethal. Ed keeps laughing at me because I make him cross the road when I see a load of leaves coming up haha. x

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  4. Felicity's right, there is a touch of Emma Stone about you here.
    I'm with you on the DM's. They're beautiful, but I am so not up for the agony first to make them comfy. No thanks.

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  5. Those boots look so awesome with your jacket and the dress! And the dress looks stunning on you (green+red hair=always amazing), I wish I had the figure for dresses like that, they're so relaxed and cool.

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    1. and you're so right about DMs. I love my 18 year old burgundy pair, but I swear, my heels still wince when I put them on in memory of being shredded all those many years ago...

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  6. Definitely no tree stumping here, Ellie. The boots look fab :) x

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  7. Hi Ellie,
    Big fan of the boots... the perfect amount of buckles I say!

    Trisha Xx

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  8. I absolutely love that dress. And I know what you mean when it comes to high street shoes having no grips. Whenever it rains, I have no choice but to wear my wedges trainers because they're the only shoes I own that don't induce a Bambi-like performance on my way to uni. Oh, life. Ahaha.

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    -Emily.

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  9. Love this outfit, no 'stumpy leg syndrome' here! I am obsessed with my black ankle boots recently, definitely my go to pair of shoes at the moment!

    Maria xxx

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  10. gorgeous boots :) xx

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  11. Those boots look so good! They're such a great style, so glad to hear that they're keeping up so well after constant wear.

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  12. These look gorgeous, I wish I had enough money to buy these! I totally don't agree with Gok on the leg shortening thing, I have fairly chunky legs but alright calves, and if I wear knee-highs it draws all the attention to my fat knees and thighs, whereas ankle boots show off my nice bit of leg without cutting them in half!

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  13. LOVE the boots! How did you get into doing Take 10? I'd really like to get involved in something like this! I love all the different looks everyone's styled!xxx

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