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Knee High Boots, The Right Ones

Sam Edelman -4356Knee high boots or over-the-knee boots, they are everywhere at the moment, if I am to believe my Instagram feed. Truthfully, I do find them tricky; I think it’s one of those items that you have to style carefully in order to keep it classy and avoid the ‘Pretty Woman’ effect. Because I love wearing boots in fall and I think high boots can be flattering for long legs when worn right, I wanted to give them a try. When I found this pair of Sam Edelman boots on Net-A-Porter, I didn’t need long to decide and I hit the ‘purchase’ button.

I was very pleased when they arrived after only ordering them 2 days earlier. (It’s funny how orders from shops in NL take 5-7 days to be delivered, and an order from the UK is here within 48 hours.) When the doorbell rang, I felt like a kid at Christmas, though I’m always prepared for a disappointment when ordering shoes online as I am all too familiar with the tall girl / big feet struggle.

When looking for my knee-high boots, I had a few criteria; they had to be black, preferably suede, and I wanted them to be flat or only have a small heel, for the Pretty Woman reasons mentioned above. Heels immediately add a bit more edge, which I didn’t want as the height of the boot was edgy enough for me. I also didn’t want them to be thigh high, knee-high would be enough for me. These babies ticked all the boxes.

Then the fitting started… This is always a surprise, as sometimes I’m a EU41, and sometimes I’m an EU42. (I’ll let you in on a secret: I might even have a pair of snowboarding boots in EU43 and a half.) I squeaked when I put them on; they fitted! And they were comfi too. So comfi in fact, that I took them on a spin through Amsterdam yesterday, something I normally don’t do with new shoes.
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Amsterdam did her best to look pretty in the autumn sunshine and treated us to some pretty sights.
We took advantage of all this prettiness around us to take loads of pics of my booties.
The low block heel is perfect as they’re easy to walk on without getting achy feet…

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… yet giving some elevation to ensure that straight-up posture that heels help with.

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After all this shooting we got hungry, we found a nice spot for lunch on Bloemgracht, where the oddest waiter ever told us there was no menu and answered ‘I’m not sure‘ to every question. Surprisingly, we ended up with great food, so all was forgiven.

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Back to the boots: I still need to start experimenting on how to style them, so for today I chose the easy way and I paired the boots with my favorite Diesel jeans…

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… my Long Tall Sally striped top

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… my always reliable White Company trench coat…

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And my Smythson tote…

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At the end of the day, after spending 3 hours of walking in these boots, partly on cobbles, my feet are perfectly happy. I’m very pleased with how comfortable they are.

(I contemplated running after Ben Whishaw in them (Q people, Q!) when we bumped into him, but then decided against that on the grounds that I’m, well, an adult…)

I personally will avoid showing too much skin when wearing them (hello turtle neck tops), but I’m confident I can pair them endlessly with my existing dresses and skirt collection too. I’m well happy!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on knee-high boots. Would you wear them, and if so, how would you pair them?

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Picture credits: The Hobbit mainly. πŸ™‚


  • Reply
    27 September 2015 at 22:30

    Loved the outfit you chose to inaugurate your boots. It was very fashionable. If those boots were comfortable after walking on cobblestones than that says a lot. The cobblestones about did my feet in when I came to Europe this summer. You looked great and so did Amsterdam especially that last picture of the canal.

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      Tall Wife
      28 September 2015 at 20:42

      Thank you! I’m very pleased with the boots. and Amsterdam in this time of year with sunshine is sooo pretty! I should spend more time there… πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    28 September 2015 at 13:35

    You really nailed it with these boots. They are gorgeous, have the perfect heel height and definitely strike the right balance of classy/edgy without any of the “Pretty Woman” vibe going on. Plus, they’re comfy on cobblestones? That is SO hard to find! Did you end up getting the EU42 or EU41? You also snapped some really awesome photos! I think my man needs to take photo lessons from Hobbit. πŸ™‚

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    Tall Wife
    28 September 2015 at 20:47

    Thanks Beth. I’m soooo happy with them. I ordered a US11 / EU41, that was the biggest size. I was surprised how well they fit; not even a bit tight anywhere… And yes, comfi on cobblestones too! I’m in shoe-heaven… My man is pretty good at the pic thing, I must admit. Now I need to work on the modeling part… πŸ˜‰

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    2 October 2015 at 12:17

    I love the way you’ve styled this outfit! the OTK boots with the trench and tote is a look that can never be wrong!
    Were the boot relatively snug all the way up your leg? Because all the OTK boots I’ve found seem to just start sagging down a little when I walk around in them.

    CB x

    • Reply
      Tall Wife
      2 October 2015 at 15:06

      Hi Chloe (right?? :))

      Thanks for the compliment! Yes, the boots are snug all the way up! They stay in place perfectly! πŸ™‚


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