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Super distressed leather thigh high lace-up boots. Metal eyelet detailing. Inside zip. Stacked wooden heel.
Jeffrey Campbell x Free People
Great style, comfortable and very adaptable to fit
Some time ago I bought a pair of Perspective Heels in black, returned them because of buyer's remorse (already had the other colour!) started suffering from returner's remorse instead, have been looking for them to come back into stock in my size ever since ... So, quite pleased when these popped up... Clearly these are basically the Perspective but taller, and in leather instead of suede. They are a little tougher looking, and a couple of changes have been made: there is a small leather strap inside over the toes which helps if the laces in the other style rubbed your toes (they didn't mine). The laces in these are elasticated, which is quite welcome given the height of the boot and all that adjustment you're going to have to make. They look terrific on, and are easily adaptable to a variety of leg-shapes, from model skinny to (ahem) not model skinny at all, like me. The style is not undermined by having the lacing a little wider. These are flattering. I am 5'6" and on me the 10s come up slightly higher over the knee than on the model. They do not feel restrictive, with the elasticated panel at the back of the knee and the adjustability and give of the elastic laces. The footbed is slightly padded and quite comfortable. The leather is ok - more practical than the suede Perspective perhaps - though not the finest supple leather (so I do think the price is high, so 4 not 5 stars, though the style is hard to match elsewhere, and I was lucky enough to catch them reduced in the four-hour online sale). It is a sort of oiled leather, slightly distressed, though mine are more evenly black with less obvious white patches than the picture. You will have to decide whether to take the plunge and spend some time, the first time, getting the lacing right for you if you do not have the slenderest legs, and probably even if you do. In the end I completely removed the laces and laced them up to fit perfectly while wearing them, after which I found it was perfectly possible to get them on and off again pretty easily just by undoing the zip and rolling the top half of the boot down. I usually take a 10 in Jeffrey Campbell and these are no exception. For comparison, I have tried and found the following to fit me: Joe and James boot 11; Johnny, Perspective, Minimal, After Dark, Ex Ex 10; Landry 41. Freebird by Steven 10, Bed Stu Manchester Tan 9 or Teak 10, Whiskey Sunset 40. I seem to try on a lot of boots ... and always welcome accurate info from other customers to help prevent the necessity for too many returns. Hopefully this is useful to somebody out there!