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Friday, August 30, 2013

Fall Shopping: Cognac Boots

Are you ready to get overwhelmed by boots?  Cuz, I just overwhelmed myself.  

In the last Fall Shopping post a lot people said they were looking for cognac boots, and I'm looking into a new pair as well.  Here are some of the boots that came up in my search from all different price ranges and shaft heights and calf sizes, including some that come in wider calf sizes too.  

I was pretty mean to my last pair of boots and didn't take good care of them, which I totally regret.  I spent about $130 on them (can't remember exactly) with gift money a couple of years ago.  I do NOT regret spending more on boots because they feel and look so much better than the less expensive ones I tried.  That does not mean you can't find great fit, great structure, and great material for less, though!

I recognize everyone is on a different budget and care less or more about some of the things I named above, so there are two groups of boots below.  Group 1 ranges between $50-85 and Group 2 is around $100-200.  Some of them are steeply discounted so some of the lower priced ones may still be good quality.

I haven't read all the reviews for all of them yet so I have no idea how these fit or will hold up or what the material is like.  That said, of course please do your own research and read what reviewers say about them.  Let us know in the comments below if you have any insight to any of these!



Group 1: $50-85



1.  Target - $75
2.  Herritage - $59 (orig. $79)
3.  Target - $50
4.  Francesca's - $68
5.  JCPenney - $49
6.  Chinese Laundry - $50 (orig. $90)
7.  Michael Antonio - $51 (orig $85)
8.  Nine West - $85 (orig. $159)
9.  Pink & Pepper - $69




Group 2: About $100-200




10.  Naturalizer - $180 (orig. $199)
11.  Fidji - $162 (orig. $295!!!)
12.  Franco Sarto - $96 (orig $149)
13.  Jessica Simpson - $159
14.  DV by Dolce Vita - $101
15.  Steve Madden - $149
16.  Nine West - $108 (orig. $159)
17.  Franco Sarto - $189



Here's a question: What do you all look for when boot shopping?  

Besides obvious things like if they fit around my calves or how high they come up, some things I consider:
  • Does the material look cheap?  (like leather or pleather?) 
  • Will the boots stay up or sag at the ankle?  (And do I care about that?)
  • How much hardware do I want on them?
  • Will they work with a casual plaid shirt / cardigan / jeans outfit as well as be sleek and professional for a more office-appropriate look with a dress or skirt?  Or, will they make my dress look pretty casual?

When I bought my cognac boots a couple of years ago I majorly lucked out because I had never really put thought into buying boots and didn't know what to look for.  I happened to land on a pair that I loved, but mostly on accident.  

So, anything else you guys look for?  Help a sista out.


69 comments:

  1. Because I live in the pacific northwest, I look for waterproof-ness. No amount of spray makes boots able to hold up and wet feet in the winter is a terrible thing.

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  2. I'd love to see advice on boots for those of us with larger calves. I've never been able to wear boots like this because they're always too narrow at the top.

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  3. Yay, thanks for the roundup! This is about what I look for too - a big thing for me is shaft height since I'm short. It rules out a bunch. I tend to look at toe shape too (almond can be a bit dressier) as well as sole/heel style - some look more rugged and stand out more, which I usually avoid.

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  4. #2, #5, & #9 at the top! #16 and #10 on the bottom!
    -Ash
    www.thestylizedwannabe.com

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  5. Cannot be plasticy/pleather looking. Must be comfy. Minimal hardware. Must be able to work the weekends and work week.

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  6. All of these looks great! I want a pair with a little bit of heel though not too much so I can wear them to work. Here in northern Europe temperatures are already dropping and the stores have stopped taking in bright colors. I can't stand the idea of 6 months of black and grey!!! What colors are great with cognac boots?

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  7. Every color goes with cognac boots! :) Check out the ways I've worn them here: http://www.puttingmetogether.com/search/label/riding%20boots

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  8. I KNEW you were gonna have great things to look for! I was actually anticipating what you would say when I wrote this question haha. I agree that almond can be a bit dressier, and I think I want that this time around.

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  9. Anyone have any suggestions for someone with really skinny calves? I've only found one pair that actually fits my calves nice and I dread looking for another pair this season.

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  10. I'm glad to hear that cognac boots will go with every color!! I have brown boots which I always wear with blue jeans(all shades), but thought I needed to buy black ones to wear with black jeans. So glad I don't have to. I can were cognac boots once I buy some!! With all the different colors of jeans, jeggings and pants I have, cognac boots will be perfect! Thanks, Audrey!!

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  11. I have skinny calves too, so if anyone knows where to buy, please post!!!

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  12. Oh, that reminds me--try this post: http://www.hemsforher.com/2013/08/wide-calf-boots-under-100.html

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  13. I have a pair of dark brown boots from Frye that I love, but they're more of the casual/slouchy/beat-up variety. These cognac ones are much more elegant! I think the most important thing I look for when investing in boots is that the leather be really quite stiff starting out. They may not be the most comfortable right out of the box, but with a piece like this, you really want ones that need to be broken in a bit or they really won't last, no matter what the price tag says.

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  14. I also have a pair of dark brown Frye riding boots, and love them to pieces. I eyed them for about three years until I finally splurged. I kind of wish now they were a lighter color so that they'd go with more...but usually I end up ignoring those kinds of rules and just wear them anyway :)


    I looked specifically for boots that fit loose enough around my calves and ankles that I could wear jeans tucked inside them, but snug enough that I could also wear boot cut jeans over top of them.

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  15. Zainab @ Blahnik BakerFriday, August 30, 2013

    Thank you for the collection!! I'm in the market for new boots too and I love this Cognac color.

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  16. The Phillip Harness Tall by Frye tends to run fairly skinny through the calves. They're a bit spendy, but totally worth it.

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  17. Make sure you read to make sure that you're getting real leather (if that is what you want). The Franco Sarto and the DV by Dolce Vida ones you have up there in the more expensive are manmade material. Once they scuff they are impossible to fix. Whereas with real leather you can often buff out scuffs and scratches.

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  18. Great choice of boots! I'm also looking for new ones because I did not treat them too well and the snow was not good for them. My favorites are #10, too bad that I don't live in the US to actually purchase them. When shopping for boots I always take care that they are mostly out of leather because it just lasts longer. I also make sure that they fit with pants tucked in and without.

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  19. Oh boots. I'm giddy right now. I have a pair right now that are a bit beat up (despite only having gotten them last year) and are pretty obviously pleather. I would love to own a pair of real leather (or at least convincing pleather) that will hold up a bit better than my current pair. I've bookmarked the Nine West ones to think about for a few days before impulse buying, but they're pretty much exactly what I like as far as boots (you know, without having tried them on yet). Thanks for all the great options!

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  20. I love my boots. They are a darker brown but I love them. I need to look into a pair of cognac boots.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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  21. I have been eyeing cognac boots for the longest time, but I have no idea which pair would look good on me (if any). I would only have a short time to wear them though, before we get snow. And then I worry they would be too slippery in the snow. I also need to see them on in person, and wish we had nicer stores close by! Thanks for the great list of boots! I have a hard time spending so much on boots, but would love some great looking quality boots that would last, even if it's only a short time each year for wearing them. LOL

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  22. The hardest thing for me is finding flat boots that fit my foot. I have a really high arch, so I need a little bit of a heel, but not too much. It's also hard to find the right amount of hardware. I think there's a fine line between boring and tacky, and the boots I have found in the less than $100 range have a hard time hitting that sweet spot. Your options have given me hope! I really like the $50 JCP pair, but it's out of stock in my size!

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  23. That is amazing Audrey!!! Love it, can't even pick a favorite, haha. Thank you so much! That link will be my go-to for fall outfits :D

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  24. Last year I purchased a pair of A2 by Aerosoles boots that had two zippers so if you had a wider calf, you could unzip part of the second zipper. I could leave it zipped with tights/leggings, but then unzipped it with jeans.

    And I like Urbanog.com for boots. They are cheap, so you may not want that for your go to pair, but if you want to test out a particular trend or color before buying a more expensive pair - it's great!

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  25. I look for the quality of the boot. I tend to keep my boots for a while.

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  26. Boots are tough! I love the flat, riding style ones. So many you have listed are soo cute. Happy Friday girl!!! -♥- Rachel (For the Birds)

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  27. Beth @ Turn2theSimpleFriday, August 30, 2013

    I'm planning on buying boots this fall (with some birthday money). I've been looking on ebay for gently used or "floor model" ones for discount prices. I want real leather. I love my Born brand shoes and hope to find some flat boots by Born...comfy and enough arch support.

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  28. I started my search last week. I am definitely saving up for some good quality ones to water proof because here in Texas we get rain and maybe a week of snow, The hardest thing is to find wide width ones for my flat feet that have No arch and my calves that are freaking huge from weights!

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  29. I'm looking, too! I have wide feet so boot shopping is always a challenge...I probably can't be as picky as most. :(

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  30. I really love the sleekness of the Steve Madden boots. The almond toe and skinnier ankle and sole look so pretty! I'm not sure if I like the cracked leather look though or folded side part at the top. At least I know what I'd like to look for. Steve Maddens also tend to have no padding whatsoever. The boots I bought last year were Madden Girls and the fake leather outside has already started cracking and peeling so I'd like to invest in a real leather pair, even better if the footbed is comfortable so I won't have to keep buying inserts!

    Lauren
    Exploring My Style

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  31. You can shop for boots on widewidths.com. You'll spend more money but they'll be good quality and you will know they fit because they tell you how to measure you calf for sizing.

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  32. I'm not in the market for boots right now (I have way more than I need haha) but I really do like how you split up the boots to two categories with the prices upfront instead of clicking on a really cute pair and then realizing that it's like $500 over your price range. :)

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  33. I am in love with my Target Mossimo Kailyn boots. Genuine Leather, comfy, and I got mine on sale for $49! I have had the brown for over 2 years and they have held up great under constant wearing. I also have them in black. They have a bit more heel than Audrey's picks, but I recommend them highly, much better quality than some of the pricier ones I've tried from Macy's.

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  34. I have #15 bought them a few years ago and they are holding up well! At 5'3" and 130 I don't think I have large calves, but apparently I do because I've tried on a million pair and these actually fit great on the calf and they are adjustable. My only complaint is that there is no padding and they are a little tight across the toe...if I could find seamless socks I'd be set!

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  35. I saw that Target pair on someone else's blog and could not believe they were from Tar-jay! You put together quite the collection, great job! I love my cognac boots but this may be the last season that they last, so thanks in advance for this!



    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.com

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  36. Great post with perfect timing! I actually was just looking at Amazon's selection of cognac boots the other day...and ended up getting totally overwhelmed with all the options.

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  37. I bought number 8 (Nine West) last year and I love them! I have a bigger calf and huge feet (size 11) and these are great. I can squeeze jeans in if I really want, but I usually do leggins or tights with a skirt.They are perfect for me because they are pretty casual. I really have no need for a dressy boot. If in doubt, go ahead and order!

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  38. Is there any way you can link your outfits with leopard flats and cognac boots? I have those pieces but I need inspiration on how to remix them more.

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  39. I have large calves (need 18") so I always thought I could never wear cute boots. I ended up finding a really cute pair through Lane Bryant last season and am still loving them. Overall I am petite and never shop in plus-size clothes so I never thought to look there, but it was a great outcome. Expand your horizons and you may find something great!

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  40. Oops! I just realized you already did that! Awesome! Please continue to link if you continue with this fall shopping list! Thanks!!!

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  41. This is very close to what I have... they added the fabric band in the back this season. But great boots for $80! Here's the link:


    http://www.lanebryant.com/plus-size-accessories/shoes-view-all/boots/clean-riding-boot/15834c18443c14571p183921/index.pro

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  42. I linked to cognac boots in one of the comments already. I don't have outfits for leopard flats cuz I don't own a pair yet. :)

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  43. Thanks, everyone for all of your comments about where to find wide-calf boots! I've always found boot shopping to be hit or miss because my calves are too big. And online shopping for boots was out of the question! Now I have so many places to look :)
    whitneyalamode.blogspot.com

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  44. I just bought a beautiful pair from Sears (Canada) http://www.sears.ca/product/nyc8482-couture-womens-tall-boot-with-zipper-detail/654-000339150-137650 But they are too long for the style and length of skirts I wear :( Or I think they're too long. I'm not sure what to do, if I should return them or get ankle booties. They're so nice and so comfortable. Sigh.

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  45. I LOVE cognac boots, so looking at the pictures is making me drool, ha! I have a pair of black boots from Target that I got for $35 two years ago and they still are going strong...although I'll probably need to replace them after this winter. My cognac boots are Guess brand and were originally $100ish and I got them on sale for $60. I wanted something that was snug in the calf (but could still be worn over skinny jeans), with buckles, and no heel. I don't like the slouchy look, but I also don't like them to be so stiff that the look like they're made out of plastic. The boots I got were perfect and I love how comfortable they are! I think the guiding questions you asked at the end of the post are perfect.


    brynnash.blogspot.com

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  46. I think the link migt be bad for :

    5. JCPenney - $49



    Could you check it out?


    (I did try to find them on my own first!)

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  47. 12. Franco Sarto are great for slim calves! I bought mine on Amazon using credit from a textbook trade-in. I usually wear a 10 but exchanged them for a 9.5 and they are perfect!

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  48. I look for all of those things in a boot plus: are they super comfy? can I wear them all day? Can I spend a day shopping in them? I love boots! I tend to spend more on my shoes. They are on the most important part of my body all day long. They need to be good for me.

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  49. I'll check it out. Thanks!

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  50. I went out and got the boots at Penney's after I read your post. They weren't even on display yet! :) I think they look nice -- although $50 is about my max on a single pair of shoes, so my perception of nice may not be the same as some. :) Thanks for the recommendation!

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  51. Good timing! I'm looking to replace a pair that look a lot like your #14. I agree with some others here that I want a little slouch but not a lot, so that buckle around the ankle and fold-over top make a nice compromise for me. My previous pair lasted me maybe 4 years, which is amazing because I wore them a LOT. I got some ankle boots that will have to be my new go-to until I find the right fit in this genre.

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  52. Another thing to keep in mind when boot shopping is how you put them on - whether they have a zip closure or are just a pull on. I've learned that I prefer ones that zip!

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  53. My biggest concern with boots is the width in the foot, not the calf. I have normal width calves, but wide feet and it is pretty obnoxious trying to find boots that match that pairing. If I do find them, they tend to be a bit spendy, so the leather is usually nicer and they're less trendy in design.

    Anybody have success stretching the toe-box of a pair of boots? I may shop these links (so many cute options!) and take them to a shoe repair shop for professional stretching. :) Thanks Audrey!

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  54. The Nine West Boots are now $79.50!!! Just bought them!!!

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  55. Hi Audrey,

    I have been meaning to buy boots for this fall and this is something I stumbled upon at DSW website

    http://www.dsw.com/shoe/steve+madden+kambyy+boot?prodId=275698&activeCats=dsw12cat1740002,dsw12cat1740052



    Your roundup helps too!


    I love your blog BTW. Its one of my daily web-stops :)

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  56. Aw, thanks Shruti! Those boots are cute! Thanks for sharing :)

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  57. I feel like I have to throw this out there - I got #10 as a gift last year and they are SO comfortable. I highly recommend them!


    Great list, Audrey!

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  58. Yeah? Thanks for chiming in! Makes me *really* consider getting them. I love the style of them, and knowing that they're super comfortable is even better!

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  59. I've also been looking for cognac boots!

    I have #1 from Target and I love them. But I have to say that they are more blond than cognac. I alternate between the dark brown ones and I live in San Francisco where I walk EVERYWHERE. They hold up pretty well, but after a year of hundreds of miles of walking, I probably need to get them resoled.

    They look almost exactly like the Frye Melissa Button boots, but $300 less! I have both and I'm a 7.5 in the Target boots and I have the Frye boots in 8 but probably should have gotten a 8.5 to fit my spenco arch supports (polysorb cross trainers- LOVE them!)

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  60. Thanks to you, I just picked up your #16, the Nine West ones for $79.50 from 6pm.com. They are on SALE even more than your $108 price tag from the time you posted!

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  61. You should try wideshaft boot as all their shoes and boots are designed to fit a larger calf as well as a wider foot. They have a great collections of Otk & super wide calf boots.

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  62. Just a comment on the #15 Steve Madden Boots- After throwing away my second pair after 1 winter of use, I refuse to buy another pair. While they may work for someone living in Cali, they are very impractical for the harsh winters in the North East. The sole is made of cardboard and just disintegrates over time. Such a bummer because they look adorable and I used to get so many great comments. If you do want to buy a pair of these wear them sparingly, and in try weather conditions or maybe just inside....

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  63. I have #15 (Steve Madden) and, despite some scuffing, they've held up incredibly well to a couple years' worth of use. They look great with a dress or with skinnies/black leggings. I'm always looking for ways to change up my staples, so I'll be looking over your other cognac boots posts for ideas! Any tips or tricks on getting scuffs out of well-loved boots?

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  64. Nooo! The link for #10 isn't working! Help!

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  65. Nevermind! Found them here: http://www.naturalizer.com/en-US/Womens/Brown/_/Boots/Size+9.0+Womens/Products.aspx

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  66. I absolutely love my super wide calf boots, they are just lovely, they fit perfect, a very nice quality of leather. I get compliments on them where ever I go! Highly recommended!!

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  67. About your article on Fall Shopping. I think it's important to always shop around, you never know when you may find the same boots for a cheaper price. I actually cover this same topic on my blog over at http://womensbootsonsale.net check it out for great fashion tips

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