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Sneaker Boot Review

Sneaker Boots

Sneaker boots, hybrids between sneakers and boots appear to be an emerging trend. Some look like the old high top sneakers but there are also many newer, fashion-forward styles. They seem to be a reasonable option for those who are reluctant to give up the comfort of a sneaker for a trendier look.

I have broken (loosely!) the sneaker boots into sporty, casual, dress(ier) and raised heel. I have also noted which foot structures would be appropriate for the shoes. The abbreviations are as follows:

Pes planus (low arch) = PP

Pes cavus (high arch) = PC

Bunions/Hammertoes = BH

Hallux rigidus (stiff big toe joint) = HR

Narrow foot = N

 

Sporty

Forsake – Loop (weatherproof)

HR 
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Keds – Scout ( weatherproof, not a lot of toe clearance, memory foam insole)

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Timberland – Flyroam (shock absorbant, removable footbed)

PP, PC, HR (mild)


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Merrell – Duskair Maui Chukka (well cushioned)

PP, BH

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Teva – Arrowood Lux (waterproof. well cushioned, removable footbed)

PP


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Camper – DUB (fun, comfortable, slip on, fashion forward)

PC


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Also available at Gravity Pope in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto.

 

Casual

Forsake – Contour (elastic lace, slip on)

PC


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Olukai – Waipahe (removable footbed which should be traded for better arch support)

PC

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Blackstone – CW96 (shearling lining, zipper or laces for closure, more toe room than they appear to have)

BH (hammertoes only)


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Ugg – Starlyn (really cute and warm, but no arch support)

PC

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Pedro Garcia – Priya (can’t imagine keeping the white ones clean!)

PP


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Converse -Chuck Taylor All Star 70 Punk more cushion than usual converse but lacking in arch support)

PC


http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/converse-chuck-taylor-all-star-chuck-70-punk-sneaker-boot-women/4699099?origin=keywordsearch&keyword=converse+chuck+taylor+all+star+punk

 

West Blvd – 501 Lace up (zipper closure, not much support, similar to converse but less costly)


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Ariat – Fringe Chukka (decent cushioning)

PC

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Gentle Soles –  Harper (soft, not a lot of toe clearance, anterior rocker sole)

HR


http://shop.nordstrom.com/sr?origin=keywordsearch&keyword=gentle+souls+harper

 

Gabor – Flat ankle boot (decent toe clearance, removable insole, slight platform)

PP, BH


http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/gabor-flat-ankle-boot-women/4726032?origin=keywordsearch&keyword=gabor++boot

 

Vince – Newlyn (slight internal platform, not for wide feet)

N


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Kenneth Cole – Kiera  (removable insole, zipper closure, not for wide feet)

N, PP

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Salvatore Ferragamo – Caprera (removable footbed, anterior rocker sole, sock top)

PP, PC, BH


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Guiseppe Zanotti – Gold Band (removable footbed)

PP


http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/giuseppe-zanotti-gold-band-sneaker-women/4649598?origin=keywordsearch&keyword=guiseppe+zanotti+gold+band

 

Fendi – Rocko-Top (sock type upper, anterior rocker sole)

BH, HR


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Miz Mooz – Laurent (removable arch support)

PP, PC

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Rick Owens – Glitter FW17 Adidas Mastidon (soft but a bit shallow in the toe box)

N


https://www.rickowens.eu/en/US/women/products/rp17f7866los-91

Yeezy – Kanye West – Crepe boots (a bit stiff for the small amount of rocker)


https://www.lyst.com/shoes/yeezy-black-suede-crepe-boots/?reason=feed-product

 

Fiorentini and Baker – Brody-Bi bolt (soft leather, not much arch support)

BH (hammertoes only)


BRODY-BI BOLT

 Kennel and Schmenger – Basket Suede High Top (shearling lined, zipper closure)

BH (hammertoes only)


http://shop.nordstrom.com/sr?origin=keywordsearch&keyword=kennel+and+schmenger+basket+suede+high+top

 

Brown’s Shoes – Wishbone collection – Renata (Shock absorbent, slight anterior rocker, would fit a wider foot)

PC, BH, HR


https://www.brownsshoes.com/RENATA/237597,default,pd.html?dwvar_237597_color=016

 

Dress(ier)

Free People – Astral (pull on, shock absorbant)

PC, BH, HR

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Kennel and Schmenger – Pia (pointy toe, mild anterior rocker)

BH


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Via Spiga – Elona (slight platform, shearling lined)

PP


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Jslides – Partee (above the knee, platform, removable footbed, partial zipper)

PP


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Guiseppe Zanotti – Sienna ( above the knee, slight anterior rocker)

PP, BH, HR

https://www.farfetch.com/ca/shopping/women/giuseppe-zanotti-design-sienna-sneaker-boots-item-12350651.aspx

https://www.lyst.com/shoes/giuseppe-zanotti-sienna/

Wild Diva – Thigh High Sneaker Boot (synthetic upper, inexpensive)

PP

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Heel

DKNY – Angie (1 1/2″ heel raise with moderate anterior rocker, shock absorbent)

PP, PC, HB, HR


https://www.donnakaran.com/category/dkny/shoes/sneakers.do

http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay/angie-low-wedge-slip-on-sneakers-0600089500842–24

 

Forsake – Alma (2″internal wedge heel, rugged look)


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Michael Kors – Ace Wedge Sneaker boot (anterior rocker sole)

PP, PC, BH. HR

 


http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/michael-michael-kors-ace-wedge-sneaker-bootie-women/4784330?origin=keywordsearch&keyword=michael+kors+ace

 

Michael Kors – Ace Over the Knee Boot (stretches over calf, anterior rocker sole, soft insole, 2″ heel)

PP, PC, BH. HR


http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/michael-michael-kors-ace-over-the-knee-boot-women/4413548?origin=keywordsearch&keyword=michael+kors+ace

Michael Kors – Skylar Knit Bootie (2 1/2″heel with 1/2″ platform)

PP, PC, BH. HR

https://www.brownsshoes.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-BrownsShoes-Site/default/Product-Variation?pid=236760&dwvar_236760_color=016&dwvar_236760_width=B&dwvar_236760_size=9&cgid=1107&sizeselected=true&gclid=CjwKCAiA_c7UBRAjEiwApCZi8XYdj-EIPwxUuUaB1FkWN7jwIjP0-MwTNWksrcj4g4Au_uM0tNZ73BoC6agQAvD_BwE

https://www.macys.com/shop/product/michael-michael-kors-skyler-sneaker-booties?ID=4587098

 

 

 

 

Shopping For Pump – What I Bought

….drum roll……

I ended up with the BeautiFeel Calla pump. I’ve worn them a few times now and have been completely happy with my purchase.

The take home message from this is to try on a lot of shoes when you’re making a purchase. Ugly shoes are not necessarily comfortable and pretty ones don’t always hurt. Think about what you will be using the shoe for. Will you be standing, walking or just sitting around? For my choice, I was looking for a stable heel, a comfortable toe box, something that my heel didn’t slide out of and of course, something pretty:). I wanted a shoe that was versatile, something I could wear to work (I sit a lot at work) and for an evening out.

 

https://www.amazon.com/BeautiFeel-Womens-Calla-Dress-Pump/dp/B00WXOG12M

 

Buying Pumps Part 4 A Trip To Nordstroms

Vince Camuto – Jaynita

3” spike heel

Fairly soft leather. Heel grip is adequate. Soft under the ball of foot. Overall a generally good fit and recommended if you like a spike heel. I felt a bit unstable. Fits big.

https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vince-camuto-jaynita-pointy-toe-pump-women/4761406?origin=keywordsearch&keyword=vince+camuto+jaynita

 

Ted Baker – Vyixyn

3” spike heel

Ouch! Leather is hard and no grip on heel. Shallow over instep.

 

 

https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ted-baker-london-vyixyn-2-pump-women/4753985?origin=keywordsearch&keyword=ted+baker+vyixyn

https://www.amazon.com/Ted-Baker-Vyixyn-Leather-Womens/dp/B077T96CMB/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1513908303&sr=8-2&keywords=ted+baker+vyixyn

 

Jeffrey Campbell – Cyrille

3 1/2” stacked heel

Too high for me but reasonably comfortable with a bit of heel slippage. Go down a half size!

 

 

 

https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/jeffrey-campbell-cyrille-pump-women/4678192?origin=keywordsearch&keyword=jeffrey+campbell+cyrille

 

Ferragamo – Talla

3” spike heel

Hard leather which painfully squeezed my toes. Heel placement is good so that i didn’t feel unstable, but I was dying to get these off!

 

 

https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/salvatore-ferragamo-talla-bow-pointy-toe-pump-women/4713224?origin=keywordsearch&keyword=ferragamo+talla

 

https://www.amazon.com/Salvatore-Ferragamo-Womens-Talla-Pumps/dp/B076DGQSMT/ref=sr_1_1?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1513908635&sr=1-1&nodeID=7141123011&psd=1&keywords=ferragamo+talla

 

Chloe – Lauren Pump

2 1/4” block heel

Very shallow. A very soso fit and feel. Very shallow and loose in the instep area.

 

https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/chloe-lauren-pump-women/4796303?origin=keywordsearch&keyword=chloe+lauren

https://www.amazon.com/Chloe-Lauren-Scalloped-Suede-Block/dp/B077VZRJQY/ref=sr_1_1?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1513909219&sr=1-1&nodeID=7141123011&psd=1&keywords=chloe+lauren+pump

 

Prada – Pointy Toe Pump

3 1/2” spike heel

These are beautiful to look at but I found the leather hard and the heel grip poor. Size down 1/2 size.

https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/prada-pointy-toe-pump-women/3259102?origin=coordinating-3259102-0-1-PDP_1-recbot-fbt_similar_items&recs_placement=PDP_1&recs_strategy=fbt_similar_items&recs_source=recbot&recs_page_type=product

 

 

Michael Kors – Abbi

3” heel

Good heel grip and fairly soft leather but shallow instep and a bit of a squeeze in the toes. Overall, not bad.

 

https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/michael-michael-kors-abbi-flex-pump-women/4708127?origin=keywordsearch&keyword=michael+kors+abbi+pump

 

https://www.amazon.com/Michael-Kors-Abbi-Flex-Pump/dp/B0755YHPS2/ref=sr_1_1?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1513911691&sr=1-1&nodeID=7141123011&psd=1&keywords=michael+kors+abbi+pump

 

Michael Kor – Paloma

4” stacked heel

Generally comfortable but the heel was too high for me and the heel slipped a bit. Quite pretty though.

https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/michael-michael-kors-paloma-metallic-heel-pump-women/4755052?origin=keywordsearch&keyword=michael+kors+paloma

 

Lewit – Carita

3 3/4” spike heel

Good support in arch but unstable heel and a real pain to put on…but pretty:)

 

https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/lewit-carita-ankle-wrap-pump-women/4724765?origin=keywordsearch&keyword=carita

 

Halogen – Azaela

3” spike heel

Very pretty and inexpensive. Really good heel grip and very comfortable. This was an unexpected and pleasant surprise.

 

https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/halogen-azaela-ankle-strap-pump-women/4680842?origin=keywordsearch&keyword=halogen+azaela

 

Pour la Victoire – Cece

                          – Celina

4” stacked heel

Sloppy fit in heel so found myself sliding into the toe box. It was hard to assess whether the toe box would have been comfortable. Both styles have the same upper with slightly different shaped heel. The Celina is pictured below. The Cece has a round heel.

 

 

https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/pour-la-victoire-cece-pump-women/4506738?origin=keywordsearch&keyword=pour+la+victoire

 

https://www.amazon.com/Pour-Victoire-Womens-Black-Medium/dp/B06XTC6ZFG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1513966823&sr=8-3&keywords=pour+la+victoire+pumps

 

https://www.amazon.com/Pour-Victoire-Womens-Celina-Dress/dp/B01M3NOTPN/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1513966823&sr=8-4&keywords=pour+la+victoire+pumps

 

 

Marc Fisher – Zala

3” block heel

Good, stable heel. Toe box surprisingly comfortable. A bit shallow at instep and wish the heel fit slightly snugger. Size down 1/2 size.

zala

https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/marc-fisher-ltd-zala-pump-women/4867236?origin=keywordsearch&keyword=marc+fisher+zala

 

https://www.amazon.com/Marc-Fisher-Womens-Black-Suede/dp/B01B2V6GXK/ref=sr_1_1?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1513969241&sr=1-1&nodeID=7141123011&psd=1&keywords=marc+fisher+zala&refinements=p_89%3AMarc+Fisher

 

Hispanitas – Connie

2 1/2” block heel

Fairly comfortable and felt stable. A bit too soft in the heel counter.

 

https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/hispanitas-connie-block-heel-pump-women/4635276?origin=keywordsearch&keyword=hispanitas+connie

 

 

Paul Green – Nicolette

3 1/2” spike heel

A great fit and surprisingly comfortable despite the heel height. The strap adds security. I generally don’t like the look of velcro straps but you really can’t tell. The only draw back to this shoe is that you wouldn’t want to wear it with stockings. I tried it on both with and without and found I was sliding around a lot with stocking.

 

https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/paul-green-nicolette-pointy-toe-pump-women/4657990?origin=keywordsearch&keyword=paul+green+nicolette

 

Ron White – Cadence

3” spike heel

Really good fit and surprisingly comfortable for this heel height. Canadian designer. Made in Italy.

 

https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ron-white-cadence-pump-women/4724035?origin=keywordsearch&keyword=ron+white+cadence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Make Frye Boots More Comfortable

I love Frye boots! They’re sturdy, well made and generally very comfortable…except for at the back of the heel. Frye boots are designed for riding horses, not walking in the mall so there is some slippage in the heel area. This does not apply to all Frye boots, but generally to all of the standard styles. This pistoning up and down of the heel in the boot can lead to chafing, blistering and PAIN!

A simple way to avoid this problem is by using a gel pad. My favourite ones are visco-gel scar management sheets. These are 2 1/2” X 3” sheets of clear silicone gel. I cut these in half and place them on the back of my heel right against the skin in the area of friction. I can just pull on my socks and Frye boot and off I go.

You can use this technique to protect most areas of your feet from friction. If you prefer something with a fabric backing on the outside, you might want to try visco-gel moleskin in the same 2 1/2” X 3” size. Just a final note…save the backing because both of these pads are washable and reusable.

https://shop.onlinefootsource.com/products/visco-gel-scar-management-sheets-2-1-2-x-3

https://shop.onlinefootsource.com/products/visco-gel-moleskin-padding-2-1-2-x-3

Shopping For Pumps – Again (Part 3)

Pictures taken at Gravity Pope -Vancouver, BC

Zinda-2881

Made in Spain.
About 2” block heel
Shallow toe box and instep. Does not stay on heel. Nice leather and nice looking shoe.

https://www.gravitypope.com/products/zinda-2881-neg-2881

Zinda – 1800

3” spike heel
Dying just a little bit inside this shoe…ouch!

https://www.gravitypope.com/products/zinda-1800-ndi-1

Audley – Martina 18503

Made in Spain. Designed in Italy. (I e-mailed the company and received this information in Spanish. Hopefully, I have translated correctly!)
2” block heel
Nice heel height, toe and arch coverage. A bit of heel slippage. The crepe sole is comfortable. A bit chunky looking.

https://www.gravitypope.com/products/audley-18503-blk
https://www.audleyshoes.com/en-GB/martina-shoes-382

Camper – Alright K200487

1” wide kitten heel
Low heel and very comfortable foot bed (removable) but shallow. I found I was sliding at heel and gapping at the instep.

https://www.gravitypope.com/collections/camper/products/camper-k200487-004-alright

Camper – Kara K200557

2 3/4” block heel.
I felt this shoe should be a lot more comfortable for this level of ugly! These were quite chunky looking and my heel was slipping right out.

https://www.gravitypope.com/products/camper-k200557-001-kara
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 Hispanitas – MH175697

Made in Spain
2” block heel
I loved everything about the fit and heel height. I tried on the 37 which was too big. There was no 36 in the black or I would have likely ended my search and brought this one home!

https://www.gravitypope.com/products/hispanitas-mhi75697-blk

Michael Kors – Lucy

3” stacked heel
Comfortable foot bed. I was surprised to feel a little squished in what appears to be a nice rounded toe box. The heel fit was quite sloppy so I think the squeeze up front was caused by my foot sliding forward.

https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/michael-michael-kors-lucy-flex-round-toe-pump-women/4333803

https://www.gravitypope.com/products/michael-by-michael-kors-40t6lcmp1l01-blk-lucy-flex-pump

Slack London – 16856

1” block heel.
Made in Spain.
I couldn’t last a day in these despite the low heel!

https://www.gravitypope.com/products/slack-london-16856-b-y

Fluevog – Gracias

1 1/2” hell height.
Ridiculously comfortable, but alas, really weird look:(. The heel height is perfect and I felt very stable. The strap make the fit very secure and the foot bed is comfortable….maybe these would look good with pants??

https://www.gravitypope.com/products/fluevog-gracias-blk-gracias
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Coclico – Jung

2 1/2” stacked heel
Made in Spain
Pointy toe with ankle strap
I don’t know why I didn’t expect to like this one, but it was a very pleasant surprise!
You could easily tuck a small arch pad in this one. The heel was stable and I felt very secure in this shoe. This is also a strong contender!

https://www.gravitypope.com/products/coclico-3029-blk-jung
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