A Toronto Transformation

Little Luxuries – Really Good Boots

Brown leather ecco Hobart boot

These boots were made for walking. Like, actually.

When you are blessed with a combination of shockingly teeny feet and ankles and fairly shapely or muscular calves, it can be really difficult to find tall fitted boots that…fit. Throw in chronic DVT in one of those legs so that it’s constantly swollen, and finding said boots is practically a miracle.

With such limited selection, I’ve worn a lot of sub-par footwear in the fall/winter/springs of my life.

As someone who walks all over this city, I vowed that last year was the last year I would wear uncomfortable, poorly-constructed boots that crumble to dust within a week of carrying me to and fro in my day-to-day life.

So I skipped a couple of nights out and put a little extra money into the boot budget and hallelujah, didn’t I just stumble across a pair of beautiful brown leather “Hobart” boots from ecco, that, with a couple of holes added to the buckles of the left one, actually fit my feet AND legs.

There was no “breaking in” period. They were immediately comfortable. They don’t make my feet or my back hurt even after a full day of stomping around Toronto in them. And they’re attractive enough that I can wear them all day at work if I suddenly realize I am wearing crazy Halloween socks which would look absolutely nuts with my shoes.

With a little TLC (picture, if you will, me crooning softly to them while I give them a lovely mink oil massage), hopefully this little luxury will be one I can enjoy for years to come.

Do you guys think it’s worth it to shell out extra cash for really well-made shoes, or are you still at a point where your feet will accept whatever you put on them?

P.S. Is it my imagination or does my purse look a lot like a robotic frog head in this photo?


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20 Responses to Little Luxuries – Really Good Boots

    • metamorphocity says:

      Thanks! I definitely recommend these bad boys, though I don’t know if they’d carry you through a Nova Scotian winter! They’d need to be furrier for that.

  • Heidi says:

    Well made foot ware is worth every penny. And once you have a brand that works for you, you can start watching for markdowns. I love Ecco, they are excellent. Rieker is also great. And I love the style you chose, they are totally sexy.

    • metamorphocity says:

      Thanks, Heidi! I think they’re totally sexy too, which is definitely something I’d given up on finding in a wide-calf boot! I’ll have to check out Rieker as well.

  • Leslie says:

    If you are walking as your main mode of getting around, good footwear is not a luxury it’s a necessity. So enjoy! My problem is that sweaty feet ruin expensive footwear too soon. 🙁

  • Sarah Ann says:

    Haha! You’re too funny, although it does look like a frog 😉 Loving those boots! A good pair of tall brown leather boots are a staple in my closet!

  • Alice says:

    I need these boots, I have the same sort of problem and I can never find the right fit. I forget that footwear needs a bit of expenditure so not to ruin the feet.

  • Alaina says:

    Your photo made me think that my boots looked similar. Then I read the brand and realized they’re both the same! So huzzah for us big calved ladies wearing awesome boots!
    Mine lasted a good 2 years of practically living in them. I wore them in snow a bunch of times when it was mild out. They’re a little worn now but I still wear them if I know i’m walking a lot.

    And your purse does look like a robotic frog. Obviously.

  • Say yes to good footwear–say no to cheapy cheapy BOGO plastic pleather sweaty stinky yucky shoes! Even if you’re a size 11 and have to wait until you’re in Austria, Switzerland, or Holland for the goods! Buy well, and twinkle those toes! Yours are lovely. Don’t put them next to that hungry looking purse for long…

  • Manda says:

    I’m looking at into investing in a good, solid pair of boots! I depend on Payless boots and need a new pair every season. I just made the same leap with a good winter coat, so once I have enough pennies once more time to get some boots!

  • Mikael says:

    Amen to the boots! I shell out the cash and then use the crap out of the shoes until they basically can’t be worn anymore. I still wear shoes from 5 years ago. I say if you need them, get them. If you don’t need them, don’t waste your money.
    And I’m totally wearing my favorite boots today. Fate. 😉

  • Peter DeWolf says:

    I love those boots! And boots like them in general.

    I was actually chatting with Drea last night about some of my favourite items of clothing on women and those types of boots were #1!

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