My job sometimes requires travel to NYC, which in turn requires a lot of walking about.  The past few times I’ve gone up there, my feet have suffered some serious blisters, even if I wore my most comfy Sam Edelman flats.  I’m pretty sure that I’d get blisters in my Rainbows too, but it would be unprofessional to try.  So needless to say, I was excited when cooler weather came back around so that I could wear some cute boots with socks to try another tactic to prevent blisters.

So the day before my departure, I rounded up my mom and sister and went to DSW.  (Have I mentioned my admiration for DSW before? If not, it is AWESOME – love, love, love that place.)  My goal? To find some riding boots that would look good with skinny jeans or a casual business outfit (skirt + tights). I needed something versatile that would work for my lifestyle.

When I walked through the doors at DSW, I was happy to see a huge selection of leather (and leather-substitute) boots.  I knew I didn’t want slouchy or suede, so that ruled out a bunch of options.  I tried on several pairs, including the Bandolino Whimzy Boot (looked like rain boots on me), Unisa Tiffany Riding Boot (looked okay, this was my second favorite), and finally the Crown Vintage Sportster Riding Boots.

Crown Vintage Sportster Riding Boot

Crown Vintage Sportster Riding Boot ($119.95 at DSW)

I’m usually pretty frugal when it comes to shoes, so the $120 price tag was a little disconcerting, but since they fit me so well and looked good with the skinny jeans I’d worn to go shopping, I bit the bullet and bought them. (My DSW Rewards will make me feel better about this later, I’m sure!)

The next morning, I put together my outfit – black tights (with socks for comfort), khaki pencil skirt, black cardigan sweater, and a zebra print statement scarf. I felt good, and I was ready to face the day.

Once I got to NYC, I was anxious to see how the boots would feel. I was really happy when walking 5 blocks to lunch didn’t give me any discomfort at all. I was ecstatic by the end of the day – no blisters, only a bit of soreness that is natural after walking as much as I had. They even stood up to a freak rainstorm that caused me and my boss to get absolutely soaked walking from 30 Rock to Penn Station. (I hear that’s a pretty long walk.)

So in summary, here are my condensed thoughts on the Crown Vintage Sportster Riding Boots:

Heel height – very comfortable, just a little bit of lift so that they’re not totally flat to the ground.
Shaft – fit my calves comfortably in a size 6, but they were too big for my mom in a size 7. My calves are a bit bigger than hers, but the larger size may have been the reason.
Design – sporty riding boots – only a little bit of hardware on the strap across the top of the foot and along the back above the heel.
Comfort – I’m happy – they’re a bit tight where the strap goes across the top of the foot but overall, I’m really pleased!

Do you have the Crown Vintage Sportster Riding Boots? What do you think? What are your favorite boots for fall and winter?

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7 Responses to Item Review: Crown Vintage Sportster Riding Boots

  1. Laurabel says:

    I just bought these boots on Saturday – right now they’re in the Clearance section at DSW at 30% off, which was a big help! I tried to talk myself out of these because I have wide feet and high insteps and non-lacing boots are never comfortable, but they’re absolutely awesome! I had no trouble getting my feet into them (sometimes my high insteps cause problems), they don’t pinch or rub anywhere, and the heel height and cushy rubber soles make them very comfy to walk in. I wore jean leggings shopping, and these are the first boots I’ve ever liked on myself when the jeans are tucked in. I’m wearing them today to work, with a below-the-knee faded-indigo denim skirt, black tights, black cardi, black wide belt and a dark gray t-shirt underneath, and it’s a great look. I’m so glad I splurged on these, they’re great!

    • Erin says:

      Hi Laurabel! I am so jealous that you caught these boots on sale… but happy for you of course! Thanks for stopping by – sounds like Crown Vintage has two new fans 🙂

  2. esther says:

    Hi! These boots look really cute and I’m debating on whether or not I should get them. I’m basically looking for the perfect black riding boot. I’m 5’5 and typically wear a size 6 in shoes. Do these fit a couple inches below the knee? Also how is the shaft circumference? I have regular sized calves so my boots are usually around 14 inches and fit just right. I was wondering if you had any pictures of you wearing them? Thanks so much!

    • Erin says:

      Hi Esther! We’re pretty similarly sized (I’m 2″ shorter, same size foot) and they hit probably about 2-3″ below the knee on me. I’m not wearing them today so I can’t get exact measurements, but will check as soon as I get home 🙂

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