Women's Allaire High Heel Tall Boots
Boots only lasted one year.
I bought these last year for my daughter, 5'4" 115 lbs. They lasted about 8 months. The "leather" around the heels peeled off, the boots are totally worn out. My daughter wore them for work 3 days a week in cool and cold weather only. She lives 2 miles from her job and drives. I have replaced these with a brand name boot from a good store for 50.00 more. I do not recommend these boots unless you want to replace them every year. I've been buying from LandsEnd for close to 20 years for a large family. My opinion is their quality is deteriorating.
December 5, 2013
Great skirt boot.
Reading the reviews before ordering these boots was very helpful. I certainly agree that they are made for taller women. I am 5 feet 8 inches and they fit my leg perfectly. Nice leather.
October 29, 2013
Beautiful . . . in the box
I was so excited to order and receive these, wanting some dressier boots for work. They are so lovely in the box. Soft leather and just the right heel height. But when I put them on I was so disappointed. They are ENORMOUS around the calf. I'm pretty sure I have average calves, other boots fit me fine. but these were huge. That, coupled with the fact that they come up nearly to my knee led me to return them. If you have tall calves (is that a thing?) then get these.
October 18, 2013
Not True to Size
I was so excited to find nice black dress boots under $100 I forgot to read the reviews. Yes - you definitely need to order one size up - I ordered my usual 8 and could not even fit my foot in the boot. They are going back I've gotten great dresses, socks, jackets and other products from Lands End - but I don't know if I want to tie up my money ordering the next size up.
October 17, 2013
Poor for for a 5'4" slender woman, one boot defective
Normally I love Lands End products, and buy several times a year. However, these boots failed to please.
Positive: Materials were nice and boots looked classy and elegant before I put them on.
Negative: Left boot was sewn defectively making in next to impossible to put it on, while the right boot went on without a problem - and my right foot is actually slightly bigger than my left! But even when the boots were finally on, the left boot was so tight I could barely stand in it, let alone walk. You could see how it was sewn badly, with material slightly gathered where it was supposed to be smooth (like the right boot was). But ok, suppose I was unlucky to get a defective item, so I would not base the review on that alone.
The fit, however, was pretty bad as well. I am 5'4", slender to average built (usually wear size S here), with average to slightly skinnier than average calves, measuring approximately 14" in the widest part. Normally wear size 8 shoes, but ordered 8.5 in these, expecting them to run on the smaller side, especially with my high arch. Assuming the right boot was what these boots were supposed to feel like, it was the right choice. However, the boots turned out to be very tall on me - all the way up to the knee and maybe even slightly higher than that. Boots were too wide at the top - they are probably meant to hit at the wide part of the calf, and not at the more narrow knee. As a result, there was space for at least 3 fingers between the left and the boot at the top, plus the curved up sides made it look even worse. I actually liked the design in the picture of a model wearing the boot (it was on a different item's page, but she was definitely wearing these boots in it). She was clearly much taller though, as the boot was hitting her at the proper level on her calf and fit snugly. Anyway, the pirate look was not what I was going for, so off they went.
While there is nothing wrong with the design of these boots per se - if worn by a person of sufficient height, I take issue with the item description and lack of visuals. I would have liked to see a model actually wearing the boots, and her vertical measurements provided to aide the customer in their decision making. Had this been there, I would not have been likely to order these boots. And while Lands End does provide the item measurements, I am still not entirely sure where to start measuring the length of the shaft - at the heel or at the start of the shaft, so basically I am not sure how to read the information. And the top opening width is only useful if you know which level the boot will come up to on your leg.
So, while I would refrain from recommending the boots to taller women, I would definitely NOT recommend them to women of around my height or less. I'd say, you have to be at least 5'7" to pull off the look in these boots.
September 3, 2013
maybe ok for someone tall
While these boots are lovely, I have to agree with a previous reviewer who said that they made her feel like a pirate. The curved top does have that effect somewhat, especially when the boot hits at the knee (I'm only 5'2"). Maybe someone taller could pull them off, but the curved shaft just looked awkward (and yes, pirate-ish) on my shorter legs.
August 31, 2013
Beautiful, classic dress boots!
These are excellent boots at an excellent price. I usually wear a size 7 in boots, but opted to size up to a 7-1/2 and I'm glad I did. I have average size calves and there is plenty of room for me (enough to fit skinny jeans inside), but not to the point of being sloppy looking. These boots will be favorites for years...I loved them enough to come back and buy the other color.
August 30, 2013
Love these boots!
I think I read all the earlier comments at least twice before I took the leap and ordered these. I am 5'2" and my calves are approx 12.5". These boots hit me right below the knee cap and are only slightly loose when wearing jeans tucked in. I usually wear a 7 in all shoes, but taking into account that most stated these ran narrow, I ordered a 7.5 and I am glad I did. I think the 8 would have been too big, as they are all leather and will stretch a little after I get to wear them:) All that being said...they are really beautiful! I love the color ( I ordered the brown). I have been looking for a pair of taller brown high heeld boots for months now, that didn't cost $$$ and these really fit the bill! I love that the toe is not pointy and they are all leather. I could not be more pleased with the fit of these boots!
March 27, 2013
I went back and forth with Zappos, trying to find the perfect black boot in the price range of approx. $100. I could not find anything decent within my price range. I was excited when these boots came down in price since I've had fairly good luck before with LE boots. They are absolutely beautiful. The heel is a little too high for my preference, but even so, they're extremely comfortable after the first wear. I've read the other reviews about the calf being too tight, but this has not been an issue for me. I have fairly regular-sized calves, not muscular or stocky, though, and they do fit snug on me, so if you have larger calves then this boot probably isn't for you. If you're have a normal sized calf, then these babies are perfect, lovely, sexy, and even expensive-looking, solid quality. So happy I bought them!!
March 14, 2013
LOVE these boots!
These are the pair I'm keeping after ordering and returning about five pairs from various manufacturers over the past few years, including Ralph Lauren. These are great boots for me because I've have a slightly narrow foot and very thin ankles and calves. I look like a little girl playing dress up when I wear most boots. My calves are 13.5 in in circumference and I wear an 8.5N to 8.5M shoe. These look and feel great on me. I bought black and now have ordered the brown!
It took about three wearings to wear in the ankle support to the point of true comfort and it took about four trips in the car before I could drive a manual transmission with this kind of heel. But I don't mind. I love them!
The only improvement I would make is to widen the stiletto heel just a hair and made it stacked instead of leather covered. I'm going to have to battle with sidewalk cracks in these.
January 29, 2013