Around the holidays I spied a gor-geous black buttery leather, pointed toe stiletto boot from J.Crew (it is long since gone) and I wanted. It is such a classic, chic shoe choice that can take jeans and a tee to the next level. And while I’m sad I never tried on said boot, I do know this mama can’t hardly think about walking in a 3-inch heel these days, much less actually do it. When we go on date nights and I do occasionally wear my one pair of fabulous 3-inch heels, it always takes me like five minutes longer than Pinky to get from our car to the restaurant. We’re typically paying a babysitter for those minutes and that is precious time, folks. I need an update that says ‘date night’ but doesn’t leave my feet screaming or Pinky waiting.
Alas, this began my search for a killer kitten heel black boot that would look just as chic but provide a more walkable heel. A good dressy boot that goes with everything is a closet must. My criteria in the search? Soft black leather (buttery even), pointed toe, slim around the ankle, kitten heel around two inches in height, for walkability. I tried out four pairs. Let’s see what they look like…
This is a solid pair. It meets most of the criteria, and the look is cute and chic. I like the lower ankle height. They’re pretty comfortable, too.
Pros: Cute, reasonably priced, good height on the ankle, meets most of the criteria
Cons: Not quite as comfy as the final pair, the leather at the ankles is doubled and a little thicker. Leather isn’t buttery soft, shoe doesn’t look as expensive as I’d like.
OK, so I know these are a tad different, but I thought worth a try. They actually have a stretchy upper around the ankle and that was very comfy. The fit is true to size.
Pros: Slim ankle, flattering look, comfortable, mid-priced
Cons: Suede instead of the soft leather, heel wasn’t as sturdy to walk in as others, more casual look with the stretchy ankle area.
A solid choice. I can see why it’s selling out most places. I’m actually wearing an 8.5 here for that reason, and it’s a little big. I’m usually a solid 8. The Michael Kors site seems to have a fair amount in stock. There are also a few sizes at Zappos.
Pros: Soft leather, more expensive-looking than they are, comfortable, sturdy heel, reasonable
Cons: A little high, and a little too wide around the ankle to fit under straight leg jeans, selling out fast
OK, so these….Are beautiful. And even more so in-person. They’re more than I would typically spend on a shoe, but I feel like this is a style where a little extra spent goes a long way. The studs weren’t in my criteria, but they look tasteful and add an interesting detail. I just found these in a similar price range and they look gorgeous, if you don’t want the stud detail. The leather is buttery, the shoe is oh-so-comfy and the quality seems amazing.
Pros: Super-soft leather, sleek fit and look, pointed toe but not ‘too pointy’, lovely thin-but-sturdy heel
Cons: price, metal details
Overall, I’m strongly leaning towards the last pair as my new go-to dressy boot. They’re insanely soft and comfy and beautiful. They’re everything I was looking for in the higher stiletto boots but with a lower heel. I feel like they’ll be a solid go-to, date night shoe and poor Pinky won’t have to have dinner without me. Haha.
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