Friday, 16 January 2015

Over The Knee Boots

Is there anyone out there??! I don't think I've had as long a break from blogging before. The house is taking up all my time (I started this post 12 hours ago!) and each day I rotate a very boring jumper/jeans/puffa jacket ensemble in shades of navy or grey. But I'm actually enjoying this forced capsule as it's so easy to dress....and it's inspired me to do a massive clear-out before my new wardrobe goes in during February. More on that when it comes - the hanging rails are melting my head!


So a quick return to blogging to show off one of my successful sales purchases - over the knee boots. The long black flat boots I already had were on their 4th winter and were starting to show it - especially as they were the only boots I had in my capsule after we moved so they were worn almost every day during December. I decided to look for another pair in the sales but this time to get some over the knee ones. On Boxing Day, I tried on several pairs in Belfast but couldn't get my size so ordered them online.


The try-on however helped me get a feel for what style suited best so I knew I wanted ones that were well over the knee at the front but open at the back, ideally with some detail down the back of the boot. I almost bought a pair that had buckles behind the knee to secure the front piece better but decided that would be a bit of a faff every time I had to put them on...they did give a nice slimline look to the leg though.


So here are the ones I bought - the Dune Torz boot - available in a few shops but the best price is at Zalando here and Amazon here - both coming in at about £80.
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The first thing that won me over is the quality of the leather and the smell from it. Just glorious. Even after a few weeks, I'm aware of it as I sit here typing this. Next was the ease of putting them on. The zip at the back is only a detail. there's actually a half zip on the inner leg that allows you to pull the boots right on and it's easy to zip up. They come well over my knee and I've had no issues with sagging. Size wise, I'd say they come up a bit big so if between sizes, go down. Mine are a 39.
So here I am wearing them today with endless layers as I had workmen in the house all day leaving doors open...grrrr. Wallpapering has been done but I've yet to carpet my hall, stairs and landing...hence the dodgy flooring :)
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Boots - Dune (size 6/39 - size down if you're between)
Jeans - Maison Scotch (Size 29 - past season - same fit different colour here & here)
Down Jacket - Uniqlo (Size M - Christmas present from hubby!)
Black Favorite Roll-Neck - Boden (Size 12 - Christmas present!)
Scarf - Benetton (old - similar here & here)|


Amazingly I've not had any smart comments from the hubby...and my mother in law compliments them every time I wear them. So they mustn't look too 'Pretty Woman' :) In terms of wearing with skirts, I've not had as much luck. Just didn't work but I've never been a fan of long boots with skirts on me anyway.


I'm off now to pack bags - the kids and I move back in with my mother in law tomorrow for a few weeks while the old kitchen is taken out and replaced, along with the gas boiler. It's going to be a long 3 or 4 weeks but this is the last big piece of work we need to do so I'm keeping focussed on how lovely it will be to have a proper working kitchen again. On the plus-side, being at granny's will hopefully give me more time in the evenings to blog - I've still to tell you about my my life-changing nocturnal lenses. I promise to dedicate my next post to them.


Hope you're all keeping well and that 2015 is treating you well so far..


Ax

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26 comments

  1. Love them, I fell for the Zara over the knees but they hurt a bit unlike other over the knees I've had before. Going to head to dune. No idea why all this is in caps as caps is off (not shouting honest) x

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  2. Well hello stranger, Good to see you. Love the boots, you soooo suit them and i dont know why this comment is all in capitals!!!! x

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  3. Great to see you back, Avril. The boots look fab! Lynne xx

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  4. Hello stranger and well done for keeping your' cool during all the alterations. I don't think I could cope. I love the boots on you and they are a real bargain. I fancy the SW grey suede but my credit card is disagreeing with me :0)

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  5. Life at the Little Wood17 January 2015 at 09:01

    So glad to hear you're nearly there with the house - exciting!! Love your boots! I tried a few pairs on but just can't get a fit that doesn't stretch and sag :( Hope you're well Luvvie xx

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  6. Love those boots on you Avril, I have a pair and I think they compliment the body really well.
    Exciting times with the house move! good luck with the kitchen, and nice to see you back.
    Nikki x

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  7. I am a big fan if over the knee boots i have had mine for 4 years, An essential item in my wardrobe. These dune ones are great avril, good price point. Love yOur puffa coat to! Good luck with the house, it will be all worth it in the End. Xx

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  8. i love over the knee boots - those are so smart. Good luck with the house!

    Helen

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  9. Nice to see you back! It looks as though things are really starting to progress with the house even if it feels (to you) as though it's taking forever

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  10. hELLO! yES, WE'RE ALL STILL OUT HERE :) lOVE THE BOOTS - I'M DETERMINED TO GET A PAIR THIS YEAR. THEY LOOK FAB ON YOU. gLAD TO HEAR YOU'RE MAKING PROGRESS WTIH THE HOUSE. iT WILL SOOO BE WORTH IT WHEN YOU'RE FINISHED!

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  11. Love those boots on you, they look fab i love them dressed down, a great buy no doubt you will get lots of wear out if them! Xxxxx

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  12. Very foxy! I've been on the hUnt For a pair too but the only ones i loved were sold out. GlAd there's an end in sight with the House!

    Not sure why this Is appearing in caps, promise am not shouting ;)

    Nic xx

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  13. I love over the knee boots but they really dont like me, lol! Im very interested to hear about your lenses & how you're getting on with them x

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  14. Lovely to have you back Avril! Stunning boots! You made the perfect choice! X

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  15. They look great on you Avril. Not for me though. Tad too old methinks! Good to see you, knew you would be busy with your new home, xx

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  16. I can't wait to hear about your lenses!! Those boots look amazing on you. I've alway been a on the fence person when it came to over the knee but I think you've just about swung me. They look so chic yet casual and easy to wear, great great buy. X

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  17. Yay, lovely to hear from you. enjoying all your little antique finds - rummaging around yards and antique auctions is one of my fav things to do. hope to catch up with you soon. x

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  18. Yay, you're back!! have felt almost stalker-ish over the hols, kept checking in and feeling blue.
    love the boots, gorgeous xx

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  19. wow, THEY look absolutely stunning on you - perfect fit and make you look hot 20yr old mamma!

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  20. I'm not a fan of over the knee but these look great. welcome back! :) Hope you are surviving the refurb!

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  21. Georgina russell29 January 2015 at 20:02

    Hi, Ive only found your blog today via another bloggers site. I saw these over the knee boots on you and ordered them straight away, they look great, hope they look as good on me. I must say they don't look too good on the Zalander site as they are shown with the flap turned down, I wouldnt have ordered them if I hadn't seen them on you. I've been looking for a pair for months, can't wait for them to arrive. Thanks and I have subscribed.

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  22. Hi Georgina - thanks for your lovely comment. I hope you love the boots as much as I do. I have worn mine so much...in fact, I'm consciously resting them this week as I'm afraid of overkill on the blog! Oh and yes, I can confirm that they don't look as good turned down - I thought I could wear them both ways but they're just so much nicer and more flattering turned up. Let me know how you get on when they arrive! Avril x

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  23. Thank you Amanda! Lovely to hear from you. The refurb is happening...I'm hanging on in there telling myself it will be worth it in the end! Loving the new shoes on the blog...health to wear. Ax

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  24. Georgina russell8 February 2015 at 21:50

    Hi, just to let you know, I love these boots,. I have arthritis so my knees are a bit swollen so they are a little tight but because of the open back they fit ok and are softening up nicely. They actually disguise my knees which is what I wanted. Thank you once again,.

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  25. Oh Georgina, I'm so pleased to hear this! Enjoy wearing and thank you for taking the time to let me know how you got on. Avril x

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