I told you guys there'd be no shortage of boot reviews this season - today I wanted to show the Corso Como Laura boot, one of the look-for-less suggestions from my Stuart Weitzman post. They're currently on sale and you can use code 20VETERANS on Amazon for extra 20% off (Nordies will price adjust if the same size & color are in stock)! These are similar to my SWs in the general sense of flat, tall suede boots, but have a few notable differences that make them more comparable to the SW signature 50/50s instead. The Low lands are made entirely of stretch suede whereas these and the 50/50s have a stretch back panel made of fabric. Also, these are true OTK boots hitting right above the knees like the 50/50s, whereas the Low lands are more mid-thigh height boots.
Also, quick note about the waterfall cardigan I'm trying on above...I had been eyeing this one for a while but was worried it'd be too long on a petite frame. After seeing lots of petite ladies pull off the "maxi" cardi, I decided to give it a try and love the look! The regular XS is a pretty good casual fit except the longer sleeves, which I fold up. I ended up returning this olive one after the tan color I had been waitlisted for popped back in stock - will do a post in more detail soon, but wanted to show this equally pretty color while it's still in stock & on sale!
Quality: I lightened the photo above which makes the suede look splotchy, but it's an even-toned, thicker weight suede in person. There's a partial leather lining along the edges (you can see the brown leather in the pic above peeking out from the interior). The entire boot feels of good quality and sturdily made.
Comfort & Sizing: Foot sizing-wise, I found these to be true to size. I'm usually between a 5 and 5.5 in most brands, and a 5.5 here was a good fit in the foot area. For reference I am a 5 in SW as that brand tends to run a little big. I did not keep these so again can't speak to long-term comfort, but there were no areas of irritation or rubbing when I tried these on. There are small zippers on the inside ankle to facilitate getting these on, which are also helpful for yanking down skinny jeans that get bunched up.
Fit: These are on the slim side out of all boots I've tried, but not as slim as the SW boots. The calf area is a decent fit just grazing over my calves, but for boots like these I like a snug stretched fit. For reference, my calves measure 12.5" around and my lower thighs where these hit measure 14" around. The suede front panel is thick which gives it structure, so if the circumference is too loose, the shaft won't fall down immediately but I can see it gradually slouching down as you walk. These were a better fit on me with jeans but still had a gap at the upper back opening. Would recommend to those who can fill these out more.
Measurements of a 5.5: 4.5" across ankles, 6 and 5/8th" across top opening, 6.5" across calves (note to factor in some width accounted for by the thicker boot material). 21" high front shaft, 17" high back shaft excluding heel, and 0.75" heel.
Nordstrom is having a huge fall clearance sale right now with lots of boots, sweaters, designer denim & more included - my favorite way to browse sales is to filter by size and price. If you're looking for an OTK boot with a small block heel, these Via Spiga ones (currently 40% off) look of promising quality with a 21" shaft height and narrow shaft circumference starting at 12" around! Another narrow-calf sale boot are the Stuart Weitzman "Playtime" (40% off & starts in size 4.5) which are a flat suede boot with a sneaker sole.
PS - if you purchased the Ivanka Trump Saffri boots (see my detailed review) recently from Nordstrom, a few readers have mentioned that they live chatted online and got price adjustments to match the current sale at Bloomingdales (they are marked down plus extra 25% off with HOLIDAY) making them just $94! Please note the exact color and size that was purchased needs to be in stock on the sale site in order to qualify for an adjustment.