My boot search started early this year – got these during cardholder access to Nordstrom’s pre-fall Anniversary sale. I’m constantly on the lookout for a good boot that not only fits slim in the ankles and calves, but is also the right height on short legs. More often than not, boots designed to be below-the-knee hit me squarely at the knee (which hinders walking), or those designed to be just over-the-knee are crotch height on me and take on a hoochie life of their own.
These Cole Haan Marina boots looked promising in the description: 21.5″ boot shaft height, with 13.5″ calf circumference that stretches to fit 15.75″ calf. They also have an adorable stacked ankle bootie that I wanted to point out. Please note that retailers usually take boot measurements off a size 7 or 8 shoe, so height and calf circumference likely vary on smaller or larger shoe sizes accordingly. I always keep boot-spectations low when shopping online, but to my surprise, the Marina suede boots are beautiful in person and fit like a glove throughout.
The shape of the foot area is very classic, with a slender 3.5″ heel and a feminine almond toe. The fit of the foot is narrow in the toe area, so go up half a size if you normally find that to be troublesome. The measurements of a size 5, when un-stretched (suede material is stretchy) were notably different than what was in the online product listing…
A size 5 measured: 11.5″ calf circumference, 12.5″ around thigh opening, 8″ around ankle, and 19″ shaft height when measured starting at the top of the heel. Once again, remember all measurements will likely change for a different shoe size. There is a zipper on the inner side by the ankle to facilitate getting your foot in. The soles are leather soles and the overall construction of these feel of solid quality.