Prada saffiano cuir bag, Anthropologie sweater c/o, AoS jeans, Talbots tee
I’m a big fan of the fit and quality of Stuart Weitzman OTK boots, but wanted to share some lower-priced alternatives as well. Ivanka Trump makes several styles each year similar to the popular SW Highland boot, with a stretch suede-y upper, almond toe and tapered block heel. I have a few pairs of shoes from this brand and find them to be pretty fair quality for the prices (these suede lace up flats are my new favorite as seen on me here – they were comfortable for me out of the box and high quality for the price).
Please note that some of the boots from this brand are real suede and some are a faux-suede fabric. Both are sold at similar price points so be sure to read the descriptions to avoid disappointment. The “Saffri” boot I’m reviewing today comes in 3 colors and is faux suede.
Fit: I’m a 5-5.5 in most brands, and have a few styles of Ivanka Trump shoes where I’m a solid 5.5. The 5.5 in these were a good fit in the foot area, however the leg area was a little loose. With OTK boots I like the material to be pretty snug otherwise it can be prone to sliding down as you walk. However it’s a challenge to find for narrow legs, and these are admittedly better than most brands I’ve tried. When worn over high socks (mine are these from ASOS) these did fit slightly more snug but still felt prone to sliding down. When worn over medium-weight jeans they fit better than the socks, but I’d want to be able to wear with skirts and dresses without slippage. I would expect shaft width to vary based on shoe size, so a size 5 should fit a little more snug throughout.
Measurements of a 5.5: 4.5″ across the ankle, 6.25″ across the calf, 7″ across the widest point at the thigh opening, heel is slanted ranging from 3.25-3.75″ high, and the shaft height is also slanted ranging from 18.5 to 20.5″ high (excluding heel).
Comfort: I didn’t keep these so can’t speak to comfort while walking, but they didn’t pinch anywhere and blocked heel felt stable. I liked the inner zipper by the ankles because it makes getting the boots on easy, plus you can reach in and tug down at the ankle of pants to fix any bunching. However, as you can see in the upper right photo, the zipper can cause some bunching at that area if the fabric isn’t stretched taut against your legs.
Quality: I personally prefer a thicker, genuine suede to “suede-feel” fabric for something like boots which I expect to wear for years to come. For a fraction of the SW Highland price, the overall look and the outer side of the faux suede isn’t bad but please note it is thin (about half the weight of the Highlands for reference). If you like the black option, check out the similar Surlia boot that’s listed as genuine suede. UPDATE: A reader below mentioned that the Surlia is mis-listed and is actually fabric and not real suede like the website inidicates.