Before diving into today’s post on hiker boots, I wanted to mention Nordstrom is having a huge winter sale including lots of boots still available in small sizes. I wanted to point out a few select pieces with good reviews:
Sale boots (all avail. in sz 5+)
- Marc Fisher over the knee boot (60% off) – listed as narrow calf so should fit a little better than the average boot. I combed through all the reviews to see a few from under 5’2″ ladies who said these worked well.
- Yolli bootie (60% off) – classic low 1.5″ heel walking bootie. These have a very slightly squared off tip for a tad more structural look
- Avalyn Bootie (60% off) – sock-style bootie for those with narrow ankles and don’t like a big gap!
- Vince Camuto Grasem bootie (60% off) – love the look of the taupe “elephant” color
- Giana bootie (50% off) – These are titled Western but that aspect actually seems pretty subtle.
- Topshop Petite faux leather jacket – a bargain at $57 with free ship! I just tried this on in a 0P and it fit me nicely as a cropped petite friendly moto jacket and the sleeves are not too long (Topshop usually runs a little small, and their 0 petite fits me like a 00 petite in American brands). The material is a medium to thicker weight black pebbled faux leather – not sure why it looks slick and shiny in the stock photo but the finish is on the matte side.
- Zella 7/8 pocket leggings – 40% off my everyday leggings! xxs is a snug fit on me.
- Gibson knit blazer – a couple sale colors available in petites for my favorite knit blazer (see non-sale colors here). I’ve recommended this one several times over the years as a comfortable work-to-weekend piece with a nice slim fit.
- Madewell cozy turtleneck – lots of colors at 40% off!
Hiker Boot Reviews
On to today’s main topic ~ I for one have been thrilled that hiker boot are now considered stylish and “on trend.” Since most of these boots are warm and walking friendly, this is one practical and mama-friendly trend that I can get behind. I blogged these Marc Fisher boots last month and wanted to share a couple more ways to wear them. In addition to stying them with leggings (see here) and skinny jeans (see here under “A&F”), I also love mine with faux leather leggings and skirts with tights! I packed them for a recent trip and was able to get two outfits out of mostly the same pieces.
I personally LOVE my Marc Fisher boots, but do want to point out that they are a weightier boot. I tried on a bunch of different hiker boots in my search and wanted to share two very lightweight options:
1. Cole Haan waterproof hiker boots
These are still pricey but are on sale from a retail price of $280 (as you can see on the Cole Haan site) and made of genuine leather and shearling. They looked and felt nice quality, and the waterproof aspect gets major practicality points. Very lightweight and comfortable (from try ons) with have a small wedge to add just a little extra height. The wedge is low enough that they feel equally walking friendly as flat boots. I have a pair of old Sperry wedge boots that look very similar, otherwise really liked these and might’ve gotten them.
2. Sam Edelman hiking boot (on major sale)
Compared to the Cole Haans, these are not waterproof but are also VERY lightweight (maybe even more so) and made of genuine leather with faux shearling. The 1″ platform soles have a crepe-like feel and a very slight wedge incline. I thought the platform was chic and flattering, but if you’re looking for a functional winter boot more than fashion, the Cole Haans are better quality and more suited for winter terrains.
My faux leather leggings here are old from BR and they were always a tad loose on me, so in my search for more fitted ones I came across these BP faux leather leggings that start in XXS. Well they just arrived and I am in love, so don’t miss out if you’ve also been on the hunt! Having tried my fair share of leather leggings over the years that did not work out (the ever popular Spanx ones were too thin and clingy on me), these are a nice matte faux leather, perfectly fitted on me throughout, and I love the higher rise. They are medium weight with a light fleeced lining. They are regular length and not petite, however the bottoms are very tapered so the xxs actually look okay with a little scrunch at the hem or just folded under, or tucked inside boots (note the length usually increases on bigger sizes). I do plan on getting mine hemmed, but if you can’t get to a tailor I did not think these looked bad as-is.
This Leith sweater is petite-friendly with a shorter torso and sleeve length (you can see the one review indicates it runs small), and has the casually oversized look without feeling overwhelming. It’s thicker in weight and has some alpaca wool content in it, so may be a little itchy to those with sensitive skin unless you layer a tee underneath. I like styling my shorter sweaters with a circle hem tee or plaid button up, and letting the printed bottom peek out as shown above! Here’s how the sweater looks untucked on me at full length:
Thank you to Nordstrom for partnering on this post.