Friday, November 21, 2014

Bundled (+ a rag & bone Harrow Booties Review)

J.Crew Toggle Coat

rag & bone harrow booties review

Zara plaid blanket scarf
Coat: J.Crew (on sale!) | Blanket Scarf: Zara | Jeans: J Brand (the Mid-Rise Crop with its 27" inseam is perfect for no-alterations, ankle-length petite jeans) | Boots: rag & bone "Harrow" | Bag: Coach | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Lips: NARS "Dragon Girl"

I wasn't really intending this to be a review post, but I fell hard for the rag & bone booties I'm wearing here after receiving them last week and decided to share a little more about them. Despite their nearly-four-inch heel, they are some of the most comfortable boots I've ever worn. Something about the way they are constructed and balanced makes it feel like the heel is much lower, and there's no teetering around when walking (great for me since I love to stride with purpose!). I've been on the lookout for the Harrow booties since I picked up rag & bone's Newbury style at the end of summer (last worn here) and loved them, and when I saw the Harrows on sale recently at Nordstrom, I quickly pulled the trigger on a pair in "Stone" (sadly, Nordstrom's price has gone back up, but I'm guessing it may go back down again around Black Friday, or after Christmas at the latest).

I read the reviews thoroughly before I ended up buying, and everyone was saying that these run small. After trying them, I would say they run a half to potentially a full size small. I normally wear a 35 in designer shoes or 35.5 in narrower pumps, and I went up to a 36 in both the Harrow and the Newbury boots I purchased earlier, and the 36 fits me well in both pairs. I'm able to wear socks with them without the boots feeling too tight, although it is hard to find a sock that won't show when wearing the Harrow, since the front dips so low. It does take a little effort to get into the bootie since there's no zip, but it just took some extra wiggling for my foot to slide right into place.

Today was a real test for the Harrows--I was out doing work "in the field" that involved a significant amount of walking, and I wore them comfortably all day long. So which rag & bone pair do I like most? I think the Harrow has pulled ahead at this point simply because shoes are never (for me) this comfortable from day 1. I also love how sleek and flattering they are with their crossed straps and dip in the front. The Newburys have an advantage for the winter to come, though--they rise higher up the ankle and will probably keep me warmer in freezing temperatures.

Happy, happy Friday! Tune in on Sunday for the next post in my Gift Guide series!

x, Tam

6 comments:

  1. I love all the casual cold-weather outfits you've been posting lately!

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  2. Those booties do look comfortable and so stylish! Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!
    Red Reticule

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  3. hi, could you please share what kinds of socks work for this bootie? I just got it and can't find a good sock for it. But wearing them without socks is actually not comfortable and gave me blisters. Thanks in advance!!

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  4. Thanks so much for your post! Have you found the harrow boots to stretch over time? I am contemplating buying the black leather ones, but am having a tough time with sizing - if I go up half a size, the back slips when I walk, even though the toe area is tight. I'm thinking about going down a size, but would love to know if these boots stretch. Thanks!

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