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#1 of 12 Old 02-06-2011, 08:20 AM - Thread Starter
 
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After ordering, trying on, and returning many pairs of inexpensive boots, I've realized that I need to invest a higher quality pair. The problem is the price tag. I have never ever spent more than $100 on a pair of boots. But trying to match my needs list to what's out there, I keep hitting on UGG boots.

 

Here's my want/need list --

  • Most important -- I have Fibromyalgia and a bad right knee which has me using a cane more frequently these days. So I need a supportive boot.
  • Size 12
  • Good ankle support
  • Calf height or taller (I'm 6 feet tall and all legs)
  • Low, but full-width heel for stabilization
  • I'd like to be able to wear them over skinny jeans and under boot cut jeans.
  • A simple 'goes with anything' style and color would be ideal since I'd only be getting one pair.

 

Right now I am wearing sneakers everyday. These. They are the most comfortable ones I've ever owned. I could get another pair of them. But to be honest, I am tired of giving up style for comfort. I want to be able to dress a little more cute. But I can't wear skirts with running shoes and look 'put together'. KWIM?

 

I have credit to Zappos thanks to my returns, so I am shopping there. Here's what I've found so far that I like. What do you think?

 

UGG Jillian (only one left in my size)

 

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UGG Broome II (also only 1 left)

 

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UGG Maddison

 

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Should I get any of those? The prices have me bigeyes.gif, but I can do it if I apply my credit and I only get one pair instead of the two I was hoping to get. I am also open to any other suggestions of boots. Like I said, left on my own, I've completely struck out. So I need shopping  help!

 

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I think all of those are lovely looking. But as someone that uses a cane sometimes due to a problem in one knee the soles of those would be a problem for me, plus the way my knee is the pressure of having to push my foot into that style with the tight ankle would cause a lot of pain both getting off and putting on. But maybe your knee issue is different and they would be fine. I wear the basic Uggs and they are really comfortable.

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I will say this - my cousin (who lives with us) has a pair and constantly complains that they get too wet to truly protect your feet from the snow and rain. She loves hers for all of the reasons you want them - they really look good with almost anything (especially the skinny jeans)! But, living here in Chicago where it snows for 5 months a year they just aren't practical for everyday use. She did "waterproof" them but when you are shlepping through feet of snow everyday, it just doesn't work all that well.

During cold but dry weather, she says they are great (she was going to school in southern Indiana where it gets pretty cold but almost never snows).

They are super cute! But if it snows a lot where you are, I would go with something leather (not suede) or more rain boot-ish. Good luck shopping!

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I think they are cute! I like the Madison style best. Go for it knowing that you can always exchange!  

 

Here's another option that would be waterproof if you need that: http://www.keenfootwear.com/product/fw10/shoes/women/blvd/bern%20high%20boot

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I love all three. I have to say Ugg boots are really worth it. They're comfortable, keep your feet warm and offer you great ankle support. They also have a superb return policy and stand by the quality of their product. I had an issue with a pair and Ugg replaced them free of charge. If you really want them but want a lower price try the Ugg Outlets. SOmetimes you may even find Ugg boots in Costco or BJs.

 

ETA: Tracymom, the ones your cousin has are probably the classic ones which aren't waterproof. I made the mistake last year of walking in the snow with them and came home with stains all over my boots and soaking wet feet. They do make a waterproof, all weather one as well.

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 http://www.zappos.com/ugg-kensington-toast

 

these are the ones I have and they are totally waterproof since they are actual smooth leather that I treated with mink oil.  They are warm comfy and supportive.  The only thing I have worn since oct.  I wear them all the time with tights and dresses/skirts, with jeans, leggings- everything. 


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Well, North Face boots make me drool...I really want the Nuptse fur ones but maybe the Abby is more like what you're looking for? Except they seem to be out of most sizes at the moment...


 
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I agree about Uggs not being for wet weather, and slush will just ruin them.

 

They are wonderful, comfy boats. And very warm. But they are NOT for wet.

 

Have you tried these boots on in a store? Even though I love Uggs, I wouldn't buy a style on line without trying that style on because they don't all fit the same, esp. over the calf. And I'm not sure that it's realistic to get one boot and expect to wear it over some pants and under others. Boots worn under pants tend to be short boots (which are a heck of a lot cheaper).

 

If you want the Ugg comfort and to wear it under boot leg jeans, you can get a short pair for much less money.

 


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I really like those Iowa! Would love a pair for next winter. I have these http://www.zappos.com/product/7201307/color/621 which are waterproof and these (commonly mistaken for waterproof but keep your feet really warm) http://www.zappos.com/ugg-classic-short-chestnut~2

 

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these are the ones I have and they are totally waterproof since they are actual smooth leather that I treated with mink oil.  They are warm comfy and supportive.  The only thing I have worn since oct.  I wear them all the time with tights and dresses/skirts, with jeans, leggings- everything. 



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I have a pair of these in brown: http://www.patagonia.com/us/product/womens-lugano-waterproof-boot?p=79600-0-395

 

I'm in the middle of my second winter in them and they still look brand new. They're very supportive, ridiculously warm, comfortable, have great grips on ice and mud, and are super cute with a skirt and tights or under/over jeans. And they're completely waterproof; a few weeks ago I stepped in a puddle up to almost the top of the boot. My foot stayed dry and after I brushed the water off with a mitten, it didn't leave a single mark. I love them!


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Totally just ordered these... Sheepish.gif

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Here's another option that would be waterproof if you need that: http://www.keenfootwear.com/product/fw10/shoes/women/blvd/bern%20high%20boot



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North Face, definitely.


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