Paul Green 'Optimist' Boot
I love the unique color of boot. I have skinny calves and this boot is great for that- no extra leather gaping around the top or by the ankle. I was impressed that I got a compliment about these boots being "gorgeous" by one of my in-laws whose not much of a shopper and doesn't hand out the compliments often. I figured if she noticed, they must be something special.
Best boot for comfort!
This boot is really a bit casual, compared to the English riding boot style I have searched for, but it is really cute and THE MOST COMFORTABLE BOOT EVER! Wore all day right out of the box! I love the rounded toe which is flattering on my long foot. I have foot issues (neuroma, arthritis,...) but don't want to look like it. This boot provides comfort, yet still stylish and adorable. I was very hesitant to purchase because of the price, but no regrets! I know I will wear them more than the less expensive boots that hurt my feet within an hour of wearing.
It's all been said, but
Paul Green boots are simply the best boots you can buy, in my opinion. These are the second pair that I purchased this season (see my review of the Nobu boot). Both pairs of boots are amazing. The craftsmanship and materials are top-quality and this results in a boot that is both comfortable and beautiful to look at. I purchased the graphite color which to me is more of a taupe/brown. It goes with everything. I am considering purchasing them in black also. I usually don't buy the same exact thing in two colors for the sake of variety, but in this case I just may do it because I love these boots so much. The heel is perfect for me - at 5'1" I need a little added height but I won't sacrifice comfort. As others have stated, the adjustable calf makes them look perfect with skirts or pants. I also appreciate that the straps of the buckle lay flat even when you have them on the tightest setting. These boots are worth the well worth the price. They do run a little big.
After obsessing over these boots for a month, reading and rereading the reviews, hoping they would go on sale, I buckled under the pressure of just wanting them. I assumed they would be a disappointment like the other boots I have purchased over the last few months and returned, but they were not. The texture is beautiful the heel is the perfect height, the circumference was perfect at 14 1/2". I walked in them all day, my legs felt fatigued but my feet did not hurt in the least!! I usually wear a 9 1/2 and ordered the 9 1/2, probably could have gone with the 9 but nothing a warm pair of socks won't fix.