I freakin’ love boots weather! There’s something about the cosy feeling of donning tights and boots that just feels satisfying, maybe because I love that the combination is both practical (due to its warmth) and cute, something I can’t always claim of dressing in vintage styles. In this case, maybe heeled boots aren’t the most practical option for my feet in particular–more on that below–but these babies are only a medium height block heel, and it’s undeniable that they are incredibly cute. I can definitely sit pretty in them, at the very least!
Boots: Leopard Selma boots by Lulu Hun*
Dress: Black Claudia dress by Alexandra King for Deadly is the Female
Bag: Old Black Tara bag by Lulu Hun*
Bangles: Golden Espresso bangles by Splendette and Leopard bangle by Bow and Crossbones
If you’ve read any of my other footwear reviews you’ll know I tend to shy away from heels these days thanks to a bout of Plantar Fasciitis a few years back which resulted in my left foot never quite being the same. It can ache after too many hours on my feet if my recent workdays have been more desk-based, and if I wear heels for longer than a couple hours then I will feel some discomfort in that foot later that day and the day following. The sturdier and lower the heel the better the chance that my feet will take my choice of footwear in stride–ahem. I have a few other pairs of Lulu Hun boots, specifically multiple colours of the Tatiana boots, so I felt that as long as I could get these boots on then my feet would likely cope with them.
Why the concern with getting them on? Well, lace up ankle boots and I have a frigid history with one another, namely that whenever I’ve tried on similar boots on the high street in the past I was rarely able to get my foot into them, even in my usual shoe size. I assumed there was something about the width of my feet and the angle at which one has to tip the foot into the boot that meant we were simply incompatible. Since I have other Lulu Hun boots, however, and I assumed these would zip up on the inner ankle in the same way with the laces serving mostly as a decorative adjustment option, I thought there was a good chance they would work for me.
I ordered them a couple weeks back when Collectif were offering a 30% off promotion, admittedly without reading the product description, and was surprised to find when they arrived that there is no zip on these boots, only the laces. I thought that would mean they wouldn’t fit, but as I size up in boots anyway due to my slightly wide feet, I was thrilled to discover they not only fit but weren’t even difficult to get on. Lace up ankle boots of this silhouette are one of my absolute favourite kinds of footwear and these Selma boots in particular come in 2 other print options, so I immediately put the herringbone version on my wishlist in the hopes I could snag them as a Black Friday deal. (Spoiler alert: I couldn’t wait and Collectif offered another deal, so I ordered them already. Whoops.)
The Selma leopard boots are a lesson in contrast, with the warm tone of the mid-brown simple leopard print surrounded by black faux leather. The toe cap, heel cap and vamp are all made in black faux leather and boast tiny scalloped edges, a sweet detail. The thin black laces tread through silver eyelets. The heel is 3 inches tall and chunky, so it’s a comfortable wear for those used to lower heels, especially as the boot style means there’s ankle support.
The leopard print isn’t complex, black leopard spots scattered on a medium brown background with darkened areas sparingly distributed across the print, making it a more one-dimensional version of leopard print. If you’re a leo lover like me you likely already have another piece of clothing or an accessory that will be a close enough match to this style print that you can pair it/them with these boots, but if you have only the most popular type of leopard print items that are lighter and also include white, it might be worth noting this print won’t truly match. It will, however, look incredible as the statement piece of a monotone outfit, no matter its colour scheme.
I ordered these boots in the UK 8, which is my standard size in all Lulu Hun items as they tend to fit a little snug on my slightly wide size 7 feet. There’s room for me to wear a thick pair of socks to help keep warm in winter, which I always appreciate.
You probably know that Lulu Hun is one of Collectif’s house brands, but while these boots are Lulu Hun they weirdly don’t appear to be in stock on their own website currently, only on Collectif’s site. I imagine both sites will probably offer a discount of some kind for Black Friday.
The Selma boots are available in UK sizes 3-9 in 3 different styles, leopard print, a brown herringbone, and a green check. All 3 are available from Collectif, while currently only the herringbone version is available from Lulu Hun directly. Both sites ship worldwide.
Disclaimer: Items marked with an asterix* are items I bought myself from companies that have previously gifted me other items for review. All opinions expressed are truthful and my own, with no input from any of the companies listed or any other individuals.
COVID-19 NOTE: These pictures were taken alone and safely in a secluded outdoors area with no other individuals present, practising responsible social distancing to help limit the spread of Covid-19.