I was a woman on a mission — to find winter shoes that looked cute, were waterproof and warm. I had winter boots and I love them, but as a mom blogger who attends tons of brand event, I needed something that looked more professional.
I wanted boots, but would be open to different lengths; ankle, calf (but not thigh high). I admit I seem to be missing the shopping gene for myself (though I am great at shopping for my kids). So I turned to my favorite shopping buddy, my best friend Jenny. I don’t buy anything over $60 for myself without her input. We made a plan to take my four year old daughter with us and go shopping in Manhattan over the weekend. We discussed Sorel Boots versus Uggs. I got excited and started researching both on my computer. I spoke to friends on twitter (who also recommended Sorel). But snow happened and the first time since our freak October Snowstorm, we were blanketed. But the great thing about living where I can drive or take the subway is that I can always get somewhere. So I adjusted the plan, I would go into Manhattan and my daughter would stay home with my husband and my two other children. Unfortunately, Jenny was too snowed up by her home and I was going to have to go it alone. But with modern technology being the way it is, I was able to have her standing by to talk on the phone and receive pictures by text.
I traveled into Manhattan and hit Tip Top Shoes on West 72nd Street. The store was packed with mostly women and there were tons of sales people. They had a wide selection and I immediately noticed lots of brands that I wanted to check out: Sorel, DocMartens, Uggs, Merrell, etc.. The prices seemed reasonable — and I noticed the Sorel boots were $10 cheaper than I had seen them before. I knew I wasn’t getting out of there with boots under $100. My budget was $150 and I even winced at that.
I looked at the Sorel display, and while I liked them, they were too sporty and I already had that covered.
I took a picture of the Sorel Boots and send it to Jenny. We both loved it, but admitted it wasn’t what we were looking for. I looked around and kept sending picture texts to her. I kept circling back to the Uggs. My friend Jill loves them and just got a pair for Hanukkah. These are ones I liked.
I also liked the purple ones.
Jenny told me that the flat soles would hurt my feet – and since I have flat feet and wear othodotics, the Uggs were out. I checked out the Merrells, but I didn’t see exactly what I wanted.
I was immediately asked by a salesman if I needed help, so I found a black boot and tried it on. No go – so uncomfortable — even if they looked good.
Then I saw some black suede boots that caught my eye. I texted Jenny and got her approval. Karim, the salesman, got my size (which is a full size bigger than I normally wear. They were waterproof, but when I tried them on, they hurt.
Then I saw these boots by Blondo. I had never heard of the brand, but they were waterproof, were lined with wool, and had a grippy, comfortable sole. Could these be the boots of my dreams? They were also in my price range. I texted Jenny and she approved. Then I tried them on.
While I liked how they looked and the sole was comfortable, the boots were a little tight. So I did something I usually don’t do — I went up another size, to the 11’s. I winced a little, because I wear a size 9 (it used to sometimes be an 8 1/2 before I had kids). And the 11m’s fit and they felt great.While they weren’t as super fancy as I wanted, I was pleased with them. And they seemed very comfortable. I checked the bottom of the shoe next to the bottom of my Keen’s and they looked to be very close in size. Another salesman who was next to me, told me it didn’t matter that I wore size 9 shoes, my feet may wear different sizes in different brands.
I asked Karim to bring my shoes up the counter. A few minutes later I went up there. I asked for my boots and I was a little dismayed that the girl behind the counter had no clue what I was talking about, but I noticed them on the far right side of the counter – it was below her eye line. Usually when I ask for something to be brought up to the counter, the cashier is usually aware of it. I know the store was busy, but really?
I bought my boots and went home! I would definitely go back to Tip Top Shoes, though maybe not on a crazy Saturday. If you want to see the full album, go to my google+ album here.
This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias. As always, all opinions are my own.