Michael by Michael Kors Clara Boot Review
Have you seen the Michael by Michael Kors Clara boot? If not, it is a beautiful boot to gaze upon, too bad it kinda sucks.
This boot purchase was not my purchase but a surprise gift from a well-meaning husband who knows I love these two things, Michael Kors and boots. To look at this, it is an absolutely gorgeous boot, as the pictures can attest. It is smooth grain black matte leather with gold embellishments with the zipper and back heel plate both having the Michael Kors logo.
However it becomes an entirely different story when you actually put the boot on. Where oh where to start with the issues.
First off, if you are shorter than 5’3 and have anything more than very slim calves this boot will not work. I do realize that the front top of the boot is supposed to be above the knee but it is the back top that gives the problem. The back of the boot shaft, from top of heel to boot top, measures 14.75” a full inch and three quarters above the back bend of my knee making it most uncomfortable to try and sit in and even walk in, it digs in to the back side of my knee.
The lower end of the shaft, just above the ankle the circumference is 10” and would not zip up over a boot sock, it was way too tight. Even after removing the sock it was still an uncomfortably tight fit.
The boot circumference, at the widest point across the calf states that it is supposed to be 14”, my calf measures at 13” and it would barely zip, yet at the very top of the boot it is 15” so it gaps out about an inch and a half.
The way this boot is designed, the measurements seem all wonky. Because as tight as the ankle portion is where it zips is, the upper vamp is too loose causing my foot to slip around inside the boot. I do however like the almond toe box. The leather looks soft when you are looking at the boot until you actually put the boot on, then it is very stiff and non-pliable, another issue that makes it difficult to walk in. It’s almost like trying to walk in a cast, and if you have ever worn one then you know how that feels or even an ankle brace with no give.
The fit from the vamp to the ankle seems to have inconsistent measurements; they just don’t seem to fit together.
All of these measurements are being based off of me. I am 5’0”, I weigh 119 and wear a size 6 boot. It’s really weird, it’s like I need a really fat foot with really skinny legs until you get to the very top calf part then my leg should get thick to fill in the top gap. It’s just a really oddly made boot. Maybe I just got a bad boot, maybe this is a wonderful boot for another somebody somewhere but it just was not the perfect boot for me. 🙁 and it’s a really beautiful boot, too bad it has to go away and find another home.
Thanks for joining me on a trip through my brain as I think about these boots and how much I would have loved them had they not sucked. How sad am I right now…