I’ve been getting some questions about these, so it was time to revisit my pair of Duo Boots.
Duo Boots makes calf width boots, which means you can choose your boot, choose your shoe size, and then choose your calf width. This is great for ladies who have a hard time finding boots that are either narrow enough, or wide enough for their calves.
I measured my calves to be 11 inches around, so you can bet my scrawny calves look ridiculous rolling around in standard width boots. I really wanted a pair of knee-high boots, and while Duo was having a sale last year, I finally took the plunge and gave them a shot.
I ordered a boot with a shorter shaft length, since I’m only 4’11″, my knee to foot measurement is shorter than standard sizes. I ordered the smallest calf size available, 30 cm, which comes out to a little less than 12 inches. I was worried because there was still a 1 inch difference between my calf measurement and the boot calf measurement. I also required a full side zip, for ease of jean tucking.
So…after a year of owning them…I’ve only worn them once!
Fit - The 30 cm fits snugly against my calf when worn with skinny jeans. When bare legged, there’s a little bit of room, but it’s much better than any other high boot I’ve ever tried on. These boots are exactly what they are advertised as…calf fit boots. I’m happy with that aspect. It was also a good idea to order a shorter shaft boot, as these come up to just below my knee. Any higher and they would dig into the back of my knee when I walk.
Tip: The boot shaft length depends on the shoe and calf size. After choosing shoe size and calf width on the product page, boot length will be calculated at the bottom of the page. Make sure this measurement will fit your leg.
Quality - The leather is soft to the touch, and the entire boot is lined with a bright pink fabric lining. There is a leather covered elastic piece at the back of the calf for stretch, and a full side zipper. The zipper tag is a little annoying, as it can be noisy as it slaps against the boot when in motion. The one time I did wear them, they were quite comfortable. The heel is sturdy, and the bottom is textured to keep you from slipping and sliding on slick floors.
Style - This is where I’m not really happy. I kept these because, at the time, I was just so excited that these boots actually fit my calves! But, the fact I’ve only worn them once is testimony to how I really feel. I don’t like how the soft leather wrinkles and bunches, and I dislike how the ankle looks baggy. I also just don’t feel like these flatter my legs. I’m not sure if this is because my scrawny legs will just never look good in fitted boots (I hate the look of my legs in those spandexy leather boots too), or if it just means I need a more structured boot.
Cost - Duo Boots is located in the UK, and ship internationally. While the price of their boots is not outrageous, shipping costs can hurt the pocket book a little bit, especially if you decide to return them. The customer bears the responsibility of return shipping, and with shipping being about $20 both ways, it would be a loss of around $40 if you order and decide to send them back.
Would I order from Duo again?
Probably not. At this point, I’m a little disappointed with how slim fitting boots look on me, so I think I’m going to hold off on looking for knee high boots for a bit.
However, if you like the slouchy, soft leather look, and are in need of narrow calf boots, then Duo is definitely a good bet. But try and catch them on sale if you’re in the US to off-set shipping costs. Also be sure to read through the customer reviews of any pair of boots you’re interested in. I don’t remember this feature when I ordered a year ago, but after reading through the reviews just now, I see a lot of reviews mentioned my boots are baggy in the ankle and the leather wrinkles. Doh!
Has anyone else ordered from Duo Boots? What was your experience?
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