Everlane Boss Boot Review

everlane boss boot review
everlane boss boot review
everlane boss boot review
everlane boss boot review
everlane boss boot review
everlane boss boot review
everlane boss boot review

T by Alexander Wang stripe top, ASOS mom jeans, Isabel Marant blazer (also here), Everlane boss boot in black pebbled leather, Daniel Wellington watch (or also here)

From the get go, I knew the launch for the Everlane boss boot was one that I wasn’t going to miss – even if boot season in Australia is almost over for the next six months. I’m always on the hunt for high quality wardrobe classics that pack a punch but don’t necessarily break the bank, and on first impressions, these boots hit the nail on the head with their simple yet strong design, right down to the pointed toe, classic silver zipper pull and block heel in a lush pebbled leather. Safe to say, I was pretty quick to pull the trigger… I mean, to quote Everlane directly, ‘it’s a boot that means business’, and boy does it mean business.

Since getting my hands on these boots, I’ve been putting them to the test, and I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on the quality, comfort, and fit, in addition to a comparison between the Everlane boss boot and the Acne Studios jensen boot, for those curious on how they fare in terms of quality and design to their more expensive counterpart.

QUALITY

When it comes to quality footwear, Everlane always seem to come to the party. I tend to play favourites a lot when it comes to my shoes, and Everlane generally tends to come out on top (I’m a sucker for their day heels), and this latest launch looks to be no exception. Crafted from 100% Italian leather, the Everlane boss boot is made in a Florentine factory that has a long history of manufacturing high quality leather shoes. And boy, are these lovely. The leather has a nice pebbled grain to it, and while malleable, has a decent structure to it, which I can only imagine will soften and age beautifully over time. The zipper has a stiffness to it which narrows in at the ankle, and the 2 inch block heel adds a decent amount of height, while still remaining comfortable to run around in all day. There’s also a little pull tab at the back of the shoe to help with pulling the boots onto your foot. The sole is thick enough that it should last at least a full autumn/winter season or two before needing to be resoled, and perhaps the only major element of wear that I can foresee is a bit of creasing across the toe, and around the opening at the ankle.

COMFORT & FIT

There’s no hiding the fact that it’s summer in Sydney, so it’s not exactly boot weather, but I’ve taken to wearing these at every opportunity to break them in. As mentioned earlier, the leather does have a sturdiness to it, however it’s not as stiff as the leather on Everlane’s modern loafer or chelsea boot; two pairs of shoes which require a little bit of patience to break in (thought it’s totally worth it when you do!). If I had to put the ‘suppleness’ of the leather on a scale, I’d put it somewhere right in between the day heel and the chelsea boot; it has a little bit of a Goldilocks element… the suppleness of the leather is just right.

When it comes to sizing, these are true to size; I’m almost always an EU40 in designer or European-crafted shoes, which translates to a US9.5 in Everlane footwear (and the size I opted for). Fresh out the box these fit snug across the foot, with room at the toe. It’s worth noting that I do have quite a wide foot and I don’t experience any pinching when wearing the boss boot.

EVERLANE’S BOSS BOOT VS. ACNE STUDIOS’ JENSEN BOOT

I’ve had a lot of questions in the past asking me to compare Everlane’s heeled chelsea boot with the jensen boot from Acne Studios, but honestly, I’ve always felt like there were more differences than similarities. But the Everlane Boss Boot? A serious contender and a much more affordable option, if the silhouette and style of the Acne jensens are up your alley.

I’ve said this a few times now in many of my videos, but after owning the Acne jensen boots for a couple of years, I’m not quite convinced that you need to spend $550+ on a pair of classic black boot. When it comes to my wardrobe, I tackle new purchases in pursuit of quality, and as I’ve occasionally come to find, sometimes it isn’t always worth throwing money at a designer piece, particularly when you can get the same or similar look for much less (like these).

So back to the Boss Boots; how do they stack up against the jensens? I’ve had my Acne jensen boots for two years now and in that time, I’ve had them resoled twice as the heel has worn down and the sole at the toe split as a result of repeated wear. There are scuff marks on the inner side of the shoe where I’ve knocked my feet together a little to aggressively, and the boot has lost a considerable amount of structure. The elastic on each side has retained its integrity – they can be a bit of a stretch to pull on. Safe to say, they feel and look worn, yet they’re probably one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes that I own.

While I’d want to be able to wear these for at least a full winter season before making a final conclusion, I have a few initial impressions that I want to share – and I will try to update this as time goes on. The leather on the Everlane boss boot has a little more structure to it, which makes me conclude that these are more likely to hold their shape over time (though they might never feel like wearing a pair of slippers on the daily, like the jensens do!). The heel is slightly more substantial, which should be taken into consideration if that’s a deal breaker for you (I find it to be pretty comfortable though). The one key difference between the two pairs of boots is the silver zipper closure on the Everlane boss boot; this is something that I absolutely adore – it adds an edgy feel and I’m sucker for silver hardware – and I think it’s again a detail that will help the boot to retain the integrity of its shape over time, even after the leather has moulded to the shape of your foot.

FINAL THOUGHTS?

The Everlane boss boot is a strong new addition to the brand’s growing footwear range, and one that is certainly worth taking a second look at if you’re in need of a pair of winter boots. While I do think that some lines of shoes from Everlane tend to run on the narrower side, these boots not only seem to cater for girls with wider feet, but the mildly structured leather is a welcome reprieve. Excellent quality, brilliant design, and a pretty reasonable price point – there’s not much more a girl could ask for!

Weekend wardrobe staples

mademoiselle weekend wardrobe staples wearing minimal outfit
mademoiselle weekend wardrobe staples wearing minimal outfit
mademoiselle weekend wardrobe staples wearing minimal outfit
mademoiselle weekend wardrobe staples wearing minimal outfit
mademoiselle weekend wardrobe staples wearing minimal outfit
mademoiselle weekend wardrobe staples wearing minimal outfit
mademoiselle weekend wardrobe staples wearing minimal outfit

Brandy Melville t-shirt (old but I love this option), To Sir with Love cashmere cardigan (old but alternative here or affordable here), ASOS mom jeans (alternative here), Paul Andrew heels (flats version here), 3.1 by Phillip Lim mini pashli bag

If you’d asked me what my weekend wardrobe staples were ten years ago, I probably would have said a silk blouse, bell skirt, blazer and a pair of platform heels. Not quite the most practical for quiet weekends at home… These days, I’ve definitely calmed down a bit from the polish I tried to exude in my very early twenties; besides, I think I’d have a tough time tottering around the house in platforms while we have a pretty exuberant pup on our hands.

My weekend wardrobe is still a far cry from sweaters and cashmere leggings (even if that does sound pretty cosy…), though it’s close enough. Soft t-shirts that feel like a dream to wear, high-waisted cropped jeans with frayed hems, oversized cloud-like cashmere jumpers, and a jazzy pair of shoes.

This look is from the weekend just past – an easy go-to that I’ve been reaching for when I don’t know what to wear. The tee is an oldie but a goodie from Brandy Melville. While I’m still skeptical about their ‘one size fits all’ approach, I do have a huge love for their t-shirts. They’re ultra soft, wish pretty well (though the side seams do sometimes twist a little), and they are incredibly affordable.

The jeans are my current favourite pair from ASOS; I adore these so much that I picked up the clean edged pair too, though I find myself gravitating to the undone nature that the frayed hems have. They also come in a black wash too which would also be a great wardrobe staple.

The cardigan is from the now defunct label ‘To Sir With Love’. The brand used to be available at Karen Walker, and they produced some of the softest, marshmallow soft cashmere you could imagine. I actually bought this off one of my girlfriends, and it’s turned out to be one of my favourite new additions I’ve made to my wardrobe this year – it is perfectly balanced by the more streamlined silhouette of the tee tucked into jeans, and combining it with a pair of heels helps to dress it up a notch.

Finally let’s talk about those heels. These were a part of my recent wardrobe overhaul, and while I admittedly wouldn’t spent all weekend dashing around in them, they have been a welcome addition to my wardrobe and a pair of shoes I foresee myself getting a lot of wear from as the weather warms up. FYI they fit true to size – I opted for the EU40 and they are snug on the heel, and very comfortable across the toe.

Do you have any weekend wardrobe staples you can’t be without? x

Outfit on Repeat

minimal outfit wearing sweater and jeans
minimal outfit wearing sweater and jeans
minimal outfit wearing sweater and jeans
minimal outfit wearing celine trotteur bag
minimal outfit wearing sweater and jeans

Country Road sweater, Lonely bra (also available here or here in a grey green), ASOS farleigh jeans, Celine trotteur bag (also here), Everlane day heels (affordable alternative here)

This is one of those outfits that I’ve had on repeat; a lightweight oversized sweater tucked into a pair of straight leg jeans, dressed up with a pair of heels (my go to are this pair from Everlane). I’ve been reaching for this outfit so often, it’s started to become a little bit of a uniform for me – so much so, that it’s exactly what I’m wearing, right. now.

If decluttering my wardrobe has reminded me of anything, it’s how much I love a good uniform. I’m not stranger when it comes to outfit repeating, and there’s nothing better than finding a look that you can’t help reaching for over and over again.

I’ve given my closet a little bit of a revamp, and if you’d like to see some of the new additions that I’ve made (which include the Country Road sweater I’m wearing above), then I’d recommend checking out my latest video, which you can preview here. Essentially, I’ve been making steps to get my wardrobe at that happy medium between feminine and masculine, to channel that effortless Parisian chic style (as isn’t that the kind of wardrobe we all dream about?).

While there’s no denying that I do love a new addition every now and then – and as of late it feels like it’s been a little more ‘now’ over ‘then’… – the most rewarding purchases are the ones that you want to live in day in and day out, even if that means wearing the same outfit, or same look, five, six, seven days out of seven. And to me, this is just one of those outfits that I reach for at every opportunity – it’s easy, comfortable, and the criss-cross detail from my bralette add a sexy and feminine touch to an otherwise tomboyish outfit (though I suppose the heels help too!).

Do you have any outfits on repeat? x

Blush obsession

wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit

J Crew sweater (similar option here), Karen Walker skirt (old but this is very similar), Wilson Trollope globe coat* (also adore the cream, and the black is a great staple), ASOS scarf (if you love millennial pink then this will be up your alley), Paul Andrew heels (flats available here), Mademoiselle X Mejuri earrings, 3.1 by Phillip Lim mini pashli bag (also here), Astrid & Miyu ring

It’s a good month into winter now, but give me a little bit of sunshine (and temperatures over 17 degrees celsius), and you can bet that I’ll be finding a way to bare my legs, even if it means bundling up big on top. In a bid to get out of my preoccupation with all things black, I’ve been making the most of everything blush-toned in my closet, and this beautiful cocoon coat from Wilson Trollope in the haze pink has been no exception – plus did I mention it was designed by my old high school friend, Annabelle Wilson? (and this beauty was made in New Zealand – got to love supporting local industry!).

I went for a more tonal outfit over the weekend; a combination of beige, blush and burgundy – a pairing that seems to work so effortlessly, though this coat is also right at home with the usual suspects, whether that’s a charcoal grey hued knit sweater or a black and white breton striped dress. The thing I love most? The exaggerated drop shoulders that skims the silhouette, and the subtle standing collar. It’s those little details which really make a difference, and elevate this wardrobe classic.

wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit

Aside from the coat (and a sneaky new shoe purchase…), this outfit is made up of old favourites; items in my closet which have really withstood the test of time – and if you’ve been a long time reader of my blog then you’ll know by now that I’m constantly scouting out for wardrobe workhorses that will stand the test of time. More often than not, this means the classics, with a little bit of a modern twist.

What are your winter wardrobe favourites?

How to wear ruffles like a maximalist

how to wear ruffles like a maximalist
how to wear ruffles like a maximalist
how to wear ruffles like a maximalist
how to wear ruffles like a maximalist
how to wear ruffles like a maximalist
how to wear ruffles like a maximalist
how to wear ruffles like a maximalist

ASOS ruffle top (also in black), MSGM skirt^, Everlane trench coat, 3.1 Phillip Lim heels, Charlotte Olympia feline purse, Astrid & Miyu Gemini & Aries rings, Mejuri diamond necklace

As much as I’ve been trying to find the perfect balance between feminine and masculine silhouettes, there’s one ultra feminine trend that I can’t seem to get enough of; the ruffle. So rather than fight it, I figured it was best to take a page from Alessandro Michele’s book, and wear ruffles like a maximalist.

BE BOLD

Don’t be afraid to wear colour – particularly if you live in a warmer climate (or aren’t in the midst of winter, like me here in Sydney!). I don’t often step out of my comfort zone, but when I do, lately my pick of the crop has been anything orange or red. If it’s a little too much for you, this top also comes in black – perfect for the minimalist’s wardrobe!

DOUBLE RUFFLE

If you’re wearing a ruffled top like I am, try stepping it up a notch and pair it with a ruffle skirt, or a pair of ruffle hem trousers (like this affordable pair!) to really amplify the trend. I’m making the most of this feminine silhouette with this gorgeous architecturally ruffled skirt from MSGM.

HAVE FUN WITH YOUR ACCESSORIES

I typically like to keep things within a certain colour palette – and while I have, to some extent, I’ve made an effort to throw in some playful accessories. The little clutch bag from Charlotte Olympia complete with a feline grin is a favourite of mine, and I feel like this outfit wouldn’t go astray with a pair of wild thing sandals from Aquazurra.

THE BIGGER THE RUFFLE, THE BETTER

If there’s one thing I’ve been seeing a lot of on the runway, it’s a ruffle that makes a statement all on its own. When it comes to ruffles, think more is more – it’s one of the things I love most about the skirt I’m wearing above!

While I’m clearly more of a minimalist at heart – when it comes to style – dialing up the volume on your personal style, and amplifying your look a notch can be a much welcomed distraction from your day-to-day uniform. Have you tried giving your “regular programming” a break for something a little out of the box, as of late? x