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Friday, December 14th, 2007

The Perfect Slouch Boot: Is there such a thing?

 I have literally been on the hunt for a good slouch boot for more than two years now.  Initially, I was going to purchase Frye Dorado Slouch boots retailing at $500.  A little out of my price range, but, I didn't care. I wanted to end this Red October hunt. Unfortunately, Frye told me they were discontinuing this gorgeous boot. Let me ask you this, why on earth would  manufacturers stop making such a popular boot?  That really blows my mind!  Those money grubbers! Needless to say I was pretty pissed off about that because I was ready to buy them. So the search continues...

I happened to stumble on HSN's site while searching for something.  I never thought to look for something like this on HSN.  Not, that I wouldn't buy from them, just that I didn't realize how many great things they have.  When I saw these boots, it was like love at first site. But, the bad reviews kept me from purchasing these beauties. Over the month, I kept them in my shopping cart and never hit the "order" button.  So, one day I went ahead and took the chance, thinking what the heck, worst that can happen is I have to pay postage to send them back. Estatic was the feeling I felt when I saw the package on my front porch.  I ripped into the box like a kid in a candy store.  Beautiful was my first expression when opening my package. But, I wasn't worried about the quality, I knew that they were going to be perfect. It was the high heel I was most concerned about.  The heel is about 4" tall. Thats a pretty tall heel, espically if you are tall like myself.  I was dertermined to make it work. I took my boots to a local shoemaker, and he cut 1" off the heel and put some good insoles in for $20, and TADA! Perfecto!

So, here is my official review on these infamous boots.  The brand name is Hot in Hollywood 3 in 1 convertible suede boot, Plum Color, Retailing at $99.  You ask 3 in 1? Yep that's right, three boots for the price of one basically.  This boot converts from tall to slouch, to fold down bootie with tab snap closure.  Brilliantly thought of! The Plum color is absolutely to die for, not to mention it's the hottest color this season!  They also have Gray, Congac, Brown & Black.  My favorite amongst the colors: Plum, Gray, and Congac.  All three colors are the hottest this season, you can't go wrong!  So, lets get to the con now.  The only con was that the heel was way too high and the fitting was a little loose, but nothing a shoemaker can't fix! I usually wear a 8 1/2M, but with boots I always order a 1/2 size up and a wide width.  Boots tend to run small in most cases.

That's the great thing about Fashion, you can always make something work. There are endless possibilites! It may take a little here and a little there, but it will all come together perfectly in the end!  For me, spending an extra $20 and putting a little work into it, saved me not only $400 but my time also.  Thats not even the BEST part!  These Fabulous boots are on clearance for $49.90.  Most of all, I don't think people are purchasing them due to the negative reviews.  If you are a true Fashionista, you will go through hoops to get the perfect shoe!

{Photo via: HSN}

Tags: hsn, hot in hollywood, boot, review

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