Two-tone riding boots have been at the very top of my wishlist for fall this year. The black leather boots I’ve been wearing for the past three years (seen here) really needed to be replaced, and this was the style I had my heart set on. After extensive online window shopping, I ordered two similar pairs, the Enzo Angiolini “Ellerby” boots from Nordstrom, as well as the Merona “Karri” boots from Target. I thought it might be helpful for me to share a comparison of these two pairs of boots, for the benefit of anyone else weighing their two-tone boot options.
The most notable difference between these two pairs was the price. The Ellerby boots were marked down to $149.90 from $225. The Karri boots were only $31.99, marked down from $39.99! Having saved up some money from a few clothing sales as well as having some birthday gift money leftover, I was willing to consider a higher price range, as long as the extra cost was justified in the quality and potential longevity of the boots.
Cosmetically, the boots are fairly similar. As you can see, both pairs of these boots are mainly black with a stripe of cognac at the top. The Ellerby (on the left in all of these photos) is genuine leather, with an exposed gold zipper, and disguised elastic goring for a little “give.” The Karri (on the right) is 100% man-made material with a half-length inseam zipper. Below you can see a better detail shot of the decorative hardware on each pair of boots.
I typically fall between a size 7 and 7.5 shoe, depending on the style and brand. For the Ellerby, I had to size down to a 6.5 (as recommended on Nordstrom’s website). I sized up to a 7.5 for the Karri, as Merona’s shoes tend to be a bit snug on me. Fit wise, the Ellerby boots were more structured and tapered to my legs, while the Karri boots were wide at the calf and slouchy at the ankle. I tried each pair on with jeans, with tights, and with socks, to make sure they could be comfortably worn all three ways.
Since I wanted a quality pair of boots that I could wear season after season, the genuine leather Ellerby boots won out by a long shot for me. The fit was so much better in the legs, and the buttery leather was much preferred to the kind of “plasticy” man-made material of the Karri. It’s worth mentioning that the Karri boots were not all bad – they’d be worth the $30+ dollars for someone who might only see themselves wanting to wear them for a season or two.
PS – This is not a sponsored post, and none of the links in this post are affiliates. I just wanted to share my shoe shopping adventures with those who may be interested.
PPS – I’ll be back in a few days with the next remix for the Take One, Pass It On challenge. Don’t worry, I have not jumped ship! :)