I have a confession to make… I didn’t own a pair of boots for the winter months. I’ve always made sure that our kids had boots, but I never picked up a pair for myself.
I’ve never been much of a boot person. As a kid, I was outside for hours at a time in the winter. My cousins and I loved to ride our sleds, ski, ice skate, build snowmen and snow forts, among other things. I needed a good pair of boots back then. As an adult, I never really had a need for boots. If it’s snowing, or if I have to walk through snow, I simply won’t go outside. I’m also lucky enough to have a job where if it’s snowing outside, chances are I don’t have to come in.
The reason why I didn’t really want to buy a pair of boots is because they are stiff and clunky. I also didn’t want to have to lug around another pair of shoes to change into when I got to work.
Last summer I reviewed a pair of soft, comfortable sneakers from a company called Arcopédico. You can read that review here – Super Comfortable, Fashionable Shoes from Arcopédico.
Arcopédico also carries beautiful, fashionable boots, ideal for fall through winter and even into the spring.
I was sent to review a pair of Arcopédico’s boots, specifically their L8 boot. The L8 isn’t the type of boot that you would wear for outdoor activities in the snow, but it is a boot that can provide your foot with warmth during the cold weather months. This is considered more of a fashion boot than a true winter boot.
Arcopédico has interesting names for their shoes. Some other books include W9, Net 8 and N42.
According to the Arcopédico website;
The L8 features a patented Lytech™ synthetic faux suede upper which is lightweight, breathable, vegan, and offers a flexible barely-there feel to help promote healthy circulation. The sole of the L8 also has Arcopedico’s signature built in twin arch support system for all day comfort.
The boot is available in a variety of colors. I chose black because I felt like it matched all of my wardrobe.
I’m a plus size woman. I have thick legs. I even have what some people refer to as “cankles.” That is part of the reason why I don’t wear fashionable boots. They often are too snug in the lower leg area (above the ankles). If they are too snug they are uncomfortable to wear. It’s even worse if you need to be on your feet for long periods of time.
I know how soft and flexible the other Arcopédico are that I was sent to review, so I thought I would take a chance on these boots. I’m so glad I did!
The Arcopédico L8 boot is soft and flexible, just like the other pair of shoes I own from the brand.
Unlike other shoes, these don’t have to be “broke in” before you can comfortably wear them for long periods of time. They felt perfect on my foot the moment I put them on.
These boots have a zipper on the side of them. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to zipper them all the way to the top with my chubby legs, but I did! I was able to get the zippers all the way up. They also stayed up (they didn’t unzip on me). Even my chubby legs felt perfectly comfortable in these boots. They are just the right amount of snugness to keep my feet warm (and the elements out of my boots), but not too snug where they are uncomfortable.
These are not the kind of boots you would wear in the snow. These are the types of boots you can wear in cold weather to work or out and about.
I would recommend spraying these with that spray that protects shoes from water and rock salt. I sprayed these as soon as I got them to protect them and to ensure that they look great for years to come.
These boots are washable. I haven’t had a need to as of yet, but as per the website they can be washed. They also have a removable inner sole in case you just need to wash that (stinky feet…LOL).
These have a bit of a lift to them, which I wasn’t expecting. As a sneaker girl I’m used to my feet being flat, but I’m really “digging” (showing my age) having a bit of lift in my shoes. I used to wear heels when I was younger (and not as heavy). It’s been ages since I’ve worn anything that wasn’t flat like a sneaker (my dress shoes are all flats).
The heel/bottom of this boot is made from a hard plastic-like material. The upper part is made out of a soft material (it kind of reminds me of suede).
What’s nice about these boots is that they can go from work to a night on the town. They are both casual and dressy. They are really versatile.
*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.