Or, is the question moot....
(Sveta tells me that 6 pm won't take a Canadian credit card, so some of what ensues may be quite beside the point...)
I'm in need of a short, easy on, easy off boot or bootie for very casual days and inclement weather. I'm looking for the type of thing you just pull on at the door if you need to run your kid out to her lesson or dash to the corner store for something. The type you wear if it's a grey, damp weekend and you're going for a pub lunch followed by a walk in the park that might involve traversing some sidewalk and some gravel and some grass.
I used to wear Blundstone chisel toes for this purpose. But my daughter absconded with them!! :)
And in fact, they were always a bit wide for me and loose. I have problems fitting UK or AU sizes of shoes as a rule and seem to do a bit better with EU or NA footwear.
My Aquatalia Sweeties (in Finds) will fill some of this role, for sure. But, knowing me, there will be times when I want something easier or perhaps shorter, or maybe more casual -- something. (Not sure exactly what I'm trying to articulate here, LOL.)
I've been looking at a couple of possibilities at 6 pm. (I may not be able to order from 6 pm, but let's consider these in the abstract anyway.)
Option A: Sara from la Canadienne. Viva has these. They come in leather or suede. Waterproof. I wear la Canadiennes well -- the last is good for me. High quality. And I love, love, love Chelsea boots. Beyond all measure love them. They're right up there with my absolute favourite clothing items of all time. In other words, these would become an instant wardrobe workhorse.
Possible cons: I already have a refined chelsea boot -- my Stuart Weitzmans. (Sorry, no Find as I cannot "find" it online any more -- it is Pic 1.) Which would mean that I'd be splitting wears.
True, the la Canadiennes are not as refined....and the SW's are not weatherproof...but they are awfully similar. And...black. And...are these too refined and dressy to do the job I want?
Option B: Haley . Similar advantages, with the addition of being available in a nice "moka." I've seen this colour and it's a greyish dark brown, cool toned. Also, the brogue detailing is kind of fun.
Cons: Maybe a bit too rugged for me...but it is casual and that is what I want, after all.
Option C: Helen. I don't have a combat style boot, the colour would be great for me, it does zip up the side, and it's adjustable with the laces. Might be a fun styling option for me.
Cons: The zip might make it feel a lot less simple and easy than I want. Yeah, I know, it's no big deal. And yet, when you are rushing out the door...Meanwhile, I have tried on lots of combat style boots in the past and always ended up putting them back (except the Doc Marcies which were more like Victorian lady boots). Why? They felt obscurely too "rugged" or "hard edge" for me. However, none of those boots were taupey brown. All were black or charcoal.
Assuming I could even try any of these, do you have thoughts about which might be best -- or any better ideas or leads?
ETA: I stopped by my local seller to try the Blundstones. Sure enough, the size I used to wear is far too big even with an insole. And the SA informed me the only thing I could do would be to move to a kids' size because nothing was available in women's in smaller. They had the kids' boots that Lisap mentioned in stock. But not in my size. I tried them and they were too small. She informed me I needed a half size up and it could be ordered.
So I came back to look online and it seems the SA at my local store was wrong. In fact, there is no half size up in the kids' version. (I'm sized out). However, there IS a 3.5 in the chisel toe. So now I'm considering whether or not to order. At least I know my true size.