Review: UGG Classic Mini II Boots

As I mentioned in my review of the UGG Ultra Mini Boots, the primary difference between the Classic Mini II and the Ultra Mini is the shaft height. As such, I’ve excerpted select sections from the earlier review. Love it or hate it, in the land of “sensible” cold weather shoes, the UGG boot is king. Its revenue is growing…

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Review: UGG Ultra Mini Classic Boots

The UGG Ultra Mini Boots have real shearling/leather uppers that are treated for water-repellence and stain-resistance, but the footbeds are lined in a material called UGGplush that’s 80% wool and 20% lyocell³. The lining, which measures 17mm, is quite plush and warm. My favorite detail on the Ultra Mini (which you will also find on the Classic Mini but not on the taller styles) is the rear pull tabs, which facilitate the on/off process. The Ugg classic boot is easily identified by the tonal stitching on the exterior and UGG labels at the heel. They are generally well made and, based on my experience, last between five to eight seasons; I generally only retire them when the lining starts to thin from (overzealously) cleaning the insoles.

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adidas UltraBoost Running Shoe Review (+ My Favorite YouTube Workouts)

The adidas UltraBoost Running Shoe (now on promotion in the colorway pictured above during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale–early access for “Icon Status” started today) is one of my favorite athletic shoes; I find them extremely comfortable and fairly lightweight, owing to the Boost™ cushioning and knit sock upper, which gently hugs the feet. The cushioned insole is removable so you…

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Review: Sam Edelman Leah Cap Toe Pumps (Chanel Slingbacks Lookalike)

Chanel’s two-tone leather slingbacks are among the luxury purveyor’s most celebrated and recognized footwear (second perhaps only to the two-tone ballerinas). Unfortunately for me, the shoe fits my feet wrong in too many important ways (and the lack of a proper quarter doesn’t allow for the use of cushions and other solutions). Thankfully, many “substitutes” can be found on the… View Post

Review: Sam Edelman Loraine Bit Loafers

For fans of the Gucci Brixton Leather Horsebit Loafer who recoil at its price tag, the Sam Edelman Loraine Bit Loafer is a rather affordable copy that comes in a rainbow of colors. The two are so similar that Nordstrom ordered its version slightly tweaked to avoid cannibalizing sales of the Brixton Loafer. The calfskin leather is soft and rather supple,… View Post

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