Anyway, my itsy bitsy shoe size and bigger than average calves have always prevented me from buying tall leather boots. I just couldn't find any that fit! So, I was totally thrilled to find DUO Boots earlier this year, where you can pick your shoe and calf size independently to get a pair of shoes that actually will fit you at the end of the day.
The pair of boots that I ended up with are the "Lucien" style. These are the second pair of boots that I ordered. The first pair that I purchased were the style "Aubin," which made me look shorter than I really am (which is saying something!). I think that it was the buckle/strap details on the boot. They were also a little tight in the lower calf. They were really lovely boots overall, but I just didn't like how they looked on me, so I decided to return them and order something else.
I hit the jackpot the second time around, because I am in LOVE with the Lucien boots. I ordered the US size 5 equivalent and they fit my foot perfectly--not too tight, and not too big. They fit snugly all the way up my leg without being too tight in any one spot. The front panel is flattering to my figure, and they are just the loveliest shade of chestnut brown. I've been wearing them all over the place for the last week and they are also really comfortable.
The total cost for these guys was $300. It's not cheap, I'll admit, but you could also easily drop $200 on something in a department store that doesn't fit as well as these do. Even though I consider myself to be really thrifty when it comes to spending money (which is why I DIY everything), I do think that these are a pretty good value.
If you're unsure of what style boot will flatter your figure, I highly suggest contacting the consultants at DUO and tell them your shape as well as your foot/calf sizes. They'll email you back with some style suggestions that will work with your sizes. After I got their feedback, I emailed Alison over at Wardrobe Oxygen to get her opinion on what DUO had suggested for me, since she's also done reviews on her past purchases from DUO. Her advice and suggestions helped me pick out the Lucien style that I ultimately ended up with.
Once you pick a shoe and calf size, DUO's website will tell you how tall the boot is, so also keep height in mind when selecting a style--especially if you are petite like me. Really tall boots may cut into the back of your knees when sitting, and short ones that hit at the widest point of your calf will be less flattering to your legs. I like that my boots are a bit taller in the front than the back, which eliminates this problem altogether.
DUO also has really good customer service. My bank practically had a heart attack over the fact that they are a UK-based company and kept declining the charges to my card. DUO was super patient and understanding after I called my bank for the third (!) time to authorize the charges. Doing a return also wasn't too painful. I paid for the return ($20) through DUO's website, and then arranged for a pickup through DHL (the delivery service). I did get charged an additional $9 international fee during the return (annoying!), but I suppose that you kind of have to expect that when ordering online vs. buying in store. The $9 charge would bother me more if I weren't thrilled with my new boots.
Of course, because I had never owned tall boots I had also never purchased "skinny" jeans. As a curvy girl this made me nervous, but I walked right into a Loft store and the very first pair of their "curvy skinny jeans" that I put on fit perfectly and are really flattering. Oh, and on top of that they are super comfortable. Umm...yeah, that never happens! I was thrilled!
I hope that this review helps someone else in a similar situation. As always, feel free to shoot me an email if you have any other questions :)