REVIEW: LK Bennett Boots Prove “Made In Italy” Doesn’t Mean What It Used To

When you’re looking for a pair of classic footwear, there are a few cardinal rules to follow. First off, make sure your look is actually classic; no bells and whistles, buckles or spikes – these kicks are here to outlast the trends.

Second is to make sure your footwear can last through the wear.  For me, that typically means staying away from the cheaper manufacturing countries like China or similar locations. These boots were made in Italy, so I figured they would hold together.

Third is to make sure you’ve got a good fit on your hands – err – feet. If the boots don’t fit you perfectly within a week of wear, you’ve struck out.  These boots seemed to hit the mark on the first two rules, and didn’t make it past the second day of wear, because the cheap zipper split on the second day I wore these L.K. Bennett Tala boots.

I was surprised, not only because the brand is a historic British one built on quality, but because the footwear was Italian made, and still seemed to hit a common manufacturer’s defect.  At $595 US retail per pair (plus currency conversion and import fees around $175, since I’m in Canada), it was disheartening, to say the least.

Thank sweet baby Jesus that Shopbop has an excellent return policy and waived my return shipping fee after I notified them of the defect, or I’d be out over six bills, and would’ve had to eat an international courier fee, as well.

C’est la vie – all I have to say is don’t bother with L.K. Bennett.

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Five Ways To Wear This Season’s Chelsea Boots

chelsea boot 2014With a mod sensibility and classic flair, Chelsea boots are now an enduring cold-weather favourite more than ever. This season the shops are awash in Chelsea boots of every variety, whether you want a minimalist pair of black flats or glittery wedges. The basic look hits your ankle and offers a tiny bit of lift, with elastic panels on each side to make them come on and off in a snap. They give a bit of a vintage, rock n’ roll quality to any look, and can be styled comfortably with both jeans and dresses. Try wearing yours with the following looks to stay warm, stylish, and bang on trend this fall.

1. With skinny jeans

One of the most effortless ways to wear Chelsea boots is with a pair of skinnies, particularly as part of a black on black look. You can roll the bottom hems up to show off the top of your boots, choosing a dark wash jean. Skinny jeans can also comfortably tuck into the top of the boots, or you could wear them with cropped drainpipe trousers for a chic look that puts your best foot forward in fall weather. The laid-back vibe of these boots is a natural pairing for flattering jeans.

2. As part of a slouchy layered look

When the leaves start to turn colours, fashion is all about layering. Ankle boots are good layering pieces because they are so versatile. Choose boots with a little bit of a heel to pair with textured tights and slouchy scarves, or opt for a flat pair of no-nonsense boots to wear with an oversized sweater or parka.

miranda kerr wearing chelsea boots

3. With tights and a miniskirt

If you really want to draw attention to your footwear, put on a pair of Chelsea boots with contrasting tights and a miniskirt. Another option is to wear tights the same colour as your boots. Wear a pair with a slight heel to elongate your legs while still staying comfortable. Balenciaga has some hot pairs of varying heel heights this season, which you can check out here at www.lyst.com for inspiration.

4. As part of a rock and roll look 

The Chelsea boot was made popular by the Beatles, and was a rock star classic throughout the 1960’s. Their androgynous style and sleek lines make these boots perfect as part of a too-cool-for-school rocker chick look. Pair them with leather leggings or a cropped biker jacket, or look for a pair that’s decked out with punky studs.

the beatles wearing chelsea boots

5. With chunky socks and bare legs

Are you not quite ready to give up your summer wardrobe just yet? Take your rompers and sundresses well into the autumn by wearing your Chelsea boots with a pair of chunky knit socks and leaving your legs bare. This is a grungy look that combines the 60’s flair of the boots with a 90’s vibe, for effortless comfort.

Although the Chelsea boot is particularly stylish this season, it’s a classic that will round out your wardrobe year after year. How do you like to wear yours?

Hot FW14 Houndstooth Items

Houndstooth is enjoy quite a resurge in popularity. Check out my collection of favourites below:

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6 Alternatives to Sandals

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5 Awesome Summer Blazers

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6 Must-Visit Consignment Stores in Vancouver

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CONTEST: Win $100 & $50 Gift Cards For EAST DANE / SHOPBOP

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It’s that time again! Leave a comment telling why you want one of the three East Dane gift cards, and you may be the lucky winner of one of the gift cards!

East Dane is North America’s premiere menswear shop, offering a delightfully curated collection of men’s clothing, accessories, shoes and home items.

Drawing is on Friday, June 27th 2014.  Comments will be closed when drawing is complete!

Leave a comment now, to win a $100 gift card to East Dane or one of two $50 gift cards to East Dane!

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