This year, the Stuart Weitzman 5050 Boot marks its 21st anniversary, and we're celebrating the only way we know how: by wearing the iconic boot nearly everywhere. The 5050 is a classic that exemplifies how a flat boot can be both practical and sexy. On our PurseForum, I've seen both a great amount of admiration for this boot and inquiries about whether it's worth the splurge, and that's where I come in. I've rated the 5050 Boot in our TalkShoes Testimonials, where you can see how it scores below.
I know what you're thinking: another ubiquitous black boot that doesn't look all that different from the one you're wearing right now. But that's where you're wrong. Stuart Weitzman is known for the fine craftsmanship of its boots, and the 5050 has set the standard. When we rate aesthetics, the question is, what's not to love about the 5050 boot? The nappa leather front gives these pull-on boots a finish that's both luxe and comfortable.
The only thing I would tweak is the round toe. At first, they seemed a little too round for me. It looked strange to me because I have such a narrow foot, and round toes tend to get overwhelming. As I began to wear the boots for a few days, that issue seemed far less important as I got used to the look.
Comfort & Functionality
As you can see from the five star rating, no complaints here! I've worn these boots for hours on several occasions, and my feet were comfortable all day. After wearing the Christian Louboutin So Kate pumps and the Valentino Rockstud pumps for our last testimonials, wearing a pair of flat boots was a breeze, and I think it helped that there's padding on the insole of these boots.
Quality & Construction
If you remember our Stuart Weitzman Nudist Sandal Testimonial, I wore a six, which is my normal shoe size, but I would have preferred getting a size 5 1/2. In these boots, I decided to get my normal size, and they fit perfectly! These boots definitely run true to size, unlike the Nudist Sandals.
When you pull on these boots, they are certainly snug around your calf. They aren't so tight that they feel like they're cutting off circulation, but they are tight enough that you won't have to yank them up all day while walking. Getting these boots off, however, requires two hands, and if you don't have good balance, I suggest you sit down. Snug boots require a bit of arm strength to take off, but if it means no slouching, I'll take it.
The front panels of these boots are made from nappa leather, which is soft to the touch, and due to the nature of the leather, it doesn't crease or scratch easily. For a boot, this is the kind of leather you want because even if they get wet, you don't have to worry about water marks. No one would ever know you were just walking through a rain storm (or jumping in puddles).
As I mentioned, one of the biggest concerns about the 5050 boot is the height of the shaft and where it rests on the leg. For most people, these boots hit right at the knee. I'm 4'11, and on me, they hit about an inch above it. When it comes to tall boots, my biggest problem is usually having excess material around my narrow ankles, but with the 5050s, I didn't have that issue at my ankles or anywhere else.
Boots, no matter what style or heel height, naturally cost because of the amount of material required. These boots retail for $635, and I think that's a pretty fair price. They are a bit higher than the mid-range price-point of $500, but still fall below $700. For the quality and durability of these boots, it's totally worth it.
The 5050s are black leather knee-high (or in my case, over-the-knee) boots--need I say more? As long as boots are around, these beauties aren't going out of style.
These boots are a classic and certainly worth owning. They are comfortable, well-made and moderately priced. They make a great casual boot, but you can even wear these with tights and a skirt if you need to dress things up a bit. You can pick up your own pair via Stuart Weitzman!
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