Every time the weather turns temperate, like clockwork, I contemplate the exact same thing: Should I, or should I not, buy a pair of Rag & Bone boots? One of my personal favorites in the extensive Rag & Bone boot family is the Harrow boot, but I was never quite sure if my love for it warranted the price tag. On TalkShoes, I asked all of you if you thought Rag & Bone boots were worth the splurge, and many of you said they were indeed worth every penny. And it's not that I didn't believe you, but I'm the type of person who needs to try things for myself, so that's exactly what I did.
Below, find out whether or not these booties passed the test in this edition of TalkShoes Testimonials.
This design is as classic as ankle boots come, but it's still well-crafted and unique. There are tons of ankle boots at this price point, but after trying these out, I feel confident that none will have the same craftsmanship or attention to detail. The deep V on the upper, the luscious suede, the wrap-around buckle-strap and the chunky heel are all this boot needs to give it the laid-back aesthetic that I crave every season.
COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALITY
These boots were so comfortable, I was able to climb rocks for these photos. That says a lot.
Normally, this is the category I judge most harshly, but despite the 3.5 inch heel, this boot still deserves a five-star rating. I was able to wear these boots to and from work, as well as out and about after work, and it felt as if I was wearing slippers. Seriously, slippers. Walking was a pleasure, and compared to my last Testimonial, they were a total dream.
QUALITY & CONSTRUCTION
Here lies my only complaint. Before I received my pair of boots to try out, I'd been doing some research on our PurseForum, and so I knew that these boots had a reputation for running small. I was not prepared for just how small they run, though. Normally, I take a size six, so I was advised to try a seven. When I slipped my foot into the seven, before opening the buckle, I thought I might have been given the wrong size by mistake. After opening the buckle, getting my foot in was a tad easier, but it was still a very snug endeavor. Once I got in, though, things were comfortable.
You'll want to be be careful about size, but trust me, don't let this minor issue stop you from possibly wearing one of the most comfortable boots ever.
Are the the Harrow boots worth the $525 price tag? I was skeptical at first, but yes, I have to agree with everyone who advised me to give them a try. It's hard to find heeled boots that, after long hours of wear, don't hurt your feet; for the extra money it's totally worth it. Another plus: Because these boots and Rag & Bone's other, similar models have been around for a while, you can find them on sale throughout the year in certain colors and materials. I try to include them as often I can in our weekly Shoe Deals roundup.
These boots are a celebrity and consumer favorite, and its their simplicity, craftsmanship and comfort that have made them popular for seasons on end. Just like a classic pair of pumps is timeless, the Harrow is a solid addition to your wardrobe that you can expect to enjoy for years to come.
I think I've said it all; the Rag & Bone Harrow Boot is a classic that's comfortable and relatively affordable. My only regret is that I waited this long to try a pair.
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