AGL tall moto boots from NAS

Me again, with another Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchase. In my NAS report, I mentioned that I had ordered the AGL tall moto boots in brown. They came today, and I thought I'd show them here before returning them.

First, what I like about them: I love the color of brown--a deep espresso. The leather feels divine--so soft inside and out. The buckles are really nice--a subdued, burnished brass. The style, with a rounded toe, crossed straps at the ankle and a strap at top, is moto-inspired like a lot of current boots. But it can be worn like the classic equestrian style boots, too. That is, if they fit your legs.

What I'm on the fence about: I really like the round toe, but I'm trying to gather some more tapered toes in my wardrobe. And yet, this toe seems a little fashion forward, as the tapered toe has been strong for a while now.

Why I'm returning them: They are too tight on my 15" calves. Plain and simple. I could barely get the right one zipped up, over a knee-high stocking. There is a small elastic gore at the top, but it doesn't extend low enough on the boot to ease the fit over the largest part of my calf. The leather might stretch, but not enough to make them comfortable to wear over skinny jeans--the way I'd most want to wear these. Another slight concern (but not enough on its own to return them, probably): the leather is so luxurious, I'd feel very self-conscious wearing these on sloppy rainy days.

Just thought you'd like to see them.

I'm also showing photos of my current tall brown boots, for comparison. If the perfect replacement comes along, I'll upgrade them. For now, they are just fine! (And they cost half what the AGLs do, on sale.)

1-3: AGL Italia tall boot in espresso
4: AGL boots with their bag. Included this shot because I thought it was kind of funny--it looks like the boots would be a really tight fit in here!
5-6: Born Sosie, in tobacco (my current brown boots, from a couple of years ago). This style seems to be the same as the Roxie.

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  • ElleH replied 5 years ago

    They are gorgeous but if they don't fit then don't keep.

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    You're right, Elle. They are definitely going back. I probably shouldn't have used "on the fence" but that's just the part of the style itself that I could go either way on. A moot point because of the fit, just part of my review.

  • ElleH replied 5 years ago

    I'm sorry they didn't work out for you. Footwear is harder than anything else due to comfort issues. I don't think I've ever had clothes that hurt.

  • Thistle replied 5 years ago

    Beautiful boots, but not right for you. Bring on the next pair!

  • crutcher replied 5 years ago

    As others have sure they feel wonderful before you decide to keep them...They are gorgeous boots and I know you will enjoy having a pair of knee length but make sure they feel gorgeous...

  • Aquamarine replied 5 years ago

    I think I bought and returned several thousand dollars worth of boots last year before I found a pair that worked for me :-)

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Aquamarine, that's funny! But I can believe it.

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Gorgeous boots...but onwards! 

    No wonder boots are hard to fit. So many variables. It's crazy. Kind of like bras, really. 

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    Boots..harder to find a good fit than a swim suit. I ordered from NAS and received late today the Aquatalia Obsession knee high boots in black. I think these are keepers as they fit my 12.5" calves pretty well,but the back is stretchy and extends to fit wider calves comfortably according to the much as 17". They are available in brown. I will try to post photos soon. My only concern is that the 15.5 inch shaft height is almost too high for me. Anyway, you might want to try them. They are fabulously soft leather and made in Italy and waterproof.

  • jackiec replied 5 years ago

    Too bad! But glad you were able to easily come to the decision and send them back. Thanks for sharing.

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Joy, those are beautiful boots. I like that they are waterproof, too. I tried them on in the store, and they gave my legs muffin-top! Calves were spilling out the top. I suppose theoretically they could stretch to fit. I wonder what it would take. My shoe sales person didn't offer to stretch them or anything.

  • karymk replied 5 years ago

    ACHHH sorry they didn't work out Firecracker.  If they are wonderful but don't fit right, what's the point.  There will be other frogs to kiss later on in the season....

  • rachylou replied 5 years ago

    Oh, I appreciate seeing them on somebody, I surely do. Very different from your old ones...

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