A riding boot that will convince you of the trend

Photo credit: Sarah Flint

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For years I had an aversion to the height of classic boots. I would say that from college until about 3 years ago, if I wore the fall/winter centric style, it was either booties or thigh high boots; there was simply no in-between. But in recent years, I have returned to the boots that go down below the knee, and I am back on board. Still. Want to know my favorite pair? The perfect Sarah Flint 30 riding boot.

This love story started last year, actually. I was walking down West Broadway, passed the Sarah Flint pop-up, and noticed among the brand’s classic silhouettes (like the iconic Natalie Flats and Perfect Pumps adored by Meghan Markle), there were a pair of shiny black riding boots in the window I had never seen before. So naturally, I went there to find out more.

Not 5 minutes later, after learning that it was an exclusive style for the pop-up, I was trying them on. And after hemming and skimming the black versus saddle hue, I followed my intuition and grabbed a pair of the old, because how could I resist?

So began a journey with my most worn pair of shoes last year. They just looked good with everything. With casual outfits they added a classic polish, but when paired with dresses, skirts and sweaters they added an understated ease, making my outfits the perfect combination of elegance without overdoing it. I suspect it’s all down to the timeless equestrian-inspired details like the little horse bit buckle and ankle straps.

A few reasons beyond aesthetics why I love these boots so much that I now own them in tan too? (Sidebar: You’d be hard pressed to find something in my closet that I like so many I own it in multiple colors, so that really says something!) First and foremost, the details make the piece, as they always do. There’s an interior elastic panel and zipper, which means I no longer have to fight with myself to get my boots off after a long day on your feet. And speaking of being on your feet all day, there’s extra padding on the insole, so they’re Great comfortable and supportive.

All this to say: the return of the classic boot has begun, never to be abandoned again.

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