Friday, August 12, 2011

reincarnation of isabel marant dicker boots

Do you remember the Isabel Marant Dicker boots? Of course you do. Who could forget with Kate Bosworth and Rosie Huntington Whitley and even Katie Holmes prancing about with them on their feet? It was the subtle "it" boot of last fall, rendered even more lustworthy because of its exclusive availability and high sticker price.

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Well, I almost scored myself a pair on Net-A-Porter. Almost is the clue word. Like an idiot, I listened to the sizing recommendation on their website and went one size down instead of ordering the usual 37. So, when they arrived, I had to send them back because they were too tight. I may be $615 richer, but it hasn't stopped these boots from haunting me.

Maybe it's a good thing I didn't get them, because nearly every single high street retailer has released their own interpretation of this elusive boot.

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Out of all of them, I want to say that the Aldo Qualheims are the closest to the original Dicker boots, since it keeps the low shaft and the side zip. The Steve Madden Pembrooks look like they would be the most snug fit and also the best suede, but at $160 and a chunkier heel, it does look like Dicker's bastard brother who came out of the womb missing a few essential parts (i.e. the side zipper). ASOS' Aggie is the cheapest and the highest heel height, but the boot is too high and the pull tab on the side is an extraneous detail that has little use aesthetically or in practicality.

Verdict: Go with the ASOS Aggies. You'll cry less when the heel eventually gives out from excessive use. Also, I don't forsee these boots living for another season.

7 comments:

  1. ahh heartbreaking story! so close but so far to obtaining the isabel marant dicker boots..

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  2. that would have driven me mad, but upon reflection it really is better for you (and myself, because i have been trying to find a similar slightly slouchy bootie in black). in terms of wear, their time is limited. how long would it have taken you to be sick of them?

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  3. I gots a pair from Mango last year that are fairly similar, but they cut down a bit lower. I bought them before the Marant madness and like to pretend I thought of it first (hahaha! not verrry likely ;)). The sticker price for the real deal makes me a bit queasy. Thanks for posting the other knock-offs!

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  4. oh no- what a shame about the size. Glad you found an alternative : )

    x
    Michelle
    www.michellesstylefile.blogspot.com

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  5. I like them, especially the originals, but I can't really imagine myself wearing them. But, I think it's good you got money back, it means you should buy something more fabulous, even!
    Have fun shopping!

    XO,
    Lucija

    withlovelucija.blogspot.com

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  7. Think I'd have to go for the Steve Madden as I like the colour best! x

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