We have a winner! I bought a pair of John Deere Johnny Popper boots from Sierra Trading Post last week. Yes, they’re “youth” boots, but they’re made by Dan Post. When I was reading reviews, it seemed that Dan Post and Ariat got the consistent, best marks for comfort, so it was good fortune when I found the cute little John Deere boots for under $40. (Yep. That’s not a typo.) Couldn’t hurt to try, right?
RIGHT! What I didn’t realize is that both Dan Post & Ariat have their own special insoles so that as kids grow, they can stay in their quality (read: expensive) boots a little longer. What that means for me is that I have a little flexibility with sizing, AND when I guess correctly, I have extra cushioning for my ankle, back and other aging parts that groan when I’m on my feet too long.
I wasted no time breaking them in. The Knight made fun of me for walking around in the house in the boots while I was doing laundry, but it worked. I was ready to give them the ultimate test… grocery shopping. For whatever reason, walking/standing on concrete gives my back fits in no time flat. I was eager to see how these little boots would stand up to my Waterloo, and they did at least as well as my Danksos, which previously held the “most likely to get me through” spot.
So. My size 6.5 – 7 foot (or Euro 37) was very happy in the JD/DP size 5 boot. I think I could have worn a 4.5, but then I would have had to think about which socks I was wearing. With these, I don’t know that I’ll wear just tights, but on cold days, I can pull on thick, wool socks and still get the boots off at the end of the day. The shaft is a little short, but booties are trendy, and Ariat and Justin have been selling shorter “barn boots” for women for YEARS. While the offerings in very large youth sizes are few and far between, I’m delighted with my find and think I got an incredible deal on a premium pair of ostrich boots in fun, funky colors that will suit my feet and wardrobe.
I don’t feel at all that I “settled” by buying youth boots. They are remarkably comfortable and seem to be well-made. I expect them to last for years and years, as my other boots do. My only complaint is the John Deere logo and its placement, but considering the deal I got on ostrich and cowhide boots, I’m not REALLY fussing.
Next up, those Ariat leopard girl boots. I might have already ordered them… maybe.