A few weeks ago, I ordered the Julia Patch Pocket skirt from Boden. Thinking, “hey, I’m tall,” I ordered the long version of it. As I noted in my previous review, the long wasn’t too long, but it was too wide at the hem, and the look overall wasn’t too flattering. So, I sent it back and re-ordered the skirt in a regular length, in the same light purple shade.
The regular length version is much better. It’s less wide at the hem, so it doesn’t stick out so much. I also think having it fall a few inches above the knees is more flattering the the just above the knee cut of the longer version. The regular length still runs a bit big in comparison to Boden’s usual sizing – the 6R is a bit loose in the waist.
Every few years, a shoe style that I love becomes the trendy style for the season and they are suddenly so easy to find. A few years ago, it was menswear Oxfords. This year, it’s loafers. I ordered the fringed loafers in aubergine from Boden during their mid-season sale. Since I’m not sure of my shoe size, I went with a 42 (10.5). I could probably have gotten away with a 41.5 (10), as these are just a touch too big. But, I was able to walk around in them for a while without developing blisters and without having them fall off of my feet, so I think we’ll be OK.
As I’ve said before, I really love Boden’s shoes. They’re well made (leather, leather, leather), they fit well (even when you order a half size too large), and they come in interesting styles. These aren’t your basic loafers. Sure, they’re not those furry backless loafers Gucci made, but they’re also not your typical preppy penny loafer, either. The shoes feel very sturdy and I get the sense that they will last for years to come.
In case those don’t do it for you, here are a few more loafers, from the everyday and practical, to the less so: