Good morning, friends! Happy Saturday! I get a lot of requests for comfort shoes that are also stylish, and when I was having issues with my feet and needed more support, The Walking Company was my go-to. They have so many styles and all of them have great support, plus they’re comfortable and high quality.
They offered to send me a couple of pairs to feature in this fall fashion series, so I chose these Umberto Raffini ankle boots in Bordeaux and these black Abeo ballet flats. Both are extremely comfortable and supportive. Yes, even the ballet flats have support!
These boots have a higher shaft than many of the ankle boots I wear, so the easiest way to style these is to wear them over top of your skinny jeans. If your jeans are snug enough and short enough, they should fit inside without needing to pull a sock over them or anything. This is one reason I love ankle-length skinny jeans. They’re much easier to tuck into boots than longer skinnies.
If you prefer straight leg jeans or bootcut jeans, you can still wear these boots. Just wear the jeans down over the top of the shaft and let the red toe peek out.
The quality on these boots is fabulous. They have a cushioned footbed that is so nice to walk on and a rubber outsole so there’s no slippage. I think this Bordeaux color is fun, but they also come in tan, brown, and black. The tan is a gorgeous neutral if you’re looking for a cognac boot.
The leather is really lovely, and the braided strap is such a pretty detail. The 2 3/4″ heel is perfect for giving you some extra height but is still easy to walk in. That said, they do have some lower heel styles if that’s what you need.
I’ve had quite a few pairs of Umberto Raffini boots over the years, and they always look great and hold up well. I think it’s one of the more fashion-forward brands that The Walking Co. carries.
The easiest way to style a red boot is with neutrals. A charcoal sweater and jeans seemed like an obvious choice, but black or navy would be nice too. And you can certainly be more adventurous and pair them with other colors, but I prefer to use them as an opportunity to jazz up a neutral outfit since I tend to buy a lot of grey and black tops this time of year.
I found this sweater at Nordstrom Rack. It’s by Joie, which is a designer I love but the prices are usually more than I want to spend. When I saw it marked 69% off — no, not a typo! — I ordered it on the spot. I really like the boat neck, rib knit trim, and side slits. Plus the length is perfect for me, and it has a comfortable relaxed styling without being oversized.
It’s a wool blend, so be aware of that if you have an issue with wool, but it can be hand washed which is a bonus. I don’t mind dry cleaning my sweaters, but it’s even better if I don’t have to. It was scratchy when I first put it on, but I wore it for a few hours and it didn’t bother me after a while so I’m thrilled because I did not want to send it back.
I also want to show you the outfit with the Abeo ballet flats. These shoes are amazing. I couldn’t believe it when I saw them and they actually have an orthotic insole! Usually ballet flats have zero support, but I could walk all day in these.
They have a leather-covered, foam-cushioned footbed for shock absorption and all-day comfort, and an elasticized topline for a secure yet flexible fit. They aren’t tight enough to hurt my ankles in the back like some elasticized flats, but they’re snug enough to stay on my foot as I walk.
You can choose the metatarsal pad footbed or the neutral footbed. These have the neutral because I have flat feet. If you have a higher arch, you might prefer the metatarsal pad footbed:
“Metatarsal support provides enhanced arch support, with added ball-of-foot metatarsal support. Ideal for high arches, metatarsal support redistributes weight from the ball-of-foot and relieves forefoot pain and pressure.”
These shoes come in the black that I’m wearing as well as taupe and denim blue. I really like the texture of the suede. It seems like it will hold up well to a lot of wear and tear.
I kept my accessories simple — a long silver pendant necklace to break up the front of the sweater a bit, and my favorite silver link bracelet.
I’m wearing AG legging ankle jeans — my holy grail jeans! I like how this pair has the raw hem but no other distressing. I purchased these during a 25% off sale a while back. This pair isn’t on sale anywhere right now, but Macy’s does have 30% off with code VIP and they carry a few AG styles.
This is the type of casual, comfortable outfit I live in all fall and winter. I would throw these flats on even if I’m just around the house all day.
Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the fall outfit she’s styling today.
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