When you see a piece everywhere for a season, that usually means it’s trendy. Some trends I can totally get behind, like oversized plaid scarves since all three of those words together definitely make a right. Usually, I’m hesitant to hop on the “it” item wagon. When you see it come back season after season, it’s a staple. Sam Edelman makes boots that don’t wane in popularity or construction each year they return. The Penny is one of those boots that you see come back again and again.
What’s so great about the Penny boot?
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Since my calves have gotten more athletic due to my training for the half marathon, I needed to invest in new tall boots, as much as I would love to only wear booties. I’ve talked before about my weird feet. Now I have weird legs. Large calves, skinny ankles, and wide feet at the ball and toes. “Penny” seemed like the perfect fit since wide calf and wide foot were available together. I also preferred the way they looked. No hooks or buckles or excessive metal accents. They have a slight heel and it’s rubber instead of leather to give me some more stability. Those are my personal reasons, but there are several attributes these boots have that I put in the pros column.
- full zip:: this zipper goes all the way down to the heel, making it way easier to get these on over my calves
- inner elastic:: (see pictures 4 & 5) this was another plus. At the widest point, my calves are 17 inches round and these are about 17 inches, but stretch and move with my calves to nearly 20 inches
- wide width:: Sam Edelman shoes fit a little narrow on the ball and toes of my feet, but this style is offered in wide width which makes them comfortable from toe to ankle for my foot
In addition to the color and my personal preference of the appearance of the Penny, those three factors made my decision to get this boot easy. There are some con’s to them since I’ve worn them a few times I’ve noticed…
- back snap:: the back snap gets annoying when it comes unsnapped and flaps together making a clicking noise. I could’ve done without them since whenever I squat (which is unusually often for some reason) they come popped open
- synthetic inner:: the construction inside is very nicely stitched, but it’s not leather, so I know while they may last a few years, they won’t last forever
- not weatherproof:: leather can we weatherproofed, but it’s doesn’t come that way out of the box, so diligence is in order to wear them in the rain/snow
Are they worth the price?
Ultimately that’s your choice. I buy boots to last me at least three years of boot seasons and I patiently waited for a deal (see December’s budgeting bloggers) and when you buy exactly what you want, you’re more likely to get your monies worth out of that item because you love it. I’ve already worn these boots four times since the weather has finally decided to cooperate. Since it’s difficult to find boots that fit me, that are leather, and constructed well enough, the sale price was worth it.
Overall, I think they’re a great choice if you need wide-calf and especially if you need wide-foot. The color is cognac to a tee (if that’s what you’re looking for–they also come in black and gray) and they’re easy to get on and off, which is hard to find when you have wide-calves.