Barefoot Tess Review: Adore Those Ankles!

My sole-centric philosophy is that shoes make the outfit, and ankle boots make the outfit better. As a New England city girl, I place a high value on shoes that can tally many pavement miles, offer coverage and warmth in unreliable weather, and look intentional with everything they’re paired with. Ankle boots fit all these specs AND can be worn year-round…with everything from my favorite Rock and Republic skinnies and a sweater to a flirty sundress and little else (one of my favorite pairings, to boot, haha)! 80% of the time, you can find ankle booties on these very long tootsies of mine. But in reality, I only have 3 existing pairs of ‘em, 2 of which are sadly worse for all that wear they get…

Since I browse Barefoot Tess almost every other day, I had the 80/20% ‘Clyde’ ankle boots in the grey colorway on my radar since the moment they popped up on Barefoot Tess’ website. Barefoot Tess is my chosen destination for on-trend designer exclusives in my otherwise-rare size 12/13s—and since falling in love with BFT-exclusive 80/20% hidden wedge desert boots last winter (and wearing them into the cement), I was waiting for an update. The ‘Clyde’ is a Western-inspired bootie with a flattering lower-cut AND signature hidden wedge that adds a nice 2” boost in height—all in all, the most leg-flattering COMFORTABLE ankle boot you will find. And the grey and navy colorways are much more spring-friendly than black or dark brown booties…

…in short…I had multiple justifications as to why I needed Clyde in my life. Now that I’ve received my boots from BFT, I simply couldn’t be happier with the style, the true-to-size fit, and the experience. I’ve been a customer of Barefoot Tess since 2006 and have kept coming back for their second-to-none attention to customer service and great editorial feel (check out TesSpeaks!). Plus, for any tall girl, it feels right to support the namesake business of Karen Williamson—she initially started the site to help provide her uber-fashionable, vertically-inclined daughter Tess with options in larger-size shoes…

The Clydes, styled for winter. Dress: French Connection, Tights: Legale, Necklace: Eddie Bauer, Shoes: c/o Barefoot Tess

The Clydes, styled for winter. Dress: French Connection, Tights: Legale, Necklace: Eddie Bauer, Shoes: c/o Barefoot Tess

I styled the Clydes with my fleece-lined tights and a dress from French Connection, but am dreaming of warm spring days when I can wear them bare-legged, hop-skipping my way down the streets of Cambridge. After all, when your larger-sized feet are treated to comfortable, stylish shoes like these, why not hop, skip, and jump for joy?

These booties are incredible on!

These booties are incredible on! (c/o Barefoot Tess)

Stay tuned for more BFT reviews of spring styles, and be sure to check out their newest arrivals and Photo Contest, going on now!


'Barefoot Tess Review: Adore Those Ankles!' have 8 comments

  1. February 17, 2013 @ 6:21 pm Natasha

    Those shoes are so cute! I’ve been looking for a similar style lately…they look so cute with your dress!


    • February 17, 2013 @ 6:33 pm Kacy K

      Thanks so much, Natasha! And they are soooo incredibly comfortable too, and flattering for an ankle boot—the hidden wedge is unreal! Thanks so much for reading, and please stay in touch!

      xo Kacy


  2. February 20, 2013 @ 3:24 am Kristin

    Hi–I just got a pair of these boots today (delivery) and love them. My only concern is that I also have a pair of the 80%20 Rinas, and while I love them, I have to return them because I just noticed the sole came apart after less than 2 weeks of wear. Can you tell me if you’ve have any quality issues with your boots? I’m a little gun shy with this brand now. I purchased this boot loving my RInas and I am also expecting the Pepper boots, but only today noticed the Rinas were already coming apart. Any info would be so helpful! Thanks a bunch for your review, too!


    • February 20, 2013 @ 4:18 pm Kacy K

      Hi Kristin!

      Thanks so much for getting in touch! I find the Clyde to be very well-made and impeccably high-quality for the price point. I had a pair of hidden wedge desert booties from 80%/20% and Barefoot Tess that I wore into the ground, but they held up splendidly through 2 New England winters and near-daily wear. I hope this is helpful in your search for new boots…and thanks for reading! :)

      xo Kacy


  3. February 26, 2013 @ 3:38 pm ehollaay

    Could you tell me whether the Clyde boots run large? I have the pepper’s and they’re enormous!


  4. February 26, 2013 @ 3:41 pm ehandlin

    Could you tell me if the clyde’s run large? I have the pepper boots and they’re pretty enormous!


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