Hello cyberspace, I’m back! 👋🏼 Half of the year on hiatus, and here I am now bearing updates. But first, this review, which I think is something anyone considering buying these boots must read.
Description (from the website)
The Leona is packed with rugged features: a commando tread, an extra-empowering platform sole with a chunky heel, antiqued brass tunnel eyelets and a sleek silhouette. The result? A women’s boot that strikes the perfect balance between femininity and the tough, rebellious Dr. Martens spirit.
- Made with Orleans, a soft, waxy and lightly textured leather
- Built on the rebelliously comfortable Dr. Martens Airwair™ air-cushioned sole
- Sole is slip-resistant with superior abrasion, and is oil and fat resistant, too
- Classic Doc’s DNA is in full effect, with visible stitching, grooved sides and a scripted heel-loop
- Platform height: 1 1/8 in; Heel height: 2 1/4 in
I bought this from the Dr. Martens website at the start of their End of Season Sale (which is still ongoing, by the way!). I’ve always wanted a pair of Leona boots, so when I saw that it was discounted and available in my size, I grabbed the opportunity. Speaking of size.. I did my due diligence and researched a lot before taking the plunge and checking out my cart. And according to my research, these boots run a bit larger than the ubiquitous 1460. Now, all my 8-eye Docs (1460 and Pascal) are UK4/US6; but my feet are a US5.5 in actual. Docs are sorta notorious for not having half-sizes so I figured instead of my usual size, I’d get one that is the next size smaller. So I ordered a UK3/US5, crossed my fingers, and hoped for the best.
Unlike my prior order from the DM website which took just three (3) days to get delivered, this one took a whole week to arrive. I was dying inside while waiting. Can’t really complain since it’s free shipping anyway, but I was hella excited to see/wear my new boots, you know? 😆 And when they arrived..
The Fit (and why they are soooo comfy!)
As you can probably tell from looking at the soles, these boots are pretty hefty. But wearing them, they are surprisingly not heavy on the feet despite the substantial heft. And they just look sooo badass, you know? Like it would really hurt if you got stomped on by these bad gals so you better not mess with it (or the person wearing it). 💀 The leather seemed a shade darker in real life, but not so much that the photos in the website would be misleading. And remember I got a pair a size smaller than my usual? The gamble paid off because the UK3/US5 fit perfectly, even with thick socks:
Another reason why I wanted Leona boots (aside from its looks) are the raves about it being really comfortable even right out of the box. Docs, especially the Smooth leather ones, are notorious for the (sometimes painful) break-in period before they mold to the feet and become your feet’s best friend. But they say Leona boots are not like that at all, and I must say I agree. They are indeed comfy on my feet, even if the toe cap is slightly narrower than 1460’s.
And speaking of toe caps.. I discovered that one reason these boots are so comfortable is because the vamps and toe caps are padded. Like, the whole front of the boot is padded! No wonder they’re so comfy. 🤯 In all my exhaustive research, I never once came across any account saying these boots having soft padding. That’s why I’m putting this information out there, because prospective buyers must know! 😆
These days, my wardrobe consists mostly of skirts and dresses (and soft nightshirts when at home). I literally haven’t worn jeans or shorts in months. And there is actually a reason for that, but that’s a story (or blog post) for another day. So anywho, the first time I wore these were with a dress.
This photo was when I first wore the boots out (of the house). I got the dress from SHEIN and didn’t realize how short it was until I saw this photo. 😅 But it is summer anyway so I guess it’s not inappropriate.
Would I recommend it?
Hell YES! Someday when I save up more, I might even get the black version of these badass Leona boots. 😁
Oh, and a li’l update…
After 48 years, I finally have my Employment Authorization combo card and Social Security Number! 😁 Currently, I am looking for work. I have sent out about a dozen job applications, but have yet to get into the interview stage. It’s only been a few days, so no need to get impatient just yet. In the meantime, I’m looking for more job opportunities and will be sending out even more job applications. Wish me luck!
In addition to that, I also just took and passed the driver’s license knowledge test earlier this week. Just one take, yay me! 🥳 I just need to pay for the Instruction Permit and I could start practicing driving around. And I really do need to practice, because the hubby’s car is automatic and I’m used to stick shift.