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Charming Chaco Boots “Ember” Resist Water, Embrace Style
This review of the Chaco boots “Ember” is sponsored by Chacos.com. The opinions are completely my own based on experience.
My first time wearing my new Chaco boots, I took them out to church, paired with some skinny jeans. I got multiple compliments on them, right off the jump. They’re stylish enough to wear with a cute casual outfit but durable enough to trudge through the leaves and rain and frost that we’ve (sigh) already had.
In most shoes, I’m a (ginormous) 11, but in Chacos I wear a 10. I have relatively narrow feet, and the Chaco Ember fits perfectly. They give my feet a nice, supportive hug. I don’t know why this was surprising, but the boots felt like my Chaco sandals when I put them on (I mean, seriously, why was this a surprise?), and I wear my sandals for every moment of the spring, fall and summer that I don’t have tennis shoes on. I’ve always loved how Chacos fit, and find them comfortable (though naturally a tad stiff at first) right off the bat.
Honestly, up till this point, I’ve been in one of two camps for boots: boots for style alone (with a heel), and boots with the faux fur and all sorts of cushiness that are made for cold weather and snow (think Sorel Joan of Arctic). These Chaco boots are a great middle ground. They feel more pragmatic and functional, however I’m definitely not mistaking these for slippers and kicking back on my couch with them on.
I could walk or hike around in the Chaco Ember with great support and comfort. They seem really durable and resistant to the elements. It poured rain for a few days while I splashed around in them, and my feet stayed totally dry. I get cold easily, and I was initially concerned that my toes would be frozen, but that has been a non-issue. I don’t know if it’s the leather that manages to keep my feet warm without also leaving them dripping with sweat, but whatever it is, it’s a solid balance they’ve struck.
I’ve worn these Chaco boots every day for the past two weeks. It’s fall, so most of the time I’ve thrown them on with jeans (both skinny and bootcut), but I also like surprising people with a more rugged shoe paired with something more feminine, so don’t be surprised when they’re making an appearance with a top, skirt and denim jacket. I’ve worn them to walk the kids to school, go to church and meetings, run errands, and walk the dog.
One ridiculous thing that probably no one will relate to, but I’ll give to you anyway–I’m generally super low maintenance. I wear very little makeup, often just run my fingers through my stick straight hair (because it truly is stick straight and isn’t going to work up the energy to have volume or tangles), and unless I’m exercising, I don’t tie my shoes. I never have. I put a knot in the ends of the laces, and I just pull them through, so all my shoes magically become slip-on shoes (you say lazy; I say efficient). There’s no getting away with not tying these boots, BUT with merely 6 hooks, they tighten up and are tied in NO TIME. This speaks to my LET’S-GO-NOW-STOP-WASTING-TIME heart.