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Published on September 25th, 2018 | by Kirsten Borrink


Rockport Cobb Hill Nicole Bootie Review

The Rockport Cobb Hill Nicole is a low-heeled bootie that’s been around the block (comes back season after season) and continues to receive 5-star reviews. For some of us, the chilly weather change means digging around for warm boots that aren’t for that foot of snow that will eventually arrive – we’ve got our heavy duty boots for that, right? But if you’re looking for an ankle boot that has a sole with traction for average wintry weather, the Rockport Cobb Hill Nicole is a really nice casual choice for everyday.

Cobb Hill Nicole

This is a bootie that’s perfect for leggings or straight legs jeans, and comes in four colors. I’ve been wearing  the 7 1/2 narrow boot in the neutral Stone color. It went well with my black leggings, gray straight legs, and dark blue wash denim leggings. The Stone color leans more gray than brown, but I would definitely wear Stone with my new chocolate brown corduroy leggings. Although the Stone color is neutral, I think it coordinates well with a darker blue denim wash, versus a lighter wash. I wore them with regular black socks.

When I’m looking for narrow-sized footwear, I find a shoe or boot can sometimes be a bit too snug. While the Nicole really envelops the foot wonderfully, I did find it a big snug on my feet. However, I’m discovering the boot does loosen up comfortably a bit with wear.

Rockport Cobb Hill Nicole. Photo: Boston Fashionista

Here are some things I really liked about the Nicole boot:

  • They are warm and toasty! This was a huge plus about the boot. Slipper warm!
  • Excellent cushioning along the bottom of the foot.
  • Wonderful fit for a narrow heel and ankle combo. My feet did not slip out of the boot. Yay!
  • The rubber sole was good on snowy or icy surfaces. Autumn and Winter beg for more “get around”  security as weather conditions change. And the rubber sole is distressed a bit so it does not look orthopedic, if you know what I mean. Thank you Cobb Hill!
  • Cute wrap-around detail (about 1”) starts at the inside zipper and follows around the back of the boot and ends on the outside of it with a neutral clasp. Nice.
  • The top of the boot is shirred a bit to give it some interest.

Overall, this is a warm, cute option for cold, wet weather. Perfect for when you meet friends at a restaurant, dress business casual, or head out for wintry errands. It’s well made and comfortable and looks terrific with leggings and straight legs.

Cobb Hill NicoleCobb Hill Nicole – sizing and availability

The Rockort Cobb Hill Nicole is available in whole and half sizes 6-10, 11 in narrow, medium and wide widths. $119.95 at Zappos, free shipping and returns; $94-130 from Amazon with free shipping and returns; $124.95 from Nordstrom, free shipping and returns.

Reviewed by Melinda Schmidt

Do you have a pair of Cobb Hill shoes or boots? What do you like about them? Leave a comment and let us know! My personal favorite is the lace-up Bethany boot

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7 Responses to Rockport Cobb Hill Nicole Bootie Review

  1. cedar says:

    I have so many booties in that style, and I just love them. I have a pair of Romika’s that are so comfortable and warm and waterproof and they come up just a bit higher than this Cobb Hill style. I also have a pair of Reiker and a couple pair of Clarks in the same style. I’m going to order a pair, in Stone. I like the olive color, too, but Stone might be more versatile. Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Marlyn says:

    I have a pair of the Cobb Hill Aria boots in Merlot, and I love them. They are nice enough to wear with a skirt, but I mostly wear them with jeans. I’ve been wearing them this week whle playing tourist in Seattle, and they are perfect.

    I have my eye on several other pairs of this brand; I guess I’ll just have to save my pennies!

  3. cedar says:

    I want to report back on my Cobb Hill Nicole experience. It really is a beautiful bootie. It’s super lightweight and the leather upper is super soft. It has a slightly dainty look, which is nice, a daintier profile. The cushioning is pretty amazing. I love the soft sole, and the distressed look of it to break up the plain boring vastness that a sole can have.
    But, strangely, I have to wear a super thin sock with it, although I have plenty of toe room in my usual size 8M. A thicker sock, which I would be wearing in Winter, just makes the shoe feel too snug on my foot, but not the toe. I have to return them, but might try an 8W, which I have never worn.
    It’s really a nice shoe for the price. The Stone color, I think, is more brown, but a gray brown. Quite neutral.

  4. Christine says:

    how are these for flex? would they be stiff enough for hallux limitus? Thanks! ps I’ve already gotten the alegria ankle boot you suggested but I can’t walk far in them and have to stick to my runners (Hoka).

  5. Audrey says:

    Adding some data points. I have bunions, flat feet, and super narrow heels. Thank you Kirsten for all your blogging!

    Based on the great recommendation, I ordered the Cobb Hill Nicole in my neverending quest for comfortable, attractive casual ankle boots. Super comfy and soft uppers, they seem like great choices if you need to “baby” your feet, but almost too soft where I wasn’t sure if there was enough structure. I returned them but if they go on sale I may buy them again!

    To Christine’s question, the soles are pretty flexible, as I remember. The Bogs I kept (Kristina style) are much stiffer in the sole.

    I ended up choosing the Bogs Kristina Chelsea boot. Not as cushy as the Cobb Hill’s right out of the box, but seemed like they’d hold up better over time and (I thought) more attractive looking. I’ve worn them at least half the time over the two weeks I’ve owned them, and LOVE them!

  6. Mary Ann says:

    I have a pair of these in stone and I absolutely love, love, love them. I have searched everywhere looking for a black pair in 11W – any suggestions????

  7. Amy Koepkey says:

    Anyone else noticing the finish coming off on the toes? I want to order these but am worried about throwing my money away. Thank you.

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