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Taos Crave Boot for Taking on the Day in Comfort and Style

Taos Crave

Taos Crave

This review of the the Taos Crave boot is sponsored by The opinions are completely my own based on experience.

This is the boot that all the other boots envy: gorgeous on the outside, yet supportive and gentle on the inside; dependable, tough and incredibly versatile. That’s the Taos Crave boot.

Taos Crave

Taos Crave in Ink Blue

Taos calls the Crave an “urban” boot–but my SUV-driving, Target-shopping suburban feet crave the comfort of this boot every bit as much as urban feet. Tonight I took them for a spin around our neighborhood as my youngest went trick-or-treating. First off, I love a lace-up boot with a side zipper. Who’s got time to tie their boots every time they leave the house? Adjust the laces once and be done with it!

Taos Crave

Taos Crave

Once the Taos Crave was laced-up, zipped and ready to go, the second thing I noted was the toe room. Since I’m the lucky recipient of both bunions and hammertoes, I detect immediately if a toe box is too narrow or shallow. While the Taos Crave’s toe box isn’t as wide as what you’d find in a Dansko Professional, my toes didn’t feel cramped. However, I will stick to a thinner sock until the leather stretches out over time. While on the topic of toe room, you should know that I ordered a euro size 41 for my size 10 feet (occasionally I’m a 9.5). I’m happy with the snug fit, but if you have significant bunions, wider feet or plan on wearing the boot with thick socks, I’d order up a size.

Arch support, sweet arch support–the Taos Crave has just the right amount for my medium arches. But if you need more, just remove the footbed and insert your favorite insole or orthotic (you could try a Tread-Labs 3/4 orthotic if you’re concerned about crowding the toe box). The dual-density cushioned insole adds to the overall comfort of this stunning boot.

Another feature I noted as I walked the neighborhood is the 2″ heel height. This is just slightly higher than most casual shoes and boots I wear. Thankfully the 3/4″ platform offset the total elevation from toe to heel. I think this would be beneficial for someone with plantar fasciitis or achilles tendonitis who needs a little lift to alleviate discomfort. The rugged rubber outsole offers excellent shock-absorption and traction.

Do you live in a climate with temperate winters around 40 degrees? The Taos Crave might be the only winter boot you need. It has a soft faux-fur lining that keeps toes cozy and warm (and would look perfect with a pair of colorful Smartwool socks peeking out). Truly the designers of this stunning boot thought of everything–just look at the distressed leather and soft suede uppers in rich fall hues from ink blue (pictured here) to bordeaux to teal. The attention to detail is noteworthy: cap-toe stitching, buckle embellishment, and metal eyelets.

Taos Crave

Taos Crave

The Taos Crave boot is available in ten colors, euro sizes 36-43 from (as noted above, you may want to order up a size if you have a wide foot, significant bunions, or plan to use an orthotic). Also available from Zappos, Amazon, and Nordstrom.

Do you have a pair of Taos shoes or boots? Which style? What do you love about them? Leave a comment and let us know! Still looking for the perfect ankle boot? See our recent post recommending six stylish. ankle boots for problem feet.

Taos Crave

Taos Crave

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11 Responses to Taos Crave Boot for Taking on the Day in Comfort and Style

  1. cedar says:

    You look fantastic. I’ve eyed that boot, and seeing you wear it so well, am tempted. But, there’s so much going on: laces, buckle, capped toe, high heel, different textures (which I love). I’m petite and just think it’s too much for me to carry off, BUT, I did go looking at it again, and saw the Comrade, a more sedate version of the Crave. Wish it came in Navy, but added it to my zappos favorites.
    I’m a complete sucker for warmly lined boots. (Rieker)

  2. Terry says:

    How does the Crave fit around the ankle? I just ordered a similar pair of Dromedaris Kara’s that are very roomy in the ankle and I’m deciding whether to keep or exchange for the Crave. Thanks for your help!

    • Kirsten Borrink says:

      I prefer the Taos to Dromedaris. I get a nice snug fit around the ankle. The more I wear them, the more I love them.

  3. Stormy's Mom says:

    I have had my Taos Crave (in teal) for more than a year and they are my one of my two FAVORITES! (I also love Ahnu Sugarpine boots.) I have trouble with hallux rigidus with slight bunion in both feet and these are SO comfortable & supportive, stylish (fun) and offer a little height…I am petite! Plenty of toe room & nice arch support… I get LOTS of compliments on them (…and I’m considered a senior citizen!) LOL Was excited to see that TAOS has added a tall version this year! Those may be too young for me but…maybe! 🙂

    • Kirsten Borrink says:

      I say go for it with the Tall Crave boots. I love my Crave boots more and more each time I wear them (as the leather softens and comforms to toes), the footbed is so comfortable.

  4. angela jewhurst says:

    i was in a car accident and fractured my right ankle so both side was injured so my both side get swollen and kind of painful, also my toes are in bad shape from the surgery damaged my nerve endings so two of my toes are like retrieving, and also at the ball of my foot also hurts when i walk for more than a half hour, on the left leg i fell and broke it so that too i have a problem, so right now the only thing i can wear is flip flop and i would love to find a decent shoes that i can walk and also be worn with skirts or dress, i was wandering about the price point of your shoes, and what you suggest with my problem, i take my dogs for a walk and tennis shoes are out i buy wide and one size bigger still it hurts to walk, right now when i walk my dogs once in awhile i wear flip flop and my feet are getting worse, i hope you have a suggestion i cant weare any thing with straps because of my toes, and right now wearing close shoes is a misery to walk in it, i need help and my budget sucks any stores around me have your shoes? i actually would need to try them on to see if it will work, 🙂 how is the return polocy?

  5. Aviva says:

    Just wondering what colour boot you are wearing in the top pics. It doesn’t look like the blue ink or the teal. Did you get them last year? Perhaps they offered a different colour??

  6. BethS says:

    I bought the Taos ‘Crave’ boot in black (based on the recommendation here) & I like them A LOT. Pros: They are a rugged/casual boot that hold their own in slushy & snowy weather. They’re comfortable for driving. No break in period required; the leather is soft, the toe box is roomy and the heel fits well. (I wear thick socks with these boots. The zipper is great. Not-Quite-Cons: They have a thick sole and are a little bit clunkier than the boots I’ve been wearing–I just have to get used to them. They’re warm, especially with heavy socks. It seems that this style is designed for feet with volume – I wear a 6.5 or 7 & these boots provide a ton of space in the toe box. Bottom line: Great colors, cute casual look & very practical.

    • Kirsten Borrink says:

      Hi Beth! Thanks so much for the feedback on the Taos Crave. I’m glad you like them. I get a ton of wear out of mine as they go with so many of my casual outfits. I agree, the sole/heel is definitely sturdy–verging on clunky as you say 🙂

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