Vivienne Westwood Pirate Boots: History & How to Spot Fakes

Introduction to Vivienne Westwood Pirate Boots

(Wearing: Vivienne Westwood SEX jumper now in its new home with my friend Dai and ladies pirate boots; Ann Demeulemeester jacket, Fendi bag and Vivienne Westwood trousers)

In 1981 something rather incredible happened, the Vivienne Westwood pirate boot was born! Westwood designed the boots as part of her Pirates collection see below.

 
1981 Pirate Collection, 1981 design boots now available at Worlds End, London

Though this is not the reason why you can buy pirate boots today, as they soon went out of production. In fact you can thank Kate Moss for the pair of modern pirate boots you are wearing today. Kate stepped out in a vintage pair from Rellik in 1999 and due to the phenomena know as the ‘Moss’ effect, caused such a high demand for them Rellik was receiving 50 enquiries a week. Hence the boots went back into production and are now one of the most highly sought after fashion classics.

Kate Moss in her beloved vintage pirate boots
Today the boots are a classic piece in the Westwood collections, available constantly regardless of season, however if they don’t have a pair available in your size there is a 6-8 week wait whilst a pair is hand made for you in England.
The colours available in leather are black, yellow, brown and brick red and grey available in suede they are also specially produced in the Squiggle print (red on white, navy on brown, brown on tan), which you can order at Worlds End. These are the Gold label boots. As you can see in the below photos the boots are incredibly versatile, hence their popularity.
Sienna Miller pairs hers with a skirt, whilst Bianca Brandolini (I originally thought this was Margherita Missonni, thanks Ginta for correcting me but don’t they look alike) opts for jeans
There are also Accessories label boots produced seasonally which vary in colours and materials, these boots are only produced for one season at a time. They have been made in all black, black with tan straps, beige, sheepskin lined and some even in printed fabric such as floral.
The main difference between the two styles is that the Gold label boots are better for wearing slouched down, like Sienna and Bianca, whilst the Accessories label are stiffer and cut higher so best for wearing pulled up like Miley below.
The boots are sometimes made available in a heeled version, with a low Cuban heel as seen on Kiera and with a slim stiletto heel.
Miley Cyrus and Kiera Knightly

Floral version from S/S11

Cuban heeled and stiletto heel, images from eBay

┬áI am sure you are aware these boots don’t come cheap at ┬ú370 (price correct as of May 2013), worth every penny as they are handmade and beautiful quality, but still very expensive. I know many people have tried seeking out a pair on eBay, which is a great option but unfortunately there are many counterfeit / fake pairs. By this I do not mean boots in a similar style such as ones from Topshop or Office for example, but one which are branded Vivienne Westwood but were not in fact produced by the brand. Counterfeit goods are not only illegal but are also very badly made and in some cases dangerous. My guides on spotting fake Chanel and Louis Vuitton have been very popular and I know have helped a lot of people, so after a few emails on pirate boots I decided to write this one.

I should also mention that fakes are not just sold on eBay, but also on websites which look like the real deal. The only websites licensed to sell the Gold Label pirate boots in the UK is http://www.viviennewestwood.co.uk/ (.com if you are international), the Accessories boots are available on other designer websites which stock Anglomania clothing such as net-a-porter but as the boots are seasonal the stockist can change. The best advice I can give is only use a website you are familiar with, that has a clear ‘about us’ policy and holds a secure server. Also if the price is too good to be true, it usually is!

Gold Label Pirate Boots

These are my new Gold Label Vivienne Westwood pirate boots, as you can see they are very soft suede this is why they slouch down so easily. Note the very, very pale colour of the straps. This is how all untreated leather should look, over time it will darken to a honey / tan colour as the natural leather oxidises. This is the same thing which occurs on Louis Vuitton bags. All the images of the genuine boots are my own.

The Gold Label boots come in a cream box with gold embossed lettering.

Inside you will receive ONE soft felt cloth dust bag, with a gold string and gold lettering. If there is tissue paper in the box it will be pale pink with gold orbs.

The toe piece (vamp) on the Gold label is wider than on the Accessories label.

The boots slouch as they do not have a supportive strip on the back of the boot – unlike the Accessories label ones which we will see later. The first strap and the fourth strap will go right around the boot, whilst the second and third strap go half way, the fifth strap goes around the foot.

The heel is made from a wooden piece with 3 separate layers, topped with a piece of rubber, the rubber piece goes right across the heel – unlike the Accessories boots, see later. I should also note that once the rubber section gets worn down you should have the boots re-heeled, once you get to the wooden section the heel will be irreparable.

The buckles are silver, also note the very tiny and neat stitching.

As the straps are natural leather they will be nubuck (suede) on the reverse.

Inside the boots are padded on the sole and embossed in gold writing.

The sole of the boot will also be embossed in gold, here you can also see the whole rubber heel. The square mark is where the materials sticker was removed, and the little circle the size sticker. These stickers are transparent plastic with gold writing, the square sticker will have three shoe symbols representing the outer, inner and sole then each has the leather mark next to it to show that the entire boot is made from leather.  The little round size sticker will have the size in UK sizes e.g 4, 5, 6 and not European sizes e.g 37, 38, 39. The soles of the boots are also leather, it has a thin layer with a slight sheen to it which will wear off after the first wear. When the sole gets very worn and starts to look thin it should be covered with a rubber sole to protect it. Rubber soles can also be added prior to wear to make them wearable in the rain and also prevent the leather sole wearing, it also gives the sole grip. I have the rubber soles added on new shoes if they need grip, otherwise I wait until they need reheeling and get them reheeled and resoled at the same time.

Timpsons does a free reheel if you pay for the sole. I find Timpsons are great for all reheeling except for the Vivienne Westwood Gold Label low heeled shoes, those I take to Jones the Bootmaker as they make sure the new heel is correctly balanced. Unbalancing occurs when the new heel tip is thicker, and thus higher, than the old one and the VW shoes have a much thinner tip that the standard heel tips Timpsons use. Whilst we are onto care tips Office brand suede spray is the best brand I have found, as it sprays dry so you don’t get any spotting which can happen with some sprays.

Accessories Label Pirate Boots

Now we can look at the Accessories Label pirate boots. Here is the box, as you can see it is twice the size of the Gold label boots! It will be in coated silver card with gold lettering saying ‘Vivienne Westwood Accessories’.

Here are the black with tan straps and the all black versions (these aren’t mine, wish they were). The toe is rounder and narrower, they are taller and they have a leather strip along the back. The straps are originally slightly darker than the Gold label boots, but these here have also naturally darkened – you can get them to darken faster if you massage them with clear leather beeswax polish or teabags for a darker stain.

The back strip will be embossed ‘Vivienne Westwood’

The buckles are silver and again note the neat stitching.

The soles are leather but will have a slight sheen from the coating, this will wear off after first wear. The heel is different as it only has a section which is rubber, it will be embossed with ‘Vivienne Westwood’, ‘Made in Italy’, the size in European sizes and the orb logo.

How to spot FAKE Vivienne Westwood Pirate Boots, by comparison

Fake box with black writing
This fake dust bag is black with gold writing, there is also a second white dust bag both made from rough, thin materials which would not be appropriate to store natural leather.
As you can see the boots themselves are in the correct shape with pretty correct looking straps, but the ‘leather’ looks very tough and is likely not real leather. The straps are clumsily sewn onto the boot and are backed with a cotton-like fabric, not natural nubuck. The boots look cheaply made and are not even close to the high quality of the genuine boots. These will also have plastic soles. These images were taken from eBay.

Spotting Fake Bondage Boots

Whilst not pirate boots I though it wise to also show this pair of FAKE Bondage boots ABOVE, this pair of boots I found on eBay.
The GENUINE Bondage boots are BELOW.
The Bondage boots come in either black, yellow, red or cream canvas uppers. The rest of the boot is leather, with tan leather trim, natural leather straps and yellow laces. The most noticeable difference from the fake is that they have a chunky curved heel, and the toe will have the ‘animal feet’ imprints – the fake is totally square. These images were liberated from eBay.
You can also read another of my posts on pirate boots which has lots of images HERE

Just let me know if there is anything else you want to know,

hope this was helpful,

Pearl

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38 Responses to Vivienne Westwood Pirate Boots: History & How to Spot Fakes

  • What a fabulously written post, Pearl! I love those black Pirates you’re wearing and those bottom ones are just fantastic. The ones above look so cheap and tacky by comparison. xxx
    PS We should arrange a date when we both watch the DVD and compare notes.

  • Thanks, I must admit that now a pair of pirate boots is now at the top of my list for my 40th birthday pressies (my favourite being the cuban heel), all thanks to your posts, You should really be working for Vivienne Westwood! I found it really interesting on the comparison with the fakes, I know of someone who has bought ‘Jimmy Choos’ and ‘Louboutins’ from China and I haven’t the heart to tell them that they’ve spent a few hundred quid on fakes which they geneuinely believe are the real deal. xx

  • @ CameronPoe ÔÇô That is what breaks my heart, I mean if you are knowingly buying fakes (and contributing to people trafficing, child labour, drug dealing) then whatever, but when people are fooled into it thats just awful, especially as you point out they are still paying near enough the price of a genuine pair!

  • brilliant post, I have always wanted a pair of VW boots, ever since I first saw the Pirates collection way back when I was about 11! After all I was, and still am, a massive Adam Ant fan which has obviously influenced alot of what I like! I’ve blogged about it before and your post has made me thing that I will dare to spend some money I recently got on a pair of my very own VW’s!! I might have to run some ideas past you Pearl.x

  • Fantastic boots, and fantastic tips Pearl.
    Today I saw on todays news that there is a new mobil phone coming to the market that will spot a fake item of clothing
    Wait and see.
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  • OOoooh, what a gorgeous post! I have a Viv boots, BondageÔǪJ’adore! :) All in black and uniqueÔǪ

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  • You are the queen of pirate boots. Just think when you were born I’d saved up my pocket money to buy similar ones cheapy ones from Kings Rd market!

  • Great post Pearl ÔÇô I just got a pair of all black suede pirates from the Accessories label and will be returning again to this post again! Thanks for the invaluable care tips. You’re right, they are very narrow but I couldn’t bare to part with them ÔÇô do you think getting a cobbler to stretch the suede a bit would ruin them?

  • Fabulous post. I still have the cuban heeled boots (like Keira), but have moved on my red patent pair and my rubbish print pair. They are the most comfy, versatile pair of boots that I own and just get better with age.
    That being said, I wouldn’t say no to a new flat pair!

  • @Veshoeius ÔÇô you know I would definately go and ask, Ive had vintage boots stretched out before which worked very well. I never thought to try!

  • @ Pooka ÔÇô its funny isn’t how you just go off things, Ive had black suede and white cuban ones in the past and you just want a change after a while I find.

  • Hi my dear-a really fabulous post, congratulations on your latest purchase and I am so coveting a pair now, they really are such an awesome fabulous boot, whatever colourway or style you go for! xx

  • Great post Pearl. The difference between the real and fake is so noticeable when you directly compare the photos but it’s easy to see how people might be fooled if they don’t know exactly what the real deal looks like.

  • Yes it was very helpful thank you! So helpful that I might have to sell my car to buy a pair of both Gold Label and Accessories boots in all colours;))).
    I love posts that give heaps of detail shots of highly-covetable goodies ÔÇô thank you so much!!! xo

  • Bloody fascinating!!! Jeez,I thought there were suddenly a lot more of those around! I quite like the Accessories version.Nice. Viv does lovely footwear,she really does.Not that I could ever afford it! The only pair of Vic’s I’ve seen in NZ are the vintage Pirate boots that Alannah from the Thompson Twins owns!
    Great research,love!Appreciate it!
    x

  • LOVE THIS POST ! I really want a vintage pair as the toe shape is more of an almond shape compared to the new version also the buckles aren’t square and more rounded like the pair which Kate Moss or Sienna wears, I found a pair in Rellik but not only they were not the right size the asking price was ┬ú648 !!!!

  • thank you so much for you post!! I have a question: Are these boots on hervia.com (the grey suede ones) the gold label or the accessories label? because i want to weare them like sienna miller did, so i want gold label boots. I think i have to fly to UK for this boots, here in switzerland you have no chance to buy themÔǪ

  • @ Anon ÔÇô Hi, Yes the hervia.com grey suede are the ones I have also, the same as Sienna, they are the Gold Label ones. Hervia also post internationally so you can buy them online x

  • thank you very much for your help! Yes i know that they deliver also to switzerland. but the problem is that the customs duties are so expensiveÔǪ with this money i can take a flight to london :-)

  • @ Maggie ÔÇô NO viviennewestwood-store.com IT IS NOT A GENUINE SITE!! Only Hervia.com and viviennewestwood.co.uk are official Westwood sites selling the gold label pirate boots. There are a few genuine online stores selling Anglomania and Melissa ranges such as Blueberries, My Theresa, Net a Porter etc.

  • Hiii Pearl I m so excited I got my own pair of black leather one now!!! But its been almost 1 week n its sitting in my closet. I am not sure what kind of sole I should have the on the bottom of the shoe. I have never been to a cobbler in my life What should I do? And does the boots feel very fitting w/out socks or leggings, is normal right? this is my first time buying such an expensive shoe, i can;t wait till the leather strap turns to yellowish brownÔǪ. THANKS AGAIN

  • @Maggie ÔÇô Hi I am so excited for you!!! I didn’t get rubber soles put on my new grey suede pirate boots as they will only be worn for summer really and you can always have soles added when they are looking a bit worn. I know Tipmsons do an offer when you take them to be re-heeled and re-soled. If you look at this post: http://fashionpearlsofwisdom.blogspot.com/2010/01/bootlylicious-tips-on-caring-for-new.html it shows the rubber soles look like on a pair of my Viv heels. If you ask your cobbler for a ‘thin rubber sole’ they should know what you mean. They soles are what you need if you will wear them in the rain for sure.
    The boots are a fairly narrow fit but they should be comfortable with a thin pair of socks ÔÇô I covered my feet in plasters (band-aids) the first couple of times I wore them to stop blisters and thy are fine now. If they are too tight cobblers can stretch them out a bit too to save you wearing them in. Im not sure where you are located but in Manchester Cravens, Jones the Bootmaker and Timpsons King st are all used to dealing with designer shoes. If you want the straps to yellow faster just keep polishing them with a beeswax leather polish xx

  • hey there! do you know in which store i can buy the pirate boots “grey suede” from the Gold Label in London? my dad will fly to London and will buy me this boots, but he doesn’t have time in his business trip to go in each shop to search themÔǪ is the shop in the 6 Davies Street ok? i am happy for any tipsÔǪ and i have another question: is the size 7.5 wright if i wear 41 in european size? or is the shoe smaller/bigger? i mean, did you buy it a size smaller or larger than normally? i havo no chance to try them on and see if they fit, so it’s important that my dad will buy the wright sizeÔǪ thank’s for any help!! greets from switzerland, Fabienne

  • @ Fabienne ÔÇô Hi, I would go to Conduit Street store first as it is the largest and most likely to have the stock. What I would do is phone the store first and ask for the manager, explain that your dad will be coming form Switzerland for then and ask them to hold a pair for you. It is best to do this as they do not stock every size and if they have to be made for you it can take upto 10 weeks. Personally I find the boots fit true to size if not large in the length, but they are a fairly narrow fit and do take some wearing in. I am usually a 38.5 but take a 38 in Westwood shoes, in smaller designer shoes like Chanel I have to take a 39. The sizes are in UK sizes so a 41 is UK 8 they don’t do half sizes unfortunately. Hope this helps!

  • Oh I forgot here is the store details:
    Vivienne Westwood Flagship
    44 Conduit St
    LONDON
    W1S 2YL
    t: +44 (0)207 439 1109

54 thoughts on “Vivienne Westwood Pirate Boots: History & How to Spot Fakes

  1. This is really interesting, You are a very skilled blogger. I have joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your fantastic post. Also, I have shared your site in my social networks!

  2. Thanks so much for all your info! So helpful. I want to buy either the suede greyish pair you have or the yellow leather. I prefer the suede but I live in a very rainy climate and am worried they won’t hold up vs the leather. What do you think? I want to be able to wear them in damp conditions. Thanks

    • If you don’t mind them looking beat up then the suede will be fine but if u want to keep them looking new I would go for leather they look newer for much longer. The suede stain very , very easily x

  3. Hi Pearl,
    Just found your interesting blog while i was browsing the internet for VW Pirate Boots.
    I dont know if you know this website http://www.viviennewestwoodboots.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=7 , they sell the legendary boots for only 119 pounds (sorry, im from Romania , so dont have the “pound” mark on my keyboard …and while im on it , also pardon my probably not the best english ..:) )
    Anyway , i really wanted your opinion about this website and if you think they sell “the real deal” … i dont want to get a fake, but also , my budget doesn’t allow me to go on the original website for 455 euros …

    Thank you very much.

    Cheers

    Cristina

    • Hi Christina,
      Please do not buy from this website they only sell fakes!! The pictures on the website are not the same as what you will be sent. I have seen for myself the fakes and they will fall to pieces, they are not worth the money and I know you will be disappointed. If you want a pair of pirate boots for a cheaper price use eBay. If you look very hard and keep watching you can get real boots for a good price. If you ever want to send me a link to an auction to check that they are real I am happy to help you. Also let me know what size and colour you want and I can keep an eye out for you. My email is fashionpearlsofwisdom@googlemail.com and I am happy to help if you need it,
      All the best,
      Pearl x

  4. Hi pearl

    I appreciate all the advice and it was very helpful i want to purchase a pair of these boots but when i went onto the vw website they only have one color in the suede style in the gold collection i was wandering if they bring out different colors each season ideally i would like the color that sienna miller is wearing on your website. I also wanted to ask if the suede is hard to clean.

    Thank you
    Pia x

    • Hi Pia, the website isn’t very good but you can mail order any colour boots you want and they will hand make them for you so call the Conduit St shop, usually I would say call the Worlds End shop but it is closed for 2 weeks for renovations. The colour Sienna wears is ‘grey suede’ but it is actually more of a beige colour. The suede can’t really be cleaned so it is best to use a protective spray on them often and really you just have to accept they will become a bit dirty over time. If you can’t cope with them looking a bit dirty and worn then I would really urge you to go for the leather ones. Hope that helps xxx

  5. Hi Pearl, what a great site! I too have been looking for a pair of suede beige/grey Pirate Boots. I can only afford to buy second hand at this time or i would buy from Hervia or the Official Vivienne Westwood site, plus i like when they are tatty/used looking. The risks are higher that they wont be authentic when buying 2nd hand. I have found a site selling a pair which when following your advice look real but I would really value your opinion

    http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/vivienne-westwood-pirate-boots-size-6/98374143

    Thanks Alison x

    • Hi Alison, Yes this pair is authentic, I would snap them up at that price before someone else does, All the best, Pearl

    • Hi Lily, Don’t worry they are 100% genuine, in fact they are a vintage pair due to the oval shape buckles so you found a really special pair there! x

  6. Hi!

    Thank you very much, it was very hopeful. I had a serious doubt because of the oval shape buckles and the low price.

    xxx Lily

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    • Hi Sema,
      The boots in the photo are the ‘yellow leather’ you can buy them online at the official Vivienne Westwood store: http://www.viviennewestwood.co.uk/shop/womens-accessories/shoes/pirate-boot-yellow-11853/ since the boots in your photo are very old and worn that is why they look a little different.
      If they don’t have your size in stock on the website you can call Lisa at Worlds End and order a pair over the phone +44 020 735 26 551 (worldsend@viviennewestwood.co.uk), they ship worldwide. If they don’t have your size in stock in any of the stores they will just hand make you a pair,
      hope that helps, Pearl xx

    • Hi, I would say they are more generous in size. I am usually a 5.5 (so 5 or 6 in most shoes) and get a 5 in VW pirate boots, hope that helps :) x

  8. Hi Pearl,

    I have just bought a pair of nearly new accessories black suede Pirate boot in really good condition.
    After reading your checklist I think they are real but I paid £150 is this a lot?

    I also didn’t realise there were two different types of boot. I really want some that will slouch down. Can you slouch the accessories boots at all?

    Thanks for your help,

    Emma

    • Hi Emma, ┬ú150 does sound like a cheap price but it could be you just go a bargain, I’d be happy to take a look at them if you want to email me photos (my email is in the ‘contact’ tab at the top of the page). You can slouch the accessories boots down a bit but because they have a sturdy leather strip up the back they wont slouch as much as the gold label boots. The black and tan boots I have on in the first photo of this post are accessories boots slouched down as far as possible x

  9. Hi there. Your blog is so helpful but I am after some advice about some bondage boots recently bought on ebay. The seller assures me they are real and everything appears correct in terms of their appearance ,the box,the dust bag (i have a pair of genuine pirate boots) but the sole is marked as synthetic on the box and i thought they were meant to be leather. Also they don’t have an orb on the bottom (i don’t know if they should have). They say hand made in England on the bottom and the size. Please can you advise me if this sounds correct or if this suggests that they could be fake?many thanks

  10. Hello Pearl

    I have just come across your blog and it is really helpful – am planning on having a good read through later (when I am not meant to be doing work!). I have found a pair of VW boots I like on eBay and I think that they are genuine. The only reason I am questioning it is because they don’t have the orb on the sole. Do you know if this is ever the case on genuine VW footwear?

    Many thanks in advance,

    Lou

  11. Evening Pearl, I hope you are well, absolutely love your blog, i cannot wait to share my favourite bits with you, I’ve seen three boots I really like, I think two are definitely genuine but i definitely Don’t want to buy any fakes any help would be greatly appreciated

    Item 111009796727
    Item 181077650545
    Item 111010838171

    Thanks again

  12. Hello Pearl! Your blog is awesome! I have been looking for pirate boots on eBay for over a year and bought some heeled ones on eBay at the end of last year based on your photos and advice. Thank you so very much! I am now interested in a classic pair but not quite sure if they are real. Could you please help me out?
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/111053247180
    I’m looking forward to your advice.

    All the best,
    Gabriella

  13. Ae these boots currently on Ebay in sizes 3 and 4 counterfeit or real then? They’re all black but do have the animal toe yet have what I would call a strange-looking sole with no orb imprint, etc. They don’t look 100% the real McCoy. If you think they are counterfeit I will report the listing rather than buying. Look especially at the picture of the sole.
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161012099824?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649#ht_337wt_1168

    • Hi Helen, the boots in the photos are indeed real, however it looks like they have used the same photos for both pairs of boots, so if you were going to bid I would ask them to email you at least one photo of the actual boots you are buying just to be on the safe side, it is a cheap price I have to say. All the VW shoes with this high heel and square animal toe ie. bondage boots, bag boots and animal toe courts, have a plastic sole which doesnt have an orb on it but will say made in England or London, and the size in UK number eg 4, 5, not 37, 38.

      • Many thanks indeed – the pictures the seller uploaded are of the actual boots. I asked her to upload or send via an Ebay email a picture of the sole so I could see for myself. At first, she wanted to send me pictures directly to my own email address, which is always a poor sign given that you can upload up to 12 pics on Ebay at no cost. I therefore reminded her that Ebay no longer permitted emails containing offers to do business offsite or containing direct contact addresses and that she would need to either upload them as requested or send me pictures through an Ebay email response (you hadn’t used to be able to send pictures but now you can – it’s all to stop offsite business). She therefore uploaded the final 2 pictures later than the initial ones since I’d also asked about the platform thickness. If you say they’re real, I don’t think she seems to have anything to hide after all because, looking at the condition of the sole, they must have been tried on only or worn very little indoors only (you can see creases across the front of the boot to suggest this). Cheap price compared to usual – she’s possibly either taking into account people’s financial circumstances or is desparate to sell or something. I initially thought that she might be asking a good price for imitations. Thanks for your advice :)

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  16. Hi Pearl
    Could you authenticate these boots for me please? They have the old style round buckle but look in pretty good condition considering they’re an older pair. The seller mentions that they’re the older version in the description and they certainly look authentic enough but I’d appreciate your expert opinion!
    Thanks so much,
    Sherri
    http://bit.ly/17uHmkz

    • Hi Sherri, Yes they are genuine but whoever she got to do the repairs to them have really messed up the shape of the sole. Looks like they put a rubber sole and heel piece on there and the sole has pulled the foot out of shape. I guess it could just look weird as she is wearing them but doesn’t look right to me. I have all mine resoled but you have to be careful where you take them. In my honest opinion I wouldn’t pay ┬ú100+ for this particular pair of boots. I’d wait for a better condition pair to come up. Regarding the style I do like the round buckle ones for summer as they tend to have softer leather, I prefer the newer ones with square buckle for winter. Other than that there isn’t much difference in the older / newer styles, Pearl x

      • Hi Pearl
        Thanks for replying! Yes, I also thought there was something odd-looking about them but couldn’t really put my finger on it but now I can see what you mean. I already have a pair of grey suede newer style and I can see the difference in shape – the eBay ones look kind of chunky round the toe area. The seller has actually added more photos since I sent the first message and the boots are more scuffed than I thought so I agree that they aren’t worth ┬ú100. I do like the round buckles though so I will just have to wait for another pair to turn up…
        Thanks again for your time
        Sherri x

    • Hi Penny, I’m so sorry but yes they are fake. If you go through Paypal you should be able to get your money back although I know that won’t make up for ruining your Xmas gift :( Pearl xx

    • Hi Penny sorry I didn’t see this before the listing ended, they look ok to me but very bad photos. If you want be to check anything in future its quicker to email me xx

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