These boots are super high quality and very very elegant. It’s weird… I’m used to clumping around in my long/flat footed boots feeling very comfortable and student-chic, but these are the sort of boots you could wear out to a fancy restaurant. In fact, I have, and it was good.
Although I was pretty keen on the bargain ASOS brand Cleo black leather boots a few weeks ago, having worn both extensively now, I’d say spend the extra 30 £ if you can and get the Carvelas. They are much more flattering to the foot if you’re a larger size like me, and dressier- but can be worn casually just as well. The leather is softer and generally just a bit more expensive-looking. The only downside is that the sole has less grip, and is more slippery on wet surfaces and car pedals than the Cleos- but I honestly think the slightly increased risk of falls and car crashes is worth it!
That came out really badly. Don’t drive in slippery shoes, I would never recommend that. I just mean that the little bit less grip is worth it for the sheer beauty of the things. (Also, they are long boots, as shown in the bottom right picture. I cropped the top one to show you the hidden wedge and elegant tailoring)