Tavistock Women's Victorian Button Boots (Black)
Tavistock Victorian Button Boots are based on original antique button boots in museum collections and our own archive of historic footwear. They feature true historical functionality with a 9-button closure as well as beautiful styling and superior comfort.
Wear Tavistock boots with late Victorian and Edwardian attire, be it historical, cottagecore, dark academia, or historybounding. Tavistocks not only look perfectly period, but give the experience the past as well.
You will need a button hook to easily close your boots. Button hooks are sold separately.
Materials & Sizing
- Uppers are high grade, soft calfskin leather.
- Custom made French heels are 2 in / 5 cm high, and perfectly balanced for all-day comfort.
- 100% leather soles
- Lined with a leather collar and twill lining.
- Shaft measures 6.5 in / 16.5 cm high
- Top circumference measures 10.5 in / 27 cm
- "B" width (average).
- Buttons can be moved in or out for tighter or looser fit through ankle and calf
- Runs true to size for most customers.
- Order a half-size larger for wide-width feet, or if you prefer your shoes to fit more loosely, or intend to wear with thicker stockings.
- A button hook is strongly recommended for ease of closure; sold separately
These were my first pair of American Duchess boots, I've wanted a pair for a while so was a little nervous, but if my gosh are they incredible!! They are literally so comfortable and I just find myself wanting them on all the time (I have them on now, even though I'm just sat around the house and they don't match the outfit) I literally can't wait to wear them out and walk around in them!
I would advise to size up. I usually wear size EU 39. I ordered these in size 8.5, but they still felt a bit too narrow and my feet are not wide, to begin with! I decided not to change them and to wear them out instead, as it is a minor issue.
Otherwise, they are stunning and comfy. I adore the heel and the buttons! Doesn't take that long to put them on when you get used to it.
You may wish to try stretching your boots if they are too tight around the widest part of your foot. You can do this using shoe stretch spray and, if you still need more width, a boot stretcher.
I used my term project in my historical dress class as an excuse for myself to finally buy some of these boots! I ordered size 6 after comparing my measurements to the size chart and they fit true to size for me. They are very comfortable (need to be broken in a bit, they are leather of course) and certainly fit the era. I have fairly small ankles and so I was able to do up the buttons without a boot hook (I gave it a try, just to see!) but I would definitely recommend using one, especially if you plan to wear them often. It makes the process a lot quicker and easier.
First off, these boots are beautiful, and I'm happy I finally have a pair of button boots that I've been coveting for years.
I normally wear a size 8.5 - 9, but I have wide feet and *very* wide calves (16.5" at their widest, and just a tad over 13" where the top of the boot sits, which is about mid-calf), so I decided to order size 9.5, since there is no "wide" option here anymore. That was the right choice - they do fit my feet perfectly, so my toes do not feel pinched, and it will *just barely* fit around my calves if I move the top buttons 7/8" from the edge (the top button currently sits 1-3/4" from the edge. I cannot button the top 3 buttons as they came.
Now this is where I was surprised, and why I'm knocking it down a star. I expected the buttons would be sewn on with thread as depicted in the video about how to move the buttons, but they are actually attached to an elastic loop, and that loop is sewn into the boot in a sort of buttonhole placket that the button sits in, and doesn't show on the underside. No doubt, this is more secure and able to hold up to the wear and tear from the button hook, but it makes moving the buttons suddenly way more complicated, and will definitely leave much more visible holes (0.5cm slits) than I expected when they are moved to accommodate my large calves.
A wide calf option would have been much appreciated, but I am still happy to own these!
Gorgeous boots, very well made, fast shipping. I had to exchange them for a half size smaller, but I have skinny calves and very narrow feet, and the exchange process was painless. Unfortunately, I still returned them. They buckled oddly when viewed from the front, and were generally unflattering. Might have been fixed by moving the buttons, but I didn't want to risk it, and then make them unreturnable. That would be a very expensive mistake. Also, I didn't find the buttonhook necessary at all. They were a little finicky, but not $10-15 of finicky. Just things to keep in mind. Still very fond of this company.