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Gentle Souls Buckle Boots Review

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Look mom, brainless! What’s a girl with fused foot bones, a total shoulder replaceMent, and a missing distal ulna doing on her son’s Razor scooter… without a helmet? Going .03 mph, that’s what. I’m a closet risk-taker, so a Harley is out of the question, but a pair of biker-inspired buckled boots to bring out my wild and crazy slow-motion scooter-riding side? Yes, I’ll take them.Buckled up 6Buckled up 6

Introducing the Gentle Souls Buckled Up boot. Gentle Souls is Kenneth Cole’s "comfort meets style" line. I have never had a boot with softer Leather; I’m surprised my non-athletic calves can hold them. It’s almost mushy and squishy. The boot lining is Deerskin, known for its supple texture and breathability.

The Buckled Up boot is a little big, which is why the company sent me a 9.5 (I normally have a 9.5-10). The fit couldn’t be better. There’s plenty of room for your toes and no annoying heel rub. The Poron® insole is as soft as Leather and provides excellent cushioning for sensitive feet. Poron® is a shock absorbing urethane developed by NASA that does not break down over time.

While the insole is soft on your toes, I can’t say there’s a huge amount of arch support. Since the boot is roomy, I bet you could insert your own arch support like Dr. Scholl’s adjustable arches. The cleated sole is durable yet lightweight; you won’t get stuck on your journey.

My right foot has a high instep and I have no problem getting these boots on and off thanks to the side zipper. I’ve never tried Kenneth Cole’s Gentle Souls before, but I’m impressed with the quality, good fit, and comfort of the insole. They’re expensive, to be sure, but see if you can find a pair on sale on Amazon or at 6 p.m. I think you will really like them.

I recommend the Buckled Up for medium width feet and calves; Boot may be too tight around athletic calves, especially with socks or jeans tucked in.

The Gentle Souls Buckled Up boot is Available in:

  • GentleSouls.com: $295, free shipping and returns.
  • Zappos: $295, free shipping and returns.
  • Endless: $215-295, free shipping and returns.
  • OnlineShoes.com: $294.95, free shipping and exchanges.
  • 6pm.com: $118-177, free shipping over $100.
  • Shoebuy: $294.95, free shipping and returns.
  • The Walking Company: $294.95, free shipping and free store returns.
  • Amazon: $194-295, super cheap free shipping.

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