Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Blogiversary: Hunter Kellen Boot Review & What I've Learned

Exactly one year ago today I posted my very first blog entry reviewing the Hunter Wellington Tall Boot.  So it is only fitting that I celebrate my 1-year blogiversary with another Hunter boot review - my 2nd Nordstrom Anniversary Sale find!  This time it's the Hunter Kellen Wedge Heel Boot.  I was drawn both to the mid-calf height (the Tall Wellies above were a tad to tall for me and would rub against the bottom of my knee) and the wedge heel.
Hunter Kellen Wedge Heel Boot, $175 (buy here)
Details (from Nordstrom):
A signature logo details a weather-ready rain boot updated with a chic wedge heel.
  • Removable insole.
  • Approx. heel height: 3 1/4".
  • Approx. boot shaft height: 9 1/4"; 13" calf circumference. Narrow calf.
Likes:
  • The wedge heel is a nice touch and something that was lacking from my Tall Wellington boots
  • Like the Talls, these are SUPER COMFY
  • The calf is definitely more narrow than the Talls but can easily accommodate thick socks / skinny jeans / tights / leggings (for reference, my calves are short and stocky)
  • Love the "H" detail on the sides of the boots - it's cute without being in your face

Dislikes:

  • I'm not sure about how I feel about the gloss but it's not too big of a deal
  • I'm still trying to figure out what exactly to wear with it.  I'll wait until post pregnancy to experiment since I'm a little limited presently on what I can wear - especially in the skinnies / tights / leggings area
Overall:  A definite keeper!  Anything comfy with a heel in boot form (esp. since it was on sale) is a welcome addition to my little cast of shoes.  What would you wear with these boots?

Blogiversary - What I've Learned This Year:

  1. How not to appear yellow in my pictures :)  Sheesh, lighting is important.
  2. How showing some knee is not evil!  Prior to blogging, I had always believed that all dress / skirt hems HAD to fall below my knee.
  3. How awesome the blogger / bloggee community is.  I love the feeling of camaraderie and community I get from each and every one of you - THANK YOU!
  4. How to incorporate some color and stray away from my Black / White / Gray / Navy color palette
  5. That I don't have to be matchy-matchy to look put together 

31 comments:

  1. Congrats on one year =) I am so glad that I get to know you. I am still trying to figure out the right lighting for my blog photos every day. It's not easy especially with outdoor photos. I can't wait to see how you style those boots.

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  2. Those boots look very cute. I like how you wore them with thick socks underneath. Yay to the one year blogiversery!

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  3. Happy Anniversary!! I like how you bunched up the knee high? socks just where your boots end. Gonna try that this fall :)

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  4. Aw, congrats on your blogiversary! Time flies, I feel like I've been reading SPG for a while, hearing all about your little boy who likes to watch YouTube videos, and then about your pregnancy with another little one : ) I love this community as well.

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  5. Time does fly! huh, I don't think I read your first post (probably didn't find out about your blog yet then, but glad i did! cause you do have the best DIY's and awesome shopping finds.) These wedges look super comfy and I love the height it gives. I'm imagining these would look hot with leggings/jeggings and...something with leather jacket?

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  6. congrats on the 1 year! it does not feel like its been that long. i remember when i first started following your blog and was so amazed at your DIYs and still am...
    i love those boots too. my roomie has them and they look awesome. i like the shiny finish and the wedges!

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  7. happy 1-year blogiversary!! i'm so glad i found the blogging community as well and i never cease to be amazed with your DIY projects. keep them coming!!

    oh, and great find on the boots!

    cute & little

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  8. Congrats on the 1 year :) Even tho I'm new to blogging I find your blog very interesting :)

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  9. Hunter did a collab with Jimmy Choo for mens gumboots. UHMAYZING!

    ps. thanks for visiting my blog and commenting! I'm returning the favour :)

    Thom@
    www.everyonescelebrity.com

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  10. Congrats on the blogaversary! (first time hearing this word, lol)

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  11. Happy blogiversary! I recently "celebrated" mine too...so happy to have discovered this wonderful community. :D

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  12. Happy one year, SPG!!! Time flies by way too fast when you're having fun. I'm so lucky to have met you this past year :)

    I think the gloss on the rainboots will dull over time as you wear it out, so hopefully that won't deter you from keeping them. I have the hardest time figuring out what to wear with rainboots too lol. I've tried a couple outfits that left me scratching my head b/c I should have swapped them out for more "normal" shoes. I think the key might be to hold an umbrella in your hand while taking outfits with rainboots -- makes it look less out of place, haha.

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  13. My breakfast wasn't only an egg white, but the picture and the sun in it made it appear white.

    Aww, seriously congrats on your one year. I'd like to reach across the internet to give you a hug.

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  14. Happy blogiversary. Girl, I actually read your blog before I have a blog and I remembered that I emailed you before. I am stucked to your blog after the post on chain trim cardigan as I feel like you are so talented. ;)

    Congrats on one year and the boots look gorgeous!

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  15. awww, congrats SPG! you have a very lovely and informative blog going, so cheers to many more anniversaries in the future :)

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  16. Congratulations on your 1 year blogiversary! I think this may be exactly what I need for winter this year...I like the wedge on these boots and also the inside lining! I had no idea hunter made wedge boots, thank you for introducing them to me!

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  17. Aww congrats! Time sure flies, doesn't it? : ) I love the wedge rainboots! I think the gloss is something I would rethink, but overall, it's a really good purchase!

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  18. aww congrats on your 1 blog-aversary!

    those hunter wedges are SO CUTE!! i don't think i've ever seen anything like that before! i think those would be so cute in the fall with a plaid wool skirt hehe

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  19. Happy blogiversay! I see those boots matching very well with almost everything, like a skirt or skinny maternity pants!
    I like them a lot!
    Xx
    http://dontcallmefashionblogger.blogspot.com

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  20. happy happy first blogiversary!!! i wish you many more years here on blogger. :D

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

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  21. Happy blogging anniversary! It's been great to have your DIY projects and style on the web!

    The boots look great on your legs. It's a good thing you posted the review because I've always wondered what heeled rain boots would look like. It's a bit of an odd concept to have a wedge on a rain boot but I'm warming up to the idea.

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  22. Happy blogiversary!! We are practically blog birthday buddies, as my 1 year was aug.24!

    Those boots look phenomenal on you :)

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  23. Happy 1 year Anniversary!

    I love the things you've learnt list, some are still on my list to learn also.:) Will you be disappointed with me if I tell you that I bought the Hunters Wellies Tall last year and returned them because they were to heavy for me :)

    Patience
    www.justpatience.com

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  24. Happy One-Year Blog Anniversary!! :D It has been great getting to know you through your blog! You've certainly been an inspiration, what with your DIYs, great fashion sense, and motherhood!! :D :D :D Here's to another great year!!

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  25. Happy 1st blog anniversary! :]
    This is awesome!
    I absolutely love wearing boots.
    I personally think they go with anything!
    This Hunter Kellen boots is perfect for winter.

    XoXo, Bree
    http://vivalabreee.blogspot.com/
    Tweet me: Viva_La_Breee
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  26. Aweeeeee!! Happy happy happy blog anniversary! I have def learned A LOT since blogging too! OMG where do I even begin!!! LOL

    I am so glad to have met you thru the blogging world- I think you are amazing!!! :D

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  27. Sydney - Thank you!! I'm still looking forward to a future meet-up :)

    QFFS - Thank you! It was the only thing I could wear and take pictures with LOL.

    Newpetite - Thanks! Oh I would love to see your boots / socks look!

    Jean - Thank you so much! You and Kelly were such huge inspirations to me for blogging - I'm so glad I found both of you in particular!

    Olyvia - Thanks for the suggestions! I'll have to try those out :)

    devorelebeaumonstre, katattack, everyonescelebrity, Timothy, Mimi, Laura - Thanks so much! Here's to more blog posts and discovering more bloggers! :)

    Ping - Aw, thank you! Do you and your roomie share clothes? What a great way to double your wardrobe!

    Kileen - Thank you for your sweet words! I definitely will be keeping the DIYs coming :)

    Elle - Happy Blogiversary to you too! I'm so glad to have found your blog - I love your style and find it to be very inspirational :)

    Cee - Thank you!! I have loved following your blog and seeing all of your style experiments (also deliriously happy to find another Bal / preppy style lover!)! LOL about wearing them with an umbrella :D

    Aki - Thanks so much for cyber-hug - that's so sweet!!

    Fashion and Number - Thank you! Aw, I didn't know you emailed me before! Now I'm going to have to look back at my emails :)

    Sunshine - Thanks so much! You have such a great blog too - are you taking a break from blogging?

    Bravoe - I didn't know they made wedges either! I saw them as part of the Nordie's Anniversary Sale ads and was instantly hooked :)

    Jessy - Thank you! It definitely does go by so quickly!

    Lisa - Thank you doll! I'm going to try the skirt idea (once I fit in them of course LOL!).

    Francesca - Thanks! I will definitely be trying both :)

    Anna - Thank you! Haha, that's what drew me to them!

    Patience - Thanks!! No, of course not! Though I bet you looked fab in them!

    LePetiteLemon - Thanks so much! I've been loving following your blog too - your thrifting finds are inspirational!

    Bree - Thank you! I'm a big boot lover myself :)

    Annie - Thank you sweetie! I am thrilled to have met you through our blogger community as well! Your shopping adventures and outfits are such great reads! :)

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  28. i love the wedges and wellies combo :3

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  29. A beautiful blog! I wanted to ask you if you would be able to shed some light on the actual foot sizing of hunter boots? Typically, I'm a size 6, but as there are now only size 5's left on the Nordstrom's website, I wonder if 5 would suffice or be too small? Thanks kindly!

    p.s. you're absolutely glowing and radiant in your pics. I hope the pregnancy is going well!

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  30. Hello Naka - Thanks! I was so intrigued by a heeled rainboot combo :)

    Jewelsss - Thanks so much for your kind words! I typically wear a size 8.5 in shoes and bought both size 8 and 9. The 8 fit but I couldn't wear thick socks with it so I kept the 9 instead. I think this boot pretty much runs true to size - I hope you can find them in a size 6!

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