This review of the the Taos Crave boot is sponsored by TaosFootwear.com. The opinions are completely my own based on experience.
This is the boot that all the other boots envy: gorgeous on the outside, yet supportive and gentle on the inside; dependable, tough and incredibly versatile. That’s the Taos Crave boot.
Taos calls the Crave an “urban” boot–but my SUV-driving, Target-shopping suburban feet crave the comfort of this boot every bit as much as urban feet. Tonight I took them for a spin around our neighborhood as my youngest went trick-or-treating. First off, I love a lace-up boot with a side zipper. Who’s got time to tie their boots every time they leave the house? Adjust the laces once and be done with it!
Once the Taos Crave was laced-up, zipped and ready to go, the second thing I noted was the toe room. Since I’m the lucky recipient of both bunions and hammertoes, I detect immediately if a toe box is too narrow or shallow. While the Taos Crave’s toe box isn’t as wide as what you’d find in a Dansko Professional, my toes didn’t feel cramped. However, I will stick to a thinner sock until the leather stretches out over time. While on the topic of toe room, you should know that I ordered a euro size 41 for my size 10 feet (occasionally I’m a 9.5). I’m happy with the snug fit, but if you have significant bunions, wider feet or plan on wearing the boot with thick socks, I’d order up a size.
Arch support, sweet arch support–the Taos Crave has just the right amount for my medium arches. But if you need more, just remove the footbed and insert your favorite insole or orthotic (you could try a Tread-Labs 3/4 orthotic if you’re concerned about crowding the toe box). The dual-density cushioned insole adds to the overall comfort of this stunning boot.
Another feature I noted as I walked the neighborhood is the 2″ heel height. This is just slightly higher than most casual shoes and boots I wear. Thankfully the 3/4″ platform offset the total elevation from toe to heel. I think this would be beneficial for someone with plantar fasciitis or achilles tendonitis who needs a little lift to alleviate discomfort. The rugged rubber outsole offers excellent shock-absorption and traction.
Do you live in a climate with temperate winters around 40 degrees? The Taos Crave might be the only winter boot you need. It has a soft faux-fur lining that keeps toes cozy and warm (and would look perfect with a pair of colorful Smartwool socks peeking out). Truly the designers of this stunning boot thought of everything–just look at the distressed leather and soft suede uppers in rich fall hues from ink blue (pictured here) to bordeaux to teal. The attention to detail is noteworthy: cap-toe stitching, buckle embellishment, and metal eyelets.
The Taos Crave boot is available in ten colors, euro sizes 36-43 from TaosFootwear.com (as noted above, you may want to order up a size if you have a wide foot, significant bunions, or plan to use an orthotic). Also available from Zappos, Amazon, and Nordstrom.
Do you have a pair of Taos shoes or boots? Which style? What do you love about them? Leave a comment and let us know! Still looking for the perfect ankle boot? See our recent post recommending six stylish. ankle boots for problem feet.