On Course |
Named after navigational cues to guide your path for smooth sailing, The Astern slip-on ankle booties are an extremely mathematical and geometrical masterpiece from the depths of John's mind. Using a magnetic compass, chronometer, and a protractor, John drew up the architectural and mod Astern ankle boot with square toe boxes, tapered platforms, snug elastics, and distinctive triangular 4" leather-wrapped heels. Featuring durable tunite soles with toothed rubber grips, and contrasting patent and suede leathers, The slip-on bootie Astern will be your beacon for pleasant voyages ahead. The Astern reminds us to hold fast to your direction and never be swayed by frivolity, doubt, or temporal groovyness. Stay the course.
Denny from our San Francisco (Haight) store says:
Most people need to go up a 1/2 size to get into these because they are very narrow at the mouth of the boot.
5 reviews so far... write yours!
Posted by Swooshie Shoes from Toronto:
worth every ounce of effort for the max hot effect!
So...after eyeballing these sweeties all winter and then seeing them go on a super sale price, well I just had to hurry myself down to try them on. Such a gorgeous price for a superbly unique and beautifully constructed boot. Swooshie Shoes was totally enchanted. As reported, it took A MAJOR GROUP EFFORT to get me into my 9.5. The first time. Once on they were the perfect length and really comfortable. Did I mention absolutely stunning? It took two of us to get them off, though. So they were placed on the stretcher for a couple days, and then I did plastic bags with water and rubbing alcohol, walked them home and wore them a few hours. Worth every second of effort. The leather is giving, and I can now get them on with the simple help of a horn and anticipate it will continue to get easier. If they have them in your size..PURCHASE and PERSEVERE! They freak everyone right out because they are so darn hot!
Posted by kristina from Northern Virginia:
Tricky to get on, but oh so worth it!
Yes, they're tricky to get on because of how narrow they are at the top. But, once you've got them on, they're amazing. Shockingly comfortable, really stable, and stunning to look at. So stunning in fact that even my husband (who thinks that all of my black shoes are just one pair) commented on them. Try them - you won't regret it!
Posted by sage from Minneapolis:
These booties are incredible! I was told that a lot of people had problems with how narrow the mouth is, but they were just perfect on me! ,-) @>- I'm truly not a fan of patent leather, but the boot is so beautiful that I just fell in love! Thanks John!
Posted by heel fan from toronto:
Love em'. But I bought them half a size too small. I get them stretched. They are easier to walk in than the portsides! Looking forward to see what John will design for the on course family next season! Can't wait!
Posted by rvss from Ottawa, Canada:
beautiful but impossible design
I love the look of these booties - and I am a real bootie lover. Unfortunately I cannot get more than my toes and ball of my foot in the boot! Correction - I did get them on once with ALOT of difficulty, and once on they were super comfortable - also getting them off was no problem. But after that first success - and it was not an easy success, I could not get them on again. The mouth of the boot is soooo narrow it is an impossible design. And I do not have a wide or large foot. I think it is because the patent leather around the back is so stiff that there is just no give at all, and the front flap has no elastic
to compensate. Simply a huge design flaw. I will have to return them and would appreciate store credit for my next purchase. I am normally a size 7 or 7.5 in boots in your shoes, and did order the 7.5 as the webstore recommended for this boot. So I will be returning these sweet booties, as I don't think that even ordering up to the size 8 will help.