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The Only Boots I Wear in the Colder Months

For years, I’ve worn only one brand of boots all fall and winter: Nisolo. Here are their beautiful, ethically made pieces (and a discount code)…

The classic Chelsea boot looks great with jeans or dresses, and it comes in four different color combos including this new waterproof brown. I’ve worn them on repeat for years.

The new Carmen Chelsea boot is their newest addition — it has a rubber sole, water resistant leather and timeless look.

I also LOVE their new convertible clutch, which comes in brown and black. It can be worn as a crossbody, over the shoulder, around the waist as a belt bag, or without the strap as a clutch.

You can also feel good about the company. Nisolo’s pieces are ethically produced, in factories where employees receive beyond fair trade wages, as well as healthcare and a great working environment. Nisolo is not only a certified B Corp, but also officially 100% carbon neutral and certified by Climate Neutral. Nisolo’s vision is to “push the fashion industry in a more sustainable direction … that not only values exceptional design, but the producer and the planet just as much as the end consumer.” And, we can say from personal experience, their Nashville-based team is warm and wonderful.

Bonus for all readers: Nisolo is offering Cup of Jo readers 16% off full-price styles, and 20% off sale styles, with code COJFALL. Good until November 20th. You can see their full collection here and their newest arrivals here. Thank you so much, Nisolo!

(This post is sponsored by Nisolo, a brand we’ve loved for years. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Cup of Jo.)

  1. liz says...

    I have those boots and a beautiful pair of flats. I assume I found the brand here. But I never wear either, despite the beauty. Too uncomfortable and stiff.

  2. CD says...

    It’s cracking me up to hear the Northeners talk about “real boots” – haha. We are very much still wearing sandals, hoping a Chelsea boot would be a possibility before Thanksgiving!

  3. Jane says...

    Love these posts…I really appreciate the variety of thoughtful perspectives on sustainability, sizing, style, and practicality:) Living in Minneapolis, I’m definitely in the “these are cute for fall but are not winter boots” camp. I hope COJ will follow up with more posts on *real* winter gear! I walk my dog in all conditions, and can usually manage to stay warm while moving (though it sometimes takes 7 layers). But I would love some new ideas for staying warm while sitting around socializing outdoors during covid!

    • Liz says...

      Fellow minneapolitan here – for keeping warm in winter while not too active can I suggest the wool lined arhus boot from duckfeet? Super cute, comfy, and WARM. I wouldn’t walk the dog in these (i do a winter hiking boot or bogs depending on snow depth) but for everything else these are my go to. Use pebble40 for $40 off through 10/17/20! (Duckfeet doesn’t employ me, I truly just love them).

  4. Bubba says...

    I have been waiting for years for them to ship to Canada!! Was even thinking about planning a trip to the US so I could get these boots. That’s going to have to wait until next year, at least…I hope they consider expanding their shipping options in the meantime!

    • Louise Shin says...

      I completely relate to this – the e-shipping struggles of living across the border :(

  5. Theresa says...

    Wow, the chelsea boot is my dream boot. I’m a bit nervous to order, as I never buy expensive boots for myself, but just did…a birthday present to myself! Crossing fingers they fit, went ahead and ordered 1/2 size up, since I’ve never ordered this brand before. Thanks for the discount code!

  6. Christy says...

    Hi Joanna, I was just a little curious about the red wing boots you posted awhile back…. Do you still wear those? Or do you prefer these? Thanks!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes! Red wing boots are great and I wore them about three years ago. But now I’m loyal to Nisolo :)

  7. Laura says...

    I live in Nashville, so I’ve been lucky enough to go to Nisolo for sample sales, and I can attest that their people are wonderful. I bought a pair of Amalia boots from them when that was one of the few styles available in 11s. Since they are cut higher over the ankle and the material is satisfying heavy, they are super warm and very sturdy. I’m an 11 across the board, and my Amalias fit me perfectly. I have the dark olive ones, and I feel like I can wear them with everything. I cannot recommend them enough.

  8. Olivia says...

    Just wear them like we do in London – with absolutely anything you fancy! I live in ankle boots of various forms in the colder months, and wear them with tights and dresses/skirts, skinny jeans, wide leg trousers, cropped, tapered, extra long….they go with everything! I think socks peeking over the top look great and help break up the line a bit (and of course keep your ankles warm). If it’s all too perfectly thought out and “matchy matchy ” ankle boots can lose their laid vibe edge I think. Chelsea boots are supposed to be practical- don’t overthink!

    • Denise says...

      I adore fun socks and I love to let them peek out above my boots!

  9. Jane says...

    It’s nice they paying a living wage, but I see nothing on their website about leather and how animals are raised?

    • Paula says...

      I’ve been thinking about something similar these the last few days. I think we should start saying “ethical employment conditions” or “sustainable production chain” or something like that. There’s nothing ethical about killing/using animals to make a product, so “ethically made” and “ethical brand” don’t make sense to me.

    • Thank you for your comment, Jane!

      100% of our leather is a by-product of the meat industry, and we’re utilizing the more eco-friendly vegetable tanning method across many products. Most of our leather comes from Leather Working Group (LWG) certified tanneries in León, Mexico. LWG is setting the industry standard for environmentally responsible tanning.

      The farms our tanneries work with are located in the US and northern Mexico, and we are working hard in partnership with our tanneries to achieve 100% supply chain visibility in the near future. We are responsible for our impact on the planet, and we always working to do better.

    • Katleen says...

      Does anyone know where the quilted jacket the model is wearing is from?

  10. Joaquina says...

    Any brand that uses leather or suede can not claim to be ethical.

    • Nahal says...

      I agree.

    • Anna says...

      Personally, I’ll pass on the plastic-based alternatives.

    • Cara says...

      Agreed! I would LOVE to see some emphasis on vegan footwear.

    • Thank you for your comment, Joaquina.

      100% of our leather is a by-product of the meat industry, and we’re utilizing the more eco-friendly vegetable tanning method across many products. Most of our leather comes from Leather Working Group (LWG) certified tanneries in León, Mexico. LWG is setting the industry standard for environmentally responsible tanning.

      We recently shared our thoughts regarding leather with Refinery 29. You can read the article here: https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/is-leather-sustainable-ethical

      We are responsible for our impact on the planet, and we are always working to do better.

  11. Christina says...

    Please forgive my smiling ; if you can get away with wearing only Chelsea boots in the colder months, then those months aren’t very cold :-) ! Chelsea boots are great for early autumn though, and leather is waterproof if cared for properly.

    • Swim mom says...

      Right?! The idea of exposed ankles in the winter made this Canadian smile ;)
      For anyone who has to deal with snow drifts and -30 degrees Celsius, I’ve got my eye on Uggs Adirondack III winter boots. Usually I recommend Sorel but their quality has gone down hill lately. Bogs are also pretty good.

    • Shelley says...

      I don’t know! I live in Michigan and we have some reasonably harsh winters and Chelsea boots are all I wear as well! Unless of course I’m playing in the snow with my kids. Then it’s real snow boots!

    • courtney says...

      I also need actual boots in the winter, and have a few pairs of Sorel for various activities (I almost feel like that sounds bougie, but with our weather, investing in warm things has such a payoff) – ones I can slip on and off easily for shoveling or before broomball, super huge warm ones for things like ice fishing, and cute ones that I can wear out but still be warm. I think when you say Sorel has gone downhill, you’re right, and it’s since Columbia bought the brand. Sorel still seems to pretty good quality, but you can tell their priorities have shifted just a little bit.

    • Rosie says...

      I lived in Toronto and Ottawa for years and I only brought out my Sorels when there were honest to God snowstorms. I didn’t even own snow boots for over a year at one point. I wore J.Crew or Michael Kors leather boots with SmartWool socks 99% of the time.

  12. Chelsey says...

    Love these boots! Do you know if they have any sort of arch support? Would they be good for standing 6-8 hours at a time?

    • Liz says...

      I own these and the answer is no.

  13. Jana says...

    Just want to flag that Nisolo is “climate neutral” because they purchase carbon offsets, which the scientific community agree are really not helpful. I recommend checking out the Good On You app to find the brands that are the most, actually, sustainable!

    • Abbey says...

      Thanks for recommending Good on You! It seems like a helpful guide. (Nisolo scored a “Good” 4 out of 5 on it btw)

    • K says...

      Jana, Thanks for the reference to the Good on You app. I’m excited to check it out. I also wanted to say that I really like Climate Neutral’s model. I understand that carbon offsets are not as helpful as eliminating a carbon footprint, but what I like about Climate Neutral is that it’s about trying to eliminate a company’s carbon footprint AND offsetting as they reach the lowest level of carbon emissions that that brand can reasonably reach (it’s hard to have no footprint in manufacturing). I think that eliminating a carbon footprint can be difficult and intimidating, and Climate Neutral is doing a great job of helping companies get there without the daunting task of complete carbon elimination. Just my two cents. But, I’m psyched about Good on You.

    • Alice says...

      I like to wear them with pants that come just to the top of the boot (cuffed if need be) and a pair of cute socks underneath! My favorite socks are a dark grey marl, so they look cozy if exposed but are also low-key. You can expose about 1-2” sock or not, depending on how cold it is. Granted it doesn’t get *that* cold where I am (no snow!).

    • Kate says...

      I took a look at Good on You and it was so helpful, thanks for the rec! And in Nisolo’s defense, there isn’t a single shoe brand that sells boots that has a higher rating. None of the brands on the website that sell boots have a 5/5; Nisolo is as high as it gets with a 4/5 (in terms of overall scores).

    • Thanks for your comment, Jana. We position climate neutrality as a first step for reducing our carbon footprint and encouraging other brands to do the same. The fashion industry has an immense impact on the planet. It’s responsible for 8% of carbon emissions (Source: UN Environment, 2019) and contributes more to climate change than international aviation and shipping combined (Source: Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2017). For Nisolo, offsetting 100% of our emissions through impactful conservation work that’s Redd+ certified in the Peruvian Amazon is the bare minimum and just the beginning. We’re going to greater lengths to reducing our footprint by way of prioritizing ocean shipments vs. air, in addition to working more closely with our suppliers to measure and reduce their environmental impact since the majority of our carbon footprint is within our supply chain. We appreciate all feedback for addressing and reducing our impact on the planet.

  14. I love Nisolo and using their boots in my recent Fall outfits post!

  15. Whitney says...

    I am thankful people were commenting about the lack of WIDE options for this brand (and most brands). I would love these boots but will sadly have to miss out due to my larger than average feet. I hope Nisolo takes some feedback and offers more sizing options.

    • AlmaT says...

      Me too! I’ve gone away empty handed from the site several times. Size women’s 13 here.

    • Andrea | Nisolo says...

      Thank you for your feedback, Whitney! We work to continuously improve and I’ll be sure to share this with our team.
      Best,
      Andrea from the Nisolo team

    • S says...

      Another wide footed person here! I’ve looked multiple times but never got further because I could tell they’d be painful. It’s too bad bc the products are very appealing! It is great that nisolo team members are watching the comments—my fingers are crossed for wide widths!

  16. Nicole says...

    I’ve been really into this brand since you first started posting about them. I am so sad they don’t offer wide-widths though! I love those chelsea boots and have been wanting a pair for years but so hard to find a good well-made pair in wide widths. I’m not sure if you update them on the feedback you get from sponsored posts but if you do, maybe let them know quite a few people are asking for this!

    • Andrea | Nisolo says...

      Thank you for your comment, Nicole! I will be sure to share your feedback with our design team. We appreciate you sharing this with us.
      Best,
      Andrea from the Nisolo team

  17. Meg says...

    Who makes that gorgeous cream quilted coat?! Thanks!

  18. GN says...

    I purchased the Chelsea boots after you last advertised them and haven’t had a chance to wear them yet since it is just now getting chilly – but I can’t wait. All the examples I see are wearing the boots with ankle pants and bare ankles. Any examples of how to wear with pants without exposing bare ankles? How do people wear the Chelsea boot when it is cold? I hope to wear these all winter but I can’t figure out how.

    • Lisa says...

      I was wondering the same thing!

    • Lizzie says...

      Thank you for asking this – I always have the same questions with short boots!

    • Alice says...

      I like to wear them with pants that come just to the top of the boot (cuffed if need be) and a pair of cute socks underneath! My favorite socks are a dark grey marl, so they look cozy if exposed but are also low-key. You can expose about 1-2” sock or not, depending on how cold it is. Granted it doesn’t get *that* cold where I am (no snow!).

    • Elena says...

      You could always follow this rule: Think of the sock as an extension of the shoe. Tan socks for tan shoes, black for black, etc. However, buck convention if you’re feeling sassy. I love a pop of color between the top of a boot and shorter pants or when someone crosses their legs. :)

    • Karen says...

      I like wearing my similar boots with tights/skirts or with thicker leggings/tunic/sweater all (Wisconsin) winter long. It’s easy to wear my snow boots and switch at work!

  19. Em says...

    Has anyone with low-volume feet had success with Nisolo? I love fall boots(!!!), but my feet are bony and my heels inevitably lift of the sole with each step if a shoe is structured, even with special inserts. It looks like the ankle box begins mid-shoe on these, which is typically too roomy for me.
    Blondo is the best fit I’ve found, but still not perfect. I’ve been searching for years and would be eternally grateful for any insights or recommendations!

    • Ash says...

      My fit are too bony. They were not comfy for me unfortunately. I had to return them!

      The Madewell Chelsea boots fit me a little better.

    • Jo says...

      I have feet like yours, and Rachel Comey and Coclico shoes and boots fit me perfectly!

    • Rosie says...

      I think my feet are similar to yours and I’ve always been a big fan of Sam Edelman booties.

    • Em says...

      Thank you, all!! Lots of new options to test out. :)

  20. These boots are beautiful and seem really well made, but they are probably not warm enough for spending long stretches of time outdoors in the winter. I’d love to see a post featuring cute outerwear and ideas for keeping warm in cold weather while visiting friends’ backyards — since it looks like socializing outdoors will be the only option for spending time with other people this winter. I live in Colorado and we’re having a gorgeous fall, but it’s already starting to get cold when the sun goes down.

    • Calla says...

      This is not a clothing recommendation, but I recently purchased some electric heating pads for hosting get togethers on my patio and they work so well! I put them on my outdoor loveseat and chairs to sit on and the direct heat works super well. They are less bulky than an electric blanket and more efficient than a gas-powered heater (which only lasts about an hour for me before needing a new canister)

    • Katie S. says...

      Just commenting to say YES to showing *actual* cold weather apparel, accessories, etc online. If I search on pinterest for ‘cold weather outfits’ the results look like something I’d wear to San Francisco in summertime. I’m in Montana people, it’s 2 degrees in November!

    • Rosie says...

      Do you really plan on socializing this winter?! We will continue to social distance until schools and offices are fully open. I don’t want my kid breathing on anyone and masks will freeze from the humidity in our breath. The idea of sitting outside in the cold and still potentially getting Covid is not for me. We’re taking this very seriously and haven’t really socialized in person since March. I did a couple of things where I sat on the other side of someone’s backyard with a glass of wine, but my daughter hasn’t played with another child since schools closed in March. She spent some time on her grandparents farm this summer so I guess I can include them in our bubble, but we’re generally just a bubble of three.

    • Jane says...

      Agreed! Calla, thanks for the electric heating pad idea…do you mind sharing a link if you’re happy with the ones you purchased? And do you just plug in with outdoor extension cords? Thanks:)

  21. Amanda says...

    I’m so glad they’ve expanded their size range up to 11! I’m on a shoe buying ban while I see what pregnancy does to my feet, but the waterproof ones look great for fall and spring.

  22. Lindsay says...

    I feel like sponsored posts never get any love so here it is! I love that you know your readers, truly keep us in mind and make sure that your partnerships are a good fit / generally feel genuine :) We understand how blogs keep the lights on and want to support CupofJo – thanks for always making it easy for us to do so! xo

    • a.n. says...

      yeah, what lindsay said!!

  23. JP says...

    I love Nisolo, but they need to make a wide version! Everything is so narrow, it’s so sad.

    • anne says...

      I second this suggestion!!! Please! I understand that it’s hard when you’re a small company to do much in the way of expanded sizes. I’m really trying to buy ethically made clothing, and while I can normally find clothing (or make it myself), I’m stuck on shoes. Curse my wide feet and high arches!

    • A says...

      Agreed, my feet aren’t even exceptionally wide, and Nisolo boots destroyed the sides of my toes, they hurt so bad!

    • Andrea | Nisolo says...

      Thank you for your honest feedback, JP. I will be sure to share this with our team, as we work to continuously improve!
      Best,
      Andrea from the Nisolo team

  24. Abbey says...

    I just bought their Amalia boot and dare I say it might be the boot I’ve been searching for for years? Thanks for the discount COJ! I’m happy to be supporting a climate neutral company!

  25. Gabi says...

    Thank you for this post and the discount code! I don’t need any more boots, but I have been looking for a new/vintage leather bag for MONTHS that can fit all my necessary items and be worn cross-body. The Simone cross-body shopper fit the bill perfectly.

  26. Veronica says...

    Yay I love Nisolo shoes! I’m slowly adding them to my closet.

  27. Claire says...

    ha! I’ve been reading this blog too long- I saw the photo for this post and before I had read one word immediately said to myself “oh, there are Joanna’s boots”.
    I like the look of the new style, and a rubber sole and water resistant leather seems practical and good. tempting…..

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Awwwww :)

  28. Mullica says...

    I don’t know what it’s like for their other shoes but I have the Mariella Mules and they run small. I’m usually a 5 or 5.5 but in these I’m a 6. I thought I’d mention incase anyone else was considering.

  29. courtney says...

    These are really cute. I love the variety we get in style posts, and I have a request with that – I don’t think I’ve seen a cold-weather style post (for those of us who live in truly cold places, where there’s no way we could wear booties like that in the winter). It would be neat to see a week of outfits or something for people who have to bundle up in the winter!

    • katie says...

      I echo this!! I live in Chicago and don’t own a car. Prior winters, I’d commute to work via public transportation, so I could get away with an average pair of snow boots or my Hunters by adding a lining. This winter, while I won’t be going to work, I will need to get out and walk for exercise. Would love some recs on sturdy, warm and comfortable winter boots and coats!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Great idea, thank you!! Xo

    • Kate says...

      Yes, this!! It’s also not so applicable now but I really struggled when I lived in a colder region and commuted. Just to not freeze while waiting for the bus I had to wear fleece-lined leggings, Uniqlo heat undershirt, snow boots, a million layers. And then would get to my office that used an absurd amount of heat and would start sweating! If anyone has any advice on winter clothes that can go from commuting to the office that would be AMAZING.

    • Kaitlin J. says...

      @Katie- You may want to look into Sorel brand boots- they’re wonderful! I have a 6ish year old pair that still look and wear like new. I walk MILES and miles in these boots every winter- even spending several winters working as a dog walker. They are simultaneously cute, cozy and comfortable- which is a rarity.

    • Amanda says...

      Yes I would love this! It’s frigid and windy all winter in Iowa and I’d love ideas for winter clothes that are warm but look decent.

      Also: winter maternity style! I always see round ups for maternity style in the spring and summer, but those of us with winter pregnancies want to be cute too.

    • Sasha L says...

      I live in the very cold and snowy winter wonderland of Montana. My favorite boots for winter are Merrell, men’s work boots. They are warm, but not too warm, awesome tread for great traction, not expensive compared to other boots, work for hiking, commuting, general doodling around in wet, cold, sloppy weather as they are just high enough and warm enough and waterproof. Sadly, you need feet not enough to fit men’s sizes. The smallest size is just a smidge too big for me, so I wear Comrad compression socks and Darn Tough mountaineering wool knee highs over, and my feet are so happy. These look a lot like a more rugged version of these nisolos and I guess they’d take a lot rougher wear, and also look like blundstones, but far more affordable.

      These are a similar pair that’s a little taller than mine (2 yrs old, and they’ve changed them a bit). For reference my feet are wide, high arch, high instep, prone to foot pain.
      https://www.merrell.com/US/en/strongfield-leather-pull-on-waterproof-comp-toe-work-boot/43106M.html

    • Sasha L says...

      The Merrell’s I linked to cost as much as blundstones, but mine were on sale for less than half that when I purchased. Merrell’s often had good sales.

    • Kristen says...

      I ‘m in Seattle, so I can’t speak to extreme cold, but I’ve learned the hard way about truly waterproof shoes. If you want to walk through a puddle and still have dry feet, Madewell Chelsea Rain Boots are awesome…essentially rubber boots that look nice enough to wear all day at work:
      https://www.madewell.com/the-chelsea-rain-boot-E2292.html?dwvar_E2292_color=BK5229&cgid=shoes-boots#start=34

      But my heart belongs to my 7 year old pair of Blundstones. I’ve spent more chilly hours on PNW beaches with my kids in those shoes than I could count.

    • anne says...

      I’d love to put in a recommendation for the LLBean Duck Boots. I’ve had mine for 10 years, and I recently got them resoled and they are good to go for another 10. Mine don’t have liners, so I can wear them in the summer too, but I have some very heavy duty wool socks for the winter.

      I second the recommendation for the Uniqlo heat tech, and for merino wool in all its various forms.

    • Robin says...

      I live in a cold part of Canada and my family reserve is even further north. I have winter gear for different activities. If I am going to teach a class or to a play, I wear a pair of Frye boots and a beautiful wool coat. But if I am going snowshoeing, I wear tall Pajars, snow pants, and a parka (and neck warmer, balaclava, etc). I see these clothes as an investment- I want to be outside in the winter because it’s a long season and be comfortable and warm.

    • Mary PEARSON says...

      Agreed- I am on the hunt for a super warm down coat that sources its down feathers responsibly. Anyone have suggestions? I love the look of the Canada Goose coats but have read that the sourcing isn’t ethical.

    • Christina says...

      @Kate. I would recommend layering your clothes so that you can easily remove the outer layers once at the office, such as ski pants that open with full length zippers along the legs or a quilted full length skirt, instead of layering warm layers underneath :-)
      As for shoes I usually keep indoor shoes at work. There is no way I could work all day wearing winter boots indoors! (Mine are from Graninge, so both way too warm and not too pretty!)

    • Amy says...

      Michigan resident here—I agree! Pre-pandemic times I used to wear snow boots into work and then changed into normal shoes/boots at work. Then I bought a pair of Blundstones, which if weather-proofed are sturdy, warm, and non-slippy enough to wear in the winter most of the time. I got the slimmer profile ones with a bit of a heel and I love them.

  30. Andrea says...

    Is anything made of leather “ethically made”?

    • ali says...

      That’s what I was thinking. I thought they were going to be
      vegan faux leather.

    • Anna says...

      I think that likely refers to the people involved in the production–fair wages and working conditions, as well as maybe more environmentally sound practices.

      I’ve been a vegetarian for 19 years but I still purchase leather products because I do not want to support plastic-based (vegan) alternatives. Also, I take care of the leather things I do purchase and have had some of the same leather bags and shoes for well over ten years.

    • Samantha says...

      Nisolo sources their leather from the meat industry- so it is being taken out of the waste stream and being put to use rather than discarded.
      “We responsibly source our leather from tanneries committed to the ethical treatment of animals (always a byproduct of the meat industry) and the implementation of eco-friendly waste disposal systems.”
      https://nisolo.com/pages/intentionally-designed

      IMO, the meat industry is realistically not going away anytime soon. It is better to utilize all materials involved rather than have them go to waste. Additionally, natural materials are better for the environment long term than some leather substitutes that are really just plastic.

    • B says...

      Don’t typically play this role in the comments section but I have to agree. I understand the utility/durability of leather but it bothers me when people/businesses call it sustainable/ethically made…it’s just just not true. Plus carbon-offsetting is a less-than-ideal tactic to promote sustainability: https://www.vox.com/2020/2/27/20994118/carbon-offset-climate-change-net-zero-neutral-emissions . I understand the idea of “pushing things in the right/sustainable direction” and don’t want to discourage attempts at “doing better,” but the line between that and greenwashing seems difficult to parse here (and in the fashion industry as a whole).

    • DC says...

      Agreed, Andrea. I do appreciate that this blog often shares vegetarian and vegan options when it comes to recipes (thanks, CoJ!) but ask myself this question whenever they post about “ethical” leather… which seems to happen a lot around here. It’s really not that hard to avoid leather!

    • Annie says...

      I was JSUT about to post those exact words! Thanks, Andrea!

    • Thank you for your comment, Andrea.

      100% of our leather is a by-product of the meat industry, and we’re utilizing the more eco-friendly vegetable tanning method across many products. Most of our leather comes from Leather Working Group (LWG) certified tanneries in León, Mexico. LWG is setting the industry standard for environmentally responsible tanning.

      We recently shared our thoughts regarding leather with Refinery 29. You can read the article here: https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/is-leather-sustainable-ethical

      We are responsible for our impact on the planet, and we are always working to do better.

      In regards to carbon offsetting, we position climate neutrality as a first step for reducing our carbon footprint and encouraging other brands to do the same. The fashion industry has an immense impact on the planet. It’s responsible for 8% of carbon emissions (Source: UN Environment, 2019) and contributes more to climate change than international aviation and shipping combined (Source: Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2017). For Nisolo, offsetting 100% of our emissions through impactful conservation work that’s Redd+ certified in the Peruvian Amazon is the bare minimum and just the beginning. We’re going to greater lengths to reducing our footprint by way of prioritizing ocean shipments vs. air, in addition to working more closely with our suppliers to measure and reduce their environmental impact since the majority of our carbon footprint is within our supply chain. We appreciate all feedback for addressing and reducing our impact on the planet.

  31. Meg says...

    Too bad they only run up to size 11! I’m a size 12 and have the hardest time finding cute footwear. Nordstrom’s Rack Big Shoe sale is the event I wait for all year round.

    • Andrea | Nisolo says...

      Thank you for sharing your feedback, Meg! I will be sure to pass this along to our team as we work to continuously improve and expand sizing across our styles.
      Best,
      Andrea from the Nisolo team

  32. Kara says...

    Nisolo has amazing quality, and I love their shoes! In fact, I’ve bought two pairs off your recommendation, the huaraches and the classic Chelsea. Unfortunately for me, I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that they just don’t fit wide feet. (For reference my feet are just over the threshold of wide, very moderately wide.) I thought they would stretch and it would be fine, but I wasn’t a fan of how they looked at they started to stretch. I always appreciate comments on sizing, so thought I’d add my feedback here!

    • Angela says...

      Thank you for this info! Me too!

    • Jeannie says...

      Kara,
      I have the same issue! What are some of your favorite shoe brands for moderately wide feet? I could really use some recommendations!

    • Anna says...

      THANK YOU! I was just wondering if I should order some knowing I’d probably have to return them if they ran narrow/even average.

      My favorite wide shoe finds recently have been Vejas, Madewell’s oxfords and, of course, birks. Blondo also makes amazing waterproof boots that fit my wide feet really wel

    • S says...

      Hi Kara, I’ve had a similar issue with Nisolo shoes and I’ve ended up sizing up a half or even a whole size. It’s made them so much more comfortable for my feet! Just wanted to let people know it’s worth a shot

    • Sara Licastro says...

      I have the same issue and have had luck with ethical brand Adelante boots (you can customize widths) and I’m also intrigued by Poppy Barley (Canadian brand that has wide width options..)

    • Nicole says...

      Same here. I love, love, love how they look, but I have had to return them due to how narrow they are. Envious of those lucky narrower-footed people:)

    • Jessica says...

      I have bunions, which make my feet wide in one particular spot and can make finding comfortable shoes really tough. In recent years, I’ve been finding myself buying from Cole Haan a lot. Thier loafers, deck shoes, brogues, and booties fit me well and are very comfortable, none have seemed too narrow. I haven’t really tried their fancier shoes, like heels and sandals so I can’t comment on that.

    • Anna says...

      Thank you for the comment on Adelante boots! They also let you buy two different sized shoes if one foot is slightly different – I’ve never seen this before and I could cry! My right foot is a 1/2 size larger (and slightly wider), which often makes buying leather boots SO tricky.

    • Calla says...

      I also had this problem and don’t even have particularly wide feet. I ordered their leather slip-on sneakers, they were too tight in the ball so I ordered a size up (to the point they are slipping off my heels) but still pretty tight. I also found the side of the shoe to come up too high on my ankle bone in that style and actually made me bleed.

      Granted that’s an old style so the new one maybe fit better?

  33. arc says...

    I am happy to see that they have added size 11 now. Time to get a nice pair of boots!

  34. EJ says...

    I’m wondering the same!

  35. Emily L says...

    I love these boots, but it still really bothers me how companies don’t style for real-life cold weather. If it’s cold enough for quilted coats, it’s cold enough for socks or full-length pants. I went on 3 different sites today looking for pants and every single style was cropped. When a 5’7″ person is looking at the Tall style and it still won’t hit my ankles, there’s a problem with design.

    Maybe that could be the next “help this reader find…”??

    End rant. :)

    • Claire says...

      Try Boden maybe? I saw some good looking pants on that site.
      Full length pants seems a perfectly reasonable request.
      I don’t know why the trend of cropped and shrunken everything persists, but it probably means lower costs on the production end (less fabric = less cost).

    • CMS says...

      FOR REAL. Ankles get cold, man!

    • Emily L says...

      THANK YOU CLAIRE!! Looking at Boden now and am in love. Now to make decisions!!

    • CMS says...

      Also, Gap has the best straight leg jeans I can find these days. They hit the ankle, and have Tall. Plus they always have sales.

    • Calla says...

      @Claire I don’t know about costs but as someone with short legs I only ever want to wear cropped pants. Full length totally overwhelms my frame and makes me look stouter than I really am.

      Totally get why this does not work for cold climates though

    • Diana K. says...

      Try Levi’s, they let you choose between 4 different inseams and I love their jeans and corduroys.

    • Claire says...

      Emily – right? I recommend getting on their email list because they have good sales.
      Calla- good point- one woman’s too short is another woman’s just perfect. It’s nice to have options.

    • Kari says...

      So true, Emily! One of my greatest clothing pet peeves is dress pants for the office that only hit the ankle, combined with most women’s dress shoes make it difficult to wear socks (i.e. ballet flats, pumps, etc.). My feet and ankles are always cold at the office! I want full length pants, and dress shoes/booties that allow for sock wearing.

  36. Pia Padukone says...

    Do you know if you can replace the Nisolo soles with individualized orthotics?

  37. Jordan G says...

    Do you know if these run true to size? So if I wear a 9.5 in flats, I would be a 9.5 in these boots? Or do you recommend sizing up? TY!!

    • Andrea | Nisolo says...

      Hi Jordan!
      The updated fit of our Classic Chelsea Boot does run true to size, however we do still recommend sizing up a half size to accommodate thicker socks.
      Best,
      Andrea from the Nisolo team

  38. Beth says...

    Can you tell us where we can find that gorgeous grey/oatmeal quilted coat too?

    • Kari says...

      Yes yes I need to know! I need that coat! :)

    • SP says...

      second this!

    • laura s says...

      same question!

    • Alix says...

      Yes, I’d love to know where you found that coat!

    • Kelsey says...

      Me too!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      That’s actually a Nisolo photo (versus a photo we took) — I’ll ask their team!

    • CMS says...

      Not ? but it looks like the Outerknown one I have. Can’t get away with it once the snow hits but it’s a great fall coat ??

    • Elizabeth K. says...

      yes! super cute coat!

  39. Michelle says...

    I was hoping you’d do another fall post with a code! I purchased their mules last year based on your recommendation and love them. I’m looking forward to my second pair – the heeled Chelsea boot!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      So glad to hear it!