I am going though this section and thought Id give my reviews on a few items since Im just collecting her stuff.
As to these boots LOVE EM!!!!!
And like a few have said, they go perfectly with the middy (sailor) outfit. In fact, that is what mine was wearing when I spotted her at a doll show. Needless to say I brought her home
Here is a photo I took my Samantha wearing the outfit with her One pearl button was missing on mine but it was easy enough to sew one on (got a packet of actual pearls from michael's crafts sometime back.) If anyone here loses their button and needs a replacement, LMK and I'll look for another in my box of buttons.
I found them easier to get on than Rebeccas boots with the velcro back. But yes, the pearl buttons look fragile and intimidating.