The current incarnation are definately not leather. How much of a problem this is, well I think it's a personal thing. I don't really mind, I don't think any of my doll's shoes are leather except for Josefina's meet mocassins. The pros: they're cute enough, and I use them on Addy (and perhaps someday Kirsten as well) so anything with multiple doll use in good in my books. The cons: they are hard to get on, especially on a doll wearing stockings. The laces are oddly long, and hard to get through the holes because only the very tips are finished with plastic (unlike the leather ones in the pictures). This is the part that dissapoints me. Grade: B-
Mattel version, 2008: Well the boots are certainly not leather anymore! These boots from 2008 seemed kind of flimsy and did not have any type of shine to them. They're almost low quality in comparison to Kirsten's two-tone work boots, which we ordered in 2005 and which are made from the same pattern. The soles are a shiny plastic and the laces are synthetic nylon, but they're definitely long enough to tie. You do need a pair of these boots to go with the riding outfit, though, and these look fine once they are on, just not by themselves. B-
ETA: While still on the low end of quality, the boots look nicer with the real leather vest because they match.
ETAA: Okay, I've finally acquired both the original version (early PM, left) as well as my Mattel boots. A picture's worth a thousand words on this one.
Last Edit: Sept 21, 2010 10:24:37 GMT -5 by Wickfield
Post by green chile supergirl on May 29, 2009 21:37:46 GMT -5
These boots are so sweet. My Josefina has the older version. They're perfect to wear with her riding dress, and with her indigo skirt and sarape in the winter. In fact, they're pretty much the only shoes Josefina can wear with her multitudinous socks, because her moccasins and shoes/socks don't accomodate socks particularly well. Unfortunately, even the riding boots are stretched to their limits with the thick socks from the winter accessories.
Grade: B (points detracted for difficulty of use with winter socks)
Post by nursiegrrl on Jun 30, 2010 10:49:47 GMT -5
Well. They don't have those little rivets for the laces to go through anymore and that disappointed me a little bit. But they look very sweet on the doll. Grade: B-, for the price tag and no lace rivets. If you can, get yourself a pair of the older version boots.
Post by lorieann13 on Sept 17, 2012 11:31:50 GMT -5
I just received my boots. My daughter received Kirsten from a friend and she didnt come with her boots. Her Kirsten is a PM. Anyways the boots do not have rivets but there is no need to have to unlace and relace.
The laces are quite long, which I like, and you just loosen them up to slip the boot on.
With Kirsten wearing her meet socks, my daughter had no problem getting the boots on over the socks/feet.
Our pair also stay open better than the ones posted above.
I actually give them an A. If I was concerned about no rivets then an A-. But we are both pleased with them and their quality.
Daughters AG Dolls: Emma Grace JLY #37, Kirsten, Felicity, and Josefina. Wish list: Samantha