I have only just discovered Public Desire (I know, where have I been, right?!). I was actually googling images of the River Island Black Cleated Platform Over The Knee boots when I first stumbled upon the Public Desire dupes (and thus Public Desire!). At almost half the price of the River Island pair, and allegedly exact copies, I had to take a chance and see what they were like!
When they arrived they were perfect, the perfect height on me (not too high), perfect heel height (and a comfy one, at that!), uber flattering and just all round wonderful. Except for one thing.. Without tights, they had a tendency to slip on bare legs. OH NOOOOO. In panic, I bought the River Island pair online – before they sold out, just incase there was a slight difference and they didn’t have that problem. At that point I was so in love with the boots, paying almost double extra was worth it if it made them entirely perfect.
After much testing and trying on of both pairs, I learnt there are actually some pronounced differences, but I ended up keeping the Public Desire pair! Here’s why, incase you’re also undecided on which to go for and what their differences are.
Ultimately, the boots are practically the same, bar fit – but they both slip without tights on! If you’re tall and skinny, go River Island. They’re a good few inches higher in length than the Public Desire Amie pair, and the leg of the boot is a little more slender. However, if you’re petite (like me!) or have small feet, go Public Desire. The foot of the shoe is much smaller (the River Island pair felt a good size larger than it should be) and the length of the boot is a good length for us little legged ladies! Also, the heel of the boot is marginally higher (every little helps!).
Admittedly, the Public Desire Amie pair are a little looser (so great also if the River Island pair are too tight for you), but not incredibly so. In fact, they only slipped down when worn with bare legs but with tights and jeans, etc., they were fine. I’ve since learnt that tit tape or some over the knee socks work in keeping them up – which has basically remedied the only problem I had with them!
As mentioned earlier, I’m (now!) so happy with my Public Desire Amie boots. Have I mentioned how comfy they are?! I can totally see myself traipsing around all day in them without my feet hurting. I had an inkling I would fall in love with them, so much so, within 24 hours of placing my first ever order, I went back and made another! My second purchase was the Public Desire Laurel over the knee stretch boots.
Both of the boots I bought from Public Desire are stretchy, over the knee types. One with a chunky platform and cleated sole, the other a stiletto. They’re essentially the same boot, but with different heels!
Public Desire Laurel boots are definitely more evening appropriate, and the heel, whilst not too bad for its staggering height sans no platform support (4.5″!), is still gonna take some practice. But, SO CHEAP – and the quality doesn’t reflect this at all! Am definitely looking forward to making more Public Desire purchases – with these prices, how could I not?!
What are your thoughts on my new Public Desire Boots? Got a favourite?