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The Barrister's Boots in Dark Brown
The Barrister's Boots in Dark Brown
Doreen Pierre shot by Charley Malone for Autostraddle

The Barrister's Boots in Dark Brown

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            • Vegan Leather 
            • Derby-Style Lacing
            • Brogue Accent
            • Plain Toe
            • Average ("B") Widths

Formal laced dress boots have a long history. To be able to afford formal boots often meant you were a member of the aristocracy, because of the cost of the extra material and the craftmanship required to make them. Today, dress boots straddle the line between a tough, rugged aesthetic and a formal wear that is appropriate for a work environment - and often it can be difficult to find dress boots that look good with a suit. 

The Barrister's Boots are the answer: a delicate balance between nonconforming style, elegant and office appropriate formality, and the added bonus of extra ankle support and warmth for colder seasons. These vegan leather boots can be paired with dress pants or worn in the casual day to day to really elevate your style and add a bit of punchy visual interest without losing practicality. Whether you're wearing them to your law firm or to your local dive bar, with a long cuff they appear just as nice as a pair of dress shoes, and with a short or rolled up pant leg can be shown off as the sturdy ankle cut boots they truly are.

Each pair of Barrister's Boots comes with a complementary tin of neutral shoe polish.

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews

I bought my first pair a few months ago, and I absolutely love them. As mentioned in the product description, they're stylish enough to elevate any look, and can easily be worn in an office setting. Especially given that I'm a med student and therefore work in a healthcare setting, I've never been terribly comfortable with the idea that women end up in office shoes that leave the tops of their feet uncovered (with the risk of sharps and other objects/fluids falling, in my case) and have to stand all day in shoes with pretty much zero arch support. Not to mention, I feel more confident in my boots, even as someone that tends to be pretty feminine. Overall, these are a great look, true-to-size, and comfortable. Word to the wise: if you don't have a shoehorn, get one! Prevents you from messing up your leather at the heel when you put them on.


I found Tomboy Toes after a long, LONG search for shoes that matched my style, and these were a dream come true. I'd never found the right kind of shoe for a reasonable price - they were always either way out of my price range to be a woman's fit in a more traditionally masculine style, or they were actual men's shoes that made my feet look like the size of boats! I ordered the Barrister's Boots and the Downtown Dappers in dark brown after starting a new job and desperately needing some new shoes for the office. The price is great, the shoes are SO comfortable, I feel super confident, and I get constant compliments. The customer service is incredible, also. I ordered my shoes on a Monday and they were on my doorstep the same week on Friday. The complimentary shoe-polish hadn't been included in the box, but after a quick email to Lauren, my tins were in the mail! What could be better - amazing shoes, incredible concept, and phenomenal customer service. Do yourself a favor and buy these shoes ASAP!