Hey Glitterfriends, do I have the perfect boots for you: The J.Crew Tenley Mid Calf High Heel Boot in Dark Rust. They may have been released in 2008 but I have seen them bopping around online in places like Poshmark (that’s where I found mine) and Ebay so I thought I’d let you know why I love them so you can decide whether you would like to hunt down a pair yourself. When they came out I estimate they would have been as much as $328 dollars, or as low as $278 based on current J.Crew shoe pricing, but because they are 5 years old I was able to nab them hardly used at $39.99 shipped! What a steal for a boot style that is timeless! The heel height might be more than what some ladies like to wear regularly but I found with my life-changing insoles I can wear them all day without any problems.
Top tips for scoring these boots on Poshmark (or any other specific item you are seeking out):
1. Know your item well. This way you can spot it when it isn’t labeled with it’s specific name. When I bought my Tenley’s they were just called “J. Crew brown leather boots size 8” but I had seen the boot being sold by another seller via the specific style name for more than twice the price and with a full season amount of wear. With Poshmark’s easy sorting filters it wasn’t that hard to price compare between sellers to find the best price.
2. Check regularly, but don’t hesitate. With places like Poshmark and Ebay you need to be patient if you want the best deal possible because you have to wait for that mystical seller to appear with her listing. But, you also don’t want to keep waiting for “what if I can find it cheaper” because someone else might nab them up. Worst case scenario? You can buy two pairs and resell one to recoup the higher price you paid for one pair because if you were willing to pay for it at that price, someone else might be too! Also, read the return policies because you might be able to return it if you do it soon enough (though on Poshmark they return policy doesn’t cover buyer’s remorse like Ebay sellers can allow).
3. Be flexible. Even though I think this exact style boot is amazing, if you are flexible about what you want you have even more possibilities to choose from. If you just want a mid calf length boot and not the specific Tenley in dark rust you can shop across brands, price, and item wear with less constraint! Also, depending on your foot size you can consider shopping across sizes if half sizes work for you or you are familiar with how your feet work with each brands interpretation of sizing.
I hope that was helpful. What is your ideal fall boot? What do you think of the Tenley? Comment below and let me know, or even post a link to a recent blog post or Instagram of your fall fav shoes!