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Urban English Riding Boots: Redesigning The Savannah Hill

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In Spring 2013, we asked for your help in choosing the final design and the name of Poppy Barley's Savannah Hill Boot. The result–a western-inspired riding boot silhouette with contemporary seams and a high-low topline–was one of our best styles yet. The Savannah Hill style joined our Spring 2013 Collection, and over the summer, we learnt a lot from our first Savannah Hill customers. We also put a lot of thought into how we could perfect the style.

The Savannah Hill Boot Poppy Barley In the end, we decided to make the following threechanges and to re-launch the boot in Fall 2013 (which we’ve now done) with these adjustments: 1. Moved the zipper from a half-size side zip to a full back zip. This makes the boot easier to put on, especially for women with high arches. It also removes the limitation we put on the calf size for this style (again, because it is easier to get on). Lastly, in the case of any alterations, it is much easier for cobblers to work on a boot with a full zip. The Savannah Hill Boot by Poppy Barley - Technical Drawings 2. Changed the way the high-low topline fits the leg. This style has a V-shaped top, with the bottom of the V being 1.5 inches lower than the sides of the boot. Originally we applied your boot height measurement (which is one of 8 measurements we use to customize all Poppy Barley boots) to the top of the sides, like so: Poppy Barley Savannah Hill Boot Drawing The redesign and new measurement system now applies the boot height measurement to the bottom of the V, making the sides higher up on the sides of your legs (while the lower V in the front and the back means you can still sit down without any knee-crease issues).

Poppy Barley Made to Measure Savannah Hill Boot

Interestingly, this really changes the look of the boot. Suddenly, the boots are much less western-inspired, and look much more like urban English riding boots. (Pictured below, actress Selma Blair wears an edgy, rustic version of more traditional English riding boots.) Selma Blair English Riding Boots Finally, this new height pairs very well with tucked-in skinny jeans or trousers, and helps elongate the leg. 3. Added colour blocking to the top. This fun addition allows you to further customize the The Savannah Hill Boot to get the look you want. A black bottom with a brown top evokes classic field boots (or, English riding boots), while choosing one colour, or an unusual colour blocking option (e.g. black and grey) makes the boot more "city" and less "country".

Poppy Barley Made to Measure - The Savannah Hill Boot

Now – we’d love to know what do you think of the changes? *A clarifying note – any Savannah Hill Boot orders placed before September 10th will be made with the previous pattern (which is what was shown on the website at the time of order). All orders after the 10th will be made with these changes. **2015 — The Savannah Hill Boot has been discontinued and replaced with La Hacienda Boot.

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The Harley Heeled Sandal Ankle Size Guide

How To Measure:
The Harley Heeled Sandal: Take a tape measure and wrap it around your foot, right below your ankle bone as that is where the strap will sit (see product imagery and fit video for a visual demonstration). This measurement is based on the last adjustment point on the strap.

Size Strap length will accommodate an ankle measurement up to the size below
5 26 cm
5.5 26.5 cm
6 27 cm
6.5 27 cm
7 27.5 cm
7.5 27.5 cm
8 28 cm
8.5 28 cm
9 28 cm
9.5 28.5 cm
10 28.5 cm
10.5 29 cm
11 29 cm
11.5 30 cm
12 30 cm

The Esther Heeled Sandal Ankle Size Guide

How to Measure:
The Esther Heeled Sandal: take a tape measure and wrap it around your ankle, above the ankle bone, as that is where the strap will sit (see product imagery and fit video for a visual demonstration). This measurement is based on the last adjustment point on the strap.

Size Strap length will accommodate an ankle measurement up to the size below
5 23 cm
5.5 23 cm
6 23 cm
6.5 23 cm
7 24 cm
7.5 24 cm
8 24.5 cm
8.5 24.5 cm
9 24.5 cm
9.5 25 cm
10 25 cm
10.5 25.5 cm
11 26 cm
11.5 26 cm
12 26 cm

Belt Sizes

Natural Waist Measurement Typical Jean Size Belt Size for High‑rise Pant Belt Size for Mid‑rise Pant Infinite Belt Size
23-25" 23/24 26" 28" 1
25-26" 25 28" 30" 1
26-27" 26 30" 32" 1
27-28" 27 30" 32" 1
28-29" 28 32" 34" 2
29-30" 29 32" 34" 2
30-31" 30 34" 36" 2
31-32" 31 34" 36" 2
32-33" 32 36" 38" 3
33-34" 33 36" 38" 3
34-35" 34 38” 40" 3
36-37" 36 38" 40" 3
38-39" 38 40" 42" 4
40-41" 40 40" 42" 4
42-43" 42 44" 46" 4
43-44" 43 44" 46" 5
44-45" 44 46" - 5

Sizing Note: For the most accurate fit, measure around your body where you plan to wear the belt. Choose the closest belt size to that measurement.

Belt Diagram Accent Belt and Complement BeltThe Accent Belt, The Polished Belt and The Complement Belt size measurements start from the beginning of the leather to the middle hole.

Belt Diagram Infinite BeltThe Infinite Belt size measurements cover the entire length of the leather.

Belt Measuring Guide

Belt Measuring Guide

A - High-rise style:

If you plan to wear your belt around your natural waistline, wrap a measuring tape around the narrowest part of your midsection. Then, add 3” to determine your high-rise belt size.

B - Mid-rise style:

If you plan to wear your belt lower than your natural waistline, you will require a dierent size. If you have a particular pair of bottoms you intend to wear your belt with, wrap a measuring tape through the belt loops while in a relaxed position.

When wearing your belt in your preferred style, it should fasten in the middle hole. The belt will relax with wear allowing you to cinch it tighter, as needed.

If you plan to wear the belt in both the high and mid-rise styles, you have two options:

  1. Select your high-rise style and fasten it more loosely when worn in the mid-rise style.
  2. Select your mid-rise style and fasten it more tightly when worn in the high-rise style.