i never bought boots last winter because i couldn’t justify coughing up $200 smackers for footwear. i’m determined to buy a pair this year- i must! – my sneakers are not gonna cut it. so I’m on the hunt again…i found these two that might be possibilities but are hovering in the $200 range again (ugh!) i just wanted something without mega heal, or mega straps and buckles. i also don’t wear them over my jeans because i feel like a dork the times i tried that, so this shorter boot is looking like a good option. the darker one is probably the better option for a wintery day. so i’ll stew on this for a few weeks now.