Puffer Coats & Fall Shoe Reviews

Faux Shearling Lined Puffer Coat, size XXSSam Edelman Faux Shearling Lined Puffer Coat, size XXS (review below)

Happy Sunday! I bought this coat last weekend and if it looks familiar that’s because it’s similar to The Coat on Amazon (very similar here available via T.J. Maxx). I have never tried the Amazon version but I like the pocket placement on this coat better and the right pocket placement always makes a big difference in how a coat looks. I was actually looking for this puffer coat to try but I only found this style at my local store.

Universal Thread Heather Faux Sherpa Wedge Fashion Boots Universal Thread Heather Faux Sherpa Wedge Fashion Boots (review below)

Faux Shearling Lined Puffer Coat, size XXSFaux Shearling Lined Puffer Coat, size XXS | Soludos Ibiza Classic Sneakers (review here) | Click here and here to view the clips from my try-on

I tried on white and black but the coat comes in a total of 6 colors and the olive color was the most popular color in store with very few sizes left. I bought the white color but black or a darker color would have been more practical at hiding stains since the ribbed cuffs on the sleeves get dirty easily. Size XXS is an oversized fit on me and it’s not available in petite sizing. The coat has 4 pockets for your hands and the first two pockets are where the front bottom zippers are and there’s another set of side entry pockets behind the first layer of the coat as well. The second set of pockets are warmer since you can feel the wind through the thin front pockets. I like that the coat is machine washable and it’s a cute casual coat that’s perfect comfortably layering underneath. You can unizp the zippers on the sides if you need extra room to accommodate curves. Lastly, despite the name of the coat only the hood of the coat (not removable) has faux shearling lining.

Update 11/23: I machined washed the coat according to the instructions but the down/feathers filling looks clumpy straight out of the wash. The filling takes a few days to dry completely but once it did I put the coat in the dryer on the (no heat) air puff cycle to help fluff up the inside down/feather filling. I’m concerned the coat may not be the same in some spots on the sleeves (perhaps the filling still hasn’t completely dried yet). I may bring it back to Nordstrom to see what they can do for me since I love the style and I would rather dry clean it since machine washing it is a pain. 

Update 11/24: The down/feather filling in the sleeves finally completely dried after over 2 days. I was able to break up the down that had dried in clumps and shake out the sleeves so the entire coat is back to its fluffy self.

Faux Shearling Lined Puffer Coat, size XXSFaux Shearling Lined Puffer Coat, size XXS | Click here to view the clip from my try-on

J.Crew Chateau puffer jacket with PrimaLoft, size XS regularJ.Crew Chateau puffer jacket with PrimaLoft, size XS regular | Click here to view the clip from my try-on

I tried on this Chateau puffer jacket since my friend Su was curious about it. Size XS was a bit roomy on me so I believe I would need it in my usual size XXS regular. I did not like how this coat looked like on the hanger but it is a lot nicer once you put it on. The cinched ties helps to give you some waist definition and I like that it’s not too bulky.

J.Crew Chateau puffer jacket with PrimaLoft, size XS regular

I also tried on this puffer coat from Amazon Essentials Women’s Heavy-Weight Hooded Puffer Coat and size XS fit me well except the sleeves are wider than I prefer. Refer to the video clip from my try-on here. It is $54.00 and lined with fleece in the pockets, body and hood for extra warmth.

Universal Thread Heather Faux Sherpa Wedge Fashion Boots Ann Taylor Cozy Mock Neck Sweater, size XXSP (review here) | Similar jeans | J.Crew Factory Crystal Party Pendant Necklace | Universal Thread Heather Faux Sherpa Wedge Fashion Boots | Click here to view the clip from my try-on

These booties are really cute with the faux sherpa edging. I found that they run true to size and they have a 3.5″ shaft and 3″ wedge heel. I like the side zippers so that you don’t have to undo the laces to put them on or take them off.

A New Day Carmelo Microsuede Sherpa Lined BootiesA New Day Carmelo Microsuede Sherpa Lined Booties | Click here and here to view the clips from my try-on

I ordered these booties out of curiosity but I didn’t love them on me since I thought that they made my feet look like horse hooves. They feel a bit narrow in the front so if you plan to wear them with thick socks then I would suggest going up half a size for comfort. They have a 4.5″ shaft and 3″ block heels. I tried wearing them with dark colored thin socks but the faux sherpa lining (only lined on the sides but not the foot bed) inside left specks all over the socks when I pulled my feet back out.

Universal Thread Antonia Microsuede Heeled Riding BootsUniversal Thread Antonia Microsuede Heeled Riding Boots | Click here and here to view the clips from my try-on

I couldn’t resist ordering these boots to try but the calf circumference is 14″ and I have 12.5″ calves. The shaft is 14.5″ tall so they fit like tall boots on me (I’m 5′ 2.5′). The boots have 3″ heels and they feel more narrow in the front so you may want to go up half a size for comfort or to wear with thicker socks. There’s a stretch slit panel at the top of the shaft as seen in this clip.

Universal Thread Antonia Microsuede Heeled Riding BootsUniversal Thread Antonia Microsuede Heeled Riding Boots | Click here and here to view the clips from my try-on

A New Day Chelsea Rain BootsA New Day Chelsea Rain Boots | Click here, here and here to view the clips from my try-on of size 6W and size 7M here and here

These rain boots fit true to size but they have a more narrow fit so I got the wide width in a half size down. I found that size 6 wide is comparable to size 7 but there’s more room for your toes to move around. I’ve never owned Chelsea rain boots before so I will have to see if I can figure out how to style them. I’ve tried on the Sam Edelman Tinsley rain boots before and those have a more narrow fit as well.

Ann Taylor Soludos Ibiza Suede SneakersAnn Taylor Soludos Ibiza Suede Sneakers in rock grey

I have these Ibiza sneakers in the white leather color (review here) so I was excited to see this new suede color. Unlike the leather version this suede version runs more true to size so my usual size 7 fit me well. The white leather color is always excluded from sales but I noticed that this suede version is on promotion. Ann Taylor currently has a sale but the better promo code is THANKS1 for 50% off full-price styles (excludes suiting, cashmere and third-party merchandise). Sign up for ShopRunner and enjoy free 2-day shipping on orders of $25+ at Ann Taylor.

Ann Taylor Llana Suede Scalloped Heeled BootiesAnn Taylor Llana Suede Scalloped Heeled Booties | Click here to view the clip from my try-on

I wanted to love these scallop booties but they are a mod 60s look and the light grey color is harder to match than I thought. I probably should have ordered them in black. They fit true to size and the front of the foot is more narrow so you have want to go up half a size for comfort or to wear with thicker socks. They have a 4.5″ shaft and 3″ block heels.

Ann Taylor Llana Suede Scalloped Heeled BootiesAnn Taylor Llana Suede Scalloped Heeled Booties | Exact ottoman

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