Ted Baker Ofelia Review

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Ted Baker Women’s Ofelia Fashion Boot Black Suede 6 Medium USTed Baker started his business out as a single shirt specialist store in the United Kingdom. The brand quickly branched out and now has stores worldwide; including the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Altogether, there are 544 stores worldwide. The brand then expanded to offer Menswear, Womenswear, Formal, Accessories, Born by Ted Baker, Lingerie and Sleepwear, Childrenswear, Fragrance and Skinwear, Footwear, Neckwear, Eyewear, and Watches.

Ted’s design philosophy captures the heritage of British tailoring with a thoroughly contemporary outlook. His approach is focused on an unwavering attention to detail and firm commitment to quality, with the little touches and details that make Ted Baker products stand apart from the rest.

The Ofelia boots have a high heel of 4 inches. The heel is block style and sturdy. The main material is suede, with the lining being leather, and the sole thermoplastic polyurethane. These boots are ankle boots, so they will fit comfortably right above the ankle and provide some extra support. There is a zipper closure on the back to make for simpler putting on and taking off.

You can sport these boots any time of day; for casual, business, or formal wear. Customers have reported that these boots are perfect to dress up their work attire, and are comfortable enough to wear all day without the pain and discomfort usually associated with heeled footwear after a few hours. You don’t have to sacrifice comfort or style with these boots. The block heel provides comfort and stability while still making a statement with their height. Of course, Ted had to add a little extra flair, hence the scalloped detail at the top of the boot and the metal styling and point at the toe. They sure did hit the nail on the head with these stunning heeled boots.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Stable
  • Modern style
  • Versatile
  • Quality Material
  • Breathable
Cons
  • Boots run small; order a size up
  • Suede requires special maintenance
Lining Material

Lining Material

The lining of the Ofelia boots is high quality leather. Leather is a great lining to have because it feels soft against your skin, and over time, it will begin to conform to the shape of your foot (which means even more comfort!). Leather lining also provides air flow, which will allow moisture to evaporate, keeping your feet cool. Some varieties of shoes choose not to use leather lining because it adds extra weight. With heeled boots, it’s not that big of a deal, because you aren’t running marathons in them. Leather lining is more breathable than cotton lining, and better at absorbing moisture than synthetic lining (which holds in dampness). Leather lining can hold up to three times its weight in water, the only lining material that is able to boast such a thing. Leather is also more breathable than other materials, making it more feasible to go barefoot in your shoes during the summer (and make your feet sweat less in the winter).
Stability

Stability

Have you ever spent a day and/or night wobbling in a pair of high heels? Did they cause extreme discomfort? High heels seem to cause pain whether you’re standing, walking, or even just from putting them on. Doctors have agreed that a chunky, block style heel offers more stability, which ultimately offers more support. The reason a chunky heel is better than a stiletto heel for your feet is that they have a greater surface area to distribute your body weight across, taking out the annoying wobbling. Another feature of these boots that supports stability is the shaft height. Since they come up above your ankles slightly, you will be less likely to roll your ankle over. If you are prone to ankle sprains or have balance issues, chunky heels will quickly become your favorite go-to when you need to spice up your look. They also come in handy for women who want to dress formally but don’t want to go as far as wearing stiletto heels.
Breath-ability

Breath-ability

The materials that the Ofelia boot is constructed from come together to provide adequate breath-ability for your day to day wear. The main material of the Ofelia’s is suede, and the lining is leather. One of the special qualities of suede and other leathers is breath-ability. Leather has the ability to turn moisture into vapor, which makes it unique and very handy when it comes to making shoes. Because the leather is breathable, you will sweat much less in these boots than ones with different lining and upper material. What you do sweat out will end up being absorbed or evaporated. The outer sole on these boots is a polyester TPU material. It is moisture wicking and highly breathable as well. All signs lead to an A+ when it comes to breath-ability for these boots.
Style

Style

Heeled boots are on trend right now, and it’s no wonder why! Women are obsessed with the comfort, aesthetics, and versatility they offer. It is a dream come true to find shoes that offer comfort, beauty, and the ability to wear them with virtually any outfit and create a more dramatic look instantaneously. Comfort is so important, even when you’re primarily after the style. With heeled boots, you get the sassiness of wearing heels, but also the comfort of extra support to allow you to wear them for longer periods of time without feeling like you can’t wait to take them off.

Wearing heeled boots can give you a sense of confidence by lifting you up, giving you better posture, and making you look taller and thinner. The metal accents and scalloped detailing contribute to the beautiful appearance of these boots, and are the perfect amount of flare to make them look sophisticated and trendy. The soft, smooth suede material is also very pleasing to the eye. Heeled boots are the perfect secret weapon to keep in your closet to add a little flare to any and all outfits.
Durability

Durability

Suede is typically a less durable leather because it is cut from the thickness of the leather, and it does not contain the top layer of the animal’s skin. That does not mean that the material isn’t still strong. If it is tanned well it can be improved in durability. Coupling leather lining with the suede outer material supports durability. Avoiding overexposure to cold, sunlight, rain, and snow will help keep your boots durable for longer. Suede is sensitive to the elements with enough time, no matter the quality. However, it is more durable than your typical calfskin leather. After having your boots out in any kind of moist weather, dry them at room temperature and give them a brush. This will help keep the suede looking plush and luxurious. The TPU sole provides durability because it is resistant to oils, abrasion, and splitting. TPU is also waterproof and can handle compressive stress.
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Ofelia boots is made from polyester TPU, which is thermoplastic polyurethane. TPU belongs to a class of polyurethane plastics that possess a good number of appealing characteristics. TPU has resistance to grease, oil, abrasion, splitting, and slipping. It is also flexible, lightweight, durable, and waterproof; along with the fact that this material has a good compression set. This means that the shoe has the ability to retain elasticity after a period of compressive stress.

The cushioning will take longer to “bottom out” from being worn and/or used for a certain number of hours. This material does not feature chemical blowing agents or chemical crosslinking in the polyurethane injection process, therefore industrial regrind and post-consumer recycling are a possibility. With other conventional materials, such as rubber, recycling in not an option. TPU is ultimately an environmentally friendly product.
Upper

Upper

The uppers of the Ofelia boot are suede. Suede is a type of leather that originated around 1860 in France. The name was influenced by a particular type of soft gloves that were imported from Sweden. Later on, the term “suede” came to be known as any type of soft, smooth leather.

Suede is the inner layer of the skin, or hide, of an animal. Hides can be split into layers. The outer layer is what we refer to as leather, and the inside split layer is what we refer to as suede. Suede is a supple, durable material because the hide is tanned. Suede may be less durable than standard leather, but it makes up for that in its thinness and pliability. Suede is also absorbent and less expensive than full grain leather.

Upkeep: Clean suede with a dry sponge or suede specific brush to remove dirt and dust. You can protect your suede by purchasing silicon spray. The spray can protect against water stains and damage.
Key Features

Key Features

The Ofelia boots feature many desirable characteristics. As far as style goes, they have gloriously pointed toes with a stunning metal accent- representing the brand founder’s desire to maintain some British tailoring details in his products. There is gorgeous scalloped detailing at the opening of the boot, as well as a zipped closure in the back. The heel is high, at 4”, and is a chunky block style, making it more comfortable and stable than a typical heel that is classified as “high”.

The main shoe material is suede, which is luxurious in feel and offers a beautiful appearance. The outsole is made of polyester TPU, which provides a number of advantages (Listed above in “Outsole”). Leather lining makes these boots a hit because leather provides breath-ability and comfort beyond compare. These boots come to just above your ankle to provide extra stability without sacrificing versatility within your wardrobe.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

After performing research on this product and it’s features, we’ve come to the conclusion that these boots are on the higher end of the scale when it comes to comfort, quality, and style. The price of the Ofelia boots is justified by the quality of the material, the classy details, durability, and versatility. These boots consist of suede, leather, and polyester TPU materials. All of which are high quality and come with multiple advantages. The leather lining will keep you comfortable and keep your feet dry. The TPU outsoles provide durability, slip resistance, and protection against the elements. The suede material that is used for the rest of the boot provides a gorgeous look with a soft, smooth feel.

There is a zipper closure on the heel for convenience, scalloped detail on the top of the boot, block style 4” heels, and pointed toe with a metal accent. Customers are reporting that they are beyond impressed by the comfort and versatility. They love that they can wear them for more than an hour without pain and discomfort, as well as wearing them for work, out to eat, or just a trip to the grocery store. They can be worn with just about any wardrobe choice and look trendy and appropriate wherever you go. And, just as importantly, they will provide you with breath-ability, stability, and durability. There is no need to worry about sprained ankles, sweaty feet, or painful days at the office when you grab your Ofelia boots in the morning.