About John Varvatos Star USA Buck Zip Boots (For Men)
Closeouts. A brand that puts a little bad-boy into every shoe they make, John Varvatos' Star USA Buck zip boots veritably rock with big-city finesse. Flawlessly constructed with hidden outer zip and snap tab and unique cap-toe seaming with bar tacks.
Specs about John Varvatos Star USA Buck Zip Boots (For Men)
- Upper: Color (01) has a suede upper; color (02) has a leather upper
- Lining: Leather
- Outsole: Rubber
- Height: 4"
- Heel height: 1"
- Weight (pair): 2 lb.
- Made in China
- Visit our Shoe Sizing Guide
- US shipments only
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Most Helpful 5-Star Review
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Marlene from Maine on Sunday, October 4, 2015A high quality, well constructed boots that will for many years of wear
Verified Buyer Reviewed by El Pato Loco from Colorado on Sunday, December 21, 2014The leather work is fine, but the overall construction is a bit flimsy. Good for casual use in an urban environment, but not very good if you like to walk around, or in inclement weather. The snap closures at the top don't stay closed, but they're hidden from view, and make painful contact points with the ankle bone, so that's not a real problem. The zippers do not go up or down easily, and appear to be of middling quality. The size is very long relative to the width, but again not much a problem most of the time (not very good for playing the piano if you want to use the pedals.)
Reviewed by DAE from Pittsburgh on Monday, September 22, 2014I own several Varvatos boots (Side-Lace Freeman, Hipster Chukka, Side-Zip Barrett) and this makes my fourth. Because of that, I somewhat knew what to expect (not necessarily comfortable, but exceptional attention to detail and craftsmanship). Before purchasing, I was actually somewhat reluctant. I was looking for a black dress boot, and while the description reads "Black Sand with Creme," the pictures looked almost brownish. I decided to gamble on them anyway, especially because I tracked down the original price, which IIRC, went into the low $400s or high $300s, and Derailed was currently offering an additional 20% off in addition to their already low price.
When the boots arrived, I was blown away! The color is not a true black, but it's not quite accurate to describe it as brownish either. It is true that there is a slight bit of brown (creme?) smeared through it, but it actually gives the boot an almost quasi-metallic appearance without getting loud. Perhaps a better description would be this. I previously owned a pair of Johnston & Murphy slip-ons in true black. After they were well-broken in, the black became slightly faded, and while polish corrected that, I actually PREFERRED the faded look. It had a vintage appeal to it and many compliments were received. I am already anticipating receiving similar compliments because of the color of this boot. The nice thing is that the slight brown that lurks below the surface of the black gives you some versatility with what you can wear with the boot. You could probably just as easily wear black as you could grey or blue; it just depends on the rest of your outfit (shirt color, belt color, jacket, etc.). I wouldn't try to wear brown pants with them though.
In addition to the color, the details, as usual, are very impressive. I love the stitching locations and the "slashes" that separate off the toe area and the top of the foot. The zip function is nice and I haven't had any problems with the button. A thing to note is that Varvatos boots have a tendency to run on the larger side. By comparison, I usually wear a 9 or 9.5 in sneakers. In boots, I wear an 8.5 in Diesel and go down to a 7.5 in Andrew Marc. For Varvatos, I wear an 8 and probably wouldn't even find a 7.5 uncomfortable. They also have a tendency to be a little on the narrow side (good for someone like me).
One more thing I wanted to mention is that these are, by far, the most comfortable of my Varvatos boots. Hugely impressed with that feature and was totally unexpected.
Reviewed by J from dro on Sunday, January 19, 2014love these boots but they are a bit hard to get your foot into... had to use baby powder but once on they are very comfortable, the snaps do not stay closed and keep popping open