In fact, our buying team has been SO anxious to get this boot beauty in stores and dsw.com for months now, and the season has finally arrived. To celebrate it’s debut, we tracked down the fabulous buyers who purchased the boot exclusively for DSW (yep—you can only find it here!), and asked for the inside scoop on this almost too good to be true boot! Shoe Lovers, meet Andrea and Donna.
First, can you share what your role is on the DSW buying team?
Donna: Of course! I’m a boot buyer for stores, so I help decide what styles will be in our stores nationwide.
Andrea: And I’m also a buyer, but for dsw.com. I specialize in boots and sandals.
So do you work together when buying boots?
Andrea: Absolutely. We travel together, meet with vendors together, and scour the market seasons ahead together. Plus, I work with Donna to learn what styles and colors will be in stores, so I can make decisions about the boot selection on dsw.com.
Thanks for the insight! Now, let’s get down to business—we’re kind of in love with the Unisa Gillean. How did you come to pick this boot?
Donna: The short answer? It’s a boot appealing to nearly every customer, at an amazing price. The long answer? Well, back in spring we received a huge box of boot samples from our wonderful partners at Unisa with the Gillean inside. I pulled out one amazing color, and then another, and then another! It felt like my birthday! The next day, we were traveling to meet with other vendors, but I was showing pictures of this boot and its colors to the other buyers, talking up the fantastic quality and over-the-knee style I knew was going to be BIG for fall. Everyone was in agreement—we HAD to have this boot.
Talk to us about all of these colors—we really can’t believe there are so many!
Andrea: Believe it! From classics like black and navy, to really bold styles like leopard and silver glitter, the Gillean has a color for every single girl. And the back panel on every boot is the same—a wonderfully stretchy black material that’s great for a lot of different leg shapes, including wider calves.
Hold up—did you say this boot fits wider calves?
Donna: Yes! Because it’s so flexible, the boot works for many Shoe Lovers, including our wide calf boot lovers. It slips on without any zippers or snaps, and has a very low heel. Super comfortable to wear all through fall (and even now, if you’re daring).
Speaking of wearing boots now and later—got any style tips for the Gillean?
Donna: Honestly, you can wear it with anything you’d pair a traditional riding boot with. Girls who wear this boot now are really the trendsetters of their group. We’ve seen women style it with cute mini dresses or floral skirts. But come fall, it’s absolutely a boot for everyone with leggings, dresses and tights, skinny jeans, and more.
Thanks for your time, ladies! Any parting words to share with our Shoe Lovers?
Andrea: Only that this boot is HOT, and already selling fast in our stores and online. If you love a color, grab your size now. It’s probably one of the least expensive things you’ll add to your wardrobe this fall, but one you’ll wear most! And if you truly love this boot, keep an eye out—we just might have some new surprises for our Gillean lovers later this season!