The Search is Over

OTK Boots

The group, Survivor, probably wasn’t talking about the search for over-the-knee boots when they wrote “The Search is Over” back in 1985. But I’m happy to report that my search is over.

I finally found the perfect pair of OTK boots.

OTK Boots

After feverishly scouring the internet, haunting sites like Nordstrom Rack, and returning more times than I would like to admit to DSW, I am now the proud owner of black suede OTK boots.

Despite finding tons of great options online, I was hesitant to buy a pair of boots without trying them on first. Would they come up too high on me? Would the size be okay? Would they be comfortable? These questions kept running through my mind.

Fortunately, DSW didn’t let me down. After perusing the store and walking up and down every aisle multiple times, I spotted the Tracey boot from Diba. I hadn’t heard of the brand before, but their looks begged me to give them a closer inspection. The heel wasn’t too high (meaning I could wear them all day), they could be worn with the top cuffed down (perfect if you’re petite), and they were incredibly comfortable (winner!).

OTK Boots

Although I found the love of my life, that particular DSW only had my size in a wide-calf, so it was back to haunting other locations for the right size and fit.

The stars aligned and I managed to snag the only pair in a size 6 and regular calf at another local DSW (#success).

Since I purchased these OTK boots, I’ve worn them to lunch with a friend and received many compliments on them. They’re just as comfortable to walk in as when I first tried them and they didn’t even need to be broken in.

OTK Boots

My favorite part of this whole saga, you ask? I used two DSW coupons, a birthday one for $5 off and another one for $20 off, and scored these babies for $57 (originally they were $79).

But the story doesn’t end here…stay tuned for part two!

Photography by Vlad Polchaninoff



  1. How fabulous do you look, Vanessa! You look gorgeous in these photos and those boots look great on you! Isn’t it such a wonderful feeling when you finally find what you’ve been looking for for so long and notice how it was definitely worth the wait! I love them and they look great with the white pants! I can’t wait too see part 2!

    I hope you have a lovely day and start to your weekend, beautiful!



    1. Thanks, Jalisa! These boots screamed ‘glamorous photo shoot’ to me. I love them and they will definitely be on major repeat this season. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and the photos. My photographer really outdid himself on this one. Hope you have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks, Kathrine! I’m a huge Survivor fan, so I thought this song title was most appropriate for the post. Aren’t these boots fabulous? I couldn’t believe how comfy they were in the store! Hope you have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks, Colleen! I’ve been a fan of the OTK trend for a while and am so happy that I snagged a comfy pair at a great price. Stay tuned — another pair might make their way to the blog soon. Can’t wait to check out your post!

    1. Thank you so much for the sweet comment, Danielle! I had a blast with this photo shoot and my photographer really did a fantastic job with these shots. The third one is my fave, too. These boots are super comfy and I’m so glad to have found them. Stay tuned for part two — there just may be another pair of OTK boots making their way to the blog soon. I hope you have a great weekend!

    1. Sorry, you’re missing your boots, Annessa! I’m loving the OTK trend and will definitely be wearing mine a lot this season. Stay tuned — there is another OTK post coming to the blog soon. I hope you can be reunited with your pair before long!

  2. Wear them in good health! Glad you found OTK boots that are so comfy. They look great. You look great. Wonderful photos! Compliments to the subject, Ms. Steil, and the photographer, Mr. VP.

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