Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

Catherine Malandrino Sorcha Over-the-Knee Boots

It’s here! The time has come for the second part of my over-the-knee boot story.

You probably remember all of my posts lamenting my search for the perfect over-the-knee boots. I mentioned that I hesitated ordering online, fearing that the boots would be too tall, uncomfortable, or ill-fitting. Then, on a shopping trip to DSW, I spotted these black Diba OTK boots that ticked most of the boxes for me. I purchased them, but I was still secretly searching for that elusive pair!

Then one day I found them.

Catherine Malandrino Sorcha Over-the-Knee Boots

I was perusing a blog and there they were. Fearing an outrageous price tag, I sheepishly clicked on the link and let out the loudest scream of my life. The Catherine Malandrino Sorcha boot from the Nordstrom Rack looked eerily similar to the coveted Stuart Weitzman’s that are all the rage. But that wasn’t the reason for the scream — they were originally priced at $150 and were marked down to $79.97.

After a quick happy dance around the house, my excitement turned to disappointment (perhaps, outrage). I noticed that all three colors the boot came in and every size had two dreaded words next to it: Sold Out! What? My life as a blogger depended on these boots! I frantically called the nearest Nordstrom Rack and was patched through to numerous departments in search of some help. I kept getting the same answer: we’re sorry, but we don’t know if or when the boots will be back in stock. If? When? Those were not words I wanted to hear. Next, I began an online chat with the Nordstrom Rack headquarters, hoping for a more tangible timeframe. Unfortunately, I received the same response.

Catherine Malandrino Sorcha Over-the-Knee Boots

Determined to prevail, I bookmarked the link to the boots on my iPhone and iPad. I checked it morning, noon, and night (and then some!), while always having my credit card on hand. I grew hopeful when the little ‘sold out’ icon was missing from a pair, but despondent when the only available size was a 9.

Catherine Malandrino Sorcha Over-the-Knee Boots

A few weeks of stalking the Nordstrom Rack site went by…and still no luck. Maybe I wasn’t meant to have these boots after all. Just as I was ready to give up, I gave the site one last look on a Monday morning, early. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I leaped out of bed, grabbed my credit card, put a grey pair of size 6’s in my online cart and proceeded to checkout. Still not sure if this was a dream or reality, I entered my credit card information and was greeted by a confirmation email with an order number and a delivery date.

Once I knew my order had been processed I was elated. If any of the neighbors heard me that morning, they may have thought I lost my mind. Or perhaps you do after reading this lengthy story. But I swear, this purchase was one of the best I’ve ever made. And since it was right after my birthday in November, it was also the best belated present I’ve ever gifted myself.

Catherine Malandrino Sorcha Over-the-Knee Boots

The boots arrived on my doorstep the day before Thanksgiving. I frantically opened the bright pink shoe box to examine the boots. I hadn’t seen them yet in person and was nervous that they wouldn’t look as good, or worse, they wouldn’t fit. My fears were happily squashed after slipping the beauties on and parading around the house in them. I love the look of the grey suede, the heel, and the little tie detail high on the thigh part of the boot.

Catherine Malandrino Sorcha Over-the-Knee Boot

This purchase reminded me of the expression ‘good things come to those who wait.’ It’s easy to lose patience when you see something that you want and often, we settle for substitutes. I’m glad that my two pairs of OTK boots have a fun (albeit, verbose) story attached to them, but more importantly, they are a reminder of a life lesson.

Sadly, these boots are out of stock…again. If you are interested in them, I would suggest checking the Nordstrom Rack’s website frequently and crossing your fingers. You just may be surprised like I was!

Photography by Vlad Polchaninoff



  1. This was such a fun story to read. I have done some similar things myself when it comes to searching for that one item you so desperately want. Right now I’m waiting for the US Postal service to deliver a gift to some needy children but the package seems to be lost. I sent it about 2 weeks ago with 2 day priority shipping. I have been contacting the post office daily about this issue so hopefully some good things will happen for me and these children as well, while we wait. I love your boots. They do look exactly like the Stuart Weitzman ones. This was an excellent find. Thanks for sharing your fun story with us.


    1. Thanks, Kathy! I’m so glad you liked the boots. Don’t they look just like the Stuart Weitzman ones? And they are a fraction of the price. I hope you are able to locate your package soon — I know all too well how frustrating that can be, especially right before the holidays. Have a great weekend, Kathy!

  2. Aw, such a cute story, I’m so happy you were able to get your hands on them! Something similar happened to me with a pair of Nine West heels I saw at Marshall’s. I searched high and low at all the nearby stores and finally there was one that had my size! The feeling is awesome, especially for such a great price you paid! Good things do happen to those who wait πŸ™‚ You look gorgeous wearing them in this post and I can’t wait to see how else you style them!

    Have a fabulous weekend, beauty!



    1. Thanks, Jalisa! I figured you all could relate to my search/struggle. I’m glad you were able to find the heels you wanted. It’s an amazing feeling when you score a fabulous deal after such a long search. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Thanks, Ela! The same thing happened to me. I was searching for a grey pair, but couldn’t find one I liked — and one that wasn’t sold out or ridiculously expensive. I found a black pair at DSW and then these came back in stock!

  3. I love this story! Also, my apologies if you’ve already answered this question previously but do these boats run true to size? Thanks!

  4. Hi,
    I saw these boots online today and was searching for review when I came across your site. May I know if they are comfortable? I walk a lot so want to make sure they don’t hurt.

    BTW they look great on you.

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad you came across this post. I LOVE these boots. You can’t beat the price, and yes, they are comfy. I’ve done plenty of walking in them and have never had a problem — even when they were brand new. I’m looking forward to breaking them out again this year. I hope you enjoy your new purchase!

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