First, I love, love, love these shoes! They’ve basically become the ever popular next step up from the Lita boot for those craving some pretty wild chunky heels. The price tag is pretty big, averaging from $240-260, but I found the cost completely worth it! Hopefully, I’ll help you decide for your own.
I bought the black leather which comes with 3 sets of laces- rainbow laces (shown), black laces, and white laces. Like a whole lot of girls, I already have about 10 or more pairs of black shoes in my closet and the hellbound is one of those shoes that comes in a handful of eye-catching loud colors- but I think the black really flatters this gigantic shoe, especially if you’re petite like I am. It’s kind of a fine line between awesome giant chunk and black’s magic slimming power. AND RAINBOW LACES! This is the only color sold with rainbow laces.
The shoe is excellent quality, with the exception of the heel bottom grip. Everyone has stated their love with the ridged rubber front grip, but somehow they forgot that the heel was hard plastic and it does slip on floors! It’s not terrible but i’ve noticed feeling it on polished floors.
The leather is nice and soft and what i would describe as a medium weight…it’s a little thicker than other soft leathers which makes it feel a bit more durable and offers a tiny bit of support since the shoe is so tall. I also wasn’t sure what kind of leather I was getting at first. I noticed a lot of the photos for this shoe on websites looked like nubuck or distressed leather, but they are, in fact, plain smooth leather with a slight shine. I believe some other colors come in different material though.
The lace eyelets (in lieu of grommets) are slightly annoying, but a godsend if you intend to change out your laces often. They tend to pop out easily on the upper half of the shoe if not tied tight enough or when not on your foot, so you will have to lace it every time unless you get lucky. The laces themselves are really long. I’ve seen a lot of girls wrap them around the ankle, but I choose to use the slack to just double knot the laces because they have untied before while walking. And let me tell you, almost tripping on a shoelace in 6in heels is REALLY SCARY.
They are heavy, but you won’t notice it on your foot since legs are so strong. :)
Thin socks fit fine. Maybe even thick socks if you tie it looser or your foot is narrow.
For the rest, I want to compare it to the Lita, since i feel like that’s the thought process I personally went though when i was debating on buying them and I know a lot of girls have started out their crazy shoe collection with the Jeffrey Campbell Lita.
Definitely bigger as you can see!- but just as easy to walk in and extremely comfortable. The boot runs slightly narrower than the lita, but as the owner of 2 wide feet, I still find the hellbounds fit great. I’m a 7 in both and a true size 7 on a foot chart. The pic shows a few wrinkles on the hellbound…I think it’s from me trying to get it off without unlacing. I don’t care personally.
My feet are a bit bony too and I did notice one discomfort, but have solved it easily. The lace eyelets, shoe tongue, and heavy duty zipper all happen to rest on a large bone near my inner ankle bone. I’ve had to tie that portion of the boot looser and pull the tongue away on an angle to relieve the extra pressure. It’s a problem I’ve had my whole life with ice skates/roller skates so if you have the same problem, don’t get discouraged!
Overall, they look cool and they’re actually a little comfier than the Lita. For those of you who haven’t tried the Lita, these are hands down the most comfortable heels you’ll ever put on. Don’t mind the heel and height. They are literally a comfortable shoe.