So what do I love about this boot? The "butterscotch" color I ordered is a misnomer; it's really a rich, slightly burnished looking nutmeg shade (not ombre like it appears in these photos! that's just the way the sun is hitting today...) that in my opinion is more versatile, reminding me somewhat of the very popular adjustable-calf Mullen Spice boot in the equally misnamed "tan" that I ogled this fall at a Clarks store.
As you might have guessed, I have a love-hate relationship with stretch panels on boots. I love that their existence makes it economically viable for manufacturers to create styles with a "base circumference" that works okay for small calves, even if we don't use/need the stretch function, because these can generally stretch to fit average legs, too. But I'm less enamored of how prominent the panels can be when not done thoughtfully.
A note on sizing: A few reviewers complained of trouble getting their foot into this one, but I had no problem at all with that. I am in between a 7.5 and an 8 and got the 8, which was the right length and fine, though comfortably snug, in the toe area.
With just a suggestion of point through the toe, I would say this isn't a style that makes your feet look shorter, so if yours are longer than average, you might want to think twice.
Calf slimness: ***/5
In black and two shades of brown.
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***spring 2016 update***
Happily, Zappos appears to have on offer another pair of Blondo slim calf boots in waterproof leather -- the Elenor (at right) -- that look pretty darned fitted on slim-looking legs in the video clip. The published circumference on those is 13.5" in size 8, so depending on whether that's a top or midcalf measurement, I'm guessing they'd fit me about the same as the Vallera, possibly a bit snugger. Nice option for the rainy season...