It's very pretty, understated and classy, versatile enough for work & fun. About as timeless a riding boot as you can find. And fairly slim through the shaft, measuring a (not super impressive) 15" at the top, in size 7.5, but (better news) just 12.5" inches at the midcalf and 10.5" around the ankle.
I am 5'4" tall and love the 16.5" shaft height of these narrow calf leather boots, but if you're significantly shorter than that or have short legs relative to your overall stature, you might find that they come up a little too close to the kneecap. It shouldn't be a problem for most.
As for the foot sizing, I would say if you are between half sizes, go with the larger on this one -- especially if you plan to wear mid- to heavyweight socks underneath.
<<<< Kudos to Cole Haan for the elegant almond-shaped toe...
And for this lovely burnished effect at the toe and heel of the "Harvest Brown" shade boot I chose >>>>
<<<< On the negative side for those of us with icy winters, there's no tread to speak of with these soles. Sigh.
Overall, a really nice pick to end our 2017 skinny calf boot roundup!
May we have more choices in the year ahead -- though I'm not holding my breath :-}
Happiest, healthiest of holiday seasons to everyone, and as always, thanks for keeping me company here at Howdy Slim. Double thanks for all the comments these past four years-- can you believe that? -- on your own personal skinny calf hits & misses. The more the merrier!
Rating for the Katrina:
Calf slimness: ****/5
In brown or black. Find it at:Nordstrom (50% off as of mid January 2018! Be sure to choose regular calf, not wide!)
The Cole Haan Galina earned high praise from a fairly slim-calved reviewer and might be a good pick if you are open to (or even prefer) a stretch-panel approach to calf fit. Plus, under $100 in some color/size combos as of June 2018!