I tried these. In blue. DH gasped in horror as I unwrapped them and said they looked like plastic. They fitted very well (size 42, v narrow feet, narrow ankles, 42cm calves). But they didn't look as classy as I'd hoped so I reluctantly agreed with DH and sent em back.
I did wonder about the Boden boots - was thinking about the flat ones but wanted to know if they looked totally synthetic - doesn't sound good, Aarghhelp!
I think that the brown ones are a bit more casual than what I'm looking for (and I need black, as I have almost no brown in the wardrobe).
Sigh. I am going to Italy in Dec and may try there, as I've found Italian shoes tend to run narrower.
I do love those Hobbs ones. I only managed to wear them for about 2 hours but had people emailing me with compliments! I could just get someone to cart me around in a sedan chair and wear whatever I like on my feet.