I have spent about 4 months trying to find boots that are exactly what I want. I have just about given up looking at this point because I just can't find what I want, maybe someone here may have some suggestions. I apologize in advance for my criteria, I know it is very specific and probably very difficult to find something like this.
I am looking for black boots, either leather or synthetic leather that I can wear with jeans or casual pants. Nothing too casual, nothing too formal, something in between. I want the lining and the insole/footbed to be smooth. I know this is odd, but I don't like wearing socks and I like smooth materials on the inside of my footwear. So, I am looking for boots with either a smooth leather or a synthetic lining and a smooth insole/footbed. I also want a zipper to make it easy to get on and off. I do not like decorative stitching or a lot of buckles, unless it can all be hidden by my pant leg. I am looking for something taller than ankle height too, mid-calf or higher would be good. Probably the most difficult to find is a snug fit on the shaft, I don't care for the loose fitting shafts. All of that for $200 or less. I am not opposed to used boots off ebay as long as they are in good shape. I am also not opposed to women's boots that can pass as men's boots. I normally wear size 12 in men's so women's sizes are hard to find that would fit me anyway.
So I know that is a difficult list. I am very fussy. So in summary, here is what I am looking for:
Black boots, leather or synthetic
Between casual and formal
Smooth lining and insole/footbed
No stitching or buckles visible
Mid-calf or higher shaft
Snug fitting shaft
$200 or less
Used and women's boots are acceptable