Walking in a winter shoe land…
So a few weeks ago, the lovely Nadine from Juggle Mum and myself were invited to join a lock-in of a different kind. Its been a while since I have been to a lock in, this one still involved alcohol (a nice glass of Prosecco, thank you very much) but this time it was all about discovering the perfect Winter boot for Christmas.
Nadine and I were lucky enought to be invited to visit the Hotter store in Leeds to choose the perfect pair of Winter boots. We had such a great time and felt like celebrities thanks to the warm hospitality of the Hotter staff. Jenny the store Manager and Siobhan even provided us with little heart shaped cookies for nibbles to go with our glass of fizz as we browsed. Nothing was too much trouble.
As a woman finding the right boots to suit your style can be a bit of a task. With so many styles, colours and boot designs too choose from, sometimes you feel like you just can’t find what you are looking for. I have gathered together some tips, along with the wisdom of the Hotter staff from the night to help you get happy feet this Winter.
Have you had that Cinderella moment—when you try on a pair of boots and sign ”YES these are the ones”? Whether it’s a pair of mod inspired Chelsea boot, a chunky 60s inspired heel or a pair of sumptuous knee high boots for some Winter warmth, the design and style of a boot can make or break your outfit. It is always imporatn to stay true to your style and see your boots as a finishing statement to your outfits. It ‘s worth remembering these wise words from Coco Chanel as you shop “A woman with good shoes is never ugly” It may be about shoes but I think it applies just as well to a good pair of boots.
The comfort and fit
This is one thing I sometimes struggle with- getting the correct fit. I’m totally guilty of buying shoes that are a little smaller thinking they will “give” or just because they are in the sale. Apparently fitting however isn’t just about the size of your feet, it’s also about the shape. This takes in many things across the entire length of your foot, from the width of your heel to how much your toes wiggle.
Don’t get hung up on you shoe size, because almost every different shoe brand varies slightly in sizing. It may be tempting to buy online but it’s almost always better to get your boots in store, because of this reason. FYI Hotter has a lovely selection of many styles. All their boots are crafted from the finest leathers and featuring signature cushioned insoles- so no more aching feet!
Whether you opt for leather, suede or faux leather, getting a boot that is waterproof has got to be essential; well, we are living in the UK aren’t we! All of these materials can be treated to be water resistant; you just have to look for a mention on the label. As soon as I got home I treated my new suede boots to a waterproof spray. Perfect for Winter.
What type of Boots did I choose?
I ended up going with the 70s inspired Sienna boot Described online as “Retro inspired styling of our beautiful soft suede ankle boots. The round toe ensures there is extra wiggle room while pretty fringed detail and ornate hand-stitching completes the on-trend look”. Buy them whilst you still can!
My ever gorgeous, shopping companion Nadine went for some rather fab Pixie boots. You can see her posts over on her Juggle Mum blog.
You can view all their boots here and read more about our shoe shopping antics over on the Hotter blog.
Oh and if you are thinking this store is only for those with traditional tastes, vintage fans think again. This British brand has heaps of awesome styles, including retro- inspired brogues and 70s knee highs, for you to browse and try on to your hearts content. Thanks again Hotter team, you’re awesome!