This is the question I asked myself when the leading shoe wear brand ‘Hotter Shoes’ invited me to participate in their no obligation ‘Fit Fortnight Event’.
The event is dedicated to helping people find their perfect fitting footwear. Hotter shoes did a survey and found over 70% of women are wearing ill-fitting shoes, causing, amongst other things, blisters and bunions. Their shoes have a reputation for comfort and quality. They are the UK’s biggest shoemaker, and have seventy-five stores, nationwide.
I arranged a date and time to go into their Durham City store. Following the introductions with their very knowledgeable staff, I was invited by Angela to have my feet measured. My feet aren’t the daintiest and wouldn’t win any beauty awards. Angela put me at ease, immediately, explaining that feet can change shape. They can also fluctuate in size with our weight so it’s good to get our feet properly measured on a regular basis.
I’d not had my feet measured since I was a young girl. So, at this point, I was questioning myself as to why I hadn’t done this before. It seemed silly not to. I have always taken my children to get their feet measured, but never thought about myself.
Prior to my visit to Hotter shoes, I did a little research and read that our feet go through the ageing process, too. The sweat glands in our feet are less active as we age, so the skin becomes dryer. I’ve also learned that a good foot moisturiser can work wonders quickly.
I usually only engage in feet DIY around springtime when they will be unleashed in summer sandals. However, following my “Hotter” experience, I am going to pay more attention to my foot care, all year round.
Following my fitting, I tried on a few different styles. They have a great winter collection. My eyes quickly fell on the leopard print ‘Joanna’ shoe. Unfortunately, they didn’t have a wide fit in that style. I then noticed the black ‘Dallas’ ankle boots. When I picked one up, I was taken aback by how soft the leather was to touch. There is a great subtle, stud detail, which is “on trend”. I love the odd stud or two (my biker chick coming in to play) plus, they have the perfect heel height for me – just enough to give a nice lift.
When I tried them on, I immediately experienced the Hotter shoe comfort for myself, and knew these were ‘the ones”. They have a clever stretch elastic, that is hidden along the top line of the boot and is designed to move with you. This feature is intended to prevent rubbing and offer a snug, customisable fit.
They are an outfit enhancing ‘go-with-everything” item of footwear – and a great addition to my autumn/winter wardrobe. If you’re interested, they also do this ankle boot in tan leather as well as a classic brogue design, in suede. They will be perfect for work or an evening out. They are incredibly versatile and will go with most outfits. They are comfortable, affordable boots at £89.00 and are available in standard and wide fit.
To complete the look, I chose a matching ‘Gem’ camera handbag. It has an adjustable, leather crossbody strap with matching stylish studs. Priced at £45.00, this sleek leather bag features quilted accents and secure zip closure – perfect for housing the “go-to” items you use every day.
I have now worn the ankle boots on a few occasions and they make me feel like I’m walking on air.
The Gem handbag
I would like to thank Angela for welcoming me so warmly and sharing her knowledge in such a professional way.
Wearing the correct footwear is imperative. No matter how amazing the outfit is, we can never underestimate the importance of comfort at any age!
I have styled the ankle boots and bag with various outfits on this blog post to give you some ideas. Hope they inspire you!