When It Makes Sense To Buy Quality Shoes

When was the last time you had your feet measured?

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 help 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.

Dallas ankle boots and Gem handbag

Prior to my visit to Hotter shoes, I did a little research and read that our feet go through the aging 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.

Hotter shoes

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 are “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 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 a 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.

Hotter shoes

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 a 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 fell like I’m like 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!

Hotter shoes

You can see the full ‘Hotter shoes’ range including the new winter season styles at the Hotter Shoes website.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed it. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.



Disclosure: I received a free fitting, ankle boots and a handbag from Hotter Shoes in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


  1. September 21, 2019 / 7:58 am

    The ankle boots look great and very versatile! Would look great under dresses too! Hope to see you on my Fancy Friday linkup party!

    • September 23, 2019 / 4:34 pm

      Thank you Nancy. They are so comfortable. I’m so pleased with them!
      Alison xx

  2. September 23, 2019 / 3:11 pm

    Those are great looking booties! I have some black flat booties from Jambu and another pair I just bought,. I love companies that have quality boots and shoes and are equally as comfortable. The style is lovely and will go with so much!
    Happy Monday!

    • September 23, 2019 / 4:37 pm

      Thank you Jess. It was a very useful experience getting my feet measured. I
      will now be more aware of what I’m looking for when looking for footwear. I know I’ll wear these boots a lot and love the little bag also.
      Alison xx

  3. September 23, 2019 / 10:22 pm

    I must confess I haven’t had my feet measured for years! I know my foot size fluctuates between a two and a half to three and if I loose weight, sometimes a size two! It’s a nightmare sometimes trying to get shoes to fit. I already know how comfortable Hotter shoes are though and I value this brand for supporting Marie Curie Cancer Care xx

    • September 24, 2019 / 1:06 pm

      My foot size does fluctuate from brand to brand. It
      was a good learning experience getting my feet measured
      as I’ll be more assured what size I’m looking for now. xx

  4. September 24, 2019 / 8:08 pm

    You make a good point! I can’t remember the last time I got sized! It would help to know the width at least. I love the new booties you got!

    • September 25, 2019 / 1:41 pm

      Thank you, Laura. The boots are so comfortable. My feet have a wide fit and some
      of the footwear I tried on didn’t look right – so, I will now know what to
      look for. I really don’t like walking round in uncomfortable
      shoes. It can be quite harmful.
      Alison xx

    • September 25, 2019 / 1:44 pm

      I really enjoyed the whole experience and learnt a lot regarding how our feet
      change as we age. I love the boots too! Enjoy your week
      Alison xx

  5. September 26, 2019 / 7:53 pm

    They look so comfortable and a very soft leather indeed. Thanks for sharing with us today and for adding to the #linkup Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • September 26, 2019 / 9:53 pm

      Thank you, Jacqui. the boots are so comfortable and fit perfectly. I did learn a
      lot getting my feet measured. Have a lovely weekend and thank you for hosting.
      Alison xx

  6. September 27, 2019 / 9:03 pm

    Very cute boots. Every woman needs a comfortable and stylish pair of black booties, in my opinion. I don’t think I have had my feet measured since I was a child either and I have a whole ton of ill fitting footwear in my closet! I should follow your lead and go get measured. Then probably clean out the closet of the shoes that are uncomfortable. But I do have a hoarding problem when it comes to shoes and clothes! Loving your outfit, too, by the way. Super cute.


    • September 28, 2019 / 12:51 pm

      Thank you Shelbee. I did learn a lot about my ageing feet. I have
      learned what to look out for to make sure I get the perfect fit. I’ve
      been walking round in the wrong size. I’ve also turned into a
      hoarder, as, I have parted with things in the past and so regret
      it now. An old Ossie Clark cardigan being one of those things.
      Alison xx

  7. Andrea Nine
    September 29, 2019 / 7:42 pm

    Great post and darling shoes. Love it. Make sure you head over and link up your cuteness with our new weekly Style Six fashion link-up. It goes live on 6 Blogs and we’d love to have you!

  8. September 30, 2019 / 9:30 am

    Great post Alison!
    I must also confess I havnt had my feet measured for years and I’m pretty sure they have grown recently!!!
    bestest wishes
    Ashley x

    • October 1, 2019 / 1:23 pm

      Thank you, Ashley. I can relate to that as I hadn’t had
      mine measured either. so pleased I went along. I did
      learn a lot about my ageing feet!
      Alison xx

    • October 9, 2019 / 12:21 pm

      Thank you Ruth. They are very comfortable, so, I will wear them
      a lot. Plus, because of the style and colour they are very versatile.

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