Whenever I buy shoes for the girls, I take them to get their feet measured and make sure that they get the right shoe for their feet. This takes priority over cost. However, for a long time, I didn’t apply this same principle to myself when I bought shoes for myself. I would be drawn in by huge reductions in sales, or by something that looked pretty even if it meant that it was completely unsuitable and ultimately would hardly be worn. Then I discovered Hotter shoes, and my beautiful Donna heels. They are pretty and most importantly they are so comfortable that I can happily wear them all day – and then all night (or I could if I wasn’t a very tired mummy!)
I was recently invited to an event at the Hotter store in Cheltenham to find out more about Hotter and their shoes and also to meet up with some other Gloucestershire bloggers. It was really interesting to hear about the innovations going into designing the shoes in order to ensure that they are comfortable. When you look at a pair of their shoes, you don’t see the cushioning inside them, or see how lightweight and flexible they are – they just look good. You can’t appreciate how good these shoes are until you have them on your feet. I suppose it is testament to how good the shoes are that I happened to notice that Nikki sitting next to me was wearing the same pair of Jewel shoes that I happened to be wearing – we were shoe twins!
I have become a total Hotter convert. I have flats, “trainers”, heels and walking boots. I have pretty much abandoned all my other pairs because my hotter shoes are just so lovely to wear. What I don’t have is boots, and with the arrival of autumn these are pretty essential. My eyes were drawn over towards the array of boots on display. There were tall boots, short boots, medium sized boots, coming in different colours and styles. There was so much to choose from.
I was torn between the gorgeous Ivy biker boots and the longer Mystery boots. The sales assistants in the Cheltenham store are brilliant, with Hotter doing women’s shoes in half sizes, the size you may need in one style, could be different to one you need in another, so these lovely ladies were happy to bring me pair after pair to find the perfect fit and the perfect style. I felt like royalty as they ran around after me, and with every pair of boots that came out, there was always a smile on their face.
I loved both boots, but decided that the Mystery boots in tan just edged it in terms of their practicality – they would be great with leggings or a skirt and tights, and would be smart enough to wear for work.
I have been wearing my boots now for almost two weeks. They start the day with me at 7:30am as I leave for work and I am on my feet for the majority of the day, teaching followed by nursery pick up and then the walk to collect Freyja before returning home at around 5:50pm. With most of my old shoes, it would have been a relief to kick them off at the end of the day, but my Mystery boots are just as comfortable at the end of the day as they were 10 hours earlier.
I had a great evening at the Hotter store in Cheltenham socialising with some fellow bloggers, trying on boots and eating the delicious nibbles put on for us by the wonderful Hotter team. The choice on offer to us at our local Hotter store was enormous – something their to suit all our different tastes. You can find out what some of the other Gloucestershire Bloggers chose over on their blogs.
I don’t think I can sing the praises of my Hotter shoes any more than I do, but the only way you can really understand how great they are is by trying them for yourselves. Hotter have offered all my readers a discount that will entitle you to 10% off and free postage and packaging on your first order with Hotter. Just visit the Hotter website and enter the code PNDTEN. This voucher code is valid until 24th December 2015.
Disclaimer: I was gifted the pair of Mystery boots, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.