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The Nailsea Town is an ankle boot. It looks a little like a Chelsea boot in design, but has a zip in place of the more usual elastic panels. The zip is unobtrusive as it is positioned on the inner side of the boot, at a diagonal angle. The front of the boot has a sort of 'fold' effect in the area where you would get a wrinkle from bending down and creasing the leather of a boot. It is a Clarks design and retails at £54.99, sizes 3-8 plus some half sizes.
A pair of black ankle boots has been part of my wardrobe for more years than I care to remember - who am I kidding, it's probably more like decades!. I like to walk and walk in comfort with dry feet and no rubs. I also like to wear my ankle boots with both jeans (boot cut or skinny) and smart-ish work trousers. I'm not a high heel kind of girl but I do like to have some sort of heel. I also have fairly broad size 4 feet, so a little on the smaller side.
The Nailsea caught my eye as the design appealed to me. The position of the zip gives a clear line to the look of the boot. The yellow stitching provides a good contrast (and brought back fond memories of my Doc Marten wearing days) and adds some interest, as do those 'folds' in the leather. The boot looks sensible as well as stylish. Although it is categorised as a 'casual' boot, I think it has a smart look and will wear it to work, when I return from maternity leave, where smart casual is the normal dress code. Meanwhile, the boot looks ok with my boot cut jeans and terrific with my skinnies as the jean fits inside and, in my opinion, looks great. The slight heel means that my work trousers fall to an appropriate length over the boot. That heel also means that walking is comfortable. This is a D fitting only. The boot is fairly wide which suits me but may not fit anyone with a narrower foot. The zips make the boot easy to get on and off.
I went to buy these boots at my local Clarks store. The size 4 I tried on seemed to have some adhesive caught on the toe around the stitching. For £54.99 I want my boots to start out perfect, as well as last a long time. As there was no other 4's in stock, the assistant offered to have a pair sent to my home at no cost and I was shocked to get them just two days later. No complaints about service there.
I've had these boots for about 8 weeks now and I wear them a lot - pretty much every time I go out really. After just 3 or 4 weeks I noticed some wear to the heel. The heel is molded plastic and an integral part of the sole so re-heeling isn't an option. The wear consists of some of the rubber on the heel peeling off. It doesn't seem to have got significantly worse in the last month so I'm hoping it won't be a problem. Heels are a real bug-bear of mine with Clarks shoes. Clarks are now so expensive that I need them to last in order to justify the cost so my expectations of them are high. I paid £100 for some knee length boots a couple of years ago and had to have them re-heeled and soled within 6 weeks. Customer services did offer a refund but as I have difficulty getting knee boots to fit, I didn't take them up on this.
So, I love my Nailsea Boots and have my fingers crossed the heel will last ok. This gives the Nailsea Town a Dooyoo score of 4 - it would be 5 if I was more confident of the heel. I'd like to think I'll walk 500 miles in them but suspect it may end up being more like 50!