“ Brand: Dorothy Perkins / Brown suede boots with a faux fur lining / Type: Boots „
Every Autumn I find myself in a quest for boots and in particular, the one pair of boots that will do everything I want them to. My check list for the perfect pair has changed somewhat in recent years, what with a move to the countryside and becoming a Mum, so that my previous love of pretty looking but impractical footwear has changed to a need for comfort and convenience above all else. It was with this is mind that I went on the great boot hunt of 2009 and discovered what I think must be my favourite pair of boots of all time.
I found the boots in question in the shoe section of my local Dorothy Perkins shop and was immediately attracted by the deep chocolate brown colour (also available in black) and also their appearance. What I liked about them was the up-to-date Ugg-like look, however unlike Uggs and similar brands these boots are more moulded and fitted over the foot, which gives them a slightly smarter look. The outside of these calf length boots is made of a soft suede and the whole of the inside is completely lined in a lovely warm faux fur. The sole is in what felt like very durable rubber, with plenty of grip on the bottom. As soon as I tried them on I knew I had to have them- they were incredibly comfortable and the fur made my feet feel very warm and toasty, which turned out to be a major bonus considering the winters we've had in the past few years. They also fitted comfortably over my calves, which is something I normally struggle with due to having very short legs (the fat part of my calves must be lower down I suppose!) At the time I was a little reluctant to fork out £50 for them, however in hindsight they were worth every penny. This year, they have gone up to £55 but if you fancy a pair, grab them quick as they are currently on sale for £45.
Once I got them home, I think I can safely say that they hardly left my feet for the whole of that winter and well into the spring. I found these boots to be extremely versatile- you can wear them over leggings and skinny jeans but they also look fine underneath boot cut or wider leg jeans and trousers (I always think the ugg style looks a bit odd and like a pair of slippers when worn underneath) and they also go well with skirts and dresses. They have a slightly closer and more fitted silhouette when compared to Uggs, which I found makes them a little easier to dress up and I would say you could probably get away with these under trousers in a standard office job. I normally wear them with the leg fully folded up, however you can also fold the leg part down a little to show the fur if you fancy a change. They are very convenient as footwear goes as there are no zips or other fastenings to contend with- you just pull them on and go, which is great when you're in a hurry to get out of the door.
The durability of these boots is fantastic, I have worn them in rain, snow and mud over two winters now and gone on some pretty long walks in them and they've always kept my feet snug, warm and dry as well as very comfortable. They've never given me any blisters or chafing and the grips on the sole have managed to keep me upright on snow and ice, which I'm very grateful for. Considering the amount of time they've been worn, they look to be in remarkably good condition and I may even be able to stretch them out for a third winter, which I think makes them great value for money. I was interested to see from the Dorothy Perkins website that they are also machine washable- not something I've tried but I shall give it a go and update in due course.
For me as a stay at home mum, these boots are perfect as I can wear them pretty much anywhere in comfort and yet still look vaguely presentable. They aren't super trendy so I don't look too 'try hard' yet they don't look frumpy either. I would recommend them to any woman of any age as they can be adapted to look more or less fashionable depending on what you wear with them. I can honestly say I have discovered no negatives at all to these boots, which is a first for me!