“ Brand: Fly Flot / Type: Ankle Boots „
As I grow older I find that the need for comfort in my footwear far outweighs looks. However, when I find a pair of shoes or boots which manages to combine the two, I'm always delighted. One of the best shoe manufacturers for comfort has to be the Italian company, Fly Flot. Their styles are often not what one would regard as high fashion but they are always so comfortable, you'd be forgiven for thinking you weren't wearing shoes at all.
Given the dreadful summer we've just endured, I'm already planning my winter wardrobe and recently bought myself a new pair of Fly Flot ankle boots which fit my ideal criteria of being comfortable and looking good, too.
Fly Flot may be based in Italy but their reputation is now worldwide and for good reason. For many years they concentrated purely on providing footwear for service industries such as hospitals and catering but over recent years they've moved into more fashionable footwear whilst still retaining the comfort element. They are manufacturers of the most comfortable footwear you're ever likely to encounter. This is due in part to the wonderfully soft leathers used in their shoe and boot manufacture and also to the process used in creating the soles for their footwear. This process involves heating the synthetic materials to a temperature which creates lots of air bubbles and when the liquid is poured into a mould and cooled, the resulting sole has a spongelike texture which acts as a kind of shock absorber. It also means the wearer is literally walking on air.
These particular boots don't have a design name, just a code number CALFLY1007 and are available either via Shoe-Shop.com or from Pavers Shoes retail outlets. They come in two colourways, the ever popular black or burgundy and just to ring the changes, I opted for the burgundy. They currently retail for £54.99 with free delivery. For an all leather boot offering such fantastic comfort, I consider I've bought myself a bargain.
The style of the boot may not be high fashion but neither does it look old fashioned. It has a wedge heel and side touch fastenings. The black leather option is of a uniform shade but the burgundy are what is described as brushed leather meaning that the leather has an aged look to it with a slightly patchy appearance. This doesn't look anywhere near as awful as it may sound but simply gives the leather a well worn patina. The burgundy shade itself isn't a very purple burgundy but is more of a reddish brown making this a versatile choice for wearing with other colours.
The all leather upper is made from very soft supple leather which moulds itself to the wearer's foot and the insole is also leather with the remainder of the inner being lined in microfibre material making them feel very cosy.
The boot fastening is simply yet effective with the front opening right up making it easy to put the boot on and the closure is by leather straps which thread through metal tabs and closed with heavy duty Velcro. This leaves the front of the boot looking very plain and streamlined. There is some top stitching in a contrast shade.
The boot is finished off with a 2 inch wedge heel which I find the perfect height. It's high enough to look elegant and low enough to allow the wearer to long distances in comfort. But that isn't all, this boot has a unique selling point for me in that the non-slip sole isn't just fixed to the base of the boot but continues about two thirds of the way up the back of the heel. This means that the heel is protected when driving
The way the sole is attached to the upper is also worth a mention. The manufacturing process is such that whilst the sole is still in liquid form, the upper is pressed into it, making the need for stitching redundant and also creating a perfect watertight seal against the elements.
You may feel that as these boots are a fairly new acquisition, I can't really comment on their wearability. What I will say is that this is now the third pair of Fly Flot boots I've bought and owned and the other two pairs are still going strong. After several years both pairs are showing very little signs of wear other than that the leather has become more creased and even softer if that's at all possible.
As for negatives, there just aren't any. I bought these online and did wonder whether the inner fastenings might catch on each other whilst walking but that hasn't turned out to be the case. The fastening fit very close to the side of the boot with minimal protrusion. The only other negative with regard to these boots is that it would have been nice to have had a wider range of colour choices.
I'm a huge fan of the Fly Flot brand and own several pairs of their loafers, clogs and mules as well. I would definitely recommend these Fly Flot boots to anybody who is looking for well made, stylish and above all, comfortable footwear. In fact, I'd recommend any Fly Flot shoes or boots if you're looking for comfort when you walk. Their footwear isn't just exclusively for women either as they also have quite a wide range of men's styles these days.
I'm delighted with my latest Fly Flots which I anticipate I'll still be wearing many years from now and I know I'll be walking on air all through the autumn and winter months.