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== My Hotter Sandals ==
I have bought two types of sandals from Hotter.
First I tried one called Easy, which has a buckle strap around the ankle, and two velcro straps across the foot.
After finding this multi-adjustable sandal extremely comfortable and durable, I decided to try their similar Florence style sandal. The obvious difference is the closed-in back, and therefore added support, of Florence.
== The Florence Style ==
Hotter call their Florence style a sandal, though some might describe it as an open-toed shoe.
I love the flexible leather uppers, extra comfortable padding at the back of the foot (where shoes have often rubbed me in the past), and soft suede effect cushioned footbed.
Hotter describe the heel height as 1 ½ inches. However, the thick wedge sole is already a minimum of ¾ of an inch deep. I like the way this adds to my height without having to balance on high heels.
I imagine the ease of access and fastening would be a boon for those with mobility problems.
== Colours ==
Mine are two-toned denim blue and a lighter blue, which is no longer available.
The 2010 colours, that Hotter have now reduced, are two-tone white/beige, or a single colour of black, navy or platinum.
The image that the Florence style portrays differs a lot depending on the colour, in my opinion.
I think the two-toned effect looks pretty for casual wear, while the solid colours look formal.
I much prefer the look of the two-toned versions.
== Sizing ==
Hotter styles come in full and half sizes, and in some styles, including my Florence sandals, there is also an extra wide fitting.
There is a fitting guide on their website. On request they will also post one to you.
In most shoe brands I need a wide fit (E or EE), so I was surprised when I followed their instructions that I got the result of standard fit. Having now tried on their shoes, I know that I need a wide fit for their closed-in shoes. I wonder if this is because my feet swell when warm and cosy in this type of style.
However, with their adjustable strap sandals, if I can get the normal width fitting significantly cheaper, I buy that. This is because I have found that they are just as comfortable when I make the correct width adjustment. This would not be true for those who need a more generous width fitting than me.
If you normally try on two lengths of footwear because you are in between sizes, with the Hotter brand, my experience tells me to go for the larger size.
== Where to Buy ==
Hotter have been making "Comfort Concept" footwear, for men and women, in Lancashire for over 50 years.
They now have 12 of their own shops in towns around the country, and are also stocked by some independent stores.
Sadly, there isn't a Hotter Store where I live, so I first found out about them through a neighbour who buys shoes through their website.
Their prices are higher than I am used to paying, but I still wanted to try them after my friend's recommendation.
If you can't afford, or don't want to pay, their normal prices, I suggest that you look at the Factory Clearance part of their website. I have bought half price bargains after browsing here.
== Price ==
My Florence Sandals, like other Hotter Comfort Concept footwear, are quite expensive with a £52 full price tag.
A way of getting a modest discount on full priced stock is to sign up for their emails that often contain promotional codes.
However, currently in their autumn sale, Hotter are selling 2010's colours in their Florence Sandals for £44. (Promotional codes aren't valid against already discounted styles.)
Together with the £3.95 post and packing charge when ordering from their website, I still think them a bit expensive though.
I got mine for £14.49, including post and packing, from a private eBay seller who said that they were an unwanted and unused present. My feet have been delighted with the comfort of my bargain.
I have found Florence to be an extremely comfortable and durable pair of sandals. Colours for sale have changed yearly, but not the quality.
Although I recommend them, unless money is no object, follow my tips in the Price paragraph to see if you can get them cheaper than the full price of £52.
I am giving Florence Sandals 5 stars for quality, comfort and durability.