“ Brand: Hush Puppies / Type: Boots „
When it comes to shoes i have learnt over the years that you get what you pay for, and so for the winter i bought myself 2 pairs of boots.
One pair that are like biker boots and the others that are these, the eagle by Hush puppies. To be honest i can always remember hush puppies having a dreary reputation of selling boring and plain shoes without any personality, but more recently have seen some lovely boots being sold.
Hush puppies are renowned for their logo of the dog. They have been around since 1958 originated in the USA, Michigan and claim to, and i quote "By utilizing supple suede in combination with lightweight crepe soles, Hush Puppies created a soft, breathable and very comfortable shoe--an innovation that would ultimately change the kind of shoes we wear". Hush puppies are sold to a whopping 120 countries worldwide, so we can safely say they are popular!!
The boots i am going to talk about are the Eagle boots that i saw in my local Schuh store, one of the few shoe shops in my local city that sell Hush puppies. They were priced at £85 and of a brown waxy leather. These boots are both comofrtable and practicle and i love these boots.
The boots can be bought in a black waxy leather, a brown waxy leather, black and dark brown grain leather, and a brown suede. All priced the same these look quite different depending on the leather. The boots themselves sit just below the knee and are a rounded toe. Around the front of the boot, is a buckle in a worn looking metal. This is decorative though and i wouldnt advise that you undo or do the buckle up. This may mark the boot or leave divvits where you dont want them. There is a brown zip that runs up the inside of the boot running from the sole of the boot right to the top. This i have found to be very sturdy even when i am putting these over skinny jeans and there is a little tension. I also do not have the slimmest calves going ( not the baby cow, the fleshy bit around the back of the leg) and have no problems with these boots either with tights of jeans, so a nice flexible fit.
Around the base of the boot where the fabric meets the sole is an obvious brown stitching that gives the boot character and there are also areas of stitching around the boot giving the illusion of several pieces of leather being stitched together. This is in complete symetery with the other boot, great craftsmanship.
The heel of the boot is roughly 7cm high and is a thick heel giving added support to the ankle and has a wood like coating giving the illusion os stcked pieces of wood. The sole of the heel has a hard wearing layer that can easily be re-heeled when necessary.
To look at these boots from a distance, you would think they were a little like cowboy boots, but on closer inspection seem to have more uses that this one symbol. I wear these with dresses, skirts, over jeans and even with leggings and an oversized jumper. They can be casual of a little smarter depending on what you are wearing.
Internally, the boot has a soft fabric inner in black that runs the legnth of the leg and the insole has a very soft padded base. I have never had any problem wearing these boots, they have never caused pain or sores on my smelly feet at all, even after a full days shopping and a session at the dead skin eating fish shop!!
Due to the nature of the fabric these boots are waterproof and i would love to say that they were really easy to clean, but because they are not a glossy leater that you can polish, or a suede that you can brush they are a little more difficult to keep spotless. None the less, a damp cloth and a suede protecting spray work well together.
Due to this one niggle, i am knocking off a star, 4/5 for me!!