“ Brand: Kicker / Type: Boots „
This is a pair of boots I have owned for about nine years now. I know that I've had them this long as my ex boyfriend bought them for me a few months before we broke up which is probably why I don't really wear them much anymore. I have the pink suede pair and my husband now hates them and I also think the look is a bit chavy, dare I say it but they are a really comfortable pair of boots and if I could wear them more I probably would. I probably wear these about once or twice a year when my hubbie is not around and when I wear a certain pair of jeans but that is it really.
I think the history of these boots is quite interesting so I will quote an article I read, "On the French scene in 1970, Daniel Raufast came across a poster advertising the musical Hair. Interested by all the barefooted youngsters wearing jeans, he developed a new shoe concept which he believed to be more compatible with the blue-jean generation. The designer Jacques Chevallereau then created the first 'jean boot'. This new shoe was very different: the use of nubuck; shapes that looked more like short boots than regular shoes; tough crepe soles made with natural rubber, eyelets, contrast stitching, panels and appliqués all obviously referencing denim. The success was such that, within one season, Kickers production capacity grew from 300 to 12,000 pairs per month. Immediately successful in France, then Germany, by 1974, Kickers were selling in over 70 countries."
I will now describe my pink suede boots that I have. Like the above says these are quite short ankle boots and hit just around the ankle. The portion that comes up around the ankle is quite flexible and so they fit well around this area. They have thick rope style laces which are quite short when you tie them which I like as then you are not left with a lot of laces once you have tied your loops.
The sole of this boot is really quite thick and has lots of grooves in it and it is extremely comfortable. They give you quite a bit of bounce when you are walking in them and you can really walk for hours in these boots. On each side of the boot is a little tag, one green and one red that says Kickers on them so you know you have an authentic pair of shoes. These shoes ahve worn really well. Obviously I don't wear them all the time but they have hardly rubbed on the sole at all and the fabric of the boot is still nice and clean. I had a friend at school that worn a pair of these literally every day for the whole five years of high school they lasted that long so I think when you invest in these boots you make a good investment for the future. They are quite expensive, at around £70 a pair but do last, I just wish perhaps I didn't get mine in pink and bought a less chavy coloured pair!!
My Kickers Classic Style Boots were something that I had on the go over the course of 3 years before they got too care worn to go out and about in. I found them to be really reliable for wear in bad weather as the low profile heel and deep ridged grip pattern on the soles of my kickers worked really well. I have replaced them with a proper pair of walking boots since their demise, but I would certainly recommend them and will probably buy some again in future.
My Kickers were in a lovely shade of light tan, which did need protecting with some good shoe protector spray to keep them in tip top shape and ensure they stayed as waterproof as I could make them. I found my Kickers were so easy to wear and take care of, that I would certainly recommend them for daytime wear in autumn and winter. They looked great with casual wear and jeans and the style of the boots is so classic that I feel it doesn't date at all.
I found that the stitching on my Kickers boots was very well executed. I didn't have any issues with the stitching coming undone at all, even after having the boots for 3 whole winters. The main reason I replaced them was due to the insoles at the back of my shoes having worn away too much, which was beginning to cause a bit of rubbing on my feet.
I have found that with these types of boot that once that happens the whole boots begins to rub against your foot in time and that was certainly becoming the case with my Kickers, as even towards the toe area I noticed a lot less comfort than when my boots were new. I have to say I was able to mask this a little with some good quality merino hiking socks, but in the end even those didn't give me enough comfort, so the boots had to go.
As I had my Kickers for 3 winters I don't feel they did a bad job at all, as my initial spend paid off in terms of how long my boots lasted before they needed replacing. During the period of wear, the outer soles did wear a bit, mostly at the corners of the heels, but other than that they remained in pretty good shape.
I did have a certain amount of scuffing at the toe end of my Kickers, but I feel that having used and abused them for 3 winters they actually performed really well and so I put the minimal amount of scuffing down to expected general wear and tear. I certainly would not down rate my Kickers boots just because of that.
I think that the reason the stitching on my Kickers was so good was due to the fact that in places they are triple stitched for added durability, this is a real plus point for the boots. The brass eyelets that the rope style laces are fed through didn't come loose at all and they remained in good condition except for a little tarnishing over time. Again I feel that due to the battering my Kickers took this was a small detail that didn't effect my wearing of the boots at all.
The detailing on my boots was very good with plenty of Kicker logo embellishment to be seen on the soles, the eyelets , the leather etc. I feel this did add to the look of my boots and made them stand out as part of the brand. I liked the slightly padded cuff that was placed at the point where the tops of my boots met my ankles as this provided a more comfy fit for me.
This classic Kicker boot design is still going strong and its something I will definitely go back to in the future. I found my 100% leather Kickers boots to be very durable and comfortable until the inside of my boots began to rub. Even at that point the exterior of my boots still looked in good shape. This was a great shame as I really liked my Kickers, but I guess 3 winters usage is still good.
To give my Kickers Classics a rating is easy. Having had so much wear out of them I cannot rate them with anything less than 4 stars. Had I not had the issue with the insoles coming away and the boots beginning to rub my skin, I would have rated these with a 5 star rating. One thing I would say is that due to the nature of these boots some wearing in is to be expected before they really fit like a second skin, other than that I cannot see any reason not to recommend these great boots.
Kicker Classic Boots can retail for anything up to £65/ £70, but as with anything, there are deals and reductions to be found by shopping around.
Ever had feet that hurt ? Ever wondered if you could find that illusive pair of shoes that feel so comfortable that you feel like skipping ? Well I have had both, and I know which one I prefer.
What are Kickers ?
For those that have never heard of Kickers, the original conception of these shoes came about after Daniel Raufast was looking into the designer shop windows in the Champs Elysees and couldn't help noticing that most of them had bare feet. He wanted to create stunning designs that would appeal to all, and the design of the original Kickers was born, way back in the sixties.
Kicker workshops are in Belgium and these have always been expensive shoes, although for good reason. They last and last. I remember my first pair, and in those days the guarantee said that if the upper wears out before the sole, they would replace the shoes, although I notice that this guarantee is no longer in place as it really doesn't need to be. People know now from experience of these shoes that the quality is superb, that the softest of leathers are used, and that what you are offered these days for your 65 Pounds is a pair of shoes that will outlast any other make of shoe that I have ever tried, and believe me in the fifty odd years of my life I have tried many.
Kicker styles are superb to wear with jeans or trousers, and I particularly like the boot style which was always the traditional design, high at the ankle, laced shoes in either a leather finish or a suede finish. My first pair of these shoes were in a beige leather, and looked after well, gave me more than 15 years of use. Now that really is going some for a pair of shoes. They were used. They were abused, but still they lasted, and by goodness were the most comfortable pair of shoes I ever owned, until this year.
Kickers have extended their range, though the boots I am reviewing are the traditional style, and the new thing is that you can go onto their site and personalise your boots, chosing the colours of leather that you want. They have quite a clever little Java based template where you can personalise your boots in Nubuck. I have three pairs now, one in Pale and Dark Blue suede, one in orange and brown suede, and for the days when the weather is at its worst and I don't want my suede shoes to be damaged, I have a pair of leather kickers in a more modern style shoe, again with laces.
The soles of these shoes really are hard wearing, flexible and the experience of wearing Kickers and trying them against other makers Brands really is an eye opening experience, and one that will tell you instantly which are the best quality and which would be more comfortable to wear. The Kickers win hands down.
The new Kicker style have thought of youngsters and have a new system of lacing through the tongue of the shoe, although I prefer to lace mine traditionally, as with Kickers there is no need to lace through the tongue as it never slips down or creates discomfort. Personal preference I guess which way you lace them, though I feel this was added for aesthetics rather than necessity. Also available now are ones with a velcro fastening, although I don't think these are as stylish as the original concept Kickers.
These really are worthy of consideration, although I would be loathe to spend out the amount they cost for growing children as they would most certainly last longer than they would be used. I think that if a child shows interest in Kickers, it would be more sensible to wait until the child was fully grown because I do know of parents having spent money on shoes that kids outgrow. From a personal point of view, the ones that they make for toddlers really are superb, and I must admit I did buy some for a friends child because they were so sweet, and will be used again when she has her next child.
These really are the business. Comfortable from the word 'go', best quality materials, lasting for ages and giving your feet adequate room without making them sweat. To me they are a much better option to trainers and certainly have outlasted any trainers that I have owned.
Care of shoes
I think one of the most important things to remember if you want your Kickers to continue to look like new is to protect them. Polish for leather ones, and here I use neutral since the colours are ones that are difficult to match with polishes, and a spray protection for my suede ones. I never use a suede brush since I really believe it damages the shoes and makes them look worn before their time.
Website information for anyone toying with the idea of designing their own Kickers;
Available in High Street shops, though do look around, as colour combinations differ from shop to shop, and you may find ones that suit your requirements by comparison.
These are the best shoes I have ever owned. I am probably obsessed by them because they give me so much comfort and my feet have to carry me rather a long way and I want the most comfort a shoe can offer me. If you live in a place that is wet, the leather version is probably the best, although I love the suede ones which I keep for good weather. They really are good.