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I have had these Footglove ankle boots now for about two years and have most definitely had my wear out of them. I bought them from an M&S outlet shop in Birmingham and paid £22. I am not sure if they are still currently on sale in the main M&S stores but the last time I looked they were £35. I have seen them nearly new on Ebay for as little as £5.
The upper is leather and is very soft and pliable. Footglove is exclusive to M&S who claim that this brand is made of beautiful, soft leather that's flexible, lightweight and breathable which I can confirm that this pair of boots most certainly is. I chose these as I wanted a pair of plain black boots as I already had several pairs of fancier pairs. They are very plain with the only markings being a seam across the front of the foot, one going up the front and a seam going all around the boot about an inch from the top. The heel is about one and a half inches and is quite chunky so they are easy to walk in. They don't have a platform but the sole is quite thick without looking clumpy.
These come in sizes 3 to 7 and also in half sizes which you can't get from most places. I find the zip very easy to move up and down and I have never had any problems with it. Although they fit snugly due to the lovely softness of the leather they don't feel tight or constricting in any way. The toe tapers inwards but not enough to squeeze my feet and they are a generous width as I do have quite wide feet and there is enough room to be comfortable.
Although they don't have a very padded sole they are really comfortable and I have often worn them all day and the balls of my feet haven't felt hot or sore as they can do with other boots. I have worn them when it is really cold and my feet have always kept warm and cosy. I have also worn them when it is icy and although they aren't completely slip proof I haven't slipped when I have walked from the door to the car and our drive is like a stating rink in the icy weather.
I can say that these boots have never rubbed me and are very comfortable and easy to wear. The heels have started to wear down a bit but I think this is to be expected from the amount of wear they have had. I will probably get them heeled soon as I am sure I will be able to wear them for years to come and this is cheaper then buying a new pair.
I think these are a smart looking pair of boots which look just as well with jeans and leggings or you could even wear them with a dress as the band around the top would look good against a pair of thick tights. I do love these boots and choose to wear them a lot more than most of my others and I definitely recommend them, five out of five stars from me.
~Super comfy ankle boots~
My super comfy Marks & Spencer Footglove black leather ankle boots were somewhat of a bargain buy, as I found them on the reduced shelf at an M&S Outlet store a short time ago. There were very few pairs on sale at the time and I was lucky enough to find some in my size. The sizing of the boots seems similar to that of rival brands such as Clarks, Hush Puppies etc (as I own and wear boots from these brands). I bought the same size that I usually do and the initial fit was such that I found the boots supportive and comfortable to wear from the very outset.
I am unsure as to whether the boots came in half sizes as there were limited numbers of them on display, so am unable to comment on this. I only saw these boots in a black leather finish, so again am unable to comment on other colour options they may have. Even though I must admit I had quite a few pairs of leather ankle boots already when I bought these, I thought that these particular boots looked to to be a good every day type comfort fit boot that I could make use of. I am pleased to say that in wear the boots have proven to be just as easy to wear as I had hoped they would be.
~These boots are made for walking~
When I bought my boots I found them to be a good fit straight from new which I feel is quite rare with new shoes or boots, which often have to be worn in for me to be able to wear them for any length of time. The look of my Footglove boots is simple, sleek and understated in my opinion, with only very minimal stitching and design details having been used to make up the leather uppers of the boots. I find that the side opening zippers that have been used on these boots are easy to open and close when taking the boots off or putting them on and once zipped up they ensure a fitted, yet not overly snug, comfortable feel to the boots.
The fact that these boots are both easy to wear, yet smart in appearance makes them something that I can wear with a wide range of outfits from smart casual, to more formal styles if wanted as the boots have a simple, timeless look to them that seems to work with all kinds of clothing. I find that the height of these boots is not overly low or high, which means that I can wear them without ending up with tired or cramped feeling feet and toes. I find that when I have worn my boots over the course of a few hours in a day, my ankles and feet cope well as comfort levels are so good with these boots.
Having bought a number of other boots just prior to having bought these particular boots, I feel that whilst the Footglove boots were amongst the cheaper items I bought, they certainly don't feel cheap in finish. The materials used to make up the boots feels quite light in my opinion when I compare the boots with others I wear, although I find the lightness of the boots is part of what I like about them. The boots are so comfortable to wear in my opinion as the leather used is nice and soft and the level of very light padding and lining in the boots works so well together.
I liked these boots so much that when wanting to buy a pair with a slightly higher heel and more pointy toe for evening wear, I sought out another pair from the Footglove range and bought them too. I feel that this shows this range of ankle boots have a good cut and fit to them that works well. I would rate these boots as being a 5 star product due to their comfortable fit and their durable yet light and smart design. I would most certainly buy from this range in future should I need to replace my boots next season as they feel nice and look to be well made.