“ Brand: Matalan / Type: Ankle Boots „
I'm always on the look out for new shoes and when i saw these on sale in my local Matalan a month or so ago i really couldn't resist them - who couldn't, they were an absoloute bargain at just £7, reduced from around the £25 mark! The sizes available are currently limited instore my local matalan and i can't find them on matalan's website so i'd reccomend having a look instore asap if you want a pair of these as it seems matalan are giving them the boot! Colours available are black or a tan brown, i got the tan brown as it's more versatile - the black ones resemble doc martens slightly so in my opinion are a bit grungey and emo, but the brown ones have more of a summery 'cowboy' look to them with a subtle hint of grungey rock chic which i love. They are described as biker boots, but are basically ankle boots.
The buckle detail on the boot (2 straps with a buckle on each) is cute and adds a vintage, shabby chic effect and these boots look alot more expensive then they actually are (even at full price). The synthetic material of the boots is designed to look like leather, and while it's not got much detailing it does look pretty real, the feel of it is nice and soft, it's not a plastic type feel at all and these keep my feet nice and warm when i'm wearing them so obviously they aren't limited to just winter/summer which is another plus side. The boots have a rounded toe which i love, i've found recently most boots have the pointy type toe which i'm not keen on.
The sole of these is a thick rubber type material with a slightly raised heel (2 inches at the most), the sole is of good quality and the sole has a strong grip on it and has a cushioning effect when walking, so the shoes aren't the type that make my feet ache after 30 minutes of walking around in them. They're not heavy like some boots are either and i was suprised at how lightweight they actually are. I've found that i can easily walk in them all day, and i've even managed to run for the bus while wearing them - something that's impossible to do in my heavy doc marten boots!
I can see why the original price of these was £25 because the quality's great. They're thick but lightweight and let my feet breathe, are comfy and supportive, and the material both looks and feels like leather and although they might sound cheap and cheerful, i would honestly describe them as high quality. I admit that i first thought they'd be really cheap and plasticy but they honestly aren't! Many people liken matalan to primark but these boots can't be compared to primarks' in the slightest - the quality is noticeable. They are also very true to size - i got a size 5 (my usual size), and they fit perfectly
These are easy to clean with a wet wipe if they get muddy and are really versatile as mentioned above. Pairing these with an outfit is easy - they literally go with anything (shorts, jeans, skirts, dresses) and never look out of place. They're bang on trend and are extremely cheap at the minute as they are (as mentioned before) in the sale! Overall i am over the moon with this purchase; i can see myself wearing them to death!
It was August of last year and I had a bit of a fashion crisis. I had virtually lived in my sandals all summer, but the weather was starting to "turn", and I knew that I was going to need something a bit more substantial to keep my tootsies dry, as I was doing some field based reserch work at the time that required me to spend the best part of the day outdoors. After digging out my old boots, I realized that, due to a hole in the sole, they weren't going to be up to the job, so I had a toddle down to my local Matalan store, which is about 20 minutes walk from my home, to get some new boots.
Now I have a bit of a problem when it comes to boots. As I spend a large portion of the day outdoors on my feet, they tend to wear down really fast, and I have to buy a new pair every year. It doesn't seem to matter whether I spend a lot of money on boots, or buy a budget pair, as the soles and heels always wear down really fast due to all the walking I do. Knowing this, I just tend to buy a cheap pair from somewhere like Matalan or Asda, and wear them until they start getting holes in them!
Another problem I have with boots is that I always have a painful time wearing in a new pair. I usually buy leather, but the rigid nature of this material usually means I get lots of blisters before they are really comfortable to wear and have stretched to the shape of my foot.
Anyway, back to August 2010. I was scouring the shop looking for something suitable, and couldn't actually find anything that I liked the look of. I tend to wear skirts more than trousers, so I often opt for a knee length boot, as I feel it goes better with the type of skirts I wear. However, the only boots that seemed to be available in the shop, were shorter boots, such as these "biker" ones, which I am not so keen on, as I think that they don't go so well with skirts, and are more suited to trousers, as they tend to "cut off" your legs, making them look short and stubby! However, beggars can't be choosers, and I was really desperate for some new boots, so I chose a pair of the biker boots in black, although they are also available in brown, as you can see from the picture above.
Althought the boots had a leather appearance, they were actually made from man made material which was a bit softer and more flexible. The sole of the boot was made of rubber, or something similar, and had a shallow grip pattern on the bottom. The boot had a low heel, which suits me just fine, as I am on my feet such a lot, and I don't balance very well on high heels, although I do wear them from time to time. Again, the tread on the base of the shoe was not very deep, and I felt that any grip would be pretty minimal.
The leather effect material looked quite authentic, and, the paler stitching around the boot added some nice detail, as this was in a grey thread. there was a double layer of stitching around the top of the boot, and around the base and up the sides of the boot. There were two buckles on the outside of each boot, one at the top, and one attarched to a strap that ran across the front, but they seemed to be for show only, and did not really make any difference to the fit of the boot.
The boot was lined with a thin layer of spongy material, which was ovelaid in a nylon material. This made them very comfortable inside. The boots just slip on, and have no extra zip on the side, as the material that they are made from is very flexible, and will stretch enough to accommodate you as you put on the boot. I really liked the fact that the boots could be slipped on and off so easily, as I always take my shoes off when entering a home, and hate having to faff about with laces, buckles and zips, or prising off a boot that is welded to my foot!
The boots were really nice to walk in, and very comfortable, and for once, did not give me blisters, as the material was very soft and flexible and didn't rub my skin. these were the kind of boots I could wear all day and still feel comfortable at the end of the day, without my feet feeling achey or sweaty!
As for how the boots looked when I was wearing them, well, that really depended on what I was wearing. With my jeans, I could opt to wear them over or under them, although I felt a little less self concious with them underneath the trousers, and less like one of Santa's elves! As for skirts, I found that they were fine under my longer, ankle length skirt, but looked a bit odd with my shorter skirts, and I really needed to team them with black tights to stop my leggs looking like they had been chopped off!
The months went by, and I was surprised just how well the boots wore, and how comfy they were. They cost me less than £20, so I was pleased with what I had got for my money. They slipped around a bit in the freezing winter months, when the paths were all iced over, but then again, who didn't slip! I have worn them in formal and informal settings, and even round the woods, so they really have been tested in a wide variety of situations! The school run is a half hour round trip avery morning, repeated again in the afternoon, and the boots took the pavement pounding with grace and style. The boots were easy to keep clean with a wipe over from a damp cloth or baby wipe. I was really starting to love these boots!
Then, last month, came the moment I had dreaded. I was walking back from school one day, and my boots gave way underneath me and felt very slippy. I skidded for a moment, and checked my sole, thinking I had trodden on something slippery. I noticed that the grip base of the heel had come away completely, leaving a smoother, plastic base, which was really slippy to walk on. I resolved to take more care, and thought that I would have to get round to getting the boots re-heeled, but never quite got round to it, as I had a busy schedule, and a holiday to squeeze in. The boots got another pounding at Disney, where we were on our feet virually from 8:00 in the morning till 8:00 in the evening, and oddly, they were fine there, and I didn't slip once. I reasoned that maybe, they had roughed up on the heel and created their own grip.
Unfortunately, this was not so, and on returning from my holiday, I slipped over in my boots and bruised my hand. Resolving to get some new boots (but still not getting round to it), I had a worse fall on Monday, which bashed my knee up really badly. I did, at that point, buy some new boots! I can't blame the boots for any of this, other than the fact that I loved them so much, I didn't want to replace them! Sadly, the fall also tore the material on the boot, so there was no point taking them to be re-heeled.
I know that 7 months does not sound like a long time for a pair of boots to last, but for me, someone who walks a hell of a lot, this is a really good result! Although the downside of the boots was that they didn't really go with everything, the advantages outweighed this, and I found them really comfy and hardwearing. It is with great sadness that I bid them farewell....
==Matalan Buckle Detail Biker Boots==
I tend to stick with buying heeled shoes as I'm around 5 ft 3" and really any extra height is most needed (especially as everyone knows the taller you are the thinner your appear!) However there comes a point when I just can't do the amount of walking that I like to do wearing wedged heels. I had been living in my snow boots which are perfect for walking, especially on the beach but look silly if I do divert myself from a walk to the shops.
So for this reason I set out to by a pair of flat boots. Unfortunately I found a few and couldn't decide so I am now the proud owner of a good few pairs of flat boots. However it has to be said that the cheapest and most comfortable boots are these ones from Matalan.
I haven't ever bought shoes from Matalan before but when I saw them and thought that they looked pretty nice I couldn't help but notice the £5 off today tag that was hanging from them! It was like a cue for me to get them right there and then. So I did.
At £19 I feel the price was pretty good as like I said they are far more comfortable than the other flat boots I purchased at a higher cost around the same time. The boots themselves are a lovely brown colour which I would say is called tan. They do actually have a very slight heel but this is less than an inch and in my opinion doesn't count as a heel. The boots are fastened by way of a zip on the inside of each boot and the buckles on the front of the boot are merely for decorative purposes.
Of course being so cheap it is only accepted that the boots are made from imitation leather and not the real deal but they still seem to be pretty hardwearing and have done a fair few miles already without looking at all worn out or old. They have waked on the beach and through mud but wiping them down with a soapy sponge once home meant they looked more or less as good as new straight after.
The boots are ankle boot so don't come up very far past the ankle and I found they look great with wither my skinny jeans or my boot flare jeans. Matalan says they would look good with a dress but I think with my legs, that isn't really the case and I'll stick to pairing them with jeans.
When wearing the boots I feel that my feet are so very comfortable inside as the boots fit very well and are especially lightweight. There is no padding or extra trimmings inside the boot which would make it any more comfortable than other shoes but the fact that they seem to be the perfect width for my foot means that they do feel really good.
I think for the price I paid that these boots were a total bargain and I would highly recommend them. They are great to walk in and I could walk all day and all night in them without my feet hurting at all. They look good with a variety of different jeans and clean up well. I don't think that nice on the feet that they look like a cheap pair of shoes from Matalan so I am happy to wear them and feel good.
Its got to be a top score of 5 out of 5 stars for these Matalan Biker Boots!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.