“ Brand: Nike / Type: Boots „
With the recent bout of bad weather I was on the lookout for the ideal footwear to suit my day to day needs. I do a lot of walking and practically live in my trainers, so was interested to see if I could find a decent boot that would give the same comfort as a pair of trainers.
When my Littlewoods catalogue arrived I sat glancing through it when I spotted these trainer boots - 'Nike Sneaker Hoodies' and they immediately fell into the category of shoe I had been looking for, and needless to say I ordered a pair straight away.
The appearance ~
The outer boot itself is made from suede leather, whilst the inside is a cosy warm fleece material which is from the top of the boot down to the foot area ensuring maximum warmth.
These boots are available in two colours -
Whilst I had originally wanted to order the brown, I was disappointed to find these were sold out as they looked very attractive in the picture, but I opted for the slate/black as they had my size available in that colour and as Littlewoods offer a free return service I knew if I didn't like them on arrival I could send them back hassle free.
Once they did arrive I was pleasantly surprised at the colour of the boots as they looked far nicer 'in the flesh' so to speak. The colour is a smoky dark grey and is far more a serviceable colour than the more lighter brown would have been I suspect.
The boot comes to just below the knee and has about a centimetre of fleece that pokes out around the top outer layer; giving the indication these are going to be a snug and warm piece of footwear when worn. Though these have plenty of leg room and are not tight in any way, shape or form around the calf, they also have the added advantage of a full zip which goes from the top of the boot right down to just above the heel and this is situated at the back of the boot.
Because these are Nike branded boots they have the famous 'tick' logo which is at the side of each boot. Though it is in a cream stitching, it is also quite small and discreet and doesn't look too 'showy off'.
*These boots are available in ladies sizes 3 to 8 and for reviewing purposes the size I have is 4.
*Though these are probably widely available being Nike, I have only seen them being sold in the Littlewoods catalogue where they currently retail for £60.
*The sole is made from 'other materials' which doesn't give too much away there does it? Needless to say as these are a trainer boot the underneath of these are identical to most everyday trainers if that helps.
My experience of wearing these~
I have been looking for something like this for a while now, but up until seeing these all other similar items were out of my price range. What attracted me to these firstly was of course the price tag of £60. Whilst this may seem expensive to some let me point out that other similar type boots were at least double this figure so £60 seemed a reasonable amount. (The fact that I used £25 in commission against them made them even more desirable).
The top half of the boot is very soft and as mentioned there is plenty of give in the material. I have struggled in the past with boots being too tight on my calves but these are fantastic and I haven't needed to use the zip yet as my foot slips perfectly into these boots.
The 'shoe part' of the boot is fairly stiff and sturdy in comparison with the top half, and at first feels a little bit too tight. Luckily having worn these around the house for a few days the tightness was merely down to *new shoe syndrome* and they soon softened up.
The part where the zip is attached worried me at first as it slightly rubbed on the back of my heel, despite the boot being plenty big enough, but again this was short lived as it has up to press yet to cause any blisters thankfully.
I first wore these on a dry day whilst venturing locally to the shops. As these are not waterproof I was hesitant of getting them wet as my husband had promised to spray them with some shoe guard he has for waterproofing shoes/boots but hadn't yet done so.
Unfortunately I got caught in an unexpected snow shower but these boots proved to be incredible. Not only did they keep my feet warm and dry, they didn't get spoiled by the damp weather and had no marks luckily that can sometimes happen.
The grip on the boots is amazing as they have such good tread that it made walking on icy pavements a breeze. To look at the sole they don't look like they are particularly good at gripping but the tread is very deceiving and these have been the only footwear I have worn since purchasing them in November.
Oh a big Yes from me!
These boots not only work fantastically well in bad weather conditions but they also look very attractive as well. They are very comfortable and the fleece ensures that feet are kept snuggly and warm, which with the bouts of cold weather we keep getting these are a must.
Fashion wise these boots are more comfortable when worn over jeans/trousers etc as the are slightly bulky if wearing underneath the leg as they are quite thick, but that all depends on what you are wearing.
The only negative I would say is as mentioned they are not supposedly waterproof, and because I have had no problems with wet/snowy weather that is not to say someone else won't, so if thinking of buying these then please take that into consideration.
I am so glad I bought these and have several comments from friends on how nice they look apart from the practical side of things.
Who needs Uggs?