“ Brand: Shoe Zone / Type: Boots „
These are soft boots that are in the style of Ugg boots. They are chestnut in colour with off white fur trim that goes along the top of the boots and down the outside side. There are 2 toggles on each boot that undo if you need to open the boots out wide to put them on. I don't think you will need to because the boots are very wide at the top and they would have been better if they had sewn the side up tight because the gap lets a draft in even though it closes together.
These boots are not very comfortable I don't think because they do not give my feet any support. My ankles ache when I am wearing these boots and I think that is because of how shapeless the boots are and how my feet feel small in them. The soles are soft and the fur is warm and comfortable. I always wear socks with them because I would not like to feel the fur against by bare skin while I was walking.
These boots do not look good for very long but they last so are ok for wearing round the house when my feet are cold or just going to the village shop. I would not wear them now if I was going proper shopping or visiting anywhere because they look very tatty even though they are only 5 weeks old. One of the toggles has gone very loose and I think it will fall off soon but the soles of the boots are still in very good condition inside and outside. The back of the boots are very badly creased and that is even though I have not worn them very often.
WHAT I THINK
I think these boots look good when they are brand new but the condition deteriorates very quickly. They mark very easy and do not clean well because when they dry the colour goes patchy. They are not waterproof at all and if you go out in the rain your feet will get very wet. Shoe Zone do the same boots for little girls but they are not suitable for children I don't think because of them not being waterproof.
I wear them with leggings or tight jeans but because of the wide tops they do not make my legs a very attractive shape and that is another reason why I do not wear them out. The fronts of the boots are very wide and ugly so if you wear them with baggy jeans over the boot they look like old ladies slippers.
These boots cost £12.99 in Shoe Zone, I have given them 3 stars because they are so cheap but if they was more expensive I would have only given them 2 stars.
3 Dooyoo Stars.
I'm a huge lover of boots during the winter and will be wearing them every day now that the cold weather has arrived, why suffer the agony of cold feet when you can bundle yourself up with layers of socks and a fluffy pair of boots?! My boots of choice this year, as last year, are an incredibly cheap option from Shoe Zone - their signature Toggle Boots, which are a flap over Ugg style boot with a faux suede outer layer and furry inner. I've actually bought two pairs this year now, I purchased a chestnut pair a couple of months ago when Shoe Zone first released 2012s boots and today I bought another pair in the same colour and design as they're so comfortable.
The boots are slightly below the mid-calf line and are reasonably wide at the tops to ensure a comfortable fit even for those of us who aren't blessed with the slimmest of legs, they don't gape at the tops and the toggle buttons will undo to make putting them on easy for anyone. Personally I don't undo them as I find they slip on so easily anyway, although when my daughter wears her pair over thick jeans she'll often unfasten the toggles to get them on without risking stretching the fabric or toggle loops.
These boots are wonderfully comfortable, warm and cosy. The fur inside doesn't compact and feels more natural than it should for the price, never feeling crackly as often happens when you've worn cheap boots a few times. I'm impressed with the thick sole and have noticed an improvement in the grippiness compared to the same boots last year - this was particularly apparent early this morning when I took a walk round to the shop in such thick frost that it looked like it had been snowing, my feet didn't skid or slide once which I was hugely grateful for as I live in fear of doing a prat-fall during the winter months!
They last remarkably well, I think the thing you have to remember with these boots is that it would be a bit silly to expect Ugg quality at Shoe Zone prices. Bearing in mind these boots are currently only £9.99 (reduced at the moment from their usual price of just £12.99) I honestly don't think you can moan when the fabric becomes creased or the sole wears down a little quicker than more expensive boots. While a crease always develops along the toe within a few days this doesn't really detract too much from the style of the boots and definitely doesn't make them look old before their time, even if it does take away from the 'newness' of the boots, the backs don't squish down unless you wear them all day every day for weeks at a time and I've never had an issue with the soles cracking or splitting even with daily wear.
The boots do feel reasonably substantial (again, this is relative to the low price) and I don't find it a problem wearing them in wet weather. They're not 100% waterproof but will protect your feet from ground wetness or for plodding around in drizzle, the bottoms of my feet sometimes feel a bit 'damp' when I take them off if the rain is heavy but never to the point of having to wring my socks out or dry my feet when I get home! I don't think I'd recommend wearing them to trudge through snow as I learned during the mega-snow month of December 2010 that they are definitely not waterproof enough to handle this kind of weather, but then I don't think I'd really expect them to be and they actually perform exactly how I thought they would.
My only criticism about the toggle boots really is that they mark easily if you wear them in particularly wet weather or snow/icy conditions. For the first few weeks you'll be able to keep them looking clean with a little spit and polish, but after a while the stains will begin to set in and then they'll just look old and knackered. The problem is much worse over the dead of winter as something in the stuff they put down to grit the roads reacts really badly to the fabric of the boots, and if you walk through enough of this you'll find all the stains are ringed with a white mark which is virtually impossible to remove unless you just throw the boots into the washing machine in a pillow case - this will work, but the boots really will only survive three machine washes throughout their lifespan so it's not the ideal solution. This is only really an issue if you don't know about it however, and over three years of wearing Shoe Zone soft boots I've sussed out when I should and shouldn't wear them - this time around I intend to see how long I can keep them looking good, simply by avoiding snow and/or grit!
Overall, for a tenner, I'm impressed. Even if you get through three pairs over the course of the winter it's still more cost effective than laying out for Uggs, which despite their looks and quality only look fabulous over two years before becoming tatty looking. I'd personally rather slide my feet into a brand new pair of boots (regardless of cheapness) every so often than feel I have to stick to the same pair simply because I'm proud of the stitched on Ugg label at the heel of the boot and they cost too much to throw away at the first sign of ageing! I'll be sticking to Shoe Zone for my boots this year; they're cosy, look great with leggings and tights (I'm rocking the demin skirt, cosy jumper and mega thick black tights look this winter) and are highly affordable - what more do you want?!
I bought these boots last winter as I wanted something that would keep my feet toasty warm, and while I liked the look of Ugg boots there was no way I could afford to spend that much on a pair of shoes. These look-a-like boots were only a tenner from Shoe Zone, bargain!
Unfortunately, it soon became apparent that sometimes you get what you pay for. The boots were certainly warm, but they were so badly made that the soles started to crack within a few weeks and while I wouldn't have expected these to be waterproof, they were so terrible at keeping my feet dry in even a light shower that I may as well have not been wearing them. I had a lot of wet socks! Within less than a month of having these boots they were completely wrecked, stained from watermarks, the soles cracked into about 10 pieces and the lining in tatters. Two of the attractive toggles on the side of the boot (which were what made me pick these specifically from the selection at Shoe Zone) had fallen off, so the boots were loose and floppy.
I gave up on wearing these as outdoor shoes and started wearing them as slippers instead. In the house it doesn't really matter if they're a bit battered, and away from any moisture they do keep my feet nice and warm. I do still go outside in them for very brief trips, such as picking up parcels or taking the dogs out for a toilet break, but for the most part they're for slobbing about indoors now.
So...if you're looking for a pair of warm boots to see you through the winter, don't even think about buying these! they're cheap but its a complete false economy. If however you want a nice comfy warm pair of slippers that you could wear to nip out in a pinch but wouldn't go further than about 20 feet in, then these could be perfect for you! As slippers, they have the benefit of a non-slippy sole that some people might find useful.
When the weather gets cooler, I pretty much live in my Ugg style boots. I've got a couple of different pairs in different colours to compliment different outfits. One of my most worn pairs at the moment is this pair of chestnut toggle boots from Shoezone.
Shoezone can be a little hit and miss with their shoes, I find a lot of the shoes they sell are more targeted towards older people and aren't really shoes that I would wear. However, the winter boot collection on sell at Shoezone is fantastic and I was pleased when I spotted these boots in my local store for online £12.99. They are available to purchase in sizes 3 through to 9. It's worth noting that Shoezone sell these style of boots in a darker brown and black colour too.
The boots do have an Ugg style feel to them, the tan colour looks a lot like the classic Ugg colour. The design is nice with the boots coming mid-way up your calf, they aren't difficult to pull up your leg which is a bonus. The outside side on each boot is open but secures together with two toggles, these toggles are easy to undo and do up but I don't ever find a reason to undo the toggles so mine stay done up all of the time. The inside cushioning is made from faux fur, although it isn't the thickest of boot linings it still keeps my feet and legs nice and warm and comfortable.
I've worn these boots a lot since purchasing them back in August, I would say three times a week at the very least and they are still in a brilliant condition. I've found with some old cheapie boots that my feet make the boots buckle out to the sides near the sole but that isn't the case with these, they still have the original shape. These are normally warm when it's dry weather or just light rain as they really aren't waterproof, walking through a little water left on the pavement from rain can make you feel like your feet are soaked so really not suitable for wet weather.
I love these boots so much I've purchased the same boots but in a different colour (black) since owning these chestnut ones. The chestnut colour is very versatile and you can wear it with a variety of things. I usually wear mine with jeggings and they look fab. The toggle detailing on the sides of the boots make them a little different than other boots around.
I'd definitely recommend these boots, they are cheap but offer good value for money too if you are after boots for dry weather. I wouldn't recommend these, however, if you are after boots to wear in whatever weather as they don't handle rain well.
~*~*~ Shoe Zone Chestnut Toggle Boots ~*~*~
~ What are they? ~
A pair of boots of course! A very nice warm pair of boots at that. I like tan coloured boots or chestnut as these are referred too because I feel they go with more of my clothes more than plain black, I know that sounds a little strange as black is one of those colours that goes with anything, but I sometimes feel that black is just too harsh and it is that reason that I chose these in the chestnut colour.
I often pop into Shoe Zone to have a look at the kids slippers, but I saw these through the large window and decided to go in for a better look.
These are UGG style boots, but obviously a lot cheaper than the real deal. They have a foamy bottom and a faux suede upper, the inside of the boot is lined with a soft cream fur. On the outside of each boot you will find two toggles that do up with the help of an elasticated strap that simply holds the toggle in place.
~ Where are they from? How much do they cost? And what sizes are available? ~
These boots are from Shoe Zone, this is a high street shop and can also be found online at -
Shoe Zone is quite distinguishable due to it's blue and orange fronted shops. The one in my town center has been there for a good few years now and I have bought quite a few different pairs of shoes and slippers from there over the years, in fact I remember buying my very inappropriate very high school shoes from there when I was in Year 10 in high school!
I mainly buy slippers from Shoe Zone as I feel they do offer good value for money.
These boots cost a very pocket friendly £12.99 which I think is a very fair price.
They are available in sizes -
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9.
I bought mine in a size 5 and I can say that they are true to size.
~ Why did I buy them? Would I recommend them? ~
I have a few pairs of UGG style boots but these caught my eye through the large glass fronted store windows, they were simply hanging in pairs on a rack on the wall. They come with just a simple clip tag holding them together. The sizes were arranged on the rack and I easily pulled a size 5 pair down. I sat on the little stool and tried the boot on and I was glad to see that they were a perfect fit, they did initially feel a little bit snug but that is something I have experienced with a lot of these type boots and find that when you wear them in a little they come to find perfectly.
The day I spotted these I was wearing jeggings and little leopard print pumps and my feet were feeling the cold, and when I tried them on I looked in the mirror to find they looked great with my jeggings so I bought them. At £12.99 I didn't feel I was breaking the bank and I knew they would get a lot of wear.
I love these boots, you can wear them up as the picture above shoes or you can undo a toggle and fold them over, I tend to just wear them as they are and I like the look, they look cozy and warm and certainly feel it too.
From lessons learnt in the past I know not to wear them in the wet weather so I simply don't but due to being too busy gossiping and not paying enough attention I have managed to step in a puddle so I can confirm that they are not waterproof.
However on cold blistery days they do keep my tootsies warm which pleases me highly.
I bought these boots about three weeks ago and they have been worn a good few times, I had them on today whilst in town and then when I took my little one to the doctors and I haven't felt a chill all day.
I would recommend these highly if you want a cheap alternative to UGG boots, they look good and are quite versatile. They do a fab job at keep my feet warm.
I have also popped them in the washing machine after stepping in said puddle and they came out looking great. I also popped them in the dryer which had no adverse effect on them. I did however have to brush the furry bit on the outer side to get it looking fluffy again.
Great boots at a great price.
Thanks for reading :o) x