“ Brand: Shoe Zone / Type: Boots „
Mark should know by now, do not buy me shoes without checking that I like them first. He's made numerous mistakes in the past and unfortunately these boots were just that, although to be honest he was so happy that he'd bought me such a 'trendy pair of boots' that I haven't had the heart to tell him just how much I hate them!
This is going to be a hard review to write because there's nothing actually wrong with the boots, it's simply the fact that I have taken a personal dislike to them that I feel I'm going to slate them in the coming paragraphs. As you can see, the boots are Eskimo style with a faux suede foot and fur on the leg. The pom poms hang on the outside of each boot, a nice touch perhaps but a little twee feeling for me.
The boots are initially quite tough to pull on as the leg is very stiff, and in all honesty I haven't worn them enough to make it any easier. I think part of this is the fact that although the fur makes the leg look quite wide, the boots actually have a narrow leg which isn't great news for people with chunky calves (as I have since having the baby). I almost resorted to grabbing my old dad's shoehorn to wedge my feet and legs into the boots, but then after a especially hefty tug my foot popped into place with an almost audible plopping sound!
The insole is very hard and even though these are completely flat boots they do make my feet ache after I've worn them for a while, there's hardly any padding at all to cushion my feet and standing around makes my feet feel even more sore than actually walking in them. This can happen with cheaper boots I've noticed, and as these were very inexpensive Shoe Zone boots I'm not surprised that they're not particularly comfortable to walk in.
The actual sole of the boots is very thick and clumpy, the grip element of them is excellent and while I'm wearing these I never worry about slipping and sliding around in the frost or snow. The problem is that the thickness and rigidity of the sole doesn't help to make them feel any comfier, but it does make them look like granny boots. And that's the rub. I just don't feel comfortable in them due to the fact that they look very similar to some horrible boots my nan used to wear, and she'd be 101 now if she was still alive!
I don't like the shape of the foot either. God, I'm a moaner today! It's just too wide and I feel like my feet are lost in them while I'm walking, it's like my feet are allowed to spread out much too much as I walk and I can constantly feel my toes trying to curl around all by themselves to get a grip on the insole. I hate the feel of that, preferring my shoes and boots to fit more snugly around my feet, and I haven't been able to get used to this baggy feeling ever since I owned the boots.
The lining of the boot is furry, not as blatently furry as that used to create the outside of the boots obviously but it is gorgeously soft and cosy and definitely keeps my feet warm in the winter. This fur hasn't gone flat while I've been wearing them, again I haven't worn them all that often but I get the feeling it will last well.
I just think these boots have too old an appearance for me, I feel they don't suit my look and I definitely don't feel comfortable in them simply based on how they look. They have a strange shape which is much too wide on the foot and this combined with the very clumpy sole is just not my idea of a fashionable or attractive pair of boots.
£15 from Shoe Zone.