Hands up if you think Hotter Shoes only sell shoes that your mum or Gran will wear? You aren’t alone and I have to admit that this was the first thought that popped into my head when I saw or heard about Hotter Shoes. That is until I got to spend an evening at the new Hotter Shoes store in Leeds and step into what I will now remember as shoe heaven. Intrigued? Well read on, you might just want to pay them a visit.
Hotter Shoes have been making shoes since 1959 and they are all about comfort. Most people think that they can’t have comfort and style at the same time and it used to be that you had to sacrifice once to have the other, but hotter shoes have identified a niche in the market and they are able to offer stylish shoes with comfort built in. Their leeds store is a treasure trove of interesting and beautiful footwear, with most styles coming in a wide range of colours. Take the Vanity boot, it comes in three on trend colours and aren’t they are just beautiful in plum? I think we all tried these boots on and if the heel had been a little shorter I might have just bought them.
Visiting the store at this time of year the only thing on my mind was boots. When Autumn comes around, which by the way is my favourite time of the year, one of the first things I want to do is pull out my boots and hunt for a new pair to add to my collection and I have always struggled to find a pair of heeled boots that are comfortable, so I really wanted to see if Hotter Shoes could help me out.
I immediately fell in love with the Danville boots and couldn’t wait to try them on. I have to say that for me, these are the most comfortable heeled boots that I have ever slipped my feet into and I felt so confident walking in them. I don’t do well with heels and I often look unsteady on my feet, so to be able to get that extra height I so desperately want and be able to wear cute heels without being in pain after 30 minutes, is brilliant.
It was great having the time to be able to really look at all the different shoes available and also try them on. The one thing that kept surprising me was how comfortable they all were and how many different colours, patterns and sizes they come in. If like me you sometimes have to buy wide fit shoes, you will be pleased to know that most shoes and boots are available in a wide fit. And it’s not just about footwear, you can also buy accessories.
The surprise of the evening was that we would be able to pick out a pair of shoes and take them home with us and even though I had already lost my heart to the Danville boots, I still couldn’t resist trying on a few different styles. I have always wanted to give brogues a try and Hotter Shoes have a great collection of mannish flats, but sadly it wasn’t meant to be. Other seasonal trends like the classic Chelsea boot, biker boot or riding boot are also a part of their Autumn/Winter 15 collection and their are different styles to suit everyone. In the end it came down to the Danville and Briony Boots and even though they were both very comfortable, I decided to go with the Danville.
So, what happens when you tell a group of bloggers to pick a pair of shoes and spend time trying them on? This picture should give you a clue…
Carnage. It’s like a shoe battlefield and I felt guilty that I couldn’t take more than one pair home. I’m sure they were all put back in their boxes and have since found their forever homes.
As I mentioned above, I didn’t pick the Briony Boots but the lovely Lucy Earnshaw did. Here is a picture of her ready to take her new boots home.
It was a great evening and I’m so glad that I was able to get to know more about Hotter Shoes. If you are looking for a new pair of shoes, why not give Hotter Shoes a try?