One caveat of having feet nearly 50 years old is that they will not tolerate uncomfortable shoes. If I’m honest, they never have. I cannot stand any shoes that pinch, bind, or cause me to wobble about, so trendy, spiky heels are out of the question. I’m not quite ready for granny mules, though, so how do I reconcile fashionable-looking shoes with superb comfort? Hotter, of course.
Hotter have been making cute, comfortable shoes since the 1950s, and their experience shows. I have several pairs that have literally lasted years. I think they’re great value for money considering the comfort and quality, and I always try to treat myself to a new pair every other season.
The first pair of Hotter shoes I bought were these Shout shoes, £75. I’ve had them for nearly three years and they still look and feel great. They have an extremely lightweight sole, so my feet always feel comfortable, and they look terrific with almost any casual outfit. This season there are three colours from which to choose – black, plum and maroon.
My treat to myself this year is a pair of these pretty Annette shoes, £79. They do have a bit of a heel, but they’re extremely comfortable, and they make any casual outfit look that little bit more polished. They work equally well with jeans or dresses and come in black, brown and tan.
No wardrobe is complete without a pair of comfy ankle boots, and these County boots, £85, are just the thing. I love the brogue styling and lower heel. The stretchy panel ensures they’re easy to put on and remove, and the cushioned insole means they’re comfortable to wear. I have them in this fun red colour, but black and tan are also options.
Hotter cater to all sizes including half-sizes, wide fit, and narrow fit. The range is huge, and there are shoes for sports and hiking as well as comfortable slippers for around the house.