A few weeks ago, I was invited to spend the evening with a fantastic group of bloggers at a Hotter Shoe event. Now before I tell you a little bit about Hotter shoes, I wanted to let you in on a secret. I really dislike buying shoes. Yes I am not your typical woman who gazes adoringly at pretty shoes in shop windows, or has a wardrobe full of the latest styles. Shoes for me are items that go on your feet and get you from A to B.

The Hotter bus

This all stems from my childhood, as my feet differed by a whole shoe size. Thankfully over the years my smaller foot has grown, and now the difference is barely noticeable. But the horror of being dragged around countless shoe shops, trying on endless different styles is still with me.

I first heard of Hotter shoes a few years ago at a blogging conference. And I knew that if anyone was going to turn my dislike of shoe shopping into a positive experience, it would be Hotter. The Hotter brand was established in 1959, and today is the largest UK shoe manufacturer. Back in 2010 there were just 5 Hotter stores in the UK. Fast forward to the present day and you will find 80 Hotter stores now. I was invited to my local store in Chester, which has an excellent location in the heart of this beautiful city.

Hotter Chester store

Our evening started with learning more about the Hotter brand. Would you believe that the Lancashire factory makes a pair of shoes every 20 seconds. One thing that stood out for me, is the dedication in making every pair of shoes as comfortable as possible. They do this by filling their shoes with millions of air bubbles.

After the presentation we were free to wander around the store, looking at the different styles Hotter offer. With it being Autumn I was drawn to the boots, and thankfully I had the wonderful help of one of the store assistants. As I have wide feet she quickly pointed out the range that come in wide fitting, and soon I was sat down in the comfortable seating area surrounded by boots.

Zipped boots

Hotter boots

Hotter shoes

It dawned on me that I couldn’t actually remember the last time I had been in a shoe shop. My fear of buying shoes had driven me to buy my footwear online, and not even from a shoe shop. Right then I made a pact with myself to stop buying supermarket shoes, and to buy good quality footwear. At the start of the evening we were promised we would have our ‘Hotter moment’. That moment when your feet sink into a pair of shoes or boots, and you just know.

So did I get my ‘Hotter moment’ ? YES I DID. As soon as my feet were in the Tamara boots, I knew I would have trouble taking them off again. They were the comfiest pair of boots I have ever owned, thanks to the faux fur lining. And since the event they have been everywhere. On the school run, date night with the husband and on a recent weekend away.

Hotter Tamara boots

Hotter BootsI have even sat down with a coffee and the latest Hotter brochure, and made a wish list of the things I want to buy. This is HUGE progress for me. Being in the Hotter store was such a nice experience. The store assistants made me feel at ease, and they were adamant I would be going home with my perfect pair of boots. And even if you do change your mind after you have left the store, Hotter offer a hassle free 90 day return policy.

I can’t thank Hotter enough for finally banishing my dislike of shoe shopping. For once I am actually showing off my footwear, and I can’t wait to visit the Chester store again. Thank you Hotter for making me fall in love with shoes… finally at the age of 42.

I chose a pair of Tamara boots (£75.00) which were complimentary from Hotter. All words and opinions are my own.  

10 Thoughts on “Falling in love with shoe shopping thanks to Hotter

  1. I love those boots in the top picture! I’m the same I hate buying shoes. I have one foot bigger than the other and every time I try to buy shoes I stomp around in the shop for ages working out if they are comfy! I would rather have a designer bag than designer shoes. Tip priority is comfort most of my shoes are Clarke!
    I’ll be looking at hotter shoes online now. I’m glad you got your boots and hope you can look forward to actually purchasing more! X

    • Tracey Williams on October 15, 2016 at 3:19 pm said:

      Thank you for the comment Donna. It’s nice to know I am not alone in my dislike of shoe shopping, and I know exactly what you mean about the fact you would rather have a designer handbag. Sorry you have trouble too, but I can definitely recommend Hotter shoes for the comfort factor x

  2. They look fab Tracey, I’m so glad you found some you love and that you vanished a few shoe shop fears!! Faux fur lining is surely the greatest thing ever 🙂 I’m writing about mine today, 8′ so in love with them. Yey for hotter shoes!! xx

    • Tracey Williams on October 15, 2016 at 3:20 pm said:

      It was so good to see you at the event Hayley, what a lovely evening it was. I have been wearing my boots all day today, and even though I have been in the house for hours now, I have still not taken them off x

  3. What a fab review, I’m so glad you told them of your feelings about shoe shopping. I think the staff are well trained and patient & realise everyone is different. Great to hear you’ve been wearing your boots.

    • Tracey Williams on October 17, 2016 at 6:46 pm said:

      Thank you Lorraine and I totally agree about the staff being patient and well trained. My boots have been everywhere lately, and they are so comfy. What a great evening it was in the Hotter store x

  4. I had no idea there were so huge. I have tiny slim feet and even some size 3s fall off as I walk! I really have to confess I didn’t like some of their ranges but they’ve recently started making beautiful boots.

    • Tracey Williams on October 18, 2016 at 8:07 pm said:

      I thought I had small feet at size 4 Tas, but I suppose on the positive side you can fit into kid’s shoes. And some kid’s shoes are gorgeous, and cheaper x

  5. I love shoes, but have never bought Hotter, although when I have tried them on they were comfy. Glad you had a fab event x

    • Tracey Williams on October 18, 2016 at 8:08 pm said:

      I can see me living in my new boots all winter and have just noticed they have gone down in the sale. I am SO tempted to buy the black ones too x

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