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.
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.
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.
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.
I 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.