It’s all about the shoes!

It’s all about the shoes! Belas Men’s Suede Technical Boots from TrespassSpring is now in full bloom and most of us are already planning the summer holidays. No matter what your plans are I bet you will need to buy something new as most seasonal changes require some sort of wardrobe clear-out and update 😉

New shorts, shirt or that swim suit are always welcome but they are very fashion dependant… if you are the type of person who cares about the current fashion trend then normally you would expect these types of clothing to be bought with just one season of wearing in mind but what about footwear?

Do you buy footwear thinking long term or are your sandals, shoes or booties destined to arrive in shoe heaven next year and be replaced with a younger fresher model?

I love shoes, I always have and if you are a regular reader of my blog you will most likely already know this. You will also know that I tend to have a very special relationship with my footwear… I never treat them as a “one season of use” thing… for me it’s all about the shoes…

Taking the whole outfit into consideration, no matter what type of outfit, shoes are always the most important part of it… at least for me. This is even more important when it comes to walking shoes or boots. As long as I have the right shoes and my feet are happy, I am happy 🙂

I have tried to convert Mark into my way of thinking.

Mark hates shopping, which is a plus for me because it means that most of the time I am the one doing the picking…

Last month Trespass contacted me asking if I would like to try something from their collection. Sure, I would… I had a long list of things I wanted but then I decided to stop being so selfish and I thought this time about my OH. Just a few weeks before Trespass got in touch our Bunk was obviously having the hump about something and decided that Marks boots need replacing… so he ate half of the right one… doh!… As he had eaten so much of the boot I guess soft leather obviously tasted nice for him… I know Trespass as a company (and I bet you know them too as they have been on the market since 1938) and we actually own a lot of clothing made by them, so I knew that I would find the right footwear to match my standards.

Belas Men’s Suede Technical Boots“We” picked a pair of Belas Men’s Suede Technical Boots; they look great and according to Mark they are super comfy. I know that these waterproof, breathable boots will last him for a long time and keep his feet happy.

He has worn them now for a couple of weeks and it’s safe to say they are durable and even more comfortable now that they have worn in. I am happy that he is happy and as it’s all about the shoes I can say that at least his feet are looking good (even if the rest of him still needs a bit of work).

Some would say that £109.99 (or a £61.99 as they are currently on special offer) is way too much to pay for a pair of boots but can you really put a price tag on your comfort and health?

What is your footwear buying philosophy?

Do you go for quality or a quantity?

Review – Hi-Tec Harmony Lite Mid Waterproof Boots

My Choice, My boots, My Hi-Tec Harmony Lite Mid Waterproof
My Choice, My boots, My Hi-Tec Harmony Lite Mid Waterproof

For the last month I have had the pleasure to “test drive” a pair of  Hi-Tec Harmony Lite Mid Waterproof Boots. With 2 dogs which we walk at least twice a day a good pair of walking shoes or boots is a must. My first impression of the boots was very positive and after using them for a while now my opinion has not changed. I am very happy with the choice I made regarding this model.

Features of Hi-Tec Harmony Lite Mid Waterproof Boots:

  • Waterproof suede leather and high performance mesh uppers 02
  • Waterproof bootie construction
  • Ghilly and rust proof hardwear lacing system
  • Moisture-wicking lining keeps the foot dry
  • Bespoke Italian designed webbing, gives a sophisticated edge
  • Ortholite sockliner
  • Vibram rubber outsole
  • Harmony Lite Mid WP

The boots are extremely comfortable and well made. I especially liked the lacing system and the tongue, which is well padded. It allows me to fasten my boots tightly without hurting my ankles.

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I have worn my Hi-Tec Harmony Lite Mid Waterproof Boots in both dry hot weather and on cold rainy days. They performed well in both situations.

On a hot day even after a 1hour+ walk, my feet were still dry and sweat didn’t pour from them like I had expected, which can only mean that my boots have some sort of breathing capabilities, and what a wonderful capability that is.

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During the wet walk my feet were lovely and dry, which is something absolutely required taking into consideration our typical English weather and seemingly endless rain fall.

I have not had a need to clean my boots as yet, but looking at them closely I believe that it shouldn’t be a problem. The Nubuck leather uppers will be easily cleared with a sponge or a small brush. I did however spray them with leather protector, just in case… I want them to stay as pretty and new looking for as long as possible 🙂

To sum it up I am very happy with my new boots. They are great looking, and present fantastic value for money, especially now as you can save £25 of the recommended retails price making them only £49.99.

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If you are looking for a new walking boots check Hi-Tec boots selection for women or man and I am sure you will be able to find something you like.

 

* Product was provided by Hi-Tec free of charge for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own .

Hi-Tec Harmony Lite Mid Waterproof Boots – The First Impression

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Thanks to Hi-Tec I have the opportunity to try the Hi-Tec Harmony Lite Mid Waterproof Boots.

As you know I am a shoe junky and I think that you can never have too many shoes. I love my shoes, but not just any shoes… I pick my shoes very carefully, not just for the look but mainly for their quality and usability. I like shoes which are made from natural materials and are healthy for my feet.  I prefer to spend more and buy something which will last and perform well. I tend not to buy cheap or seasonal shoes.

I can think of nothing better for a shoe lover than receiving an email which states:

We’d love you to review some walking boots – or walking shoes if you’d prefer.

Please view the available options from the links below –

Walking Shoes

Walking Boots

You can choose any product up to the value of £60

The choice wasn’t easy. I battled with myself a little between the shoes and the boots, but as I do not have a lot of confidence in the English summer I finally opted for the boots. With one choice made I was left with picking my favourite pair. After a long consideration I decided to “test drive” a pair of Hi-Tec Harmony Lite Mid Waterproof Boots.

A few days later I was surprised with a lovely parcel; surprised as I didn’t expect to receive them so soon.

My boots come well packed and secure
My boots come well packed and secure
As you would get from the shop, still looking perfect
As you would get from the shop, still looking perfect
Ooo nice all the information about my boots is on the box...
Ooo nice all the information about my boots is on the box…
Hmmm wibble wibble shoooooes....
Hmmm wibble wibble shoooooes….

In reality they look much better than in the pictures and they are much lighter than expected.

Sizing was perfect. I am between a UK 5 and UK 6, I picked the UK 6 so I would have enough space for a winter socks if/when needed. With my big wool socks on the boots fit spot on… and without the big socks I have just a little bit more space to wiggle my toes, I was hoping that this would be the case.

Now, all I need is for our English weather to get back to normal. I would love to try my boots on typical, wet and muddy English day.

So stay tuned, and once the weather turns I will bring you some more news on how my boots are performing on those long walks through the mud, puddles and uneven ground.

* Product was provided by Hi-Tec free of charge for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own .