As you may know, we are currently working with Gore-Tex and testing out some of their fabulous kids’ footwear, putting it through our paces on our adventures! (You can read about our Summer outings here: Roundhay Park and Chester Zoo)
We loved our shoes from the Spring / Summer range for their comfort, fit and practicality however I wasn’t keen on them asethetically – pink really isn’t my colour! I was thrilled when I opened up our Autumn / Winter footwear packages to find that they were considerably less pink and perfect colours for the season. The kids were all really excited by their new boots and wanted to try them on immediately. As soon as they had them on their feet they declared them perfect for stomping and set about marching around the living room in them. I can absolutely see where they were coming from, their new boots are nothing if not sturdy. They look big on their feet yet they’re not heavy or clumsy. I worried at first that they might trip over themselves if their shoes were a little bulkier than usual but it really wasn’t an issue.
For our first adventure in the new Gore-Tex shoes we took ourselves up to Heaton Park a couple of weeks ago. Heaton Park is one of our favourite places, no matter what time of year the kids are always excited to go and explore. There’s such a feeling of space and freedom making it perfect for stomping in new shoes! I must admit I was concious of not wanting to go too far in new shoes just in case there were any issues with fit or rubbing but nobody had any complaints! We had a few problems with socks falling down inside boots but these were soon rectifiesd and we decided that perhaps next time they would all wear thicker socks.
All three children were excited to explore in their shoes; kicking leaves, marching through puddles and climbing trees as all good adventurers do. Their boots were supportive with good grip and kept their feet warm and dry leaving them free to play and explore!
Aside from being super pracitcal I have to admit I think the boots are pretty stylish too! The girls’ boots were perfect with their jeggings tucked inside but Ben’s jeans didn’t sit quite so well with his boots and we need to have a play about with those next time he wears them.
I had rather expected that after such a good stomp around Heaton Park, their boots would be looking a little worse for wear but no, any water and mud just seemed to slide off them and all three pairs of boots were looking pretty pristine when we got them home. I’m really interested to see how they withstand the weather conditions that our lovely country will be throwing at us over the coming weeks!
Since our trip up to Heaton Park the weather has definitely taken a turn for the worse, the grey skies and rain have set in and it really feels as though winter is on it’s way. Check back with us next month to see what we get up to on our next Gore-Tex Big Day!
*Discalimer – We were sent the Gore-Tex shoes free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions reamin our own*