Hotter shoes – Review

I LOVE shoes.  I really do love shoes.

I HATE shoe shopping.

I’ve never had small feet, I’m an 8, which in my 20s made shoe shopping difficult as things were often sold out. I’ve never been able to just pick a shoe up off the shelf and stick my foot in it to see – Oh to be a 6!  Anyway, in each pregnancy my feet have spread (this is common) and my ankles have swollen to such a point as I’ve ended up confined to flip flops for months.  I discovered my favourite Birkenstocks when I was pregnant with Chloe and now always have a couple of pairs on the go.  I have the most ridiculous permanent tan line which pays homage to just how much I love my Birks.

Birkenstock tan lines

I live in the damn things.  They’re not the prettiest shoes ever but they’re so comfy, they always fit and they don’t take any effort to put on (this might sound ridiculous but with three kids to get out of the door shoes that slip on saves vital seconds!)  I’ve got so many pairs of shoes in my wardrobe that haven’t seen the light of day in years – most just don’t fit any more and others have no real place in my day to day life.  I’ve tried a lot of shoes on recently but have struggled to find anything that fits my less than dainty hooves.  My current favourite pair of shoes when I’m going our or just need to be a bit smarter is a pair of brogues from Clarks – they’re wide fit and comfy as anything.  I’ve been eyeing up a summer version recently too!

So bearing my shoe shopping nightmares in mind you can imagine how excited I was to be invited to a special blogger evening at Hotter with the tagline of “Hotter . . . let us find you shoes to fall in love with” – now that’s throwing down the gauntlet isn’t it?!

Hotter are currently working hard to shed their image of being a bit “old” – this point is proven by the beautiful brogues that were catching my eye throughout the whole of the talk we were given about the history of the brand.  (Hotter are a proper old school British brand with such history  – I never knew!)

Hotter shoes - summer brogues

These beauties stole my heart – I was completely in love with the blue!  Sadly this particular style don’t come in a width fittings and so weren’t going anywhere near my feet. I could have cried.  I’m crossing my fingers tightly they the new AW14 styles have a wider fitted brogue!! PLEASE HOTTER?!

So aside from the revelation that is a shoe horn – seriously how have I never used one before? (And if you haven’t then please do! Life changing)  Anyway I went on search of my “Hotter Moment” – Hotter are fixated on their Comfort Concept – even their heels are designed to feel like you’re just wearing your slippers.  It’s all to do with air bubbles in the sole and other such witchcraft.

The super patient staff helped me to try on several styles, determined that we’d find something to fit my wide feet (which were also slightly swollen on the night) – eventually we got there.  We got a pair of shoes that I put on and went “ooooh” – the elusive Hotter Moment.  I must admit I was close to giving up hope.  I didn’t think we were going to find anything to fit.

Hotter shoes

Admittedly these are not the trendiest shoes in the world and I wouldn’t normally choose them but I put them on and skipped around the shop – they’re so light and comfortable and just screamed “school run” at me.

Happy shopping with Hotter shoes in Bury
Now Hotter claim “comfort straight out of the box” and I put that to the test – the first time I wore them I inadvertently ended up dancing in them for a couple of hours!  They did start to rub but I took them off before they had done any real damage.  Two days later I wore them for a school run and a bit of a walk round the shops – this was hardly fair as it is far more than I would ever normally wear a new pair of shoes and unfortunately they did give me a bit of blister – however as I live in my Birks I think any shoes would really – I’m not used to having closed heels on etc.  I’ve got past that now and they’re just really comfortable shoes – the velcro strap allows a bit of flexibility for swollen summer feet, the air bubbly cushion thing is amazing and I’m definitely going to be keeping an eye on the AW14 styles to see what they offer up next! Maybe I’ll even get rid of my Birk tan if I wear enough different shoes?!
If you’d like to test out the Hotter Comfort Concept for yourself you can use the code PKCTEN for 10% off your first order and free delivery!
(10% off plus FREE delivery is for first orders only. You are entitled to 10% off the total order value of any full priced items in the Hotter range (excluding shoe care products) plus FREE delivery.  This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional offer or on Sale or Factory Clearance items and gift vouchers.)

*Disclaimer – I was given these shoes free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.*

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  1. July 24, 2014 / 8:45 pm

    Your feet photo is the funniest thing I have seen in so long and I loved you before but I REALLY LOVE YOU now. Thanks for sharing 🙂 Those Hotter shoes look gorgeously comfy! x

    • July 24, 2014 / 8:55 pm

      I'm glad it tickled you 🙂 I felt a right berk standing in my garden taking that photo. x

  2. July 24, 2014 / 8:56 pm

    They are super comfy shoes, I still love mine – even though I've worn them outdoors now 😛

  3. July 25, 2014 / 7:02 pm

    These shoes look really comfy, I must admit you can't beat comfort, I mainly live in trainers.

  4. emma lander
    July 28, 2014 / 7:46 am

    Oooooo I would love a pair. Yours are very nice 🙂

  5. July 28, 2014 / 7:37 am

    some sandals for my holidays!


  6. July 28, 2014 / 11:43 am

    I would put my voucher towards the Kefalonia Sandals! Thank you!

  7. July 28, 2014 / 5:19 pm

    I'd put it towards the mabel shoes in navy floral – thank you x

  8. July 29, 2014 / 6:25 am

    Some Heidi slippers in natural

  9. July 29, 2014 / 7:41 pm

    I like the Summit Boots in pink.

  10. August 3, 2014 / 1:19 pm

    I'd go for the Evie sandals, just noticed they're in the sale too!

  11. August 3, 2014 / 1:47 pm

    The Vantage shoes look nice.

  12. August 3, 2014 / 5:42 pm

    Love Hotter and love these Inspire sandals

  13. August 3, 2014 / 8:35 pm

    I'd get some nice sandals, I live in flip flops becasue they are easy to put on lol

  14. Solange
    August 8, 2014 / 6:44 pm

    Summit Boots in pink.

  15. August 10, 2014 / 12:19 pm

    I would use it towards hannah Heels

  16. August 11, 2014 / 2:28 pm

    some sandals for my holidays! – leanne w

  17. August 12, 2014 / 12:55 pm

    I love the Oasis in silver metallic 🙂

  18. Anonymous
    August 12, 2014 / 5:47 pm

    glad im not the only one with sun tan hit and miss my grandchildren asked how did you manage that nan…barbara madden

  19. August 12, 2014 / 8:05 pm

    Love these sandals. comfortable for walking and pretty too.

  20. August 13, 2014 / 6:23 am

    I would put the voucher towards the EVIE SANDALS

  21. August 13, 2014 / 7:52 pm

    lol I love your tan lines 🙂 I think I would buy the Mabel shoes, they are pretty funky

  22. Lynsey Buchanan
    August 13, 2014 / 9:25 pm

    A handbag

  23. julie
    August 14, 2014 / 10:46 am

    Dizzy Shoes

  24. alisa moore
    August 14, 2014 / 6:41 pm

    Heidi slippers

  25. August 14, 2014 / 10:08 pm

    I think I'd put it towards the Mabel Shoes

  26. August 8, 2016 / 3:00 pm

    This blog post is great. I loved the picture of your Birkenstock tan line so much I used it (and tagged you) in my most recent blog “Birkenstock Tan Lines: It’s No Laughing Matter”.

    It’s funny that you talk about Birkenstocks and Hotter together in one blog post. I did this recently about “knock off” Birkenstocks.

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