My new Clarks winter boots – Review

Let’s start this post by saying that I LOVE SHOES!  At the moment I find that shoes don’t always love me though so I often find myself wearing my Birkenstocks.  Not ideal in this weather . . .

I’ve found recently that my feet seem to be quite wide – whether this is the result of a bit of spread after three pregnancies or through carrying a bit of extra weight – it can be a right pain to find shoes that fit.  I don’t exactly have small feet either and being a size 8 can make finding a nice pair of shoes a little challenging.

At the moment Clarks are really hitting the spot for me with some many of their range being available in a choice of width fittings.  Earlier this year I bought a pair of their beautiful Hamble Oak brogues which I adore and am always complimented on.  When I was invited to review for Bells Shoes I was thrilled to notice that, amongst the wide range of brands they stock, not only do they stock Clarks shoes but they stock the width fittings too (I’ve noticed other websites who stock Clarks shoes often only have a Standard D fitting).

Another thing I really liked about the Bells Shoes website is that you can actually search by “Width choices” meaning if you’ve got wide feet like me you don’t suffer falling in love with a gorgeous pair of shoes only to discover they don’t come in a wider fit . . . can you tell this happens to me all the time.  Being able to limit what the website shows me to just the wider fit shoes means I don’t even have to be taunted by pretty shoes for skinny feet. Bitter? Me? Not much.

Of course you can also search by the style of footwear – boots, heels, flats, slippers (yes I was tempted to order some slippers) or by brand.  Bells Shoes stocks a range of well known brands to suit everyone from Clarks to Gabor or Birkenstock.  I think I could find shoes to suit just about every circumstance on the Bells Shoes website – shoe shopping from the comfort of my sofa? Winner.

So you’re obviously dying to know what I ended up choosing . . .

Clarks Orinoco Club boots

As it is most decidedly Autumn now and my Birkenstocks are absolutely not remotely suitable footwear anymore *sob* I decided it was time to look for something more seasonally appropriate.

I’ve been lusting after Clarks Griffin Mabel for months now but unfortunately they didn’t have my size in stock (in fairness neither does anybody else – I think I’ve missed the boat on these beauties)

Keeping my feet warm, dry, comfortable and stylish this winter will be a pair of  Clarks Orinoco Club boots – these are no dainty boots, especially not in a wide fit, and when I first put them on I thought perhaps they made my feet look a bit enormous (they don’y need much help on that front) but actually when I looked at them in the mirror rather than straight down I realised they were absolutely fine.

I’m excited to have a pair of boots that fit – boots that I can actually get on my feet and want to wear!  They have been super comfortable from very first wear and I know they are going to be a wardrobe staple this Winter (especially as they look so good with my trusty leggings!)

*Disclaimer – I was sent these boots free of charge for the purpose of review however all thoughts and opinions remain my own.  This post contains affiliate links*


  1. Mummy Melton
    October 13, 2014 / 11:26 am

    These look great! I struggle every year trying to find boots I like but that also fit. They look like they'd go with every winter wardrobe xx

  2. October 13, 2014 / 3:34 pm

    They look fabulous too! And very suitable, I have the opposite problem to you my feet are ridiculously skinny and long (such a shame my body doesn't do the same 😉 ). I have to buy lace up shoes and make sure they are tied tight to make sure my shoes stay on my feet. May look into bells shoes they seem to have a lot of choice.

  3. October 21, 2014 / 7:11 am

    They look great Colette! I 've yet to decide ona a style I wnt this year…..

  4. October 21, 2014 / 7:20 am

    They looks great hun. I feel your pain, I have size 9 feet! Try getting shoes for those bad boys 🙂 #TriedTested x

  5. October 21, 2014 / 7:32 am

    These look comfortable and practical.

  6. October 21, 2014 / 7:51 am

    The look great….They look perfect for this time of year! Comfy too….That's always a bonus x

  7. October 21, 2014 / 8:24 am

    These look like my kind of boots-I need comfort!

  8. October 21, 2014 / 9:11 am

    These look great. I have the same problem – wide feet and a size 8… although I also have a narrow heel which adds an extra layer of annoyance! Shoe shopping is a frustrating experience but it's great to see Clarks are offering larger and wider sizes these days.

  9. October 21, 2014 / 9:13 am

    I am the same as you my feet seem really wide now after having three babies and non of my old shoes fit me anymore and I'm devastated as I use to love shoes and built up a lovely collection . I will have to check here out as I am in desperate need for new winter boots too and they look very comfy while still being stylish xx #TriedTest

  10. Clare Nicholas
    October 21, 2014 / 10:49 am

    These look lovely on. I've the same problem with shoes since kids sadly

  11. October 21, 2014 / 11:27 am

    They're lovely! Hard to find basic, smart, nice looking boots – and I'm always surprised Clarks comes through!

  12. October 21, 2014 / 11:40 am

    Comfy and stylish. I think black boots are a staple for a winter wardrobe. Thanks for letting us know about them #TriedTested

  13. October 21, 2014 / 11:58 am

    They do look comfy. Like you, I'm an 8 and love flip flops, which isn't too wise at the moment!

  14. October 21, 2014 / 12:23 pm

    These look amazing, I'm a fan of Clarks boots for this time of year. They are such a good investment!

  15. October 21, 2014 / 1:16 pm

    I love that they are wide width and I prefer the motorcycle boot look to a dainty boot anyway! #TriedTested

  16. October 21, 2014 / 2:38 pm

    These look great, perfect for the autumn weather and yay to shoes that fit! 🙂 #triedtested

  17. October 21, 2014 / 6:39 pm

    Oh my god I ruddy love these! I need some nice ones that look nice that I can do the school run in. Fab and so lovely to meet you at the weekend too! x

  18. October 21, 2014 / 7:55 pm

    I love this Colette you are so adorable too. Great photos. Perfect model! These sounds great as I am looking for black boots. 🙂 Great review thanks for hosting! #tried&tested

  19. Lauren Holmes
    October 21, 2014 / 9:04 pm

    They look fab! I have a real soft spot for boots, and looking through the site I think you made a perfect choice, they are lush, I think I'd want them in brown too!x

  20. October 22, 2014 / 4:05 am

    They look really nice. I hadn't heard of Bells Shoes. Will have to give them a look #TriedTested

  21. October 23, 2014 / 7:08 pm

    I love those boots. I have a similar issue when buying boots but I need half sizes all the time.

  22. Jo Smith
    October 23, 2014 / 9:37 pm

    I do love a classic boot. You just can't go wrong with this kind of style can you?

  23. Victoria MyLittleLBlog
    October 29, 2014 / 1:46 pm

    i ad few pairs in te past form boots, they look great and i like the small heel, just what you need when out and about a lot

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