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Sunday, 5 January 2014

Testing My Waterproof Leather Boots!

I picked one of the wettest days this week to try out the waterproof claims of the Hush Puppies tan boots I was sent recently. It seems like every other day we're getting torrential rain and high winds - these photos are from New Year's Day where we decided to test the saying 'there's no such thing as bad weather - just inappropriate clothing'..it poured throughout our walk - though you'd never guess from the photos.
This was the River Lagan just about to burst its banks behind me - it was amazing to see it so high.
Waterproof Parka - c/o Target Dry (on sale & 15% off with SCHOOLGATE15)
Furry Gilet - Johnnie B @ Boden (sold out - similar here & here)
Khaki Green Coated Skinnies - Zara (old)
Cream Jumper with Pearls - Savida @ Dunnes (old)
Scarf - School Gate Style Shop
Tan Riding Style Boots - c/o Hush Puppies
I layered up as the Target Dry Emily Parka is a lightweight coat. So underneath, I have a fur gilet and an embellished jumper. Also wearing the Cosy Checked Scarf from my own shop and coated skinnies (good in the rain!) from Zara. Love the colour but they are a dreadful fit and need a belt and a good old 'hoik' every half hour or so. They've really put me off Zara jeans.
So here we are half way in - I'm properly trying these boots out - there were puddles galore. Katie is in this next photo with me wearing her Target Dry rainsuit - she had great fun jumping in the muddy puddles!
And here I am at the end of the walk. Now at one stage, I had to wade through a deep section where a stream covered the pathway - you can see the watermark on the bridge of my foot. Not a drop went inside the boot and by the time I got home, the darker leather was back to normal with no marks.
But the over-riding thing that impressed me most was how cosy my feet were. I have really cold feet and hands and typically, when I'm out walking this time of year, my feet go numb. Not here - my feet were toasty warm. I was seriously impressed. 
Obviously, they are not meant for wading through streams. But I reckon what I put them through over an hour of walking through mud, puddles and a muddy, soaking field of wet grass is about as bad as it's going to get on the school run. These boots are going to get some wear this winter.

More boot blogging to come as I share with you my UGG story - it's almost ready to publish - as is my January Sale Essential Number 2! I hope you've been having a lovely weekend.
Ax
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26 comments

  1. Impressive! I don't think UGGs would reap the same results!

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    1. Definitely not!! haha....they are staying indoors! Ax

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  2. Great to hear there are actually leather boots out there that will withstand bad weather. Not everyone wants wellington boots so these would be perfect and are far more stylish xx

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    1. For sure - I find wellingtons uncomfortable and not very warm, even with liners! Ax

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  3. Those boots are genius!! I'm not a huge welly fan so I'd think about these for dog walking duties etc... Looking forward to your next blog. Xx

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    1. Thanks V - they are brilliant...I'll be wearing them lots more this winter. Ax

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  4. Thanks for sharing your review. Waterproof leather boots are so hard to find.

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    1. They are indeed - glad you enjoyed it Carol, Ax

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  5. Same in Hampshire, rain and wind every single day for weeks. Floods everywhere. Went out for a run today as it was dry (& sunny!) this morning - there were loads of people out & about walking dogs, running, just wandering about all bundled up like you making the most of such a rare dry day. It's getting very tiresome now I'm sure you'll agree!!

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    1. Awful - hope we get some drier and less windy weather soon. Nightmare for you running too Lou! Ax

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  6. Hi Avril....a very happy New year to you and the family....missed your posting over the holidays! They are lovely boots and good to know the leather held up in such bad conditions! More of that awful weather on the way I hear!!
    Anne xx

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    1. Thanks Anne - HNY to you and the family too! Ax

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  7. They're gorgeous boots Avril and they were certainly put through their paces today. Good to know that the water mark didn't stain them as often happens. Love Liz xxx

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    1. I was a bit worried about that but you'd never know it had been there - fantastic! Ax

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  8. That's really impressive Avril - they look great and perform too! I love your scarf and furry gilet - in fact I love the whole outfit. You look so glam whilst out walking in the rain and mud - I'd look a complete bedraggled mess! xx

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    1. Thank you Jenny - I try to make an effort if we're going to do photos...but I'm sure you're being hard on yourself - I bet you look super stylish on your walks Ax

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  9. Aww they look great boots, perfect for winter :)

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  10. Very glam and impressed with the boot performance. They obviously do what they say on the tin! Dx

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    1. Isn't that great - nice when that happens. I was v impressed! Ax

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  11. I think you were incredibly brave to put them through what you did - walking through puddles like those in leather boots! But they passed - well done them. They're a fab alternative to wellies!

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    1. I know! Definitely wouldn't have done it if I'd bought them at full price...I'd be looking after them much better. But it's great to know they can do it - means they'll earn their place in my wardrobe this winter for sure. Ax

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  12. Love these tan boots. And waterproof? Bonus. I am on the hunt for some new boots for weekend wear, so I'll check out Hush Puppies.

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  13. pretty boots :)
    they hold up the rain but do you think that they can resist to a big puddle over the ankle ? did you ever try them in big puddles ?

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    1. Oh I did have them through deep puddles - right up to the bridge of my foot. I'm guessing that there would be some seepage at the bottom of the zip so I didn't linger too long but no- they're definitely lots better than just rain proof. Ax

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