Reviewed – Clarks Aldwych Wood Boots at Cloggs

Since it was founded in 1979. Cloggs has been a great place to find branded shoes and boots at really great prices. Currently it has a fabulous range of shoes for men, women and children from the likes of Fitflop, Birkenstocks, Converse, Joules and, my personal favourite, a range from Clarks that includes shoes from the iconic Clarks Originals. Recently Cloggs got in touch to see if I would be interested in a review post, and of course, the brand I was drawn to immediately was Clarks.

The Clarks Aldwych Boots are truly the best of both worlds. I have an addiction to suede boots, always buying suede when I need new boots. Unfortunately, as pretty and stylish as suede looks, it is not the most practical of fabrics, particularly when faced with a very wet Winter/Spring like we have been this year. (As I write this, it is raining again.). That is why I love the Aldwych boots design, which incorporates a partial suede upper for a style effect, with more practical and durable leather for the rest of the boot. This boot is just gorgeous, and is a perfect match for a couple of Vivienne Westwood bags I currently have my eye on.

Clarks - Aldwych Wood - Black Combi Leather £36 Click to visit Cloggs

Clarks – Aldwych Wood – Black Combi Leather £36 Click to visit Cloggs

The VW bags on my wishlist that I want to team the boots with…

 Vivienne Westwood Frilly Snake 6571 Small Cross Body Bag £95.00 Click to visit Garment Quarter


Vivienne Westwood Frilly Snake 6571 Small Cross Body Bag
£95.00 Click to visit Garment Quarter

 Vivienne Westwood Frilly Snake 3655 Small Evening Bag £90.00 Click to visit Garment Quarter


Vivienne Westwood
Frilly Snake 3655 Small Evening Bag
£90.00
Click to visit Garment Quarter

 

The Aldwych Wood is an ankle boot with a chunky 7cm heel. This makes it easy to walk on and perfect for shopping trips or the school run.  I love the durable rubber sole with Cushion Soft layers, it makes the boot extremely comfortable, even for me (I’m currently suffering with a problem ankle so comfort is extra important.) The zip fastening makes these easy to get on and off, and even when new in the box, the zip wasn’t stiff or hard to move. The boots are fairly true to size, I chose a size 5 and would probably have gone for a half size if available, but these are breaking in nicely for me.

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Ankle boots are great in that they are possibly the most versatile of looks. I will always pull these on with jeans or trousers as it is a no brainer, they look great and work so well with pretty much any trouser shape. But I also love this particular boot with a skirt or dress, it toughens up the look and can also give Summer dresses a lease of life for Spring, just add opaque tights and these boots.

Worn with jeans

Worn with jeans

With a Hotsquash dress

With a Hotsquash dress

With a coloured jersey dress

With a coloured jersey dress

The Aldwych Wood boots are currently reduced to £36 from £59.99 so you can get a really big saving at the moment, making these a must buy if you are on the look out for a transitional pair of boots that will last right through Spring, and can be picked up again in Autumn.

 

*I was gifted my boots by Cloggs.

Style Classic – Hunter Wellies

There are some things in your wardrobe that can be classified as ‘style classics’. The crisp white shirt, a beige trenchcoat, the little black dress, you can probably name a few others. And when it comes to Wellington boots, only one brand really deserves to be labelled as classic, and that has got to be Hunter.

I’m not sure why Hunter Wellies have this cachet rather than other brands. British made and sturdy, these boots are the epitome of cool, being loved by everyone, from the festival going crowds wading through the mud at Glastonbury, to the country set who wear them on long, rambling walks through the English Countryside, accessorising with Barbour jackets and headscarves. My favourite way of styling Hunter’s has long been the sort of Land Girl/The Edge of Love style with chintzy dresses and chunky cardigans worn with the wellies. Think Kiera Knightley, Sienna Miller and Anna Friel, all channeling Debo, Duchess of Devonshire.

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I totally love this look.

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Kiera Knightley and Sienna Miller in ‘The Edge of Love’

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Anna Friel and Rachel Weisz in The Land Girls

Earlier this year I was approached by Cloggs to see if I would be interested in reviewing one of their shoe products. Cloggs is a one stop shop for shoes and boots, with many premium brands available including Joules, Clarks, Converse and Barbour. But I was drawn to the great variety of Hunter boots, coming in a range of colours and lengths.

Hunter Wellies - Original Short - Red £69.99 click to visit Cloggs

Hunter Wellies – Original Short – Red £69.99 click to visit Cloggs

I opted for the original short boot in red. There was a clear, and rather embaressing reason for opting for the shorter boot. I have rather thick calves and had once managed to get myself stuck in a pretty pair of pink tall Hunters in a shoe shop in Taunton. I actually thought I was going to have to buy them, until my husband managed to pull really hard and released my leg. Cue utter red faces all around and a rather sheepish exit from the shop. I hoped that by choosing the shorter option I could avoid the boots being too tight, or getting stuck.

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Dress Pearl Lowe Peacocks (similar here)
Boots Cloggs

DSCN6665[1]Thankfully, these boots are a great fit, they are neither tight around the calves, nor too loose around the foot. I always find cheap wellies to be loose fitting on the feet, and this in turn makes them uncomfortable, and too cold and draughty to wear for any length of time. The Hunter boots fit snuggly and this makes them feel like they are both protecting and comforting the foot. They are heavier than the wellies I normally wear, but because they have a cushioned insole, they are so much more comfortable, and hence, easier to wear.  I went for a size 5, although I normally like a 5.5, but the 5 is the right size, anything bigger would be too big.

DSCN6668[1] DSCN6670[1]I decided to wear my wellies ‘Edge of Love’ style with a Pearl Lowe tea dress that I have had for a while but really love. But I am also planning on taking my wellies to Wales at Easter so they get some real experience of mud, and will then wear them with jeans and leggings for a more outdoosey look.

The Hunter Wellies at Cloggs come in a range of styles and colours and are available for next day delivery.

Many thanks to Cloggs for the wellies – I love them!

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