Tuesday, 6 November 2012
Gore-Tex Boots from Clarks.
When I was contacted by Clarks and asked to review an item of footwear from their Gore-Tex collection, I was initially a little hesitant. I had visions of a selection of Hiking Boots and Trainers not really befitting of someone who is still trying to be stylish in her late forties and with no plans to go trekking up Mount Snowdon any time soon, I didn't think there would be anything suitable, but I am so glad I took the time to take a look!
The Gore-Tex range offers a small selection of fashion forward boots with the added benefit of being both waterproof and comfortable, as well as stylish. Being as I already have a pair of long black boots, I chose the dark brown Neeve Ella GTX with their distinctive British heritage feel and was impressed to find that Gore-Tex technology means that feet stay dry as well as having the added benefit of Active Air cushioning underfoot, perfect for when you feel only your wellies will do, but you want something warmer and far more comfortable.
Living on an unmade road means that these boots are perfect for the pot-holes and puddles I encounter almost daily during winter and although I never had myself down as a "performance footwear" type of girl, the more I read about the underfoot air pockets which compress on impact to absorb shock and how they then expand to their normal shape to return energy, I couldn't wait to take these babies out for a test drive, and a short cut to the village post office provided me with enough different underfoot conditions to really test out the comfort factor and I wasn't disappointed, as these are by far the most comfortable boots I have ever worn and being as I spend 99.9% of my time in flats, I don't say that lightly!
I now consider these babies to be the "Land Rover" of my footwear collection with their inbuilt terrain response system (I made that up but it sounds good, no?) which will see me through many off pavement situations as well as ice, sleet, snow and rain, and I just know we are going to have a wonderful, comfortable and non slip winter together!
I'd love your thoughts on these fab boots and you can see the Gore-Tex collection here.