We recently adopted a dog, a Lurcher named Barley.
We both enjoy walking, and so does the dog. ;)
Combine these three facts, and one thing is obvious - we both needed a pair of waterproof walking boots.
For Mr.R this was a simple matter of going to a suitable shop, trying on a pair of boots, and purchasing them.
For me, it was much more complicated.
I am seriously indecisive. I rarely like anything I see in regards to footwear, or anything else for that matter. And more often than not, when I finally see something I like, it's not available in my size.
I'd spent way too long looking in too many shops, trying on too many boots, and I'd had enough. I just wanted a pair of waterproof walking boots.
So I did what I've never done before, I ordered a pair of boots online.
I chose Amazon UK because we order tons of stuff from them, and the experience is always positive.
So, I started my boot search by choosing lowest priced items first. I didn't see the point in spending a lot of money on something I didn't really want, I was buying boots for practical reasons, not because I liked the look of them etc.
Anyway, long story short, yes this may already be a bit of a ramble but believe me it could be much much longer - I never use 10 words when 100 will do. ;) So, long story short, I'd decided to cut out the middle man; shopping in actual shops, and buy a new pair of boots online from the comfort of the sofa. :)
After reading loads of reviews I chose a pair of boots by Karrimor.
The price was good, the reviews were even better, and I'd worn Karrimor boots during the bulk of our 2 year travels round the World, and they'd been excellent.
The model I chose was the, Karrimor, Women's ksb Orkney III, Weathertite Hiking Boot.
I was pleased I hadn't had to go shopping again, I do not enjoy shopping. The only negative thing about the boots I'd ordered was the colour, brown.
I don't like anything brown, well, expect for chocolate. ;)
The photo of the boots on Amazon UK looked like quite a dark brown though, so I thought if they were really horrible I could always darken them with black polish or something.
I then reminded myself that as the boots were primarily for walking the dog across the countryside, which will obviously be very muddy for most of the year because we live up North, they'd end up caked in mud and look brown anyway, so it wasn't really a problem.
My walking boots arrived the following day.
So, what are they like?
They are seriously comfortable, and best of all they were completely comfortably straight out of the box. There was none of the usual breaking-in period. They didn't rub at all, in fact they're so comfy I'd happily wear them indoors as slippers - if they weren't covered in mud. I don't think mud would enhance our cream carpet at all. :o
Back to the boots, they have really good ankle support, which I especially appreciate as my ankles are prone to bursitis, and more importantly I'm clumsy so I need any extra help available to stay upright.
They don't look brown to me, although my eyesight is quite bad, but they look almost black. :)
They are fully waterproof. This was very important to me when purchasing new walking boots, because I have several other boots that let in water at the mere hint of a shower.
I am extremely pleased with my new Karrimor, Women's ksb Orkney III, Weathertite Hiking Boot, they do exactly what they should. They're comfortable, supportive, waterproof, and reasonably priced.
I'd definitely purchase them again, and highly recommend them.
Happy feet, happy me! :)