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Hotter Shoes women's summer collection

 
Hotter Shoes women's summer collection

 

Product Review – Hotter ‘Laurel’ Women’s Deck Shoes

Helen at Hvar Castle, Croatian sailing trip

Getting ready for my sailing trip on the Adriatic around the Croatian islands, I started thinking about what shoes to pack. I wanted something that I could slip on and off easily, would dry quickly if I got them wet, looked great and above all were comfortable.

Hotter Shoes - Laurel range

Hotter’s nautical inspired Laurel deck shoe fitted the bill perfectly. With the great choice of colours I picked one (Dark Stone) that worked with my capsule wardrobe and gave me the most flexibility.

I wore them for daytime excursions as well as evening drinks and dining out. This meant that I didn’t need to take lots of pairs of shoes, which was invaluable as I was travelling with just carry-on luggage only.

The shoes were thoroughly tested on my hour-long excursion up to Hvar castle and because they are made of breathable canvas my feet stayed cool and comfortable. The cobbles and uneven streets of Split were equally no problem. And with good grip soles and closed-in toes I stayed nice and dry when boarding the yacht. They even dried quickly after the afternoon thunderstorm that left them thoroughly wet.

Laurel Shoes on deck

And now that I’m home, my trusty Laurels are still my favourite go-to summer casual footwear.

To read more about Laurel shoes, or to browse Hotter‘s range of other women’s shoes, visit the Hotter USA or Hotter UK website.

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Posted by Helen – WhatToWearOnHoliday.com

Disclaimer: Our Laurel Shoes were supplied to us by Hotter for the purposes of review. There were no conditions attached and the above is a true account of our experience.

All Decked Out In Hotter Shoes

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Hotter Shoes - Laurel range

This season Hotter Shoes are adding a sporty twist to their classic Summer loafer collection with the introduction of deck shoes. Fuse nautical inspiration with the ultimate in laid back Athleisure for shoes you will be wearing to the beach, bar and beyond.

Land Ahoy!

Hotter Shoes - Brooke

If you are heading to a tropical island this Summer (or sticking a little closer to home) you will need a pair of shoes that are the ultimate all-rounder. Take the stress out of day tripping with comfortable and casual Brooke, the hot new style for Spring. Crafted from silky smooth Hotter Softy leather and in four on-trend pastel colour options, treat your feet to effervescent quality that looks oh so good.

Plain Sailing

Hotter Shoes - Laurel

Say goodbye to uncomfortable Summer shoes and ease into the season in pure bliss with Laurel. Stay cool and comfortable in this classic nautical inspired deck shoe that is crafted from breathable washed canvas, for an added touch of luxury. Enjoy all the freedom of a sandal with all the comfort of a closed toe shoe that comes in standard and wide-fitting options.

Know the Ropes

Hotter Shoes - Tara

Keep it simple this season by sticking to one easy style rule; invest in well-made shoes that look and feel great. Step into Tara and you’ll wonder why you ever wore anything else, this comfortable slip-on deck shoe fuses breathable canvas with cushioned leather insoles for the perfect marriage of luxury and essential underfoot support.

Push the Boat Out

Hotter Shoes - Daisy

Introduced into the collection last year and a stand-out style from the new season range Daisy is a sporty deck shoe that once you try on you will fall in love with. Get on board with the Athleisure trend and step out of your comfort zone with this modern twist on the classic deck shoe silhouette. The combination of Hotter Softy leather with on-trend perforated detail and a cushioned collar means that you can enjoy all day comfort, all season long.

Toasty Toes

Hotter Shoes - Maisie

If the thought of covering your feet during the hottest months of the year fills you with dread… fear not! We have a range of beautifully crafted, breathable sandals available in a range of on-trend colours and styles. Book yourself in for a pedicure because the vacation season is just around the corner and what better way to complement sun-kissed feet than in a pair of Maisie? This Hotter favourite is available in seven gorgeous shades of Summer from vibrant Coral to shimmering Rose Gold.

 

To browse Hotter‘s full range of women’s shoes, visit the Hotter USA or Hotter UK website.

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Product Review – Hotter ‘Brooke’ Women’s Shoes

Hotter Brooke shoes

As mum to a toddler I spend many hours a week pounding hard pavements pushing a buggy. With said buggy loaded with child and shopping, the final push up a steep hill to our home can be something of a challenge at the end of a long day. I welcome anything that makes me feel more comfortable, and footwear that is kind to my feet is a good start.

Through the winter my trusty Hotter ‘Mystery’ boots have served me well for many years now; I’m still wearing the same pair I reviewed back in 2013, and they are as comfy as ever. Whilst this year’s unseasonably cold UK spring hasn’t been especially welcome, my winter boots are by far my favourite item of footwear, and my feet always suffer over the warmer months when I switch to flimsier shoes.

So it was lovely to be asked by Hotter to choose another pair of shoes to review, giving me chance to pick something more appropriate for the summer.

I own several pairs of ‘Hotters’ now (I don’t think many people stop at just one!) but they are mostly styles for dressier occasions. I don’t have anything for more active days and the heavy duty walking which has become my norm.

In other brands I have chunky walking trainers/sneakers which are comfy but quite heavy, hot, and not very stylish. And some light pumps which look funky but make my feet ache. I really wanted something in between: light and comfy, and stylish, and practical and hard-wearing too. Can one shoe tick all these boxes?

The Hotter website has options to browse by product, style or fit, so I had a look at their ‘Active & Trainers’ (sneakers) product range. I was torn between ‘Leanne’, one of their bestsellers which I’ve heard good things about, and ‘Brooke’. I chose Brooke, with it being smarter and thus suitable for more occasions.

Hotter Brooke shoes

Brooke is a lace-up full-fitting shoe, made from soft leather uppers with a padded collar and tongue, and cushioned insole. The sole is ridged for grip and flexible. Colours available are Duck Egg (a sage green which I chose), Salmon (a deep rosy pink), Ivory (looks white on the website), and Blue River which is made from nubuck suede rather than leather. There is also a limited edition ‘Royal Wedding’ style in red, white and blue.

I’ve come to expect a great fit with Hotter shoes, plus of course the comfort which is their watchword. I’m yet to return a pair, and I’m someone who really struggles to find shoes that fit my feet.

Maybe due to having such high expectations, I was initially a bit disappointed with Brooke.  Holding them they seemed heavier than I expected, and when I first put them on they were quite stiff and tight. I thought sadly they perhaps weren’t going to be the comfy casual I’d hoped for.

But, I needn’t have worried. After a couple of wears they softened up nicely, and I truly now forget I’m wearing them. I’ve spent many hours walking on various terrains from concrete to grass to gravel, and they’ve been up to the job every time.

They look smart, and go equally well with jeans, trousers, skirts or shorts – so very versatile, especially if you are looking to pack just one pair for a trip. I like the full coverage that means I can wear any kind of socks with them, and they’re easy to slip on and off.

Hotter Brooke shoes

Brooke would be the perfect shoes for a city break, or any kind of sightseeing. They could easily take you from day to evening, with the exception of formal occasions. For a beach vacation I’d suggest you need to pack a lighter pair of sandals too, but for day trips out or for the journey itself they would be ideal. They would suit cruising very well too; days in port usually involve a lot of walking, they would work nicely for casual evening dining, and I think they’d make a great non-slip deck shoe as well.

I look forward to wearing Brooke more over the summer, and packing them for my travels too.

To read more about Brooke shoes, or to browse Hotter‘s range of other women’s shoes, visit the Hotter USA or Hotter UK website.

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Posted by Emma – WhatToWearOnHoliday.com

Disclaimer: Our Brooke Shoes were supplied to us by Hotter for the purposes of review. There were no conditions attached and the above is a true account of our experience.

Versatile Vacation Menswear From Madda Fella

In keeping with our preference to ‘pack light, pack right’ for travel, each item we take has to really earn its place in our suitcase.

If a piece only goes with one outfit, or suits one occasion, or doesn’t wear well enough for more than one day – it won’t make the cut.

Our most-loved are those truly versatile, ‘wear with anything’ pieces, so it’s no surprise we are fans of Madda Fella’s menswear, including the Castaway Collection below.

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Castaway Shirt

Madda Fella Castaway Shirt

This shirt ticks all our boxes, you really can’t go wrong. The vintage inspiration means it always looks smart, but the relaxed cut and soft double-brushed cotton mean comfort is guaranteed too.

Loose and airy, you can roll the sleeves up on a balmy evening or layer over a t-shirt in a chilly breeze. Throw it on over your beachwear for sun protection or as a lunchtime cover-up. Team it with jeans, chinos, shorts…the possibilities are endless.

Madda Fella Castaway Shirt

Perfect for the beach, city breaks, cruising and more, it’s hard to think when you couldn’t wear this!

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Castaway Hoodie

Madda Fella Castaway Hoodie

Made from double-brushed soft cotton, we love this hoodie for those cooler days or evenings when you just need that extra layer.

Lightweight, it’s a definite ‘summer’ hoodie yet lacks nothing in comfort. It would be perfect to travel in, and it rolls up snugly when you need to pack it or throw it in your backpack.

The chest and sleeve buttons mean you can customize the fit as the temperature changes so it transitions really well from day to evening.

You could wear it anywhere, but we think it would really fit the bill on a cruise as it’s always chilly when you’re at sea, even in hotter climates.

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Castaway Drawstring Short

Madda Fella Castaway Drawstring Shorts

These Castaways are designed to be that pair of shorts you can live in every day.

Perfect for the beach, wandering around the town or just lounging at home, they’re the ultimate in comfort when you don’t need or want to try too hard.

A flattering length with practical pockets, you can match them with a t-shirt or button down, flip-flops or brogues and you know they’ll look great.

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To view full details of the Castaway collection and much more, visit MaddaFella.com.

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Just Back From: Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

View over mostar at night

Helen took an October twin-centre break to the Balkan region, staying first in Dubrovnik in Croatia before moving on to Mostar, a sourthern city in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

My Highlights

Meeting local people who were so open, warm and friendly. We stayed Airbnb close to the Old Town and the accommodation was excellent. The people we met were so willing to share their hospitality, their stories about the war and their hopes for the future.

Mostar at night

My Top 5 Things To Do

1. The Old Town and the Stari Most bridge are very lovely and atmospheric but very touristy. The views from the bridge and the terraces are beautiful. When you think that all the bridges were destroyed during the war in 1992 it’s remarkable that the old bridge has been replaced exactly. Check out the 2017 Cliff Diving Championships which were held in Mostar to see the famous bridge diving.

2. We took the free walking tour to find out more about the city, which obviously means understanding about the war.

3. Hum Hill; the cross on the hill above Mostar and the gun placements from which the Bosnians were bombed.

4. Kravice waterfalls – just stunning. In fact we took a full day private tour for just 30 Euros each and saw so many stunning sights including: Medjugorje, where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared; an old hillside village Pocitelj; Blagaj – once a thriving town from the 15th century and home to the Dervish Tekke Monastery plus the source of the Buna river; and the underground secret hangers of the Yugoslavian army where they used to keep 25 MiG jet fighters.

Kravice Falls

5. Eat in the atmospheric Old Town and you won’t be disappointed. Our favourite for atmosphere, welcome and food was Tima – Irma.

My Top Tip

Mostar is increasingly on the tourist radar but going in mid-October everything was still open but much less crowded and cooler. Around 24c and sunny, which was perfect for travel and sightseeing. Many people take a day trip from Dubrovnik but Mostar deserves better than that, I would say at least two full days. We walked a lot in Mostar into the local areas and at night and we felt very safe.

Good To Know Before You Go

Euros are accepted everywhere and there is a fixed rate of exchange to the local currency. There are plenty of ATMs in Mostar.

3G is widespread in Mostar but patchy in the countryside.

A Word Of Caution

Road signs are not great and there is still some concern about unexploded land mines. The countryside is beautiful, but a guided tour will take you to places you probably couldn’t find alone.

Pocitelj

We read about people waiting hours to cross the border, which may be the case in the height of summer, but we found that with Google Maps we could find the quieter border crossings and often there was no queue. The roads we travelled were all good quality and with plenty of petrol/gas stations.

Anything Else?

You will need comfortable shoes for the cobbles of the Old Town and if you venture further afield.

What I Wore And Packed

To travel in I wore:

  • Capri pants
  • Shirt
  • Geox shoes
  • Pashmina/cape

And I packed:

  • Jeans
  • Capri pants
  • 4 x long-sleeved t-shirts
  • Jumper
  • Black ankle boots
  • Scarf
  • Packable jacket
  • Packable daysack

I also carried my RedDog BagPod which I love for travel; it’s light, has lots of pockets which makes it easy to find everything, and looks smart too.

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Posted by Helen – WhatToWearOnHoliday.com