Girl In The Mirror – Stepping out in Hotter Shoes

When the weather outside is frightful, and the fire is so delightful… the last thing that I want to be doing is heading off outside into the cold air. However, needs must and I need to stop being a hermit. The only way to protect myself from the elements is layering up against the cool air and a mixture of thermals, thick tights and cosy jumpers have been playing a huge part in my wardrobe right now. With the Christmas festivities upon us, a trip to the world famous Manchester Christmas Markets was on the cards, but first, I needed some new boots to wear before I headed off for a gluhwein or two. Trying to take outfit photos at the Christmas Markets is a difficult task when it seems that the entire population of Manchester is there, so it’s back to the traditional Girl In The Mirror.

Thermal underwear isn’t probably the coolest thing to wear but I absolutely swear by them. Having spent a great deal of time in extreme weather conditions such as Canada in the winter, I soon learnt of the importance of layering up with fine layers, that hold the heat in. The Heat Holders from Sock Shop are some of my favourite thermals, and I’ve been wearing the long sleeved thermal vest under all my lighter knitwear. For extra warmth under jeans, the thermal leggings are so cosy. There’s no better feeling that being warm and toasty is there?

Girl In The Mirror - Stepping out in Hotter Shoes

Girl In The Mirror - Stepping out in Hotter Shoes

Girl In The Mirror - Stepping out in Hotter Shoes

Girl In The Mirror - Stepping out in Hotter Shoes

Girl In The Mirror - Stepping out in Hotter Shoes

Girl In The Mirror - Stepping out in Hotter Shoes

Girl In The Mirror - Stepping out in Hotter Shoes

I’ve often found that oversized knitwear isn’t very flattering if you have a bust, and where as I’d usually avoid anything with a roll neck, I couldn’t stop myself from buying this Roll Neck Sweater from New Look. At just £9.99, I wouldn’t mind one in every single colour. Although it looks great worn loose with jeans, I find that when it’s tucked in to my River Island black leather look skirt, the overall look is a lot more stylish and polished. Black tights cover up bare legs before I slipped them into my new Belle Boots from Hotter Shoes.

Heading into Hotter Shoes on the day I was to go straight to the Christmas markets was a bit of a chance. Wearing brand new shoes to trek around the Christmas markets would normally be one of my worst nightmares. The thought of blisters and rubbed feet isn’t nice, nor is the healing time post wear especially with party shoe season heading our way. I chose the Hotter Shoes Belle boot in black. Made from the softest nubuck leather, the boots are built for extreme comfort. I know that most women do struggle with long boots, with the calf area being a problem. The Belle boot overcomes this problem a design that works around the calves, with a full length stretch zip on the inner, elasticated panelling for extra stretch and adjustable buckles, which I have been able to use to tighten up my boots. The boots themselves are definitely made for walking and the cushioned insole kept my feet warm and they honestly feel like I am walking on air. Having been wearing Hotter Shoes for the last few years for work, I appreciate just how much a good shoe is worth. I have no issues in buying fast fashion shoes, but having a sturdy pair of comfortable shoes and boots, well you just can’t beat it. An investment? Definitely, but worth every single penny. My mum will be so proud that I’m wearings sensible shoes again. Belle also come in a dark tan colour, which i’m really tempted by.

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