Last week I was invited along to the Hotter shoe store in Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow for a blogger event. What’s the first thing you think of with Hotter? I bet it’s along the lines of shoes for old people. This seems to be most peoples reaction- mine included. But! I had a look at the spring/summer catalogue and I was really quite pleasantly surprised. So I was more than happy to attend the event to learn more about this British brand.
Hotter are trying to change their perception on the high street. There’s certainly shoes in Hotter than can be described as for ‘old people’ but there’s a good mix of styles for everyone. I think it’s quite similar to Clark’s or Marks and Spencer in that regard. Not only is there a good mix of styles, the quality of the footwear is absolutely brilliant. You’ll be wearing these shoes for a very longtime. This ties in nicely to my recent interest in ‘slow-fashion’. That’s not to say I don’t like the rush of a frivolous purchase in the likes of Primark. But increasingly I’m looking for well-made items that will give me longevity.
There’s quite a few things I like about Hotter. The service was brilliant for a start. I know I was there for a particular event and they will try to make a good impression but I also watched how they served other customers and I’ve had feedback from others that their customer service is great. It’s the kind of old-fashioned customer service you used to get. Very friendly and helpful, and the kind that makes you want to return to a shop.
Also, Hotter also have something called dual fit . Dual fit allows for the top insole to be removed. This is particularly useful if you have trouble finding shoes that fit or, like me, you have problems with your feet. I have arthritis in my left foot and my right occasionally swells because of leg problems, so shoes can be tricky and uncomfortable. It’s such a simple but brilliant idea, more people should do this.
Hopefully, you can see from my photos there’s a good selection to be found in Hotter. There’s also plimsole type shoes (which I think I’m going to go back and purchase, they’re so light!) and trainers. There’s also men’s shoes available and a nice selection of handbags and other accessories. I was very impressed!
I tried on a selection of shoes and I found it really difficult to chose between these ones and the ones I eventually picked. The ones I went away with are called Christie* and I absolutely love them. The suede-like material is so soft and cut so nicely, and despite their heel height they’re really comfy. They’re also available in silver and red but they’re pretty much sold out on line so if you fancy having a look you’ll need to pop into your local store.
I think Hotter deserve to get a wider clientele. The British-made shoes come in a variety of styles, are really comfortable and are incredibly well-made. They’re well and truly on my horizon now.
Is Hotter a place you shop in (or would?)
*I was given the pair of shoes free of charge, all thoughts very much my own.