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These boots are made for walking

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Regular sparkfriends will be relieved to know that this evening I bought some walking boots.

I bought them online, so I haven't got them yet.

Listen, anticipation is all. I'm going to enjoy that edge-of-the-seat feeling till they arrive in about four days' time.

So, what internationally famous brand of hiking boots did I buy?


(Pause while everyone in the States looks blank, everyone in the Caribbean nods approvingly and everyone in the UK rolls about in hysterics.)

If the Brits have QUITE finished, I will explain.

Last week I actually bought a pair of hiking boots. I look them home and had a crisis of conscience. They had cost 125, which would have made them the second most expensive footwear I'd ever bought (my red shoes were 145 but that's red shoes for you). I took the hiking boots back to the shop next day. Shops that sell hiking boots are quite used to this sort of thing because people take them home and wear them around the house for an evening to see how they feel.

They were nice-looking boots and a big name boot brand. But I thought realistically, what sort of hiking am I doing? I'm doing the sort of hiking an obese middle-aged woman does, in other words I'm not running up three peaks in a day, nor am I getting into parkour. I will never walk more than 20 miles in a day, and I'm only up to about 10 at the moment. I voted with my feet and the boots went back.

So . . . this morning I went online and had a nosey round. I know my level, I know my pocket, I had a look at the Clarks website. Clarks is an interesting phenomenon. Until a few years back it was the sort of shop where your grandma bought crossover sandals to hide her bunions, hence the hilarity from the Brits.

Then this song came out:

And suddenly they're hip.

To be fair Clarks have got loads of nice shoes in now.

But, but, Clarks is not the sort of shop you'd normally buy hiking boots in. It is popular with me because I am broke and it is cheap and I know my place. What's more, I ordered my boots online and got 20 per cent off too. Instead of paying 125 for a big name brand, I'm paying 71 for boots that will do what I need.

I'm on my toes in anticipation.

And I've saved 54 whole quid to spend on a sports bra and smaller trousers.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NEPTUNE1939 11/15/2012 9:24AM

    For me I've been wearing "Corcoran High Top Military boot with zipper" since 1957. And the last time I checked they are made in the U.S.A. They are great for walking rough terrain and runing. The zipper also is a nice feature, Earl

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PENOWOK 11/15/2012 9:24AM

    Yeah, I am all about saving money and getting a good deal! Good for you! I hope your toes fall in love!

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JOANNHUNT 11/15/2012 9:22AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You go girl. Smart move shopping around. emoticon emoticon

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HLOCHRIDGE 11/15/2012 9:21AM

    I hope your Clarks work out for you! Good luck!!!!

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NEWTINK 11/15/2012 9:16AM

    Good job ... I am glad you finally got you some boots .. been curious as to why you hadnt yet now I know ... have a wonderful day emoticon

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JANETRIS 11/15/2012 9:14AM

    I am a Clark's fan and currently have 5 pair! I didn't know they made hiking boots though. They should be awesome. The best thing about CLark's is put them on and they never need "breaking" in. They are always comfy. You will be doing the happy dance while you hike! emoticon

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NIKKIJ55 11/15/2012 9:13AM

    Enjoy the new Clarks!

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CARIOLA 11/15/2012 8:50AM

    Yep, as everyone says, Clarks are well known here in the US and are on the pricey side. QVC even features them. They're comfy but still have good support. I recommend double-layer socks to go with them! Eurosocks are a great brand.

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CLAYARTIST 11/15/2012 8:46AM

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NEWMOM20121 11/15/2012 8:45AM

    good for you

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TDEMAIO2 11/15/2012 8:42AM

    emoticon good for you : ) everyone is looking for a way to save money!!!!

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DJSHIP46 11/15/2012 8:39AM

    Hate to disappoint but this Yank certainly has heard of Clark's, one of my daughter's favs. Enjoy your new walking boots :)

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HEYMOE012 11/15/2012 8:29AM

  Really..I love Clarks and find them to be pricey here in the states. I love your anticipation and contentment with your purchase. You are now a woman at ease with herself and her choices...kudos to you!

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SPARKLED146 11/15/2012 8:19AM

    I work with several women who buy Clarks shoes often and claim it's their favorite brand for style and fit. I haven't been as convinced but after reading your blog I think I might take a look at the boots.
Happy walking! emoticon

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KELSEY54 11/15/2012 8:09AM

    Clark's have always been a popular shoe brand for comfort here in Canada. Congrats on your purchase.

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DMEYER4 11/15/2012 8:07AM

  happy walking and good luck with your new boots. I hope they bring you endless hours of pleasure.

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TPETRIE 11/15/2012 7:51AM

  I like clark shoes, I have found them to be the most comfortable.

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EJMCCLOSKEY 11/15/2012 7:45AM

  I am Canadian and I love Clarks! emoticon

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JOYCRN 11/15/2012 7:42AM

    I actually like Clark's and will always try some on if looking for new shoes as they are very comfortable. My first pair were really comfortable black pumps. Currently I have some navy blue ones I wear with jeans and other pants and some black flats which are also casual but can be worn with a skirt. emoticon

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GINGERVISTA 11/15/2012 7:38AM

    That's good to know. I'll be walking to work 1.5 miles this winter, so will need to find a REAL boot to keep my feet warm. Thanks for reminder to start looking! emoticon

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FLEURGARDEN 11/15/2012 7:38AM

    Clarks are so comfortable! And you're right about them having some decent styles - I bought some for work last year and I love them.

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GUITARWOMAN 11/15/2012 7:27AM

    Now now, being Canadian, I have respect for Clarks and have even owned some.

these days I am committed to MBT's--very expensiv e, but lots of benefits from wearing them.

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JANEMARIE77 11/15/2012 7:23AM

    way to go your toes will love you good shoes are so important. WE do have clarks in the USA but here they are a salty brand of footwear

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    Buying new boots is a great first step. (pun intended)

Make today a great day!

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SANDICANE 11/15/2012 7:08AM

    I'm Canadian and familiar with Clarks too!

Congratulations on treating yourself.
Congratulations on doing 10 miles a day!!!!
Congratulations on the great deal on-line!!!

Enjoy your anticipation and then, enjoy your Clarks!

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BESSHAILE 11/15/2012 6:57AM

    LOL - EVERYBODY in Virginia knows about Clarks - and wears them too - even though, we think they're pricey

just keep on walkin' emoticon

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POINDEXTRA 11/15/2012 6:45AM

    Ahh, Clarks is making headway in the US now - but I always think of them as a mid to expensive brand!:)

Looking forward to more of your adventures.

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OFGREENGABLES 11/15/2012 6:37AM

    clarks is such a good brand! I mean, as long as they fit...

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DEL-AND-COMPANY 11/15/2012 6:22AM

  Very cool! Clarks always rock!

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TRYINGHARD54 11/15/2012 5:40AM

    your going to have to show us what they look like.

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NCSUE0514 11/15/2012 5:20AM

    Enjoy your walks

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KRISUA 11/15/2012 5:01AM

    And immitiately there is Nancy Sinatra singing in my head!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/15/2012 4:39AM

    emoticon I'm all for saving money!

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THEIS58 11/15/2012 4:36AM

    Looking forward to hearing how they work out!

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ADELE66 11/15/2012 4:05AM

    It's all about how they fit! If they fit well and keep you comfy on the trail - who cares who made them or what they looked like or how much they cost!


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ALOZEE 11/15/2012 4:01AM

    Not sure I like the sound of these boots - my first school shoes came from Clarks - ooooh they were ugly and ooooh how I despised them.

Now these 'red shoes', those I'd like to see!!!

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GOANNA2 11/15/2012 2:37AM

    I'm glad you were able to return the boots and buy the Clark's.
I used to wear Clark's Springers here in Oz, but we don't get
them anymore. I may even go on the website too. Have fun
wearing and hilikng in your new boots. emoticon

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L1ZB3TH354 11/15/2012 12:33AM

    Have fun breaking in your Clark's! emoticon

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EABL81 11/14/2012 11:20PM

    I love Clarks shoes - they're actually quite popular here. But I didn't know they made boots. Glad to hear that you've ordered a pair. Let us know how they work out. Here's to your happy feet! emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 11/14/2012 11:14PM

    Wonderful! May they get good use.

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FRANCES-AGAPE 11/14/2012 10:44PM


Good for You !
It's not like you are a cheap-skate.
I too scrimp on a LOT of things,
then use the savings
on something SPECIAL

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Do you remember that song by Nancy Sinatra ?
I remember it had a GREAT BEAT !
You youngsters can look it up on YouTube

Have a Thrilling Thursday

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SENIMMO 11/14/2012 10:34PM

    Good girl! No more wet feet emoticon I watched the video, thank goodness my son was already in bed, I think he would've died laughing watching me trying to figure out what they were saying (I'm NOT good with song lyrics at my best, and I'm tired-that's my story and I'm sticking to it) I may have to check the website to see about comfy walking shoes emoticon emoticon

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DALID414 11/14/2012 10:14PM

    emoticon So glad you're getting SOME kind of boots!!

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REGILIEH 11/14/2012 10:06PM

    emoticon emoticon I'm emoticon that you got your boots! emoticon

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KONRAD695 11/14/2012 10:04PM

    I'm like that with my work shoes. Found out that no matter how much you spend on good shoes, you will find a way to destroy them before you wear them out.

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4KWALK 11/14/2012 9:59PM

    I wear Clarks shoes and I really find them a well made product. Here in Canada it is one of the better shoe products available. I will try their boots this winter.

Wishing you many happy miles (kilometers here in emoticon in your Clarks.

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JUNEAU2010 11/14/2012 9:50PM

    Clarks, as a shoe line, is familiar in the US. Good for you!

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PJBONARRIGO 11/14/2012 9:44PM

    I stepped in a muddy puddle today while I was wearing my Newton sneakers and immediately thought of you :-) I am very glad that you are getting a new pair of boots; no more wet feet! Happy hiking!
You underestimated us Yanks LOL I spent a good part of my last evening texting with my daughter about the pros and cons of buying a pair of cute shoes or more sensible furry (and cuter) boots. The brand was Clarks and the cuter more sensible choice was made- boots because winter is coming. She bought online too and is impatiently waiting for their delivery in 2 more days.
Great song and vid on Youtube; but I will say hello to Nancy for you and together we can keep on walking in our new boots. Well done on the money saved, it will pay for a lot of hiking sustenance. emoticon

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