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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.
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    Gotta love a bargain!
    1948 days ago
    Good for you !! Glad you'll treat yourself a nice boots. So now you'll enjoy your forest with your brand spanking new boots !! Let us know how you like it. Enjoy your boots. Thanks for sharing.

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    1948 days ago
  • DR1939
    Clarks are very popular in the US. I have several pairs and love them. However, my walkingboots are Keen because they have a wide toe box. I love these more than any other shoe/boot that I own. Please be sure to give us pics of the new boots. I'm sure you will love them.
    1948 days ago
    Can't wait to hear how your Clark's work out.
    1948 days ago
    Love it! My grandma wears Clarks, but I think I would buy them too. Im a Dansko fan, and order mine of Ebay because I always know the sizing is the same. No way would I pay full price, I did on my first pair thats all. Im so glad you will not have soggy moments in Epping anymore! Nothing worse than wet feet!
    1948 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    Glad you got a pair of boots! I have heard of Clarks shoes. I didn't know they made boots. Great that you could spend less. Hope they fit the bill!
    1948 days ago
  • CHRIS3874
    I would have chosen Doc Martens (especially if they were STILL made in OLD BLIGHTY ) I have a pair of the PVA work boots that are still like new. And YES they were made in England. I bought a pair of DM work shoes made in ($*%(# China NOT NOT NOT as good.
    1948 days ago
  • KIPPER15
    Enjoy the boots, bur remember to wear good socks with them to absorb the perspiration and to cushion your feet. (Blisters are bad things, speaking with experience) emoticon
    1948 days ago
    You rule, Chicky! Happy hiking!

    1948 days ago
  • EZRIN101
    lol! In Australia Clarks are school shoes! I've had many pairs of clarks over the years :)
    1948 days ago
    I honestly have never heard of Clarks! And my last name is Clark, lol!! But after reading your blog I am going to search them out online and take a look!! I may find something I really like!! I hope your hiking boots are very comfy on your feet!!
    1948 days ago
    1948 days ago
    Hey, from the states here, and we do know Clarks. Hubby bought a pair here years ago for, of all things, a trip to the UK and Amsterdam. (They killed his feet and he's hardly worn them since, but never mind.)
    1948 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/14/2012 7:25:48 PM
    Congrats on your new walking boots!!! Enjoy!!!
    1948 days ago
    AWESOME!! I adore Clarks! Yes...I'm a Yank, but I had 2 pairs of Clark shoes for years, before my feet got so fat.
    One pair was a luscious shade of pale moss green. I went out of my way to find things to wear with them. They were well made, comfortable, and stylish, too!!
    I would love to see a icture of your boots once you have them in your hot little hands!!
    1948 days ago
    Enjoy your new boots! Do remember to break them in before you go for a long hike. I speak from, sad, sad experience.
    1948 days ago
    1948 days ago
    I hope your new boots are as comfortable as the ones you bought in the store. I almost never buy shoes without trying them on because my feet are extremely sensitive and hard to fit. I did buy my last pair of summer walking shoes online because they were exactly the same shoe as the previous pair. I walked a hole in the bottom of the previous pair just at the end of last summer and all the stores were out of stock. Guess what they weren't near as comfortable but were good enough that I was able to wear them. I've almost worn them out too. emoticon
    1948 days ago
    Hey--cute!! Clark's are very popular with teachers in the States. They're comfy, still affordable, and getting more fashionable all the time. Besides, you need to save your money to buy PINK shoes, or PURPLE, or ORANGE or BLUE!
    1948 days ago
    WooHoo! You got it goin now. I've had some of my worst boot disappointments with the big names. The ones I get now are more comfortable, cheaper, and last longer. They just don't say, "I spent too much for them" on the label.
    1948 days ago
    Buyer's remorse sucks! And I hate returning things, but we must in this economy. This is the same reason why I only buy my $20 walking shoes (Dr. Scholls) at Wal-Mart. They are quite comfortable and also cheap, but well made. I need to stock up and stash 2 pair in the closet for when I need them, but I haven't got money for the electric bill, so how am I going to stash shoes at this time.

    Answer: I am not. :)

    But I am sure I can get them if I really want to from my parents. They wouldn't blanche at the thought of getting me something so necessary. And mom may walk away with a pair as well!

    Good luck on the Clarks! I hope they love your tootsies as much as you love them!
    1948 days ago
    I have to admit that I haven't really heard of Clark's. I am intreged enough now to go have a looksy at their website. Hope you enjoy your boots when you get them and I can't wait to hear what kind of new adventures you will be taking them on!
    1948 days ago
    I have probably 6 or 8 pair of Clarks in my closet - I started with sandals (and NOT granny ones) then went on to a clog like shoe that is comfortable and stylish!! I'll have to check out their boots!! emoticon
    1948 days ago
    Seems to me you made wise choices about boots. I hope the Clarks are all you need them to be, and look good to boot (pardon the pun). I'll be happy with you for having dry feet when you take those walks I enjoy reading about.
    1948 days ago
    You are a woman after my own heart. I hope the boots are great for you! emoticon
    1948 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    I'm sure you will love them
    1948 days ago
  • THOMS1
    If I have learned anything about shoes and boots it's YOU CAN'T GO WRONG WITH CLARKS. They are making them better looking now to. I just bought a pair of higher heeled shoes from clarks and they are really cute with jeans. emoticon
    1948 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Good Hiking! I hope your boots are very comfortable and work out great for you. Who cares what brand they are when they treat your feet so well! emoticon
    1948 days ago
  • POPSY190
    We used to get Clarks shoes and sandals for school! I'm sure their boots will do the job!
    1949 days ago
    Glad your boots are on order but I think you are very brave buying mail order. Like many others I wouldn't have thought of Clarks for "walking boots" but I'm sure they will last for ages.
    Thanks for the goodie, I'll be able to do a walk after Christmas after all the travels.
    1949 days ago
  • ANDY_54
    I'm from the states and yeah, CLark's are good for a lot of reasons, inlcuding granny shoes, LOL. Um, but I used to wear a pair of them for work everyday so I can't say too much! Hope you like them when they get to your door. emoticon
    1949 days ago
    when i grow up my mummy says i am going to be a proper little madam.what are you going to be.when i grew up we only had clarks shoes as they were the best and most popular at the time.didn´t realise they had lost their standing.maybe i have been in germany too long.hope they are comfortable when they come. emoticon
    1949 days ago
  • LEXIE63
    I have two pairs of Clarks shoes, and love them. They are so comfy! However, I bought my boots from the National Trust. They are called hi-tec and they are amazing! I paid just under a hundred if I remember correctly. I hope you have lots of fab walks with dry feet in your new ones. :-)
    1949 days ago
  • HFAYE81
    Awesome! I'm in the States and I've heard of Clarks...not enough to mean anything though haha. I hope they come soon!!!
    1949 days ago
    OMG that video is hilarious! I've got to say my Mom is the only one I know who wears Clarks ... but I'll bet their walking boots are great!
    1949 days ago
    Good for you!!! Way to go!!!
    Get on out there and strut your stuff, girl!
    1949 days ago
  • DAWN14163
    I've never heard that song before - where do you find them?!!
    1949 days ago
    Good for you - Clarks are under-valued and need a boost!! If only their staff were all as good as their shoes - way to go ordering online!
    1949 days ago
    I remember hiking boots from the misty past. I was a camp counselor during my college years. Those boots do come in handy, no only for supportive walking but for stepping in or around unknown substances on the trail. Can't wait to hear how you're doing.
    1949 days ago
    I'm from the U.S. and have a pair of Clarks on right now! They are black shoes, not hiking boots, but very comfortable and easy to walk in - I love Clarks! I have a pair of black sandals too that I wore out this summer (but I still wear them) and a pair of brown shoes for slacks. The wife of a colleague of mine is actually V.P. of the western U.S. with Clarks so sometimes I get the "scoop" on the new fashions coming out! I typically buy Merrell hiking shoes/boots, though - I'll have to check out Clarks! emoticon
    1949 days ago
    Too funny!
    1949 days ago
  • CHUM48
    We are in anticipation as well to hear more stories!
    1949 days ago
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