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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.

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ANNESYLVIA 11/14/2012 9:26PM

    Gotta love a bargain!

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MICKEYH 11/14/2012 9:25PM

    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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DR1939 11/14/2012 9:22PM

    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.

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DANAPRIME 11/14/2012 9:13PM

    Can't wait to hear how your Clark's work out.

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TEMPENATIVE 11/14/2012 9:07PM

    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!

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LINDAK25 11/14/2012 9:02PM

    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!

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CHRIS3874 11/14/2012 8:56PM

    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.

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KIPPER15 11/14/2012 8:43PM

    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

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REDGALE 11/14/2012 8:40PM

    You rule, Chicky! Happy hiking!

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EZRIN101 11/14/2012 8:03PM

    lol! In Australia Clarks are school shoes! I've had many pairs of clarks over the years :)

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TRUE2NDCHANCE 11/14/2012 7:37PM

    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!!

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SUZYMOBILE 11/14/2012 7:25PM

    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.)

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TREYONE 11/14/2012 7:17PM

  Congrats on your new walking boots!!! Enjoy!!!

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LIVEDAILY 11/14/2012 6:58PM

    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!!

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MARYJEANSL 11/14/2012 6:54PM

  Enjoy your new boots! Do remember to break them in before you go for a long hike. I speak from, sad, sad experience.

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MAMAOWLS 11/14/2012 6:49PM

    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

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CRANRANA 11/14/2012 6:47PM

  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!

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ALDEBARANIAN 11/14/2012 6:43PM

    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.

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ANGRITTER 11/14/2012 6:40PM

    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!

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WILDFLOWER521 11/14/2012 6:39PM

    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!

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AMARILYNH 11/14/2012 6:36PM

    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

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IAMWINNING 11/14/2012 6:27PM

    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.

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WRITERWANNAB 11/14/2012 6:24PM

    You are a woman after my own heart. I hope the boots are great for you! emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/14/2012 5:38PM

    I'm sure you will love them

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THOMS1 11/14/2012 5:35PM

    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

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HOLLYM48 11/14/2012 5:35PM

    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

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POPSY190 11/14/2012 5:16PM

    We used to get Clarks shoes and sandals for school! I'm sure their boots will do the job!

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RAINBOWCHOC 11/14/2012 5:03PM

    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.

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ANDY_54 11/14/2012 4:52PM

    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

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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/14/2012 4:51PM

    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

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LEXIE63 11/14/2012 4:46PM

    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. :-)

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HFAYE81 11/14/2012 4:35PM

    Awesome! I'm in the States and I've heard of Clarks...not enough to mean anything though haha. I hope they come soon!!!

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K-MONEY 11/14/2012 4:35PM

    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!

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CAT-IN-CJ 11/14/2012 4:33PM

    Good for you!!! Way to go!!!
Get on out there and strut your stuff, girl!

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DAWN14163 11/14/2012 4:28PM

    I've never heard that song before - where do you find them?!!

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POLSKARENIA 11/14/2012 4:23PM

    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!

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JESSICABOOTY 11/14/2012 4:21PM

    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.

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HIKERGAL123 11/14/2012 4:19PM

  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

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PROUD-GRANDMA 11/14/2012 4:16PM

    Too funny!

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CHUM48 11/14/2012 4:12PM

    We are in anticipation as well to hear more stories!

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