I am a big fan of Hotter shoes and own quite a few pairs (both reviews and purchases) so I think it's fair to say I get Hotter. Not only are they super comfy but they are stylish too. I know when I mention to people Hotter they still think old lady slippers but really there is something to suit everyone in store. I was invited to celebrate Hotter's Bournemouth Store's 10th Anniversary by launching myself of Bournemouth PierZip, as you do, in a pair of Hotter active wear shoes.The PierZip is the world’s first pier to shore zip wire, 250 metre dual zip wire.
I've been eyeing up Mabel Shoes in floral for a while now so I must admit I literally bit their hand off. We were booked to go away for the weekend in March for Charlie's 10th birthday so I was uber excited when my shoes arrived! They were perfect for strolling along the beach and a lovely light shoe really does make you feel like the summer is on it's way! Let the good times roll. My feet were more than happy to be out of socks and winter boots. Even the summer pumps have the cushion, breathable inner soles you come to expect from Hotter. Although they are the higher end of the price bracket (£45) you seriously get what you pay for. I've been living in the Mabel pumps since I got them as they are so freaking comfy. And whereby a cheaper shoe maybe falling to pieces as it doesn't cope well with continued use mine still look amazing (maybe a little grubby from scootering to Moors Valley quite a few times!).
I took Charlie along for the zip wire experience and immediately regretted it! He was so excited then he got half way up the stairs, which to be fair are in a spiral and you don't feel at all safe! (Well I didn't) I was keen at the top to get off and rescue Charlie, so I didn't get any photos or anything! Here's a blurry still from the video Hotter made which you can view on You Tube.
Once I found Charlie he was keen to try again. He got to the top and clipped in and nearly went off the side 3 times before giving into the fear. I was so willing him over. At this point though he was totally stressed out, I was stressed out and we decided to call quit on the experience and go home. It's such a hard situation to be in as I know he would have loved it but he was pretty terrified. The next day he was gutted still, it was really hard for him to deal with his emotions. We have since talked a lot about facing your fears and realising the only person who holds you back in life is yourself. I'm hoping that he will give it ago another time.
But meanwhile Mabel and I are still enjoying the sunshine.