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Pushing my comfort zone with Hotter

One thing I love to do is encourage my children to push themselves out of their comfort zones occasionally and try new and exciting things. Whether it be a new sport, group or just meeting new people. I also try to lead by example in all that I do and that means that I too have to step out of my comfort zone from time to time.

I was recently asked to try out the comfort of a new pair of Hotter shoes, whilst stepping out my comfort zone and off the top of a tower into thin air! Yes, I was asked to go on the Bournemouth Pier Zipline. In return though, I get a funky new pair of shoes. Sounds fair.

My gorgeous shoes

I chose the Shake shoes in cream floral. One thing I really love about Hotter shoes is their range of sizes. I’m a 6 and a half which can mean shoes often don’t fit well, but Hotter shoes do half sizes which is fab.

The tower

I was so nervous on the day of the Zip slide. I don’t mind heights too much but I don’t like jumping off them! We arrived and got all kitted out in harnesses and helmets, and headed up the big tower at the end of the pier.

All kitted out

The view from the top was amazing, the sun had come out and you could see right along the beach. For some reason I volunteered to go first. I was clipped onto the wire and the gate was opened. I lent back into for harness, took a deep breath and shuffled of the edge of the the tower. It was one of the most terrifying moments of my life but I did it and after the first 2 seconds actually enjoyed it. I was not however, going to to go back for another try!

What a view

I had my harness removed and stood and watched all the others whizz by. Afterwards we did a quick interview on camera about our new fab Hotter Shoes, again not something I’m overly comfortable with. Once everyone had finished the lovely ladies at Hotter treated us to a meal in Aruba. We had fun chatting and eating together.

Weeeeee!!
Photo Credit Hotter Shoes

It was a wonderful evening and an experience I won’t forget in a hurry.

 

**I received a pair of Hotter Shoes for free in exchange for this review, all thoughts are my own **

 

Hotter and Hattie

Having lived in the Bournemouth area my whole life, (I was born on the old Bournemouth Hospital) I thought I knew the area rather well. When I was invited by Hotter shoes to try out some of their footwear on a tour of Bournemouth I didn’t expect to actually learn anything.

I was sent a pair of GORE-TEX® shoes from Hotter to wear on the walk. There were a few other bloggers there, including Hattie of Hattie’s Walking Talks. The tour was fascinating, with History from all era’s discussed. Hattie talked about the founding of Bournemouth by Lewis Tregonwell in 1812, and how it grew into the bustling town it is today.

Tregonwell

I was surprised to see that some shops have been in the town since 1876, and are still trading today (some with the original sign!). There is some captivating architecture in Bournemouth high street that I’d never even noticed before because I hadn’t thought to look up. Some of my old haunts from my teen years had a great tale to tell, and an interesting history.

window

We visited Giggi’s the Italian Gelateria, owned by Luigi ‘Giggi’ Bray who was brought up in Alezio in Southern Italy. We tried some of his outstanding ice cream, all made on site. He offers a fantastic range of flavours, including vegan ice creams and assorted sorbets.

Giggis

The tour took around an hour and a half, and throughout the walk my feet were very comfortable and did not ache at all at the end. I have worn my Hotter “Ramble” shoes a good few times now, and still love them. I chose the Ramble shoes as being a country girl I walk a lot on uneven, wet and muddy ground with the dog and with the children.

hotter

My feet are always well supported, warm and dry during my walks. My only regret with my choice of shoe, is that I should have gone for the purple ones!!

Ramble

If ever you’re in Bournemouth and fancy an educational tour, I would highly recommend Hattie’s Walking Talks. Make sure of course that you equip your feet with a great pair of shoes from Hotter too. To help you with your choice here is a voucher code for £10 off your shoes plus FREE delivery*.

 

 

*T&C’s – £10 off plus FREE delivery is for first orders only. You are entitled to £10 off the total order value of any full priced items in the Hotter range (excluding shoe care products) plus FREE delivery.  This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional offer or on Sale or Factory Clearance items and gift vouchers. Expires 29/1/17

 

**I was sent the Ramble shoes for the purpose of review, all opinions in this post are my own.**