I didn't end up going for work shoes though, as much I would loved to have. My sensible head kicked in and I remembered that I am off to Ethiopia in just a few weeks and that I need some practical footwear for when I am out there. Something I can do lots of walking in, something to protect my feet, something really comfortable and nothing too showy. What did I find? Well, I decided that the Leanne casual shoe was perfect. They are like a trainer but much more lightweight with a cushioned and contoured sole and looking at the customer reviews on the site they appear to be perfect for what I need them for. I think breathable fabric has to be high on the list in the African sun hey?
I went for this bright and fun colourway but there are much more subdued blacks or neutral tones if that is your thing. I was thrilled to find they have a removable insole so you can re freshen them, I hate to admit that I have manky feet but I do. These shoes retail for £59.00 and having received the shoes and worn them a few times I feel the pricing is about right. Yes, these are not a bargain pair of shoes but for me a pair of shoes has to represent value and these certainly do. I am pretty sure in a couple of years time I'll still be wearing them and they will be in fantastic condition. My Hotter boots from last year were won in puddles, the snow, mud - literally everything and they are still fantastic.
When I am out in Ethiopia I'll make sure I get some good shots of me sporting these new shoes and I'll pop them on the blog so you can see them in action.
Ohh and I forgot to add that my Hotter shoes have always arrived in good time, been perfectly boxed and when I have changed my mind a few times and returned them it this has been fuss-free and free of charge to exchange. I would highly recommend Hotter shoes and recommend you go and take a peek now but be careful you'll become hooked!
Disclosure: I was sent these shoes free of charge for the purposes of this review. I have not been instructed what to write and I remain honest.