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I rack up a fair number of miles each week, walking to and from the school with the girls, as well as to the local shops, parks, supermarket and Post Office with Liam in his pushchair. During the summer months I tend to wear trainers or walking sandals but as the autumn months started to approach, I felt needed something a bit sturdier and warmer.
Now I have a bit of a tartan fetish. I think I may have been a bit of a repressed punk in my early years (I desperately wanted a pair of those tartan trousers with all the zips, but my Mum said no) or it might be just because I am exiled Highlander living in the Central Belt.
So when I stumbled across the Dr. Marten Red McTartan 1460W boots while browsing the internet, I could see them fitting the bill perfectly and I had to have them.
*** FEATURES/DESCRIPTION ***
The 1460W come with the classic AirWear Bouncing Soles. They are ankle-high with eight eyelet lacing and the trademark yellow stitching round the base of the boot. Mine are red tartan patent. The "W" signifies that these are women's boots. *** FIT ***
These fit me perfectly in my normal shoe size (7), with enough room to accommodate thicker socks if required, but snug enough that I can wear normal sports socks also. There is obviously some scope for adjustment with the laces. They have strong fabric loops at the back of the ankles to help pull the boots on to your feet. I don't tend to use the top eyelet when I lace my boots, but that is just a personal thing.
*** COMFORT ***
I fully expected to have to break these in; to limp around with blistered ankles and generally suffer to get used to these boots, but I am delighted to report that from day one they were a joy to wear and my tootsie suffered not a jot of discomfort in the least. Only on one occasion were they less that slipper-comfy and that was when I had over zealously tightened the laces so that the tops of my feet were a tad squashed. *** WEATHERPROOFING ***
I have yet to get damp feet wearing these. Now bearing in mind the weather we have had to endure this winter, this has been a revelation. Completely rain-proof, my feet have been fully protected against the elements. I reluctantly switched to my wellies when the snow exceeded ankle-depth, but this was to keep the hems of my jeans dry as much as anything.
*** GRIP ***
These have excellent soles on them. I found my footing far surer when I was wearing these in the icy conditions that when I was forced into wearing my wellies. Watch when you have been in the mud though, as they do tend to retain dirt and small stones. The driver's footwell of my car is full of that red grit from the roads this winter... *** WARMTH ***
Toastie. Even when there has been ice under foot and the other folks waiting outside the school for their offspring have been stamping their feet to keep warm, I have been quietly smug as my toes have been as snug as the proverbial bug in a rug. On very cold days I have used thermal socks, but even with standard socks, I have been impressed with the insulating properties of my boots.
*** WEAR AND TEAR ***
I have worn mine on an almost daily basis since I bought them in October. They have been worn in all weathers, through mud, fields, parks and on heavily salted pavements (God bless Glasgow City Council gritters!) The soles show no wear whatsoever, and a quick wipe with a damp cloth or a baby wipe and the uppers are as good as new too. The patent leather shows no sign of cracking or creasing. I fully anticipate getting many years of wear out of these (probably until my kids deem me too old to be wearing tartan Doc Martens!) *** WHERE DID I GET THEM? ***
I bought my boots online from Jamesandjames.com for £58.95 (including P&P). They don't seem to have the tartan boots currently but do have a good selection of different colours and designs. Dr Martens are available extensively on the High Street as well as many online retailers. The tartan ones do seem to be harder to track down at the moment, however.
*** SUMMARY ***
These are my favourite boots. I love them! Comfortable, practical, eye-catching and stylish (to my mind anyway!), I wear them almost daily. I normally wear them with my jeans, but on occasions with black leggings and a wee denim skirt. I anticipate getting many years of wear from them and getting my full money's worth from my purchase. Recommended. Five stars.
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