Foot Care Experts Put Hotter To The Test

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Five lovely ladies from Nottingham City Hospital Podiatry Team put our shoes to the test

Wearing comfortable and well-fitting shoes is essential for everyone but never more so than if you have certain health conditions or are on your feet a lot during the day. Nobody knows this better than those who deal with the specifics of foot health day in and day out, so with this in mind we got in touch with a group of busy podiatrists and invited them to try out our shoes. The five ladies, specialising in diabetic foot care at Nottingham City Hospital, stepped up to the plate and put some of our Hotter Originals to the test.


Lisa Metcalf

I had heard about Hotter before being asked to review their shoes as a lot of my patients are big fans. I’m a diabetes podiatrist at a busy hospital and a typical day involves seeing patients in our clinic as well as visiting patients on different wards. There isn’t much time for sitting down; I usually find myself walking several miles a day, down long hospital corridors, and it is essential to be comfortable when I’m on my feet so much. Also, as a podiatrist, I need to make sure I am setting a good example about wearing good shoes!

I chose to review the Leanne shoes as I like the trainer style design of the shoe, yet they are smart enough to be worn at work. I must say, they were incredibly comfortable when I first put them on. My feet feel really well supported in them, and they are roomy enough to easily fit my orthotic insoles. They are the most comfortable shoes I have had in a long time and I’ve been wearing them to work every day!

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Jaclyn Glazebrook

As a podiatrist, every day is a challenge – you never know what the day will throw at you and it is never dull! I walk a lot at work as I treat both outpatients and inpatients, so I cover a lot of miles. It’s essential that I have comfy shoes as I can go from one side of the hospital to the other and back many times a day to help people and can’t afford to let sore and achy feet slow me down.

I would love to be a ‘shoe person’ but I have great difficulty in getting shoes to fit as I have big feet! I had heard of Hotter before as a lot of my patients wear them and I regularly receive catalogues to pass on. I picked the Leanne shoes; I liked the look of them – I just hoped they would fit! When I put them on I found them comfortable from the start and they felt really supportive. I wore them in clinic and certainly put them to the test. I’ve been wearing them every day for work and have also recommended them to my mum as they go up to a size 9 which is perfect for her!

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Hannah Bond

Working as a podiatrist in both a clinical and a research role, my days are varied. Some days I walk the length of the hospital several times; collecting research medicines and seeing patients, other days I work mainly at the computer and other days again I’m in clinic; crouching, kneeling, sitting and walking the corridor. Due to the amount of walking, as well as getting into difficult positions in order to assess patient’s feet (sometimes while they’re lying in bed), comfy shoes are essential. They also have to grip well as I have to go between buildings on site where the surfaces can be slippy.

When I received my Nirvana shoes I thought they looked like really good quality. I found them to be instantly comfortable as soon as I put them on and I wore them straight out of the box for work. I wear them a few times a week and I especially like that they can easily accommodate my orthoses while still fitting well and feeling comfortable. After trying these I would definitely consider looking at some of the other styles available at Hotter.

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Jackie Tucker

Working in a foot clinic is a demanding but rewarding job. I spend a lot of my working day fetching patients, assessing feet and applying dressings. I love meeting so many different people every day and working within a great team. I am on my feet a lot, not only during my working day, but in my spare time as I enjoy walking. I had heard of Hotter before through a colleague but had never tried the shoes.

I picked Shake as they looked comfortable and smart enough for work. When I first opened the box I could see they looked well-made and when I put them on found them to be really comfortable and a good fit. Since then I have been wearing them on a daily basis and have happily recommended them to colleagues, friends and patients. I actually went into the Meadow Hall store recently to buy another pair and also found the staff very helpful!

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Laura Gibson

I enjoy the variety of my job; helping people feel better and solving their foot problems. My work settings range from community clinics to home visits and hospitals so I am on my feet a lot. Being a mum to two young children also keeps me very active, so comfy shoes are a must.

I chose to review the Mystery boots in Dark Tan as they looked really comfortable and supportive, and I loved the colour. I received them at work and literally took them straight out of the box and wore them for a busy clinic. They were instantly comfortable and supported my feet where I felt it was needed. They’re really versatile; smart enough for work but can also be worn casually with jeans tucked into them as there is plenty of space around the legs. As well as being comfy, they also look stylish and protect my feet against the elements which is great for the school run. I would definitely consider buying shoes from Hotter as I’m also a size 3, so it’s nice to have a lot of choice in all the styles.

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  • Mercedes Narrea says:

    Thank you so much for my shoes
    They’re pretty and confortable
    Great job!!!

  • Mrs susan roberts says:

    Hi I wonder if you could advise me pls I broke my ankle In 2 places in both ,in one in right place and one In the left in jan and still got a boot on supporting, it as I can’t wear anything high can you suggest what type of shoes I can wear while I’m getting over my ankle I’ve still got to attend physio so I would like any help from you ,thank you, Mrs roberts

    • Hi Mrs Roberts, if you ever need any expert advice from us please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0800 525 893 where we can put you in touch with one of our Personal Shoppers, they are experts in our shoes and will be able to suggest suitable styles for you to try.



    • Hi John, we’re sorry for any disappointment caused, we’re currently working with a men’s comfort testing team at the moment and will post their review later in the season. We hope you will enjoy reading.

  • Mrs Joyce. Kirby says:

    I am a lady who will be 79 in June . Please oh please can you make shoes in 3 1/2 in wide fit shuch as Jazz and New Havana I need a shoe that I can slip on no bending down.I canot find 31/2 Eney were
    when you sent your catalogue I thought at last great Htotter will have just what want I am sure I am not the only one and please hurry up my feet need you.

  • Marjorie Watson says:

    I totall love Hotter shoes. I can wear mine, as someone else wrote, stright out of the box. I’ve had so many pairs that I cannot quite remember which ones were my first. I had a little hiccup when there seemed to be some adjustment in size/width??? I used to buy 5 1/2 for a closed in shoe but now it is a five. They are so supportive and although I am now retired I am still on my feet a lot, eg. going into Glasgow to do courses at the Centre For Lifelong Learning (University of Strathclyde) and it’s a fair distance from Central Station to the CLL. I like to walk if at all possible and truly I can get there quicker than public transport in the city! No matter which pair I choose my feet are happy!

  • Phyllis Lundy says:

    Dear Hotters,

    I have a pair of shoes that are called ‘Rimini- Rimin’ in coffee and cream, may I ask if you’ll be doing these again? I also have a pair of ‘crimdon- crime’ in black patent, will these also be available again this year ?

  • Helen says:

    I have plantar fasciitis and used to love walking before the condition flared up.I have found a wonderful pair of supportive and VERY cushioned trainers but at the moment the weather is too hot to wear them for walking. Can you suggest any very cushioned sandals for walking please?

    • Hi Helen, we’d love to put you in contact with our team of Personal Shoppers who will be able to give you expert advice on which sandal would be best. Please do give them a call on 01695 213 514 or email us at [email protected] with your contact details and we can arrange a call back for you.

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