Cakes, bakes, keep fit classes and comfy shoes are a hot topic amongst seven ladies from the Herts Belles WI. The ladies, who range from 25 to 50 years of age, were our latest comfort testing team to put our shoes to the test.
With the unpredictable Spring weather against us, the ladies handpicked a selection of everyday essentials suitable for whatever the weather may be. Transitional boots Pixie and County were the top picks for Tisa, Rebecca, and Penny. And stylishly smart styles Jewel, Hamlet, Village and Tara for Dawn, Emma G, Lizzy and Emma C.
Meet The Team
Name and age: Emma G, 26
What do you enjoy most about the WI? Meeting new people and trying new things.
Why are comfy shoes a must for you? As one of the committee members I spend a lot of time on my feet setting up, packing down, working in the kitchen and making sure everyone else is okay. I don’t get to sit down much so I need my shoes to be comfy.
What do you like most about your Hamlet shoes? The colour and quality! I haven’t got any navy shoes so these fill the gap nicely. They’re also a nice mix between formal and casual.
Name and age: Tisa, 36
What do you like to do in your spare time? Read, watch TV and play Roller Derby!
What does a typical WI group activity involve? Crafts, keeping fit and cake decorating.
Why are comfy shoes a must for you? As a secondary school science teacher I spend the majority of my working week on my feet, so shoes which don’t cause arch pain are a must.
How did your new Pixie boots feel? Very comfortable and they fit perfectly! I wore them to work, where I was on my feet for almost eight hours. I’ve since worn them to an interview, as they look smart and I’ve worn them for leisure purposes too.
Name and age: Penny, 38
How do your WI activities vary? So much! We’ve have done rock climbing, vintage hair lessons, chocolate tasting, dance lessons, balloon model lessons and much more.
Before you reviewed our shoes had you heard of Hotter? Yes! I first discovered Hotter when working as a blogger and I was asked to review a pair which I wore for a wedding. I was hooked from that moment on!
What were your first thoughts about your County boots? How utterly gorgeous they were. They felt really comfortable straight away. I’ve worn them from everything from doing the supermarket shop to a blogging conference and trade exhibition. Since I discovered Hotter I’ve been recommending them to everyone I meet.
Name and age: Dawn, 50
How long have you been part of the WI? Just over three years. I love the friendships I’ve made and the different activities we do.
What do you like most about your Jewel shoes? The comfort!
Where will you be wearing your new shoes? On a weekend, when I’m out and about, comfy shoes are a must!
Name and age: Rebecca, 44
Are you a shoe person? I do like shoes – but will wear a faithful few until they fall apart.
What do you enjoy most about the WI? The chance to try out new activities and to be part of something bigger
What do you like most about your Pixie boots? The comfort and the design. I’ve been recommending them to friends and family, my mum has bought a pair as a result.
Name and age: Emma C, 40
What does a typical group activity involve for you? I am a President so I have to introduce events, share information and then get involved in the activity we’ve got planned for the evening.
What were your first thoughts about the Village shoes when you opened the box? Lovely box, very smart, great colour!
What do you like most about the shoes? Their classic style and great quality.
Name and age: Lizzy, 25
What do you like to do in your spare time? Gardening, knitting, running and spending time with family and friends.
Why are comfy shoes a must? Comfortable shoes mean I can be on my feet all day and throughout the meetings.
What did you like about your Tara shoes? The joyful pattern and the fact they slip on and off easily. I first wore them out shopping in St Albans and was very happy with them.
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About Herts Belles WI
Herts Belles was set up in 2013. Based in St Albans it was one of the first ‘young’ New Wave Institutes to set up in Hertfordshire.