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Tuesday Shoesday – Our his ‘n’ hers walking shoes & a ramble around the castle on the hill

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Hubby and I celebrated a day early because it was a really sunny day yesterday and we wanted to take advantage of the lovely weather and go for a walk. So we bundled up with our coats, scarves and gloves (it might have been sunny, but it was still a little nippy!) and headed out into the Suffolk countryside for a walk.We planned our walk around Framlingham Castle – Ed Sheeran’s ‘castle on the hill’ – so that we could take some photos of the stunning landmark in the winter sunshine. I’d been inspired to enjoy a low-cost day out after reading an article full of ideas for Valentine’s Day on a budget, so a walk (with a packed lunch!) was just the ticket. With it being half term (and a ‘Knights and Princesses’ event taking place inside the castle) it was a busy spot for a Monday morning, but all the other walkers we met were in good spirits. What I didn’t bargain for was just how muddy the paths around the picturesque mere would be. At least it gave us a chance to test out our new walking shoes – this terrain certainly put them through their paces. If my feet could stay comfortable and dry in this environment, then I’m pretty sure that the shoes will stand up to anything we throw at them in the future.

When my husband suggested walking around the castle moat, I was hesitant. I wasn’t planning on going for a paddle! He insisted that it was a ‘dry moat’ (well, I’ve never heard of a dry moat before, have you?!) so we climbed down the stairs and fair enough, it was pretty dry… as far as moats go.Interestingly enough, there were some lovely views from the moat looking up at the walls of the castle. It feels really imposing from below and the blue sky set off the stone castle walls beautifully. Even looking back into the sunshine created some really impressive silhouettes of the ancient walls.

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Tuesday Shoesday – The Boots Buying Bible

In today’s Tuesday Shoesday blog post I wanted to share a buying guide for boots and document the history of some of the world’s most fashionable styles. Trends may come and go but true style remains constant, so investing in a timeless design or a footwear classic will ensure you’ll get years of use out of your investment. I’m all about the “cost-per-wear” so I want my boots to look fabulous for longer than just one season. I therefore prefer to steer away from “must have” shoes and take a look at more traditional styles instead. Today’s post shares the history of some heritage boot designs and why they remain popular after all these years.Jones-Bootmaker-Boots-ankle bootAnkle boots

The popularity of ankle boots skyrocketed in the 1850s as a means of preserving a woman’s modesty. Showing the ankle was deemed ‘improper’ in Victorian society, so this style became both practical and fashionable. Throughout the era the boots became more casual to accommodate the increasingly active lifestyles of the period’s women. Over time the popularity of the boots continued to grow, adapting to incorporate various trends throughout the decades.Jones-Bootmaker-Boots-Bible-knee high bootKnee-high boots

Originally, knee-high boots were reserved for practical uses, such as horse riding and field work. However, in the early 20th century, knee-high boots made the transition into the world of fashion when Denise Poiret, wife of leading French fashion designer Paul Pioret, wore a pair of knee-high leather boots in 1913. It wasn’t until the 1960s that the popularity of the boots truly rocketed – something which has continued throughout the ages.Jones-Bootmaker-Boots-Bible-knee high boot 60s 70s 80s 90sChelsea boots Continue reading “Tuesday Shoesday – The Boots Buying Bible” »

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