Looking after my feet in pregnancy

I’m edging ever closer to my third trimester and pregnancy is absolutely flying by now. The first 20 weeks flew because we were planning the wedding and once the wedding had passed, it seemed that we had several slow weeks where I was getting bigger but it still felt like ages away until baby is with us. Needless to say it seems to be speeding up again and we are looking forward to getting the nursery decorated and the travel system on order.

The worst bit of late has been the unbearable heat that the UK had for a week or two. I know I shouldn’t complain about nice weather but when you’re too big to fit your normal clothes, heat is your nemesis. One thing I have taken to is wearing sandals a lot lately, mainly because they’re easy to get on and off and because they don’t squish my feet. The downside to wearing sandals a lot is that they don’t really offer you a lot of support all the time and your poor soles get sore. Well now it’s time to say goodbye to that problem and actually look after my tootsies.

When Vionic offered me the chance to review a pair of their sandals, I won’t lie; there was a pretty big smile on my face. I’ve always wanted a pair of sandals that look nice but are also good for the feet and these Nala T-Strap sandals are just that.

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Shoes to see you into Summer

Now the weather has finally picked up a bit, it’s time to move my usual trainers and brogues to the back of the wardrobe to make room for pretty sandals and more open shoes.

The fact that I’m pregnant has added to the need for comfier shoes so getting to shop for new shoes has been a lovely treat for my feet. I have picked 3 very different styles of shoes from Simply Be that I’ve chosen as my perfect shoes to transition into the nicer weather.

1. Sole Diva Tassel Loafers – £25

These are perfect for the office or work and what makes them even better is the fact they are wide fit. I chose black because it’s a colour that will go with most outfits especially with office wear.

2. Sole Diva Pom Pom Sandals – £28.00

These are my absolute favourite sandals I think I’ve ever owned. They look incredible on and would be great paired with a white summer dress. Hubby is not a fan of them but who cares – I love them!

3. Sole Diva ruffle Ballerina shoes – £18.00

Again I chose this pair because they work with jeans or office wear and once again they are wide fit – perfect for what could be some very swollen tootsies going forward.

I am always spoilt for choice when choosing items from Simply Be and after seeing advertising on the television so much, it made me more aware of some of the brands they sell on their site. If you are on the lookout for some new sandals/shoes or even wedges for summer then check them out.

Laura x

*This has been a collaborative post with Simply Be, the shoes were sent to me in exchange for an honest post and as always all content and photos are my own*

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Hotter Shoes Blogger Event

If you said Hotter Shoes to me a couple of weeks ago, I would have instantly thought comfy shoes for older ladies. They say never judge a book by its cover and this is one of those times. The lovely Jenni from Hotter’s PR & Social Media Team was looking for bloggers to come to an event at the York store which is right on my doorstep. I got in touch and decided it would be great to learn more about the company and brand rather than assume it was never going to be a shop I would buy from.

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Last Tuesday I raced from work to the event and got there bang on 6:30pm. Luckily a few other bloggers were still to turn up so it gave me time to grab a (large) glass of Prosecco and browse the store taking some photos. The store was nicely laid out and beautifully fresh in colour making it warm and inviting. The wonderful staff had stayed on to help us bloggers out and get to know more about the company.

The evening started with some nibbles during a presentation from Jenni about the company. The company started as Beaconsfield footwear in 1959 making Slippers. As we all know, slippers are pretty seasonal and if you’re like me, you only wear them in Winter. The company realised this pretty quickly and decided to branch out into more footwear options.

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The company stocked their shoes in Tesco, Asda, Makro and Woolworth’s however they were still Beaconsfield footwear at this stage and the Hotter brand had not yet started. By 1982 the company were investing in injection moulding on their shoes and in 1992, they used direct moulding to create a shoe perfectly moulded to the foot.

In 1996 the company launched its first ever catalogue featuring the iconic Dew design in 13 colours. One year later the company invested in a direct moulding machine dubbed the Rolls Royce of shoe making machines and opened a 20 seater call centre at the same time.

Fast forward to 2002 when the company opened their first store in Southport, and a mere year later, a new factory was opened due to the company’s growth. By 2010 the company only had 5 stores open and to date there is now an incredible 75 stores open.

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2010 was a busy year for the company as they also decided to launch in the US. They currently have a call centre that seats 120-140 staff servicing US & UK customers across many time zones. By 2014 they branched out again but this time to Germany, even going as far as creating a dedicated website for German customers.

2015 was a huge year when Hotter won the Queens Award for Enterprise!

After the presentation, I definitely felt like I understood the history and also took it all in. It was interesting and kept our attention throughout the 15 minutes. Next up was shoe-trying-on time, which is always amazing. As a shoe lover and owner of many pairs, I loved trying on my favourite shoes. I tried on a gorgeous little leopard print pair as well as the Brierton shoes in chestnut. I was lucky enough to get to choose a pair to take away and review and after falling in love with the Brierton, walked away with them at the end of the evening. I also spent a good 15 minutes chatting to one of the shoe designers who happened to come along to the evening as well. I can’t remember her name which has frustrated me for days now, but she was so lovely and nice to chat to. She even gave me some insight into upcoming trends which was exciting.

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One thing I found when going round the store was that I actually wanted to buy loads of the shoes, which I never expected when I first went there. I know the brand pride themselves on their comfort concept which is easy to see and feel when you try the shoes on. I will be honest and say I was pleasantly surprised by the styles I found and will definitely be going there in future for some good, long-lasting shoe options. The ladies shoes come in sizes 3-9 including half sizes and the mens come in sizes 6-12.

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If I can say one thing, then it would be to give it a go, speak to the wonderful staff who know their stuff, and I think you will be pleasantly surprised. I will be recommending these shoes to my friends and family, and definitely shop there myself in future. Check out my gorgeous shoes below, it will make you very jealous and want to run out and buy your own pair!

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I hope this has inspired you to check out Hotter if you haven’t already.

Laura x

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