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FOOTWEAR FOCUS ROAD TEST


Dawn Morgan tries a pair of HÖGL Daydream dark blue suede ankle boots and finds they’re a dream to wear, even in summer.


have a confession to make. I’m addicted to boots. Short, long, chunky or slim, I love them all. I own so many pairs now that it’s become an issue at home. When I first started to have the problem, my other half would say, quite gently, ‘Do you really need another pair?’ and then at the look on my face he would hold up his hands and back away muttering ‘OK, OK, you need them.’ Then he started to get twitchy and tell me that maybe I should ‘cut down a bit.’ Then one night he kicked several pairs of boots out of the way, where they were cluttering up the hall, and although he didn’t actually ban me from bringing any more into the house, I got the message. It was him or the boots. Now I hide them in the back of wardrobes, under beds, stuffed in drawers


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in the spare room. I like to know they are there, but it’s not just possession of boots that I want. I’m not one of those collectors who just keeps stuff for the sake of it. I want to wear them. There is no other footwear that really hits the spot for me – impossibly high heels can be worn with ease, when you have all that support. Ankles look fantastic, however bony they are. And the most frumpy dress or drab pair of jeans looks sexy and delicious when you add a pair of hot booties. Which means that although summer is in many ways a wonderful season, full of the scent of honeysuckle and roses, during the years when we get a really hot one it does stuff my boot wearing just a bit. I was coping, this year, when we had unseasonably cool breezes and grey


showers, because boots remained a reasonable footwear of choice well into the middle of the year. But now it’s July and the bees are buzzing, clothes are being peeled off, colleagues are melting in their chairs and family members are complaining that their eyeballs are sweating. In these conditions, my fetish for boot wearing is starting to look insane. Every night is flip flop night. Take this evening, for example: the heat is like an eiderdown, my husband is wearing swimming trunks and even the bluebottles can’t find the energy to move. But oh, wow, a package from HÖGL has arrived by courier, containing a


pair of ankle boots that have been top sellers this year. When I first pick up the package I rattle it, convinced that the lovely people at HÖGL, although charming, had turned forgetful. It wasn’t possible that a parcel so light could contain a pair of booties, however bijou. They must have omitted to pack them. Wrong. When I open the box and lift out the boots, one by one with the


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tip of a single finger, my mouth opens and my eyes shine like Snow White when she’s about to sing to the woodland creatures. Sheer, girly delight fills the room. Here is a pair of boots for summer nights. No wonder I feel a song coming on. The Daydream dark blue suede ankle boots have 5.5 cm block heels,


covered in matching suede, that feel as light as honeycomb. The fabric of the boot is soft and flexible and the cut is sheer, elegant economy. The design makes feet seem slimmer and the ankle is slim too, not quite hugging the leg, but with a minimal gap so that the boot feels like a seamless addition to your calves, something you can slip on, zip up and forget about, until you look down and see how pretty your feet are looking. I’m thinking how easy it would be to pack these lovely things for holidays,


even on cheapskate trips with only hand luggage. I would barely notice them. They could go everywhere with me. I could even put them in the pannier of my husband’s motorbike and trip around in sexy suede in the evenings when we go touring. These boots and I are going to be hard to separate in future, I can see that. I am going to put them on so often I will wear them out, right down to their microfibre linings and synthetic soles. Oh dear, I feel the anxiety of an addict coming on as I hold them covetously, already mourning their loss. I am going to need another pair.


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HÖGL DAYDREAM ankle boots Product number 8-104112-3000 Uppers and heel covering: dark blue suede Heel height: 55mm - Shaft Height: 14cm Heel Type: Block heel - Sole Type: Synthetic Closure Type: Zip Trade Price: ¤58.05 - RRP: £136.00 Contact:W: www.hoegl.com


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