Not buying it – winter boots

The cat peed on my favourite leather boots.DSCN0356

They are not new boots, possibly 6 or 7 years old. I got them on sale but they were still about £80 or so. They meet nearly all my requirements. Flat but not frumpy, a good grippy sole for when it is icy. Good quality leather. Look good with dresses and jeans.

Now they are a bit stinky. Cat pee is stinky.

What to do?

I reluctantly decided that I may have to buy new boots as my only other boots are these.DSCN2215

Great for camping.

Not so great for an interview, or for a meeting.

My other favourite boots did not survive this weather last year.DSCN3732

I went boot shopping. I hate shopping and I hate shoe shopping. Not a shopper.

I spent three hours looking at boots, trying on boots, long boots, brown boots, and got fed up with shopping and I looked online and I really liked these boots from Toast. Met all my criteria for boots, see above, but not the price, see below.

Then I read this.

In this article Jessica Seaton, director of Toast, replied that her 14-year-old company seeks out women or men “with intelligence and something special about them”. She added that on “a couple of occasions” people of colour had been found who fitted this description. Is she really implying that black models simply aren’t bright enough?

I didn’t buy any boots. Not even those lovely ones even though they are on sale.

I reasoned that if I really want to make travelling my lifestyle and want to be in warm countries most of the time boots were probably not a priority. Heavy and bulky to carry and absolutely not needed in the countries I want to visit.

I was also incredibly shocked by the high cost and low quality of most of the boots in the shops. The average price was £150. The ones I got close to liking were over £200.

No boots. Not buying any boots.

I cleaned my leather boots inside and out. Saddle soap and a bit of Multi Purpose Cleaner and they don’t smell any more. Worried that they may foam in the rain (this has happened to me before).

The cat won’t pee on them again as I now put them away in the shoe cupboard.

And if it snows it will be wellies and socks.

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About Travelling Coral

I started blogging in 2011 to record some of the highlights of the round the world trip I made with my husband Phil. On the 5 month trip we visited California, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Malaysia and Thailand. We met some fantastic people, saw amazing things and ate some lovely food. Yet while enjoying these new experiences I became acutely aware of the inequality in both first and third world countries. The gap between the rich and the poor on the streets of LA and KL was the same. On my return home, I realised that this inequality existed in the UK. I had to leave the country to see it for what it was. Food banks were opening in every town and city. I read the now famous blog, A Girl Called Jack and got more interested in how food poverty impacts the lives of so many people in my home country. And I got angry. And wanted to do something about it. Now, I work for Smethwick CAN, a charity bringing people together to tackle poverty, increase aspiration, provide opportunity and support the most vulnerable. One of the projects is a foodbank. Food poverty is shocking in any country, yet over a third of edible food still ends up in landfill. No one should go hungry, yet children are going to school without breakfast. Parents are skipping meals to feed their children. Foodbanks are a sticking plaster not a cure for food poverty. So, in addition to working for a charity that is supporting people in crisis, I volunteer for The Real Junk Food Project. They intercept food that would normally be thrown away, and cook it and serve it in a Pay as You Feel Cafe. I am still adjusting to life back at home in Birmingham, England, I have terminal Farsickness. To keep it at bay, I drag my husband and sometimes the son on shorter trips both in the UK and overseas. I now post random stuff that interests me. This includes travel, food and well being. The writing keeps me sane. Long term travelling is my goal.

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