the one where Beach Cottage puts leather shoes in the wash
Mon 27th, May, 2013
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Alrighty ladies, I have something here for you today that could be right up your alley. First of all though let’s be up front about this, I was sent these shoes by The Athlete’s Foot (they don’t just sell runners) to have a look at and see what I thought.
These though came at a very opportune time for me, firstly Winter is just around the corner meaning the sandals and thongs aren’t in high rotation and secondly I have been looking for a pair of shoes that would be good for taking Barley out for walks in the bush, a spot of easy gardening, a walk before the afternoon school run by the sea, but also shoes that are just easy to do all these things and still look ok, I don’t always want to be in runners or plimsolls – you know?
Please enter cream Rockport loafers that have been made to be machine washable and they’re leather, sounds very very interesting. So these looked like they could be for me, and then there was the name. Hmmm, Seaworthy. And the fact that I love myself a pair of leather loafers with a jean and a scarf. Might work.
So when they arrived from The Athletes Foot (yup The Athletes Foot does casual shoes not just sports shoes) I was ready and raring to give them a go.
First up, what would any self-respecting blogger do? Take a picture of new shoes on the table of course. I know it’s meant to be bad luck, as of today I am still alive.
Taking a picture of them on the table though is not just a joke, for me it’s about the whole experience…for quality shoes that are not budget I want them to arrive nicely presented and feel like quality, do you feel the same?
Well yep they tick that box as you can see – I don’t know about you but I like my shoes to be in a box with tissue paper, some think this is weird, but for me it’s important, you know the opening the box bit? Yes you do know it don’t you?
It’s quite advantageous to me if the Pretty Woman moment with new shoes is part of the deal. These may not be red, glittery, Dorothy shoes but the box and the tissue paper did cut it.
Anyhoo, so here are the shoes on zee table…pretty cream and very errrrm new and clean right?
Let’s take a look at them lined up outside with my Hunter’s that have gardened with me, done ocean walks with me, walked the bush with me and been on holiday with me – if there is anything that could match up to those I would be laughing.
So I decided to put them to the test where I might normally wear my lovely boots in a few different scenarios- a walk with Barley in the bush, a day of gardening and a spot of walking on the beach…I wondered what would happen to these very clean leather shoes….I must say too that there may or may not have been a bit of un-necessary dragging in the dirt with these, walking in flower beds and digging my feet into the sand – I really wanted to see if these cut the mustard with the washable bit.
Here they are after all of that….
yup not so clean now right?
So let’s chuck them in the wash and see what happens. I must say I am one for chucking shoes in the wash all the time – and bags, soccer boots and small children so it’s nothing new to me, I live my exciting life on the edge ladies and throw things in the laundry tub that say don’t do it if your life is worth living…but leather shoes going around on my wash cycle? Show me the money.
I threw them in on a cold wash on a gentle cycle, soooo easy, it did feel a bit odd to put leather loafers in the wash and I must say I did keep opening the lid and having a look at how they were going…how good is this, leather shoes in the washing machine!
After a cold gentle cycle I hung them to dry out in the sun on the line…it was a sunny day but they dried a lot quicker than I thought they would…and this is what they look like after the wash.
Wowzas. I am presuming you think this is good, because I sure do. Not a sign of sand, grass or dirt. As good as before!
I must say though the thing I thought the best about these shoes was the comfort and the fit…I find it tricky sometimes to get shoes that feel good, and I nearly always have to break them in, my feet are oddly shaped and I never get anything that feels super comfortable right out of the box and I have tried everything in the casual shoe department…but these were like slippers…or gloves…in fact I found myself putting them on and not wanting to take them off, which is most unusual for me, as one of the things I love is that shoes-off feeling…
…but these seem to wrap your foot up in comfort like a slipper would but because of the sturdy sole they are still robust enough to take out for a walk (apparently the reason for this, you know the science-y bit is it’s Adiprene in there that works its magic, who knew?). Can’t put my finger on the fit or this feeling this gives when out and about on your feet all day, but slippers on one’s feet when one is doing the school run? Liking it a lot.
So at the end of this Beach Cottage Highly Professional Market Shoe Review I am saying these are great, they look good and by golly you can run around in the garden and do a walk in them up hill and down dale and then throw ‘em in the wash.
And that is it from me and my new washable shoes, if you are looking for casual leather shoes to go about your day, these could be for you and help you walk it…literally.
But how about if you win a pair? That might be nice yeah?
To win a gorgeous pair of these Rockport shoes from The Athlete’s Foot just leave me a comment answering this question
How would you take these shoes out to play? A nice long walk by the sea, a day on your feet doing a little bit of shopping, a bit of exploring in the country? I’ve been doing all of the above! Let me know…
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