This post is two things; long overdue and very heavy on photos. I’ve had this set lined up for what seems like ages now, but getting photos has been a challenge. Between a heavy work scheduled featuring two jobs and motherhood my time can be tight and blog photos have to be fitted into very specific windows i.e. when I’m not working and can persuade the wife to take photos or book a photographer to work with. Over the past month those windows have been made even smaller thanks to the utterly shocking weather we have been having recently. Pink suede shoes DO NOT mix with snow or torrential rain. We ended up having to shoot twice, as I wasn’t happy with the styling or lighting at first, but turns out I kind of like the fact that I’ve styled the pieces differently. Anyway, enough of that and more about these beauties.
You may or may not have seen Hotter on the high street. I’m sure no one will be offended (I hope) if I say that not all of their footwear is to my taste and some of it is probably more aimed towards mature women. However, the Donna shoes caught my eye a couple of seasons back and grew on me even more when their jewel toned AW17 offerings were released. When the opportunity to collaborate with Hotter came up, I knew exactly what I would go for….well, they have a bow on, after all.
Out of the four available colours (soft beige, black, truffle and soft pink) it was the soft pink that I felt would fit best with my wardrobe and gave me the spring vibes and I am so desperately craving. Donna is marketed as a vintage inspired formal shoe, however I see absolutely no reason that these shoes don’t deserve to be worn as part of my day to day outfits. The upper is made from butter soft baby pink suede, which I’ll be honest, gives me slight anxiety. You see, I’m not the daintiest of people and have a reputation for being clumsy. I’m fearful of ruining these shoes so definitely need to look at investing in a good suede protector, otherwise they’re going to stay sat in the cupboard!
Donna has a 2 1/4 inch heel, which is perfect to give me a little bit of height, but also not so high that I might fall over (as I said, I’m clumsy!). I’m going to make a bold statement now. These shoes are the most comfortable shoes I have ever put on my feet. Seriously. I don’t even know how Hotter have made these beautiful creations feel like slippers, but they have. I would happily wear them for a full 15 hour shift!
On to the bag. I love, love, love when shoes come with coordinating handbags (and vice versa) and it’s something that I fully encourage! Lucky for me, Hotter have just released the Verne bag, in powder pink. Whilst really not my usual style, this super soft leather cross body bag make a lovely change from my usual chunky handbags, which I have a tendency to fill to the brim. I like that this bag will encourage me to be a little more minimalist with the rubbish that I choose to carry around with me!
The Donna shoe is priced at £85 and is available in UK sizes 3-9 and are also available as wide fit. The Verne bag is priced at £65. I’d say that based on the quality and design both pieces definitely justify their price tag, which realistically sits around the higher end of what I’d be prepared to pay for shoes and bags.
Disclaimer – I was kindly gifted these items from Hotter for the purpose of review. However, this has not in any way influenced my review and all views expressed within this post are an honest reflection of how I feel about these items.