I’ve been wearing shoes and boots from Hotter Shoes for a number of years now. There’s a lot to like. They are a high quality producer of shoes and even though I’ve had some of my shoes and boots quite a few years, I’ve yet to have to retire any because they are past their best. They just seem to keep going. Recently they asked me if I’d like to try out their Rapid Boots, which are a new style for the autumn/winter season and I was keen to give them a go.
They are available in three colourways: black, plum and urban grey. I opted for the black ones as I had a black ankle boot shaped gap in my wardrobe. Ankle boots are great for the in-between seasons of the year and these have fun faux snake panels with matt suede for the main boot. They have an adjustable side zip and lace closure, that fully opens for easy foot entry so if you have trouble getting your feet into shoes these might be the ones for you. I found though, that I could just use the zip to open and close the boots, which means that these are really easy to pull on and go. To do the laces up so they don’t come undone, I decided to find a knot that would stay done up, but that I could easily undo if ever I needed to. I’d recently read about an knot in an excellent book I read called The Sixteen Trees of the Somme.
In the book they mention the Turquoise Turtle Knot and I was intrigued. I popped over the YouTube to find a video to show me how to tie the knot. It’s fairly easy to master and it looks very similar to a standard bow, but to date I haven’t had to retie this knot on my boots which is a win for me. The knot is easy to undo if you need to, you just untie it in the same way as a standard shoelace bow.