We women love our shoes. I, for example, have a shoe obsession. Which is why Linda Hobden’s blog caught my attention more than a year ago. Photos of incredible, interesting, gorgeous shoes and boots intrigued me so I had to ask about her obsession with footwear. She claims that she’s more obsessed with boots than with shoes, and that even in summer, open-toed boots call her name more than ballerina flats.
She lives in the village of Tollesbury in England, and she’s turned her obsession into an online business via Amazon. So I had to ask more.
Were you into shoes as a kid?
Actually, until age 15 I was a real tomboy who wore trainers (sneakers). I did wear a pair of high heeled red wedge sandals when I was 12 for our Queen’s Jubilee Party in 1977 – we had to wear red, blue & white – I wore a white t shirt with red,blue & white cap sleeves, a red pleated skirt, white knee length socks and these red wedges!
Apart from that day, heels were not worn again until 1980 when I discovered boys, make up, fashion & shoes!! My mum and grandmother loved their heels and my dad also was very fashion conscious – he was a teddy boy so was always a snappy dresser – it wasn’t long before I was hooked too!
Had you worked in the shoe business before your Amazon shop?
No, funnily enough – fashion, hosiery and make up yes, but not shoes!My Amazon shoe store came about after I saw an advert about opportunities to have a store within the Amazon UK umbrella. (And HERE it is.)
I picked the products that I liked, organised the storefront and that is basically it…. Amazon deals with the sales and delivery side of things. I wanted to share my love of shoes and I do sniff out some good items – my Facebook shoe group initially came about as I wanted to help people find those elusive shoes or just offer advice and share what I’ve found on my travels in the High Street and online.
What shoes are you wearing right now?
I’m wearing my blue boots ( I bought them from http://everything5pounds.com – yes, they cost me just £5). I have just got back from doing some shopping …
Do you wear heels?
Yes I do – usually on evenings out (unless I’m at a music concert). Most of the time though I wear flat or low heeled shoes/boots. Before I had children and lived in London I wore heels all the time. I now live in a rural area where the roads are often unpaved and walking in heels to the local pub is impossible ( I usually wear flats then change into heels once there!) Also, doing the school run in heels is difficult, too ,as you can’t walk quickly and elegantly.
Since I’m all about comfort, I had to ask her advice about comfy, but still stylish footwear.
My work shoe is a flat loafer shoe which is trendy, smart looking and very comfortable… Ideal as I’m on my feet all day. My favourite comfortable “going out” shoe is my lace up leopard skin heeled boots which are really, really comfortable to wear and easy to walk in!
My most comfortable sandal is the red denim look sandal. I bought all 3 shoes mentioned from the catalogue company Bon Prix. These shoes are all very moderately priced and well made.
What’s your favorite high-end fashion brand?
I adore my leather cowboy boots made by Jeffery West. These boots are not cheap but are well made, comfortable and I always feel good in them! Jeffery West are known for their classy men’s shoes and in 2015/2016 they started making ladies boots.
How can those of us who love shoes but can no longer wear heels still look fabulous?
If you no longer wear heels but wish to look fashionable I would say that you will be spoilt for choice this year – I love the T-bar flat pointy shoes that are in the stores currently that are like the heeled versions but with a small stack heel. Also check out ballerinas, slip on sneakers, brogues and loafers. This Spring, kitten heels and Victorian curved heel shoes are making a come back.
I want to make sure shoe-lovers know about your blog and the fun interviews you land with top designers.
My blog, Boots Shoes & Fashion, was started in July 2012. It started off being a “traditional” shoe and fashion blog, ie talking about styles, what’s in the shops and online etc. By January 2013 my blog started to include interviews with fashion designers and my friends who just happen to be in that industry. I found that I enjoyed interviewing people and that the feedback was positive that nowadays it is an interview style lifestyle/fashion blog where I profile many inspirational people from around the world as well as doing the odd review and fashion feature too.
Want to hang out online with Linda? Below you’ll find all her info. Check out her online shop, where you can indulge your shoe obsession HERE.
Blog: http://bootsshoesandfashion.com I love her interviews! Always someone with something interesting to say about fashion. And shoes!
Who doesn’t love a shoe-related Pinterest board? Peruse her beauties, here:
Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/bootsshoesandfashion
Facebook Shoe Group: f.bootsshoesandfashion.com
Google+ : http://plus.google.com/+LindaHobden