For boots and shoes built to last check out Wolky from Holland - in Brighton and online
I covet my husband’s shoes. There, I’ve said it. OK, I don’t want size 8 lace-ups but I do want us not to both come home with new shoes around the same price and find that while his look like they’ll last for years, mine feel like they’re made of cardboard.
We’re not talking just strappy heels here. Despite the name of this site, boots of various kinds are what I’m happiest in – but they rarely feel like they’ll go the distance (even if that distance is some everyday stomping round shops and seafront). So, I was pleased to discover Wolky.
I’ve been wearing the Yarra boots in nubuck for about a month now (see mine in above montage in black) and they’re perfect for this time of year. Great for stomping over the beach or walking a dog when it’s not actually wet enough for wellies, but you can equally wear them to the pub. They feel really well made, the upper is soft, and because the sole is thick your feet don’t get cold in five minutes either. I like the details too, like the stitching and the lace on the back.
The company is Dutch – in fact they’re huge in Holland – and the quirky name actually means ‘cloud’ a reference to the promise that the shoes are genuinely comfy, with rather blissful memory foam insole that moulds to your feet. There’s none of your dubious third world sweatshop provenance here either – all the shoes are stitched together in Spain or Portugal.
Though they’re available on line the only actual Wolky shop in the UK at present is right here in Sussex in Brighton’s Bond Street. It’s next door to another shoe shop I love – Irregular Choice. I have a pair of Irregular Choice heels with a gold skull pattern but those are rather ‘car to bar.’ Wolky is up the more sensible end of things but there are still some fun styles and a surprisingly wide colour choice for each – my Yarra boots came in eight choices (and yes, I still plumped for black!)
The website is pretty nifty. I often find it’s a clincher if there’s a video on a clothes website as well as photos (I know I’m not going to look like the model but it’s a good indication of how something hangs and moves). As well as heaps of pics for each design, Wolky has styled many of their shoes and boots up with little catwalk video snippets to show them in action.
There’s a sale on at the moment, so get browsing!