To spend this much on a pair of boots?!?

(99 Posts)
HerrenaHarridan Mon 02-Sep-13 16:18:45


They are beautiful
Are £50 off from last year.

Cons? They are still £125

I don't normally spend that kind of money in myself however...
The army issue para boots I have been wearing for the last 4 years are almost dead so I'm looking to replace them with something fitted and easier to take off.

I do need quality boots as I live in Scotland (nuff said!) I am not generally a shoe collector and literally wear my boots every day that its too cold for sandal (except driving lessons which I have pumps for)

As to can I afford it, I suppose so. I have been budgeting hard and so have been putting money away for winter essentials.

However I don't have the money to waste iyswim.

So give it to me straight... An I being hopelessly selfish and I'm blinded by love if these boots (in black, with red laces, swoon) or a they a worthy investment, which I will treasure and value for years to come.

Has anyone tried them? Are they as good as the reviews?

HerrenaHarridan Mon 02-Sep-13 16:19:04
mamabrownbear Mon 02-Sep-13 16:19:57

I got some very similar from Joules last year for half the price and they are fab...

Merrell is a good make, I would buy them, they should be long lasting. If you can afford go for it.

mamabrownbear Mon 02-Sep-13 16:21:24

Here is this years version, mine have laces just like the merrel one:|SADDLE

Janek Mon 02-Sep-13 16:22:31

My sil has those ones. She loves them. Your feet will be very toasty. I also have some merrell boots, they are totally worth the money. Warm, waterproof, stylish, brilliant!

I've just looked at the soles on them (another site) they are very good for walking in the snow, I have a pair of North Face boots with a similar sole and they don't clog up like other boots I have worn.

Janek Mon 02-Sep-13 16:26:08

I think £125 for boots you love and will wear to death is definitely worth it.

shushpenfold Mon 02-Sep-13 16:27:23

I buy expensive boots every 2 years....used to buy a pair for half the price yearly and they lasted half a winter. I now have a selection of lovelies which have lasted me years and years....go for your life!

Amrapaali Mon 02-Sep-13 16:27:59

125 pounds IS too much, in my opinion. But if you are going to wear it daily, then the cost per wear will be very low. And if they are going to be your main footwear, it makes sense to invest in this pair.

BlingBang Mon 02-Sep-13 16:28:37

i'd spend that easy on good boots, either you can afford it or not - only you knows.

Hassled Mon 02-Sep-13 16:30:08

You have the money and from what you say they'll get a lot of wear. They suit your needs and you like them. Click "Order" now!

Janek Mon 02-Sep-13 16:30:50

I've been desperately trying to remember whether i bought my merrells in 2010 or 2011. It was definitely 2010, they arrived just before christmas and i wore them on a daily basis until at least march, then nov-march for the following two winters, and they will definitely last next winter too. Buy cheap, buy twice!

valiumredhead Mon 02-Sep-13 16:32:03

If you will wear them for more than 2 seasons then that's just over 60 a year which is a good price for boots. If you will get 3 seasons, even better.

I think £125 is a good price for sturdy boots you would wear them for years

HerrenaHarridan Mon 02-Sep-13 16:41:53

Glad everyone who's tried then liked them.

In a great believer in buying good quality that will last wear appropriate.

Or as some one quoted on the coat thread. The Sam vimes boots theory if economics grin

What was it metaphorical grannies used to say "a good bed and good shoes because if your not in one your in the other"

Right thank you for the push I'm going to do it.

Oooooo in so excited smile

Go for it and enjoy them smile they look nice!

I want a camera which is likely not to give me much change from £500. I'll probably get it too. If it's worth it and you can afford it, I don't think you have to feel guilty. Or feel guilty about not feeling guilty wink

MrsDavidBowie Mon 02-Sep-13 17:27:08

Go for it.
They are something you will wear every day.
I pay £200 for boots as I have odd feet grin......i am still wearing them all 4 years on, and they still look like new.

Whereisegg Mon 02-Sep-13 17:30:28

As someone who absolutely hasn't spent £160 on a coat and promptly hidden it in a cupboard, I couldn't possible advise you...

TedMoseby Mon 02-Sep-13 17:30:31

Oh I wouldn't feel guilty any more after I spent that much on a pair of boots that were £125 in the sale. At the time I felt terrible, but now 3 seasons later they are still looking as good as new and are sooo comfy and grippy and look lovely too. Money well spent if you ask me.

Go for it.

sisterofmercy Mon 02-Sep-13 17:31:57

There either seems to be super cheap boots around £20 that only last a short while or there's the boots over £100 and nothing in between*. I have been online boot shopping for the Autumn and I am a bit shocked by what I found. I am going to have to save up and get some next month.

*I am a bit picky on the style, though

sisterofmercy Mon 02-Sep-13 17:33:02

PS You totally deserve to have a good pair of boots. The state of your feet affects the way you are the whole day.

CrispyFB Mon 02-Sep-13 17:33:09

Definitely go for it. I have very few shoes, and they're all expensive, decent quality. As otherwise I'm spending probably more on shoes that fall apart or hurt. Merrell is an excellent make.

As usual, there's no size 9. That's my normal problem <sigh> - all my shoes tend to be Dude Shoes.

jacks365 Mon 02-Sep-13 17:36:00

I might just get a pair of those for myself too op. They are a good worthwhile reliable make rather than 'fashion' so worth paying more for.

HerrenaHarridan Mon 02-Sep-13 17:40:31

From the merrell site I think they do go up to a 9? I'm an 8 and they do that.

Usually I just go to army surplus stores and spend £20 on combat boots. They do last quite well but there is no support. And they are an utter pita to take off, especially if wet and muddy.

The only worry is, I've quite wide feet, I wonder if that will be a problem?

Halfahundred Mon 02-Sep-13 17:43:19

I like those boots OP. I have quite wide feet too. Did you buy them?

PharaohHound Mon 02-Sep-13 17:45:11

Don't think of it as spending £125, because you would otherwise probably spend, say, £60 on inferior boots. So, getting these is just spending an extra £65... sounds better?

; )

I quite want these now

samu2 Mon 02-Sep-13 18:00:49

I bought a pair of Cats for the same price and they are still going strong years later.

Well made boots last long and are worth every penny.

5madthings Mon 02-Sep-13 18:01:02

ooh very nice. i have some merrel boots and they are def worth the money. i have had mine for years, about eight years?!

i like those and am very tempted myself!

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 02-Sep-13 18:02:13

OP I bought a pair of Merrell winter boots 4 years ago, and they are still going strong despite having been worn and worn and worn and worn. Definitely worth the money IMO.

I do go up half a size because I have quite wide feet.

MrsAMerrick Mon 02-Sep-13 18:04:44

Cost per wear is what you need to focus on. If you will be wearing them almost daily and they last for 4 years then they are a bargain at that price. If they don't really feel comfortable, you don't wear then very often and they fall apart after a year then they are overpriced.
I buy all my boots from Duo, which makes them expensive at face value, but they fit like a glove (obviously!) and last for ages. I bought a much cheaper pair in the Clarkes sale last year, as I was feeling broke, but they looked awful on, I rarely wore them and they ended up in a charity shop after about 6 wears. So, although they were 1/3 the price, they were relatively much more expensive than the Duo ones. And no, I'm not on commission from Duo!!

HerrenaHarridan Mon 02-Sep-13 18:13:15

Eeeeeek! Yes, I just did I was re reading slathering over the reviews and one says they have wide feet and are perfect.

Amazon incl prime delivery so I should be able to report back v quickly

thought I should get on with it in case you lot bought them all gringrin

Oooooo so excited, I can't believe it, I have NEVER spent that much on an item of clothing before smile

They're (new) on eBay for £69:

CruCru Mon 02-Sep-13 18:27:55

Look great. I might get a pair.

UptoapointLordCopper Mon 02-Sep-13 18:31:51

I would spend a lot on a pair of boots I wear all the time. I bought a pair of Merrel snow boots last winter and did not have cold feet all winter. Well worth the money!

BikeRunSki Mon 02-Sep-13 18:36:59

Picture yourself in 2 or 3 months's time. It is cold, wet, windy, snow begining to fall and you are walking the dog/watch your dc play sport/running for the bus/etc and you are wearing last years trainers. Your feet are wet and frozen, and it's making you miserable. The Good Fairy comes along and says.... "So Hernena - would you spend £125 to feel warm and happy now?" and for the next 10 years? eh? eh?"

SunnyL Mon 02-Sep-13 18:40:14

I bought Merrel snow boots last year and also live in Scotland. Best investment Ive made in years. Nuff said.

Lweji Mon 02-Sep-13 19:14:02

£125 for a pair of good boots is quite good.

I thought you were going to say 500 or more.

Usually it pays up to buy good quality clothes and footwear. I usually get a good few years of wear off decent stuff.

ViviDeBeauvoir Mon 02-Sep-13 19:19:29

If you're a 5 or 5.5:


HerrenaHarridan Mon 02-Sep-13 19:50:38

Yes if your a size 3.5 - 4 you can get them half the price.

They have a couple of size 8s on eBay second hand but not enough knocked off to make it worth not having the warranty.

I've done it now and I am promising myself to remember to appreciate it all winter. (Which seems to have already started up here sad)

littlemog Mon 02-Sep-13 20:00:48

Do it! Good make, stylish and will last forever. What's not to love?

Foxred10 Mon 02-Sep-13 20:04:05

Merrell boots are amazing - you will def get your monies worth out of those

makemineamalibuandpineapple Mon 02-Sep-13 20:06:47

Personally I don't like them but I paid £85 for some fur lined boots two years ago and they will still be fine for this winter. Best to pay more for quality.

LEMisdisappointed Mon 02-Sep-13 20:08:52

I buy all of my clothes from charity shops and scrimp and scrape because we are mostly skint, however, boots, boots is different! Those are lovely boots and thats a good price - buy them!

Saying that, i bought a pair of fly boots last year for the same price and the fecking sole fell off after a couple of months angry I love the way they look i certainly wont be buying that make again. I do love those boots on your link though, but i live in a South East and would probably need something less hardcore grin

cathpip Mon 02-Sep-13 20:09:28

13 years ago I paid what I considered to be an extortionate amount of money on some boots. £135 to be precise, it was half my weeks wages! Well I wouldn't pay the price that Moloh charge now for their knee high boots but mine are still worn daily and look as good as new, so I did get very good value for money. If you like them and will get the wear out of them, buy them....

LEMisdisappointed Mon 02-Sep-13 20:09:43


UptoapointLordCopper Mon 02-Sep-13 20:19:37

I don't stint on winter coat and winter boots. Otherwise I basically dress in rags. grin

Thefallentowerofpisa Mon 02-Sep-13 20:32:19

I have Merrell Oslo boots and they were worth every penny and more. They've kept my very cold feet warm in extremely cold countries, been used as walking boots and are on their third or fourth Winter.

I'm sure you won't regret buying them!

Chottie Mon 02-Sep-13 21:22:07

Please buy them, wear them, enjoy them and have warm, cosy feet smile

FreudiansSlipper Mon 02-Sep-13 21:28:21

a good pair of sturdy boots is worth paying out for and they will look good once they are worn in. i buy a pair of frye campus boots every 2 years and wear them most days in the winter and often in the summer too worth the money

bishboschone Mon 02-Sep-13 21:28:47

I paid £225 for ugg noira last year . I wore them every day last winter and I'll wear them every day this winter . They are waterproof and fur lined and toasty and warm . I know it's a lot but I have got my money's worth from them . I hate having cold feet .

Rosesarebeautiful Mon 02-Sep-13 21:39:55

They look like they're worth £125 easily
Sturdy, well made. Tempted myself.

maraisfrance Mon 02-Sep-13 22:05:25

nah. I spent £200 on a pair of boots. Ten years ago. They still look fantastic, and I wear them day in and day out in autumn and winter. Buy cheap, you pay twice.

Halfahundred Mon 02-Sep-13 22:37:37

Okay...I ve just ordered them as well. Hope they fit! Am assuming I can return them if not. I am in the frozen UK North and am sick of having frozen toes in winter

LadyBeagleEyes Tue 03-Sep-13 00:05:19

They're gorgeous.
I have my eye on them too now, I live in the Highlands and they'd never be off my feet.

NoComet Tue 03-Sep-13 00:14:56

I hope they fit, they are gorgeous, but it's snows to rarely down here to own anything but wellies.

My best fashion boots were over a £100. My DM bought me one boot for my birthday and one for Christmas grin

You should get years of service out of those.

MrsMook Tue 03-Sep-13 03:21:56

I was pg with DS1 in the days of the Health in Pregnancy Grant. I spent mine on a good pair of boots (£100- £110 ish) and a maternity coat. A sound use of the money as they have kept me warm comfortable (and healthy) through two pregnancies in long, harsh winters. The boots are still doing well after 3 winters, and my boot season started early and ended late last year.

Happy comfortable feet are worth paying for.

Eastpoint Tue 03-Sep-13 05:10:12

If no one's going to starve & you're not paying for them using a payday loan company it really doesn't matter what you spend. Timberland boots are also very good & long lasting.

MrsKoala Tue 03-Sep-13 05:22:00

I always spend as much as i can on boots, coats, bras, jeans and face cream. Anything you are going to use repeatedly and rely on daily needs to be the best quality it can be.

Last year i hummed and hawed about a north face arctic parka in the sale. But it was worth every penny - a real investment. I bet i will still be wearing it in 5-10 years.

Wear them and feel great about it. smile

WaitingForMe Tue 03-Sep-13 05:26:14

I bought a pair of Timberlands a couple if years ago. Paid around £150 for mid-calf fur-lined boots. On a cost pet wear basis they have been some of my cheapest footwear and they still look like new. I will never buy cheap boots again.

HerrenaHarridan Tue 03-Sep-13 09:26:18

Oh wow, someone else has gone for it. Now I feel totally vindicated. smile

You should go for it lady beagle, foot wear in the highlands is not to be taken lightly!

I live in the outskirts of Edinburgh but come winter snow you'd think it was the outer Hebrides! I was physically snowed in for a week 3 winters ago the snow plough had been but it had created a 12ft solid wall of snow stopping up being able to open the gate. I haven't described it well but the gate opened outward so it was honestly impossible. There were 10 of us living there and it took a week for use to get out onto the main road

There is a village less than 3 miles from me that has 2 buses a day. Less than 10 miles from a capital city shock

You'd think Scotland would be a bit more prepared for snow grin

Like me with my new boots eeeeewk!

Amazon prime so I should get them today. I will report back for the wide footed smile

HerrenaHarridan Tue 03-Sep-13 09:26:42

grin At one shoe for birthday and one for Xmas

Another fan with Merrells from four winters ago. They are still looking as good as when purchased. In recent winters of snow, then slippy pavements, then melting mush...I have never had cold feet.

They are just fab! Just rub them clean with a baby wipe and look as good as new. They seem indestructible.

SunshineMMum Tue 03-Sep-13 10:34:57

Given the last two winters, they will be a worth while investment smile

QueenStromba Tue 03-Sep-13 13:12:27

My £140 fit flop boots have done three winters (i.e. every day that is too cold for flip flops) and numerous nights out clubbing. They're also the most comfortable shoes I've ever owned. I hummed and hawed about it because until then the most I'd ever paid for an item of clothing was about £40 but they were worth every penny and I'm sure I'll get another three winters out of them before I have to replace them.

CruCru Tue 03-Sep-13 17:40:41

Curse you OP. Have just ordered a pair in brown.

UterusUterusGhali Tue 03-Sep-13 19:51:48

Gawd I'm such a sheep.

I did buy myself some 2nd hand poncey wellies last year, thinking they'd do me, but they're not warm!

I've gone for brown. They'll look ace with my MN scarf. hmm

CruCru Tue 03-Sep-13 21:20:32

Do you think they'll sell out soon as a result of this MN thread?

HerrenaHarridan Tue 03-Sep-13 23:07:01

grin Mn boots

Mine haven't arrived. Stupid dpd decided they would hold them and wait for me to call and say I wanted them. What the use in amazon prime if stupid dpd are just going to hold on. To my super special amazing 4x more expensive than any item if clothing I've ever bought before boots.

Tomorrow. I hope.

Please that others are liking them enough to invest, it totally validates my decision smile

squoosh Wed 04-Sep-13 01:43:44

Has no one noticed that Janek posted a link where they only cost £95??

5madthings Wed 04-Sep-13 02:19:21

Yes but they only have a few sizes.

obviouslyneedsupernanny Wed 04-Sep-13 09:57:30

Life's too short.. Buy the boots!

UterusUterusGhali Wed 04-Sep-13 16:01:39

I got the £95 ones, thank you Janek!

£5 p&p.

Should be here tomorrow!

stuckonsmallrock Wed 04-Sep-13 16:30:44

I really wish I hadnt clicked on this thread... I live somewhere with the same climate as scotland & now I am desperate for those boots!!! smile

Halfahundred Wed 04-Sep-13 16:47:15

Have they come yet Herrena?

CruCru Wed 04-Sep-13 18:10:47

Argh! Didn't spot the £95 link. Never mind.

UterusUterusGhali Thu 05-Sep-13 10:46:53

Mine have arrived!
Omg they're lovely!
I hadn't noticed they had a side zip, so super easy to get on. Plenty of room for jeans & thick socks underneath, without sizing up, and I'm thick of calf.

Sure, they're not the most sophisticated shoe, but my god they're going to be useful.

I'm really worried the zip will break tbh, but we shall see.

I'm beyond pleased! :D

UterusUterusGhali Thu 05-Sep-13 10:48:27

Oh, and I looked a right knobjockey trying them on with an unflattering summer dress!

Halfahundred Thu 05-Sep-13 12:30:41

Uterus - is the side zip flimsy then? This worries me as my zips always break on my boots. I haven t got especially wide calves, just that I wear them so much

teaselweasel Thu 05-Sep-13 12:42:30

The true cost of an item is price/number of times worn or used, so a pair of boots for £130 worn every day, are actually cheaper in the long term than a pair of scrappy shoes bought for £15 in a sale but only worn once to a wedding. That's my logic....

Have the boots and enjoy!

TeenyW123 Thu 05-Sep-13 12:43:56

Haven't read the whole thread, but my dad says there are 2 things you should splash out on. 1 is a good, comfy bed, and 2 is good, comfy shoes. Because if you're not in one, you're in the other.


teaselweasel Thu 05-Sep-13 12:44:34

Meant strappy shoes..

teaselweasel Thu 05-Sep-13 12:45:15

Lol your dad is very wise

alwaysme Thu 05-Sep-13 15:29:38

Well, I followed Herren's link to those boots and thought, nah don't like them. But, something kept drawing me back!

So, I bought them. I mean you can always send things back, can't you?

They came today and OMG, what did I nearly miss, they are absolutely lovely. No way are these leaving the house except on the end of my legs grin.

I don't feel the zips are flimsy and they run smoothly. Time will tell though!

Thank you Herren smile

UterusUterusGhali Thu 05-Sep-13 15:32:09

Nah the zips aren't flimsy at all. If anything a bit stiff. I'm just worried they'll get caught as the leather is quite thick. And zips cost a fortune to replace!

Remember, only the rich can afford cheap shoes!

HerrenaHarridan Fri 06-Sep-13 09:46:55

Yes I am taking them out as we speak.

They are amazing!

No fear for the zip as the calf piece is stretchy so never tight or tension bearing.

The cushioning and support inside is heavenly, I am bouncing along smile

Fluffy softness all the way down to the toes and as one reviewer said they are light enough to dance in smilesmilesmilesmilesmile

I love them. smile

And if you've got little feet you can get them much cheaper.

It's great that others have got them to, share the foot happiness smile

Janek Fri 06-Sep-13 12:42:20

I'm very pleased for you! I don't think you will ever regret your choice.

Halfahundred Fri 06-Sep-13 18:30:32

Herrena - soft fluffiness all the way down? Really? Mine came and there's white fluff at the top but black felt stuff all the way down. Have we the same boots???

TarkaTheOtter Fri 06-Sep-13 18:42:07

I bought merrell Oslo boots last year and they have NOT aged well. The zip is broken on one and the seam at the back is splitting on the other. Also the lining now looks awful and I have no idea how to clean it.

Makinglists Fri 06-Sep-13 18:49:51

I brought some merrel boots last year (about 80 quid on ebay) and they are brilliant - the quality and build is that of a proper walking boot but obviously the styling of a fashion boot. I wore mine constantly from Nov to March. Def a good investment especially if you walk loads/live somewhere that has harsh winters

Janek Fri 06-Sep-13 19:01:01

tarka i would contact merrell/wherever you bought them from. That's not reasonable wear and tear, you must have a faulty pair, i would say it's definitely worth a complaint, as i said upthread, i got mine in december 2010 and they look like they have several winters left in them yet (and i have very cold feet, winters are long in my house!).

HerrenaHarridan Sat 07-Sep-13 10:43:44

I don't know halfahundred.

Mine are black with black fluff at top and when I stick my hand in the feel fluffy all the way.

Did you get the brown ones? Maybe there are more differences than just colour?

Halfahundred Sat 07-Sep-13 12:15:59

Yes, I got the brown ones. Oh but I now want fluff all the way down!!!

So, who's got the brown ones? And do you have calf to toe fluff??

HerrenaHarridan Sat 07-Sep-13 20:00:39

I was wrong shock

Previously I had only stuck my hand down. When I got home I looked more closely and lo and behold no fluff, felty stuff.

It's actually far to warm for them my feet are roooooasting smile

Halfahundred Sat 07-Sep-13 22:31:03

Oh okay, that makes me feel better! So white fluff at top, dark felt at bottom?

HerrenaHarridan Sun 08-Sep-13 18:30:25

Black fluff at the top and black felt going down smile

Halfahundred Sun 08-Sep-13 20:30:41

Oh yes, that makes sense

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