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Have found (what I think is) a fab pair of boots in M&S - what do you think?
Seei guess it depends on your personal style. Too macho for me... Can't pull it off without looking a bit butch. But really like the look on others..... Erm not helping am I? They seem ok but have seen nicer ones around
FWIW I've had some great boots over the years that haven't been real leather. Sure, if given the choice I'd love to spend £100+ on some really good quality leather boots but sometimes that just isn't an option.
You don't necessarily need to spend £100 plus, I bought some leather biker boots for £80 two years ago and they are still going strong, having been worn nearly every day right through two winters with lots of walking on wet school runs etc. So on price per wear were good value.
They were (later) reduced to about £55 in the sale, though obviously this isn't the best time of year to pick up boot bargains.
I've got a pair of textile boots as well - fluffy lined things - and although they haven't fallen apart they don't half pong! So much so that I didn't wear them at all last winter. However - as a last ditch attempt at resurrecting them I put them in the washing machine, and they came out looking fine. Still pong a bit though, sadly.
Goodricke - ebay is worth a look, lots of leather boots (new and used) for much cheaper than £60-£70.
Agreed that if you don't have £80 you don't have £80. But my point is that it's better value to spend that on a pair of boots that you can wear in all weathers for several years, than spend £30 on a fabric pair that you may not be able to wear in the rain and will probably have to replace a lot more quickly.
Of course though it also depends whether you will want to wear them for a lot of walking in all weathers or not.
My particular fabric pair soak through in minutes when they get wet (they are suede-look). I think the fact that they literally absorb pavement crap so readily is the main source of the smell rather than my feet as none of my other shoes smell like these do. They are fine as fashion boots but only suitable for indoor conditions really.