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Am looking for a pair of knee high boots after stupidly buying from Clarks 2 years ago, meaning my worn down heel can't be replaced by a cobbler.
I have 3 problems: don't want to spend too much, have skinny ankles and have very muscly calves which have become more muscly over the last 2 years of pushing a pram round London. There's a beautiful pair of Hobbs boots in my cupboard barely worn as the zip won't do up over my calves any more.
Found a nice(ish) pair at M&S for £50 but they are not leather, made of some synthetic leather-like material which scares me. Does anyone have experience of synthetic boots' durability, warmth etc?
Or any leads for who makes boots for big calves and skinny ankles? I don't want to buy online as the probability of returns is far too high!
Cobblers can't replace/repair Clarks soles and heels. Clarks use some special material that means nothing can be glued to it to repair. Unless you go to Clarks, who charge almost what I paid for the boots in the sale.
I'm not one for synthetic boots, I don't expect they would be waterproof and last very long. Have you looked at Hush Puppies? They do some waterproof and thermal lined boots, decent calf width, as I need a wider calf boot too. Its tricky for the ankle without trying on, I have narrow ankles too and I don't like it when it bulks out at that point. These? Not sure what colour you are looking for?
i have had mid-heel Clarks boots reheeled/soled in the past too. It seems like flat/low-heeled boots are the issue due to the type of material they use. Timpsons flat out refused, I tried 3 branches and a local cobbler too.
Thanks for all the tips on places to try. I will be looking into all of them. Fingers crossed I can find some which don't bag at the ankles. I've decided to avoid the synthetic boots.
I had my Clarks approx 1inch heeled ankle boots re heeled and resolved by my local timpsons about a month ago so it seems odd that no-one will even attempt to do yours. It cost me £20 and I can see they had to cut the old sole off but the guy did a really good job with them.
It must be the specific type of heel on that particular boot rather than Clarks in general.
I have the slim ankle and large calf problem too. I don't buy long boots anymore as they never fit or stay up properly and stick with ankle or calf length boots instead.