The Hunt for Hunters: Part Two

While our first post on Hunter boots covered the variety of styles the brand carries, we realized that might not be all you need to know. Here are a few other tips and tricks that we share frequently with customers who own or are looking to own a pair of Hunters:

– What are those grey spots?
After a while, your Hunter boots will start to look cloudy. This is actually a result of the high quality rubber used in making them. The natural rubber experiences a vulcanization process as it makes contact with air, causing the discoloration. Some of our customers like this rustic look. If you don’t, there is an easy solution. Go to your local auto parts store and purchase Armor All (also available on Amazon). Massage the product into the leather with a cloth and they will look brand new. To prevent the cloudiness from ever happening, you can treat your boots with the Armor All regularly.

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– Are they good snow boots?
Well, yes and no. The traction on the bottom of the boot makes it ideal for snow and rain. The problem is that they are not particularly warm. There is no lining built into the boot. Hunter has remedied this with their Welly Socks that come in a cariety of colors and styles, as well as their shearling insoles that provide the wearer with additional luxury, warmth and comfort. Both of these products are available at The Shoe Hive.

– What size would I be?
Hunters are only made in whole sizes, making the fit complicated. Typically, they run large and we recommend that shoppers size down. If you plan on wearing a Welly Sock and/or a shearling insole, you might get your size or a half-size up even. To determine your size, it is always best to try them on.

The Hunt for Hunters: Part One

We get more phone calls about Hunter boots than any other brand we carry. Our Hunter boot board on Pinterest always gets the most repins. What started in Edinburgh in 1856 with only four employees has grown into an internationally recognized brand. From functional farm and field use to outfitting soldiers in multiple wars the Hunter boot is now a fashion icon. They are clearly very popular, super functional and everyone has a certain finish or color they hope to find. There seems, however, to be some confusion when it comes to the types of widths, heights and styles that Hunter makes. So here’s a little bit about the brand and a quick breakdown in case you are on the hunt for Hunter boots.

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The Original Tall is Hunter’s classic boot and the design is instantly recognizable. It is a pull-on style with no zipper that hits right below the knee. This durable rain boot comes in a matte or glossy finish.

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While the Original Tall is the most popular, it can be hard to wear for those of us with athletic calves. Enter the Huntress. The shaft on the Huntress is about an inch shorter and an inch wider than the Original. The Huntress is made of a new soft rubber compound so it is also a little more forgiving.

At The Shoe Hive, we are slowly phasing out the Huntress though because the brand has two other solutions that we think are better options:

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If you are short with athletic calves, consider the Hunter Original Short boot. With the same design as the Original Tall, the shaft of the Short does not restrict your calves. The shorter height also makes getting them on and off easier for those of you with high in-steps.

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If you are tall with athletic calves, the Adjustable Tall has a small adjustable panel and buckle at the back of the boot, making the size customizable. You get the look of the Original, but plenty of room.

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The Original Chelsea Boot is made for women and features a clean and modern design. It is a pull on style like the taller boots but is easier to get on and off with the side elastic panels and pull-tabs. This is a good choice for those wanting a lighter everyday option or something that is very on-trend.

Hopefully the Hunter selection makes more sense to you now. If you have any further questions, never hesitate to give us a call or stop by the store!

#HeelConcept

Apparently, we had up until now missed out on a very interesting Instagram hashtag: #heelconcept. In mid-December, artist and textile designer apparently took a photo of her leg on top of a bronze sculpture and realized that it sort of looked like the sculpture was a high heel. She tagged her photo with #heelconcept, not expecting anything to come of it. The hashtag caught on though and now hundreds of Instagram users are providing their followers with their own interpretation of #heelconcept. Here are a few of our favorites:

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On Pom Poms and Pilgrims

by Christen

Elizabeth and I just returned from New York last week where we worked our way through The Shoe Hive’s Fall 2015 options. It’s kind of frustrating that while spring styles are currently on shelves inside and snow falls outside, we are already jumping ahead to the second round of cold weather in this calendar year. I also think it can be confusing to our customers, so I hesitate to write a post on fall trends given that spring has not yet even sprung. Still, I do think there is benefit in knowing what trends are ahead of us in order to make smarter purchases in the moment. Why invest in a peep-toe platform now if the trend is only relevant for a few more months? So, here are a few takeaways from our trip.

Pom Poms
It started at Dee Keller–a new-to-us line that will debut in just a few days. I met this gorgeous fur-ball-topped suede flat and promptly fell in love. And then I encountered a pom pom on pumps at Butter and again at Bettye Muller. I am completely infatuated.

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I don’t know, however, how much you’ll see this style represented at The Shoe Hive. We’re just not convinced that it’s something our customers will find wearable or something they need in their closets. Considering fur pom poms are a representation of a greater trend–fur, we decided to go in a slightly different direction. Instead of topping our shoes with fur, we will be filling them. Come September, everything is fur-lined. Everything. So, even though you might not see a fur-ball-topped flat at our store, you will see plenty of fur-lined boots and booties, both practical and luxurious.

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Pilgrims
Only two appointments in, and Footwear Magazine approached us to give them our take on what we had seen thus far. I felt a little caught off guard since I hadn’t yet had time to absorb very much. We discussed the continued prominence of the bootie over the boot. But I also casually threw in my personal hunch that the pilgrim look will be strong. I happen to have been right. For the next two days, every designer showcased their take on the pilgrim. Buckles, square toes, and short chunky heels: pilgrim is now posh.

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Merlot
We’ve known for a while that merlot was circling back around as the color for fall. Personally, I’m a little over it. It was only two winters ago that everyone was all about “oxblood.” And I don’t care what you say, oxblood and merlot are not that different. However, if you are looking to inject some color into your fall wardrobe, this is the way to go. Merlot functions as a pseudo-neutral, meaning it will match just about everything you already own. And particularly in suede, it always looks luxurious.

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The final two trends I felt were worthy of recognition are mere extensions of popular styles we saw this year: the sneaker and fringe. This time the sneaker is either high-topped and round-toed, or slip-on and pointed.

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And fringe? Well, you can put it on just about anything and call yourself trendy in 2015. Except for maybe a sneaker.

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Trend Report: The Return of the Mule

The mule was very popular last Spring and Summer, but the trend was a little less refined in its interpretation. This go-around, we are seeing straps of contrasting sizes at the ankle and toe, and a slightly lower heel (stiletto or stacked) to ensure walkability. Sarah Hyland was spotted in Stuart Weitzman’s version, but we have a personal penchant for Sam Edelman’s more versatile (and much more affordable) take on the trend, currently at The Shoe Hive. Stop by and try it on in your size. You’ll love how wearable and flattering it is!

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