Keep Calm…It’s Back To School Time !

keep calmIt’s half term again and the shop is ready, the staff are prepped and the shoe boxes are piled high. The Golden Boot is ready for Back to School and we are here to give your our top tips to make this manic time a little less stressful.

 

Tip Number 1: Don’t be put off by how busy the shop looks. We use a successful, tried and tested, ticketing machine method. So grab a ticket and you’ll be seen to in no time. Even if it seems there is a large queue, we’ve more staff than ever this year so you’ll be seen to with a smile very quickly.

 

Tip Number 2: Don’t forget your socks! With this lovely English weather we are experiencing, a lot of socks can be forgotten. The fitting process is a lot easier for our staff if your child is wearing their school socks so we can get the perfect fit.

 

Tip Number 3: Avoid the rush. For us, the last two weeks in August are our busiest. If you can come in earlier, we will be sure to give plenty of growing room, given there is another month until school starts. If you want to brave the last minute rush, early morning and late afternoon are our quietest periods.

 

Tip Number 4: Check the school list, for everything you need. With a large selection of plimsoles, trainers and football boots, The Golden Boot really is your one stop school shoe shop. Check the school uniform lists before you arrive so you know exactly what you need. With our £5 off trainer offer with Clarks when you buy any school shoe, it’s best to get it all at once.

 

With our top tips in mind, you’ll hopefully have a stress free experience this Back to School. We hope to see you soon!

 

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The New Orla Kiely Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection!

Following on from the success of the summer collection, Orla Kiely has once again collaborated with Clarks to produce a capsule collection of stunning retro styles for Autumn Winter 2014.

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The Orla Kiely customer loves abstract design and prints and is not afraid to let her individuality stand out from the crowd. Her loyal following includes fashion icons and celebrities such as Alexa Chung, Kirsten Dunst and Keira Knightley.

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The Queen of Prints’ comtemporary take on 60s and 70s fashion is evident in the new collection which includes a classic Chelsea boot, a chunky T-bar and a cute mid heel Mary Jane.

 

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A classic Chelsea boot with a contemporary retro look. Beautifully crafted with faux pony skin and high shine leather upper

 

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Retro T-bar with chunky heel and platform. The upper is an eye catching mix of high shine leather and faux pony skin

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Clarks -Orla Dorothy  A cute mid heel Mary Jane with navy patent upper and contrasting green dot trim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Build A Den

No Adults Allowed!

We want children to build more dens! Dens are great. Dens are your own space, a meeting space for you and your friends only.

We want you to boycott the television and get creative. Build a Den is our wonderful new children’s competition.

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We want you to Build a Den, take a photo of it and post the photo on our Facebook page with your den’s name. The winner of the best den will win 5 tickets to Go Ape Tree Top Junior Adventure at Leeds castle. Where you can swing through the tree tops and enjoy a fun filled hour of tree to tree crossing finishing with a zip wire finale.

So what are you waiting for…..get building!

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Competition Closes on 1/8/14 go get creative.

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Keeping it Local!

Simply Ice Cream.

The Golden Boot is a truly local family owned firm. Established in 1790 and still owned and managed by the same family, many Maidstonians and residents of the surrounding areas have grown up with the business. We always hear our customers talking about their love of an independent business and the certain set of core values that exist within them which is often difficult to find in the big multiples.

Speaking with customers its often very enlightening when you find out what they do, so we thought it a great opportunity to seek a few businesses with a similar set of core values to our own and run a few collaborative projects. The emphasis has been on our window displays but also trying to make a visit to The Golden Boot as exciting as possible.

Introducing The Golden Boot X Simply Ice Cream.

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Sally Newall and her family are good customers of The Golden Boot. Sally ran a catering business for over 20 years, however her real passion was making ice cream. Incredible feedback from happy customers for her homemade ice cream led Sally to decide to move away from full time catering and concentrate on developing Simply Ice Cream.

In keeping with her beliefs that simple, natural food tastes best, she has created a range of ice creams that are made using natural locally sourced ingredients (where possible), home-made flavours and free from additives or preservatives. Simply Ice Cream is still made the old fashioned way, by hand in small batches. The superior quality and flavour of Simply Ice Cream has been officially recognised and offer a multi-award winning range, including a Guild of Fine Food, Great Taste Gold Three Star award for their Heavenly Honeycomb Crunch, the highest accolade judged by great taste and texture.

Simply Ice Cream is available in nearly 400 outlets across the south of England including 42 Waitrose stores. If you don’t already know of Simply Ice Cream we wanted to let you know just how yummy it is, so for the next month in our women’s department we will be offering our customers a tub of Simply Ice Cream for £1 with every purchase. What’s more all the proceeds from the sale of the ice cream will be donated to Demelzia House children’s hospice.

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Enjoy!

The Golden Boot X  Jakes Orchard Cider

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The Hush Heath Estate is located near Staplehurst, Kent. With its fine soils and mild climate, Kent as the “Garden of England” has a long and famous history of fruit growing. Kent is now home to some of the finest vineyards planted in England in the last 30 years. The production of world class sparkling and still wine is now a reality. Some have credited climate change but the real differences in the last 20 years have been advances in the professionalism and knowledge of the growers and winemakers coupled with substantial investment. Hush Heath Estate boast an exceptional range of sparkling wines. Let it be known that on British Airways First Class the house tipple is the exceptional Balfour Brut Rose!

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In addition, the Hush Heath winemakers have created a special range of still and sparkling (bottle fermented, Champagne method) ciders, using apples all grown in the Kent countryside surrounding the beautiful 16th century Hush Heath Manor. And those marvellous people at Hush Heath have provided our lucky Golden Boot customers with the chance to win a case of Jakes Orchard Cider and a tour of the Hush Heath Winery. Every time you purchase a pair of men’s shoes this spring/summer you will be entered in to the prize draw (competition closes 1/8/14).

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Camper- Find your creative side.

Camper is a Spanish family lifestyle shoe brand. They place an emphasis on doing things a little different. With Camper its all about innovation, quality and most importantly fun!

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Their creativity doesn’t stop at just shoes, Camper have two hotels  in Barcelona and Berlin. The philosophy of  Casa Camper  is “the luxury of simplicity.”

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Casa Camper practices environmentally friendly methods such as state of the art water recycling, solar energy, clean transportation including offering their guests Camper bikes for the duration of their stay. Casa Camper is a truly original concept.

Similar to their shoes they do something a little different, but it works!

 

 

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Hues Of Blue

Spring is such a wonderful time of the year. From the waste land of Winter emerges little colourful bursts, memories of the past months are forgotten and theirs a great feeling in the air. I love this time of year as we place alot of emphasis on transforming the store from dark shades of brown and black to an explosion of colour. In the words of Robin Williams “Spring is nature’s way of saying, Let’s party”!

What girl doesn’t adore their Spring/Summer wardrobe, you get to shake off those heavy layers and be adventurous with colour. One thing I adore about working at The Golden Boot is what we get to wear. Every season we introduce a new seasonal colour and we get to dress accordingly. It allows us to be a little individual and a little adventurous, but put us all together and we definitely look a team.

So this spring we unanimously opted for Cobalt blue and I simply love it!

This without doubt is the season’s coolest colour. Just take a peek at Julia, Taylor and Kylie!

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We launched our new colour last Saturday. Everyone looked fabulous so I took the opportunity to take a few snaps of our managers Clare, Jane and Trudi and I want to talk you through their outfits. Shoes and all!

Clare wears Ugg Atasha Strip  sandals. I love those interest wedge heel’s, they are a really eye catching interpretation of an Espadrille, well done Ugg! Her top is from Coast and her turned up chino’s from  Zara. I noticed Clare had also made a  sneaky purchase of a pair of  Wonders 1735 Menorca. In her own words “I simply love Wonders”, and so do I. This bold two tone brogue is real statement piece.

The funny thing is Clare wasn’t a fan of this colour yet everyone keeps telling her she looks great in blue!

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Jane’s top and trousers are both from Wallis and she has chosen to team this outfit with a stunning pair of  Hispanitas 49352  shoes. I love the clean lines on this style, with no ornate trims just a contrast blue cap with a stripe of metallic. I know we have already had a great reaction to this style.

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Trudi has opted for  Clarks Hotel Image, its cut out sections keeps this masculine style looking light and Summery. Trudi maintains this preppy styling with her bowed top from Topshop, turned up chino’s from Zara and a cool little cardigan from New Look.

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I hope this gives you a little inspiration for Spring/Summer, so come on shake off those Winter blues…….Sorry I had to!!

 

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In The Nude

Nude shoes are everywhere for Spring Summer 2014 and our new collection reflects that trend.

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The Hispanitas range, from cute pumps to elegant high heels, is awash with neutral nudes,

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Hispanitas 49754 Ara is lovely cute pump, great for teaming up with summer dresses and skinny jeans! Featuring cut out detail to the upper, a key look for summer 2014.

 

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Hispanitas 49325 Natalie is a very stylish court shoe. The heel has a light wooden effect which compliments the nude shade of
leather. Not being too high makes this a great choice for all day comfort with a little height.

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Peter Kaiser Lurkezia is this amazing shoe with an eye-catching multi coloured towering high heel and platform sole. Having the platform means this shoe can be worn comfortably everyday.

 

 

IMG_5390Wonders 1803 Benidorm is this ladies beautiful lace up brogue again with the stylish cut outs. We love the two different shades of nude on the upper. Would look great with a light pair of jeans!

 

 

 

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Some fantastic feedback from our customers!

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A big thank you to our many customers who have taken the time to leave a review on our website. We pride ourselves on our customer service and it is so rewarding  to hear what our customers have to say. Here are just a few of those reviews:

“My very first order from you and cannot fault the service. Next day delivery and very good communications throughout. I am delighted that I have found a pair of Orla Kiely Milly shoes and they fit perfectly. Thank you very much!”- Clarks ‘Orla Milly’

“I have been looking for espadrilles like these forever! I’m so happy I found this website. Not everyone can wear 3″-4″ wedges and I’ve been so frustrated that EVERY pair of espadrilles I looked at were either 4″ or flat!!!! These are perfect, fit great-look great and I know as soon as it warms up (if it ever does) I will be living in them this summer.”- Toni Pons ‘Nuria’

“Was very easy to order online and by telephone, and the shoes were delivered very quickly and were exactly like they appeared online. Highly recommend this website.” – Primigi ‘Andes’

“Well organized, clear website, helpful sales people, reliable. Will buy again from The Golden Boot.”- R.M Williams ‘Comfort Craftsman’

“Hunter Basket Weave Welly Socks – had been searching for a pair of these for ages. Was delighted when found them on this site. Received so quickly and well packaged.
Thank you.” – Hunter ‘Kids Welly Socks’

“I love my patent blue Wonder shoes with a crepe wavy sole – perfect to go with my new silk skirt and comfortable enough to wear all night on the dance floor. Can’t wait to go out on that date!”- Wonders ’6956 Barcelona’

“I had Nordika slippers already but they had seen better days so I ordered a replacement pair from The Golden Boot. The slippers arrived very promptly within the hour delivery slot. Will definitely use The Golden Boot again for other footwear purchases.” – Nordikas ‘Natala 234′

“I pondered about using this company as I hadn’t heard of them before but I was so desperate to get my hands on a pair of Toni Pons ( my very favourite summer shoes) I decided to give it a go. The person that I spoke to on the telephone was both charming and helpful so I ordered some shoes. I telephoned the shop at 1.22 pm and had my shoes by 9.05am the next morning. So, I just had to order some more! I had exactly the same efficient experience as before. My only regret is that this could get costly as there are still lots more Toni Pons in colours that I don’t yet have. I have already recommended this shop to friends. ” – Toni Pons ‘Nuria’ and ‘Tremp’

“My wife wanted a pair of house shoes as a present and found them on the Golden Boot site, slightly cheaper than from a competitor, so I ordered them, gift wrapped at no extra cost. She is delighted with them, and I was delighted with the prompt service. The free gift wrapping option was a really nice additional touch. Well be back!”- Nordikas ‘Nicola 305′

“Ordered the boots over the phone and these were despatched quickly and with no fuss. Would purchase again from this company.” – Barbour ‘Readhead’

“a very good web site with all the relevant information of sizing and choosing the right pair of shoes,very good choice with easy payment choices.
The communication for order confirmation delivery service excellent will definately use the Golden Boot again .”- Peter Kaiser ‘Lurkezia’

Your thoughts and comments, both good and bad, are invaluable to our business so please keep them coming!

www.thegoldenboot.co.uk

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Golden Boot Service…Out of this world !!

 

On occasion, while striding through this flash of light bookended by two great eternities we call life. A discovery is made that reaffirms ones faith in the order of things. So although we can see the universe at the point it was just the size of a marble and when Professor Higgs has had his boson confirmed some things, such as amazing service, remain timeless.

When the going gets tough and the day job absorbs time to the extent that everything else takes second place you need to rely on other people.  Such it was when discovering on Thursday that one’s dress shoes, required for an event on Friday evening, four hours drive from base, are unfit to serve as the occasion demands. This problem is of little consequence if one is a customer of The Golden Boot. A perusal of their web site reveals any number of formal shoes that might fit the bill – but what to choose. The 3D views make narrowing the field down but as to the final choice?

A call to the shop in Maidstone results in sage advice – “those won’t fit you sir”, one has been a customer for 30 plus years, “those won’t suit you sir, may I recommend, will you be collecting sir or should we deliver them to you”. So to a choice of two pairs and, as these latter delivery options were not possible it was agreed that the shoes would await me at Morston Hall in Norfolk on arrival the following afternoon.

So it proved, after leaving Greenwich as late as seemly for the trickle up the M11, through Suffolk and into Norfolk, arriving a few minutes before the required hour the shoes where there waiting as had been promised. Never for a moment did one think they would not and, such was the confidence in this, no backup plan was made. Both pairs fitted perfectly but one suited better so got the role as footwear of choice for the gathering.

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Sometimes in a changing world one needs to rely on other people’s thoughtful attention to detail, knowledge of their customer and willingness to go the extra mile to make sure they are delighted, consider it done at The Golden Boot.

Mike Sharp
Principle at The Royal Greenwich UTC
http://greenwichutc.com/about/principal/

 

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Heaven and Hell from Dr Martens!

The new Dr Martens ladies collection for 2014 has just arrived and it’s not for the faint hearted!

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Classic DM designs  feature eye-catching prints, aptly named Heaven and Hell,  from early Dutch painter Hieronymous Bosch. Each telling a story in its own individual way.

The 8 eyelet Pascal ladies boot features the dark and moody Hell print ….a real show stopper!dm pascal hell

While Dr Martens have opted for the slightly more serene ‘Heaven’ print based on the ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’ masterpiece for the three eyelet 1461 shoe.dm 1460 heaven

 

Dr Martens have taken this  iconic symbol of British culture to another level for summer 2014 with a superb assortment of  head-turning prints.  In addition to the outlandish Bosch prints, Dr Martens have introduced the delicate ‘English Vintage Rose’,  more English country garden rather than the ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’ !dm 1461 vintage

 

 

 

 

 

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