Weald Of Kent Ploughing Match

WKPM 20th September 2014

We arrived bright and early at Marden ready for the WKPM (Weald of Kent Ploughing Match), I must add ploughing had already begun at 7.30am! We were here no not to plough, but to showcase some selected country clothing and footwear from our Mens, Ladies and Childrens departments at The Golden Boot: Featuring Hunter, Dubarry, Seeland, R.M Williams and Barbour.

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We were not really sure what to expect from the event but we wanted to focus on promoting what we had to offer and what The Golden Boot is all about, which was a great opportunity to do so in different surroundings. It was lovely to meet and introduce ourselves to some new customers, of whom we hope to see back in our store sometime soon.

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The event was a huge success, from 9am it was bustling with lots of familiar faces and plenty of crowds. It was a really good atmosphere with lots of friendly people, it made the day really enjoyable and we were pleased to have been a part of it. It turned out from a phone call back to the store that we were busier in the field than we were back at the shop. We were thankful the weather held out and we hope to be back next year with a lot more tweed!

Trudi Hood, mens department manager

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The best repair by the people who made them

repairs_bannerAt The Golden Boot we offer a repair service for all our handmade shoes Barker, Loake, Joseph Cheaney, Jeffery West and R.M Williams. This involves the shoes being sent back to the manufacturer to be refurbished i.e. long sole, heel, linings and upper re-dressing. Continue reading

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Fabulous Footwear for the Fall.

With our A/W 14 stock fast flowing in, now is the perfect time to update you with next seasons key trends and give you a sneak preview of the hottest styles we’ve got to offer.

 This winter, the classic styling of the Biker and Chelsea boot have made another strong comeback. With oversized and multiple buckle detailing being a predicted key trend for A/W 14, the biker boot is a winter wardrobe must-have. The casual silhouette of the biker and Chelsea boot can be worn with skinny jeans or skirts for a versatile winter outfit. Doc Martens

 Our favourites this winter come from Doc Marten and UGG. The UGG Grandale boot with biker influences incorporates their traditional shearling lining for maximum comfort, warmth and style. Doc Marten, in addition to their classic boot, have introduced the Moll Kirin biker boot to their A/W14 collection.  The boot features the definitive Goodyear welted sole merged with traditional biker boot buckles.

However, our winter must have is the Kensington Flora Chelsea Boot from Doc Marten. Available in high shine in black and burgundy, the versatile boot from DM can be worn with both formal and casual wear to provide effortless style and comfort.

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The Timberland boot has recently grown in popularity to become a key trend this A/W14. Many celebrities have been spotted sporting this trend, including Rita Ora. The 10361 boot from Timberland combines practicality and comfort to revive 1990s looks with outdoor heritage styling.

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Androgynous styling combined with masculine tailoring continues to emerge as a key A/W trend. The loafer, brogue and monk strap are this seasons favourites. The Busby range from Clarks offers a fantastic selection of loafers and brogues, perfect for work or college.

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Busby FollyBusby JazzPop in to store to see the full A/W14 collection we’ve got to offer. Check back here for more trend updates, top buys and new arrivals.

 

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The Best Of Back To School

The busy back to school period is well under way as the end of the summer holidays approaches. Did I hear a cheer from all you mums?

With our years of experience and expertise, we are here to help with the school shoe shop! Whether its support or durability you are looking for, or whether fashion is the key criteria, The Golden Boot has a range of brands and styles in stock to keep everyone happy.

Spending all day in the shoes, walking to and from school, support is one of the most important features after comfort for your childs foot.

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Kickers Kilo Core boot, fits higher up the ankle to provide maximum support. The singular velcro strap makes it easy for your child to fasten the shoe tightly to ensure the best fit and support. The boot is available in sizes 25 (7) to 35(2.5). We tend to fit up slightly in the kickers boots to give extra growing room. The shoes have a rounded silhouette perfect for a wider foot.

 Startrite Samba. This girls shoe from Startrite is available in all sizes and width fittings. The shoe is fairly deep making it perfect for children requiring orthotics. The super soft leather and leather lining stretches with ease fromthe first wear to provide maximum comfort. The elongated heel stiffeners are used in all of Startrites shoes to help the shoe keep its original shape, therefore, providing support even after the shoe has softened.

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With very active children, durability is another important factor to consider when purchasing your children’s school shoes. For many boys it is essential the shoe has a rubber scuff resistant toe bumper, to ensure the shoes last, even with playing football on the school playground.

Our most durable school shoe; Geox Savage is perfect for your active son. The large rubber toe bumper will resist all the scuffs and scrapes to keep the shoe looking new. The breathable sole unit absorbs and expels sweat droplets without letting water in, and keeps feet warm in the winter, and cool in the summer. The deep shoe is perfect for a G width fitting.  All Geox shoes come with a free Geox beat bracelet (while stock lasts), which records your voice and flashes to sound: very popular with the children.

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A durable rubber toe bumper is becoming more and more important for your little princesses as well; the Alicia and Princess Serena from Startrite have improved scuff resistance with the rubber sole extended up the front of the shoe, alongside all other key features from Startrite. The shoe is available in half sizes and all width fittings.

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Whilst children are required to wear school uniforms, it seems the shoes are used as an expression of their fashion sense.

With increased television marketing, little girls have become obsessed with the features of the Lelli Kelly school shoes and free make-up iPad. We stock 4 different styles of Lelli Kelly black patent school shoes; Kimberly, Perrie, Adele and Nicole. Adele and Nicole are curently are most popular selling Lelli Kellys, due to their detachable bow hair clip and changing straps. Lelli Kellys now come in different width fittings so it’s easier to get the perfect fit.

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For older girls, Erica Lace/No Ties is our most popular school shoe. The brogue lace up styling is a move away from the classic bar shoe. The closed shoe is perfect for the cold winter months. Available from size 13- 9 and in all width fittings, the shoe is perfect for many.

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 Our year on year favourites are continuing to rise in popularity this summer to be our number one best seller yet again.

Deaton is our favourite for boys; the classic, simple styling and leather uppers make the shoe breathable, water resistant and very easy to polish up. The shoe is available in half sizes and all width fittings, making it fairly easy to gain a perfect fit. Deaton is our go to shoe.

Dolly Heart is the best seller for girls, with a small heel and heart detailing, this shoe is very popular. It is available in patent and leather and all width fittings.

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Our expert shoe fitters are waiting to help you with all your back to school needs, we look forward to helping you soon.

 

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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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