Despite the fact that I’ve a number of festivals under my belt and have no doubt covered miles walking across campsites, through entrances and from arenas and stages, I was happy to plod around in £6 Wellington boots from my local discount store. I’d team my plain, trusty boots with numerous pairs of socks and hope for the best, and it never did me any harm. That is, until I attended RockNess Festival this year with a new pair of shiny boots and have realised that I have spent far too much time nursing sore, tired feet after hours of walking around and dancing in unpadded boots. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you EWEStyle’s Ewe boots – the best things I have ever slipped on to my size fours.
So, what is the Ewe boot? Ewe boots are luxury Wellington boots which make use of natural rubber to keep your feet dry, whilst the thick Merino sheepskin lining is the fashionable answer to controlling the temperature – allowing your feet to breathe when it’s warm, but insulating them against the cold when needed. It’s pretty damn clever, and makes for comfortable walking when at festivals; heck if you wanted to extend your travels to somewhere cold you could handle temperatures as low as -25 degrees! You don’t even have to wear socks if you want to, but I can assure you that if you do, it only heightens the cosy ‘walking on clouds’ experience. And this isn’t their only technical ability – the natural rubber construction warms in co-ordination with your body heat which allows for flexible movement and a natural fit.
Come 2012 though, festivals are as much about the fashion as they are about capturing the memories and seeing some of your favourite bands. This is where the ‘Style’ part of EweStyle comes to play – they feature a silver ‘EWE’ logo on the sides, and the Wellington boots are available in an array of rich and inviting colours including Onyx Black, French Grey, Cranberry, Fern and Caramel. I own them in ‘French Grey’ and they are incredibly aesthetically pleasing. See below:
They also come in a lovely little carry bag, making them convenient for carrying on site if you prefer to wear your shoes during the traveling period. I chose to wear mine on the journey to the festival as a test of how well they worked within the natural warmth of a car and was pleased to find that my feet felt cool and unrestricted. Once we arrived on site and I was walking around on a mixture of hard ground and grassy hilly areas, I found more and more that I was noticing how comfortable the boots were, especially with the thick sole encouraging a spring in my step. They did me extremely well throughout the week, even when the temperatures by Loch Ness dropped to a ridiculously cold level for what I’d expect in the summer month of June. I remained comfortable throughout and knew that when my feet were aching it was due to eight hours a day of walking around the main arena acting as a photographer, as opposed to wearing poorly fitted boots.
I think the quality of the Wellingboots was proved when I was stopped numerous times when going about my duties working at the festival, and when dancing along to live performances in the middle of crowds by somebody keen to know where my boots were from, or to merely offer their compliments of how lovely they are. True testament to their beautiful and intelligent design is obvious when people were complimenting not only their appearance, but the fact that they had a sheepskin lining. EWEStyle have created a product here that is versatile – they don’t necessarily need to be reserved solely for festivals. As the boots retail for £160, they aren’t the cheapest of options so getting as much wear out of them is an acceptable priority – but if you’re a seasoned festival goer it’s definitely worth considering. This summer seems me venture to seven festivals, which equates to seven weeks where these wellington boots will be lovingly worn.. and by the end of festival season, winter will be fast approaching. The timing to buy EWEStyle boots is impeccable, don’t you agree?
If you would like to read about the creation of the EWE Boot, or check out the range for yourself, please visit the official website at: http://www.ewestyle.com. Alternatively, why not send them a tweet at @EWEStyles?
P.s. Check out my EWEBoots on their first venture in to water.. might as well begin with the Loch Ness, eh?