Despite my awful experience with indoor skydiving back in February, I do actually enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes with pushing your comfort levels just a little.
So, when the lovely Kara at Chelsea Mamma asked if I would like to take part in the Hotter Shoes event celebrating their Bournemouth store’s 10th anniversary by launching myself down the pier zip, I jumped at the chance (no pun intended).
I’ve actually done the pier zip 3 times before, twice with work, so I was no stranger to it, but the nerves still kicked in right beforehand. If you haven’t been brave enough to try it before, I would suggest doing it, but don’t look down on the long walk up (trust me)!
Luckily I was amongst a group of lovely fellow Bournemouth bloggers and the guys at Rock Reef are brilliant at calming nerves; they clearly know their stuff and provide a full safety brief once you’re strapped into your protective gear. By the time I reached the summit of the zip line I was ready to step off in my Hotter shoes to fly down the line towards the beach.
I must admit, I hadn’t been too keen on the shoe in navy when browsing on the website, but I love them in black. I’d been meaning to treat myself to some comfy everyday shoes for awhile, having exhausted yet another pair of Primark ballet pumps, and these are perfect for my day to day life of school runs, walks by the beach and trips to the shops.
I’ve worn some really bad shoes for my feet in the past, and I’m sure that my dodgy knee is down to wearing poor footwear when running (I mean, I’m about to turn 28, why are my joints already playing up?).
It has to be said that Hotter shoes are on the higher end of the price scale, and not something I would be able to afford in general, but as a treat purchase they’re brilliant and I can honestly say I’ve not owned a pair of shoes more comfortable before in my life.
I would definitely recommend a look at their active collection if you’re planning anything more strenuous than sunbathing this summer. They have an extensive website collection, but the girls from Hotter advise you make it into store to get a proper feel for the shoes and find the pair that’s right for you.
After our adrenaline rush, we celebrated with the Hotter team at Aruba, where I had the rather delicious Jerk Chicken dish alongside some gorgeous Passionfruit Margaritas whilst we chatted away about blogging, Bournemouth and the Hotter brand. Despite living in Bournemouth for 20 years, I had never actually eaten in Aruba (although I have sampled their cocktails in the past), it was a lovely evening!