I remember vividly the day I bought my Bumper boots. I had been in Ludlow Christmas shopping with a friend and had missed several phone calls from our daughter's school, telling me that she was in hospital having her lip stitched after she had flown over the head of a boy in the playground. As one who was heavily pregnant, and with the other two fairly young at the time, I rarely left Birmingham so typically, it was sod's law.
The school were more worried about my husband who took one look at her and nearly fainted. So there was I, 38 weeks pregnant balancing on a hospital trolley whilst a doctor stitched her lip and my husband sat outside, an odd shade of green.
Anyway, back to the boots. For several years I wondered whether I had made a mistake pregnancy purchase. Leopard print wasn't then what it is now and the sole is chunky but they did a great job so each time the snow came down, out they came - retrieved from the back of the wardrobe where they sat for the other 50 weeks of the year.
But now - I love them! Why? Wait for this utterly fickle story!!!
Today I was responding to an email from someone asking me about boots which were stylish and which would keep her warm, dry and upright in the snow. As she wasn't a skiier, she didn't have snow boots, her wellies weren't warm enough and her suede boots got soggy.
Realising that my Bumper boots had never let me down, either in terms of comfort, keeping me upright or keeping me dry, I decided to check them out online to see whether they still even existed.
Not only did I discover that they are an Italian brand, leather lined and really well made but to my shock (and here's where the fickle bit comes in) I discovered that the boots I bought in the sale for £70 now retail at £249 - which probably, no definitely, makes them the most expensive pair of boots (or shoes) that I own. Not only that but according to something else I read, Kate Moss wears them too. What's not to love?!
So, if you want to take a closer look, you can do so here. Some things it's worth paying a bit more and for me, it's these. I am the world's worst at walking on the ice - which makes me wonder why I have chosen to taken up ice-skating - but some things are just beyond explanation.
(And no I'm not serious about loving them just because Kate Moss wears them, or because they are expensive - but I might think to appreciate them a bit more and stop storing them at the back of the wardrobe underneath my swimming kit.)