On Friday night Hubby got to drink Prosecco while I went shoe shopping – just one of the perks of being married to a blogger.
Jake Shoes contacted me via Twitter to tell me about their first blogger event, which they organised to mark the anniversary of production of the first Dr Martens 8-eye boot.
A bit about the Dr Martens brand
On 1 April 1960 the first Dr Martens 1460 came off the production line at the brand’s Wollaston factory. The Air Cushioned Sole had made its UK debut. The original boots were popular amongst factory workers, the police force and the postal service but it wasn’t until 1965 that they were simultaneously discovered by first generation skinheads and The Who’s Pete Townshend. By the end of the 1970s, with the explosion of British youth culture, the Dr Martens Brand had become a symbol of self-expression.
I remember wearing Dr Martens shoes to school in the early 90s and then they almost disappeared. Dr Martens have since made a comeback and can now be purchased from Dr Martens owned retail stores as well as various shoe retailers, including Jake Shoes.
Whilst I don’t see myself wearing Dr Martens again in my future (and for the record I didn’t wear them as any sort of style statement in my school days – I wasn’t that cool!) the fact that they continue to be made in England makes them worthy of support.
Dr Martens aside, put me in a shoe shop and it’s hard not to go shopping. I thought I’d have a look for some trainers to see me through the second half of my pregnancy and in to motherhood. I used to be the trainer girl, wearing Adidas Shell Tops and jeans on almost every night out, but I haven’t owned a pair of trainers for anything other than running in several years.
Since falling pregnant I have been much more inclined towards shopping for comfort (is this a pregnancy thing or does it mean I’m getting old?), and with our baby-moon a few weeks away I want to be able to sightsee as much as possible, which requires suitable shoes!
I was drawn to the memory foam insoles of the Skechers brand and loved the look of several different styles. After much deliberation I chose these Glider Lace Trainers.
I fell for the grey and coral colour scheme and they look OK with my skinny jeans – bonus! They are so light on my feet that it hardly feels like I’m wearing them so I am confident that they will see me round Spain, through the summer and well in to the days following Pea’s arrival.
More about Jake
This was the first time I’ve shopped in Jake Shoes. If you live in Manchester you will have spotted the store on the top floor of the the Arndale Centre, next to the old Mamas and Papas.
It’s an independent, family owned business that has sold shoes in Manchester since 1975. I hadn’t realised that they were a local business and it makes me eager to support them in favour of high street retail brands. When it comes to footwear I can’t resist a pair of Uggs, Hunter wellies or Havaianas flip flops so I’m sure I will find plenty of excuses to do so.
I had the opportunity to chat to the staff and I left feeling that you would soon get to know them as a regular customer. Since Jake sells a range of baby and children’s shoes, as well as offering a full measuring and fitting service for children, I’ve promised to pay them a visit when the time comes to buy Pea’s first shoes. I can justify a little pair of Converse can’t I?
Thanks Jake Shoes for your hospitality and the orange juice!
Jake Shoes: Unit 20, Manchester Arndale, Manchester, M4 3AQ & 115 Princes Street, Stockport, SK1 1RB
What shoes are you wearing throughout your pregnancy? Let me know in the comments.