Shoe company Cushe sent me a gorgeous fuzzy pair of IT boot cuffs for me to kick about in. As the company is big on sustainability, comfort, and a chilled-out surf vibe, all stuff I like, I was more then happy to test them out and about.
The product description:
“Universal Traveller is our rugged, robust and hardwearing range designed for apres-outdoor sports and in transit. Inspired by the outdoors and adventure travel, we use premium, rich full grain leathers and protective features to get you where you need to be. The IT boots in particular feature an upper material of waterproof pig suede with a lambswool lining, waterproof seams and rubber toe caps to protect you against the elements.”
Test 1: On a country walk
In lieu of a Glastonbury review (due to the fact that the mud came up to my knees. Oh what I put up with for live music), I took my new IT boots on a wander through the Somerset countryside. Their thick soles are perfect for pretty much any kind of terrain, cushioning feet brilliantly, whilst the warm woollen lining is surprisingly airy – my feet felt cool despite a brisk walk up a hill in warm weather. The only thing I´d advise anyone getting a pair is to consider going a size up – I´m normally a 6 and whilst my Cuffs are just on the right side of snug, a size 7 would probably have more room for thick winter socks. The woollen cuff is also quite tight round the ankles, meaning it takes a tug to get the boots on, but the advantage to that is that once on the boots keep feet warm and rain away.
Test 2: In the rain
The Cushe ITs do not like mud, as I discovered on my first day at Glastonbury, before hastily returning to my wellingtons. Their lovely suede covering is, however, fine in the rain: I rode my bike through a downpour in them and they stood the test mightily whilst keeping my feet warm and snug. I dried them next to a radiator after their puddle experience and they looked perfect. I can´t wait to wear them in the snow.
The perfect winter boot for the city. Completely waterproof with a thick rubber sole that laughs in the face of puddles and a super comfy lining that feels like wearing a woolly jumper on your feet, the IT boots are like a hug in shoe form. What´s impressive is that they also manage to be stylish – the soft fawn colour is gorgeous and they look fantastic with skinny jeans and a boyfriend cardigan. I´m in love and can´t wait for it to get cold so I can wear them constantly.