I’ve found the perfect winter boots – versatile (I love to wear boots with a dress/leggings/jeans/skirt), sturdy, with a warm lining, and holding fast against icy sea water. I think these just might be the ones. We have been snowed under with parcels to wrap this last couple of weeks, it’s wonderful to be so busy, so I am definitely not complaining. But yesterday when I opened the window, I felt a fresh breeze on my face and knew we needed to take a couple of hours off and go down to the beach. The perfect no-nonsense way to break in some new boots. These chestnut coloured beauties are just the kind of thing I have been searching for, so when Clarks got in touch I was thrilled to be able to add them to my winter wardrobe.Larking about on the beach at this time of year is my favourite. The coastline is wild and desolate, and you never know what you’ll discover. Amongst the usual flotsam and jetsam, you might even find an enormous tree washed up on the shore!I usually wear my sheepskin boots at this time of year, they are so soft and warm, like hugs for your feet – but basically, glorified slippers – they don’t have the right structure for walking long distances or uneven ground. My mum instilled the importance of sturdy footwear from an early age, so I have owned many pairs of Clarks shoes over the years. I still remember mum taking me there for new school shoes in August before the end of each summer – and that funny plastic foot with a tape measure that you slide your foot in. Every time I see that thing in a shoe store, it whisks me straight back to childhood!I have become speedily besotted with the colour and texture of the leather on these – it looks vintage and rich all at once, they look and feel as if they have always belonged to me. I also know a certain four year old who will be thrilled I have some new footwear – my friends daughter recently asked me ‘why do you always wear these same old boots?’. I couldn’t quite make her understand that their battered demeanour meant they were just about worn to perfection – (after five years). So, I told her Dean wouldn’t buy me a new pair! After a two hour beach stint with no blisters, I don’t think I’ll have any such wearing in problems with these.I am sure they are not quite designed for wading knee deep in sea water but they passed a heavy-handed Hearne style wearing in – two hours of wading, climbing and walking on an uneven beach with happy feet.The husband is also enjoying clambering about on the sea defences in these RipwayHill GTX. We do love to be a little bit matching – every now and then! With Gore-Tex® he was also not fazed when the tide came to get him whilst taking these pictures. You cannot even imagine the outtakes. I have been crying with laughter all day looking at some of the pictures. Maybe one day, if you are really feeling down – email me – and I’ll share them with you ;) All that stomping, walking and wading was so much fun and a little bit tiring, so we set up a seat on a giant stone slab and made some tea. Have you found your perfect winter boots yet? We will have a stall at a Christmas market in Tenterden this weekend, so I will be wearing these to keep my toes warm all day in a chilly old barn – come see us if you are free.