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Welcome to The Golden Boot. My name is Edward and I’m the seventh generation of my family to be running the business. Shopping at The Golden Boot is a truly unique experience, one that we wish our online customers to benefit from as well, so we have created this website to include all our wonderful in-store shopping features. We will create product recommendations specifically for you, based on what you love and generated from our experienced shop-floor team. If you’re ever in need of any advice on brands, styles, specific products or fitting, we have people on hand to guide you to finding your perfect purchase.

Full price orders over £50 are delivered free of charge.

Full price orders £50 and under are charged at £2.99.

*View our Christmas and New Year Delivery schedule here

Discounted and sale items are charged at £2.99 and above depending on weight. Please note that discounted items will not be despatched until the shipping is fully paid. Unfortunately we cannot always guarantee next day delivery on sale items.

All UK deliveries will be dispatched via DPD Local.

Order before 2pm Monday to Thursday for UK Next Working Day Delivery*

Orders placed before 2pm on a Friday will be delivered on the following Monday.(except where a bank holiday falls and delivery will be on the next working day) Orders placed after 2.01pm Friday will be delivered on the Tuesday.(except where a bank holiday falls and delivery will be on the next working day)

Deliveries will not be made during Bank or Public holidays.

Shopping online at The Golden Boot
We have tried to make shopping online at The Golden Boot as easy and enjoyable as possible. To help we have created a shopping guide. This guide is designed to help you make the most of our website especially the product descriptions. These are designed to offer you as much help as possible with how the product fits and feels. Additional information like width fitting, heel height, calf lengths on boots are all provided to help you make a more considered and correct purchase.
We pride ourselves on providing the very best in customer service, so if you require any further assistance whilst shopping on our online store you can call 01622 752349 (9 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. Monday – Saturday). You will be put through to one of our highly trained members of staff who can answer any questions you may have and guide you through your purchase
Ordering over the phone
If you'd rather order by phone, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01622 752349. Our telesales team are able to advise you on fit, payment and delivery options.
Your payment details are destroyed immediately after the transaction has been processed. We will need to contact you to process a refund if the item is returned.

What are width fittings on shoes and how do I choose the right one?
Several of our adult ranges are available in different widths. If a different width is available in a style you will be able to select the appropriate option in the drop down menu. We also state the manufacturer’s width fitting or we advise on how the style fits in all of our product descriptions.


Fitting Children’s shoes
At The Golden Boot we are passionate about the importance of correctly fitting children’s shoes as well as children’s foot health. Children's shoes should ideally be fitted professionally in our store, however we have tried to make the process of buying children’s shoes online as easy as possible. Clarks and Startrite Children’s shoes are all available in different width fittings and in full and half sizes. All of these options are available in the drop down menus.
On each of the product pages you will find a tab named “Size Guide”, on selecting this you will find a useful table that converts continental sizes to UK sizes and has specific sizing information for certain brands.

Boot calf width, choosing boots.
Boots come in different heights and calf widths, we aim to provide you with accurate measurements, but they are only a guide. We measure the calf width around the widest part of the boot. The measurements on the description are usually taken from a size 5 or size 6 product, and the measurements will vary from size-to-size. Some boots offer elasticated gussets for further adjustment.

* To measure your own calf width: use a tape measure and be seated. Wrap the tape around the wider part of your calf, leaving no gap, and measure to the nearest cm. Measure the other calf and use the wider of the two measurements.
Boot height is measured at the back of the boot, excluding the heel, which is also measured at the back and shown separately.

 

What to do when you get the shoes
It’s always best to try the shoes on before you have to wear them for a prolonged period. Please make sure that the shoes are tried on in an environment that will not damage them. If the items are returned damaged or worn we will be unable to offer an exchange or refund.
Shoes made of leather will supple and ease, this is worth considering when you try shoes on for the first time.
If you are unsure or need some guidance please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01622 752349 (9 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. Monday – Saturday). We may be able to offer you some help and guidance to unsure you have the correct fit.

Looking after your shoes
Our product range comprises of many materials, mainly leather but there are synthetic and natural materials. Each material and even different types of leather have different care requirements. You will find shoe-care recommendations in product descriptions, brand pages and in this guide.

Leather is a breathable, durable and a natural material (like your own skin). If you get leather dirty the best way to clean it is using a hand soap, never a detergent. Wash off with fresh water and let them dry out naturally. The leather will then need to be nourished. The majority of products we sell are aimed at nourishing leathers.

  • Try to alternate your footwear; do not put the same pair on day after day. The reason for this is because shoes need to naturally dry out after a day of wear, and it allows the shoes to regain their original shape.
  • Before you polish your shoes, be sure to brush off excess dirt and dust.
  • Regularly polish your shoes using a cream polish, this will nourish the leather and preserve the appearance of the shoe. We would recommend that you polish your shoes once a week.
  • Always use the appropriate colour to polish your footwear. If you cannot get a close to exact match it may be a good idea to purchase a neutral polish.
  • For suede designs it will be worth investing in a suede and nubuck brush and protector spray.
  • If you get your shoes wet, leave them to dry naturally at room temperature; do not attempt to speed up the drying process.
  • We recommend the use of a shoe horn when taking shoes on and off, this prevents you pushing down the back of the shoe and causing damage to the internal structure of the shoe.

Care Essentials
Shoe trees: Your feet perspire, a build-up of perspiration in shoes can cause bad odour and the leather and stitching to deteriorate. Using shoe trees made of Cedar wood will help prevent the problems caused by perspiration build up in your shoes, also very importantly it helps removes creases from the upper. Shoe trees used daily will help prolong the life of a pair of shoes.
Boot shapers: Boot shapers help prevent the uppers on your boots from creasing, they make storing boots and cleaning boots easy.
Shoe Cream
Dasco shoe creams are available in a variety of shades. They incorporate Beeswax helping to nourish the leather upper keeping it soft, supple and water resistant. We only recommend using shoe creams on all quality leathers. Ideally apply the shoe cream with a soft natural bristled shoe brush, allow to dry and buff finish.
Protector Spray
Use Kiwi Extreme Protector spray as a preventative measure on all new shoes (apart from patent). Not only does it help prevent stains it also repels water. This product is essential on all suede and nubuck shoes.
Suede Brush
Our Dasco suede brush is made of tough nylon bristles, these are designed to be tough enough to restore the nap of the suede but gentle enough so not to damage the upper. On the reverse of the tool you will also find short rubber bristles, this part of the tool can be used in conjunction with foam cleaners. The protruding rubber piece on the side of the brush is for removing dirt and debris from the stitch welt of the shoe.
Waxed leather Cream
We would recommend Dasco waxed leather cream on heavy oiled leathers. This product is available in a handy tube with a sponge applicator for ease. Simply rub the cream into the leather and it will help to maintain the waxy finish.

Leather Conditioner
Dasco leather conditioner is ideally suited for lightly oiled leathers and oiled nubucks. This product is available in a handy tube with a sponge applicator for ease. Simply rub the cream into the leather and it will help to maintain the waxy finish.

Handbags and briefcases
At The Golden Boot we recommend Dasco leather conditioner. This product should be used sparingly as a little goes a long way. We would advise that you do not use a pigmented shoe cream on a handbag or briefcase as any residual cream not absorbed may rub off on your clothes.

Patent leather
Patent leather requires protecting and nourishing like all leathers. Dasco patent gloss spray keeps patent soft and supple, it also helps to remove scuffs.
If you unfortunately severely scuff patent we do have a Patent restorer for black patent only.

Looking after Slippers

These instructions are safe to be used on Nordika’s slippers that have been naturally tanned.

  • Suede Slippers

Always treat your new suede slipper with Kiwi Extreme protector spray, this will prevent heavy staining.
Periodically use a nylon bristled Dasco suede brush to restore the nap of the suede. To remove any marks from the upper we recommend using soapy water applied with a cloth and then rinse repeatedly with fresh warm water. Do no not concentrate on one area and we recommend you clean the slipper in its entirety in order to avoid any risk of discolouration. Always let the slippers dry out naturally. Once dry restore the nap of the suede with your suede brush and in turn spray with Kiwi Extreme Protector spray.

  • Leather Slippers
    Use a damp cloth to remove any marks from the leather upper. Leave the slippers to dry naturally and then apply a Dasco shoe cream, ideally with a natural bristled Dasco brush. Once dry, buff the upper with a soft cloth.
  • Fabric Slippers
    Fabric slippers can be washed with cold soapy water and dry naturally.
  • Linings
    Slipper linings can be rubbed with a sponge and cold soapy water and then left to dry naturally.
  • Sole Units Leather or suede soles must only be cleaned with soapy water and left to dry naturally. On synthetic soled slippers a small amount of washing detergent is very effective.

 

Looking after waterproof membrane lined footwear (Gore Tex, Sympatex, OnTex).
With products that include a waterproof membrane, the objective is to keep the upper as breathable as possible. If it’s made of leather it will need to be nourished. You do not need to waterproof the upper with heavy waxes as this is the point of the membrane liner. The ideal is to maintain the breathability of the upper allowing your feet to breathe. On all membrane lined products we would recommend the Kiwi Extreme Protector spray, this is designed to offer stain resistance. If you get the product dirty it is best to wash them with warm soapy water and rinse off with fresh water then let them dry out naturally. Once dry, we would recommend the Dasco Leather conditioner is used on leather uppered products


Glossary and term definitions


Average Fit

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This term is used to describe the vast majority of our shoes that are available online. It means that the shoe will fit the vast majority of people that do not have overly wide or narrow feet, and so we generally say that you should stick with the size that you usually go for in shoes. However, caution must be taken when purchasing “Average Fit” shoes if you have a high instep because you may then need to consider a shoe that is more generous on the width and height on the instep.

Ball (of the foot)

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The ball of the foot is where the toes join with the rest of the foot

Brogue

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The word “brogue” was first used to describe a form of outdoor, country walking shoe in the early twentieth century. These days the brogue implies a type of decoration executed on the upper (pattern made by perforations in the leather)

Calf Leather

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Calf leather is a softer type of leather compared to the normal leather.

Calf Width

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The circumference of the boot around the widest part.

Chelsea Boot

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A type of boot with no laces and an elastic gusset on the side

Crepe Sole

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Crepe soles are made of natural crude rubber, the manufacturing process involves mixing latex with a natural material to achieve the required density and texture.

Dainite sole

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Dainite soles are a more durable option compared to leather in mens formal shoes. The key benefits include better performance in wet weather and when worn in snow. Dainite soles will last considerably longer compared to the leather, they are reinforced by silica and aluminum silicate.

Deck Shoe

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Originally designed for sailing, now quite popular as casual summer shoes. Traditionally worn barefoot.

Desert boot

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A traditional boot design developed by Clarks, designed for use in sand. The design has grown in popularity to become a popular choice for casual wear. The Desert Boots have the signature crepe rubber sole.

Diamante Studs

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A diamond simulant made of rock crystal, glass or acrylic.

Espadrille

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Traditionally a fabric shoe with a rope sole. Modern shoes use rubber soles made to look like rope on the sides.

Generous Fit

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We use this term to describe a shoe that comes up longer in the length than expected. Depending on what type of shoe it is, a Generous Fit may or may not be advantageous. For instance, if you were purchasing a high-heeled shoe to be worn in the evening, then a more secure fit would be appropriate. In this instance, we would recommend going down half a size. On the other hand, if you were purchasing an all day walking shoe, then a Generous Fit would be advantageous as it would give your feet extra space for when they get hot, and also permitting a thicker sock to be worn if desired.

Geox Membrane

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Refer to Geox Respira

Gladiator Sandal

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A strappy sandal design that is very popular during summer seasons. Designed to protect the sole while keeping the feet well ventilated.

Glove Insock

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Lining of a shoe made using a single piece of leather.

Goretex

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This is a type of lining used in many of our styles and guarantees that they are 100% waterproof, yet still breathable. This lining is often found in walking and hiking apparel and shoes that are designed for all weather wear.

Heel

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The elevation of the rear part of the sole in relation to the ground

Heel (foot)

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The rounded posterior portion of the human foot under and behind the ankle.

Injection Moulding

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In footwear, injection mouding technology primarily applies to soles. It involves filling a void model of the sole with hot rubber or polyurethane which stiffens as it cools.

Injection moulded soles can offer better durability but generally can-not be replaced. Injection moulding is also used in the manufacturing of Crocs shoes.

Insole

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The insole is generally a piece of material lining the bottom part of the shoe’s insides. Some shoes have removable insoles, which can be replaced by custom moulded orthopaedic ones

Instep

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When referring to human feet, the instep is the arched middle part of the foot between the toes and the ankle.
In a shoe the instep is the area covering the instep of the foot

Kitten Heel

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This is a short slender heel, typically 3.5 ~ 5cm in height with a slight curve, setting the heel in from the edge of the shoe.

Latex

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Latex is a natural rubber which is extracted from flowering plants.

Leather Sole

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Leather has been the traditional material for making the soles of the shoes for centuries. These days the leather soles are used mainly in formal shoes. Leather soles are not as weather resistant as rubber soles, please take this into consideration when buying.

Leather Upper

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This term means that the material used on the outside of the shoe is real leather and is not synthetic. It does not imply, however, that the lining is also real leather, as this would be stated separately.

Loafer

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A name for a slip-on shoe

Mary Jane

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A court shoe with a characteristic strap over the instep.

Moccasin

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A lightweight shoe traditionally designed from one piece of leather. In modern days the term is applied to shoes that have the characteristic stitching around the front of the upper.

Oiled Leather

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Leather treated with wax or oil. It is really supple and offers great performance in wet conditions.

Oxford Toe Cap

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A single piece of leather toe cap in mens formal shoes.

Patent Leather

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Patent leather has a smooth glossy finish and is highly reflective. The material originates in Japan where the leather was laquered to provide it with a characteristic shimmer. In modern days the leather is coated with thin layer of plastic to achieve the same effect.

Polyurethane

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Polyurethane is a strong plastic commonly used in production of carrier bags and plastic bottles. It is relatively cheap and easy to shape making it a popular choice in producing the shoe soles. Polyurethane soles can also be quite light. They are not as durable as other synthetic materials and can wear unevenly.

Protector Spray

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Protector spray is a special substance developed to repel water and protect the sprayed material. We believe it’s a must-use treatment for all leather products, especially before using the new product and before wearing something in wet and snow.

Raw hide

   —   

Compared to leather, raw hide is believed to be more durable and stiff. It is produced by stretching the skin and then drying it out. Due to the basic treatment the raw hide absorbs water easier than leather and if left wet it will quickly become soft and stretch.

Receptor Technology

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Ecco’s design of the sole which aids walking and balance in performance footwear.

Respira

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“Breathable” in Italian, this is a technology developed by Geox that allows the shoe to let out sweat and moisture while not letting the water in.

Shoe Tree

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A device to help keep the shape of the shoe’s upper

Shoe-boot

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A design in between a shoe and an ankle boot.

Smooth Leather

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This is the most common type of leather used for making of shoe’s uppers. The outer side of the skin is used on the outside of the shoe. Smooth leathers are available in a variety of looks, usually determined by the tanning process and finishing (ie burnished effect)

Stiletto Heel

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This classic heel type is a long, thin high heel found on some boots and high-heeled shoes. The height of the heel varies depending whether or not the shoe has a platform sole. A true stiletto has a reinforcing pin of steel or other alloy within the heel, adding strength to this type of construction.

Suede Leather

   —   

Suede leather is a softer material compared to the standard leather. It is produced by abasing the skin on the inside, so the skin side is facing inside the shoe. Suede is more prone to marks. It also absorbs water easily.
Please use the protector spray to look after suede products.

Upper

   —   

The outer part of the shoe which does not include the sole.

Velcro

   —   

Velcro, also known as Hook and Loop is a modern material used to replace the traditional lace, zip and buckle fastenings in shoes. It is generally used in children footwear, casual footwear aimed at cold weathers. Hook and loop fastenings provide the best grip when kept clean.

Vibram

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Vibram are a company manufacturing high performance soles targeted at outdoor, work, recreation, fashion, repair and orthopaedic markets. The soles are designed with comfort and performance in mind, while not sacrificing

Wedge Heel

 

—    This is a type of sole unit in the form of a wedge so that one piece of material serves as both the heel and the sole.

Wide Fit

 

  • Ladies footwear is made in a C width fitting which is the narrowest up to a EEE which is the widest.
  • Mens footwear is generally made in G width fittings and wider shoes are made in H widths.
  • Children’s shoes are made for an E width which is very narrow and H which is wide; F and G are average widths which are the most common.

Wide Fitting

 

This describes the style of shoes that are wider than Shoes of this type can help alleviate the discomfort experienced when wearing shoes that are too narrow for your feet and can reduce the pressure on the small toe, giving it more room. Wider shoes are also suitable for people who have a high instep as they provide more space for the top of the foot.

Yak Leather

 

Yak leathers are supple and strong, they are up to three times stronger than normal leather. Yak leather has a natural, rugged appearance and as such, many show markings. (As stated by Ecco)

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