Outsized footwear

The recent bad weather has thrown up no end of strange footwear.

Yesterday, walking past Tesco Metro, I glanced up to see a young woman wearing a denim jacket, a short tartan skirt, shiny black tights and boots that resembled the discarded offcuts from a sheepskin rug. Her legs looked like lagged pipes.

There is the possibility that such a brave fashion statement was merely the result of trying to dress appropriately for snow. But I sincerely doubt it.

There is something about icy weather that makes English women choose disproportionately large footwear.  I see army boots, Doc Martens, wellingtons and the equivalent of oversized Uggs.

Quite frankly, if we’re going to make this much fuss over the odd snowdrift, we might as well start wearing skis.


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