6 Pieces Of Shoe Advice For Men From 434 Single Women

Single women can be very judgemental, and for good reason. With working lives getting evermore busy, finding the time to meet potential new partners gets harder and harder. Online dating apps and websites may have made it more accessible, but the first impression you make still counts just as much as it ever has.

Choosing The Right Shoes For A Date

To make life easier for themselves, women have honed in on a variety of things which men do and say on a first date which tell them all they need to know about you and whether you are a match for them. Of these signals, the most often overlooked by men is what they wear, particularly their shoes.

To get a more accurate sense of how women judge a guy’s shoes on a first date, a survey was conducted which showed 434 young, straight, single women 32 types of men’s shoes, and then rate them as if they were on a date. The results were strong and consist, with six major insights coming through.

  1. Wear Shoes Which Cover Your Feet

The results from the survey showed that women hated every type of sandal shown to then, no matter what type it was. Sandals gave the women the impression that their date was not particularly interested in being there and that they generally have no sense of style. Safe to say, stay away from sandals, crocs or anything else which doesn’t cover your feet completely.

  1. Wear Leather Shoes

Women were much keener whenever they were showed a pair of leather shoes. The top 7 shoes in the entire survey had leather uppers, showing just how much difference they can make. There was nothing in particular about leather which women liked, just the fact that they show you can dress smartly and make and effort.

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  1. Wear Normal Shoes, Not Boots

Only one boot made it into the entire top 12 on the survey, with most sitting around the middle positions. Many men will believe that wearing boots will make them look confident and protective; however women don’t see it that way. Of course there are exceptions to every rule, with some shoes such as men’s chukka boots gaining praise from a number of respondents.

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  1. Don’t Wear Sports Shoes

More stylish trainers such as Vans and Converse scored well in the test, compared with running or tennis shoes which all finished in the bottom half of the results. Women simply expect you to be smarter for a first date than wearing trainers.

  1. Don’t Spend Too Much

The survey found that there was no correlation between the price of the shoes and the rating they received from women. This shows that you do not need to break the bank to find nice looking shoes which will go down well on a date.

  1. Stylish Shoes Make You look Best

Young men often worry that stylish shoes could make them too feminine. However nothing could be further from the truth, with many of the most stylish options coming up highest in the survey. Put simply, women love a man with the confidence to wear stylish shoes.

Men’s Chukka Boots, Boat Shoes & More At Scorpion Shoes

At Scorpion Shoes we have a huge range of footwear available to meet every style and trend. From men’s chukka boots to women’s sandals, we’re sure you’ll find what you’re after in one of our Camden stores, or through our website.

We pride ourselves on our fantastic customer service, so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in contact by calling 0207 267 6195 or email customer-services@scorpionshoes.co.uk

The Top 5 Chunky Soled Footwear Styles

With autumn here already and winter fast approaching, many men are looking for their main footwear choices to get them through the cold, dark days ahead. With rain and snow already predicted, the best choice is something with a chunky sole to keep you above the puddles. These types of soles were once only found on army boots, however in recent years designers have added them to almost everything.

Here we take a look at five footwear types which are available with a chunky sole:

  1. Brogues

Men’s brogues have been very popular recently, and have often featured a chunky sole as part of their core design. They were originally created for wading through bogs, meaning they are well suited to adverse weather conditions. Many companies have taken the design of their men’s brogues further, adding in an extra layer of welt to raise them higher and included oversized eyelets for proportion.

“Balance them with the cut of your trousers or jeans,” says Thom Scherdel, buyer at The Idle Man. “Slim your trouser shape down, but don’t go super-skinny. Otherwise it will exaggerate your feet.”

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  1. Oxford/Derby Shoes

Traditionally a slim shoe, derbies have been beefed up for the colder months, allowing them to look better with the added layers of clothing and overcoat. These look different to normal with an oversized sole, so ensure that the uppers are smooth to make them work just as well as normal derbies would.

“I don’t think that there’s one rule when it comes to chunky shoes, except of course, moderation,” says David Morris, shoe buyer at Mr Porter. “Don’t go too chunky. It didn’t work for Emma Bunton and it won’t work for you.”

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  1. Hiking Boots

Unless you are planning a mountain expedition, you should always choose hiking boots with a classic design. Stay well away from modern hiking boot uppers; stick with high quality leather combined with a good chunky sole, giving you the best grip around.

To keep this chunky style looking great, fastening is key. “Do not, under any circumstances, fail to tie up your laces,” says Scherdel. “Tie them up nice and tight and let the shoe do the talking.”

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  1. Trainers

There are times when you want to wear nothing but a nice comfortable trainer. While many of these are not suited to winter weather, there are some which are perfect for the job. Some companies have started creating trainers which come with a sole from a hiking boot design. Some classic trainer designs such as the Air Force One have featured a large sole for many years.

“By their very nature they are built for purpose,” says Scherdel. “Generally they have reinforced sole units and a technical upper to provide some shelter from the elements.”

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  1. Desert Boots

Desert boots are already well suited to deal with various weather conditions, with a history which originates from the military. However recent designs have been bulked up even more, with suede uppers swapped for leather, as suede and water do not mix. Their versatility has made them perfect winter shoes which can go with almost anything if bought in a neutral colour.

“They’re rugged and perfect for the inclement British weather,” says Ben Reynolds, Founder of LDNfashion. “Wear them with a crisp pair of denim jeans – Nudie or Edwin would be ideal.”

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Men’s Brogues, Trainers & More At Scorpion Shoes

At Scorpion Shoes we have a huge range of footwear including boots, trainers and sandals, plus hats, bags, belts and other accessories. From women’s Chelsea boots to men’s brogues, we’re confident you’ll find your ideal pair of footwear in one of our Camden stores, or through our website.

We pride ourselves on our fantastic customer service, so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in contact by calling 0207 267 6195 or email customer-services@scorpionshoes.co.uk

TREAT YOUR SENSES_Our November exhibitions’ selection

•CANDIDA HÖFER – MEMORY: One of the most important conceptual photographers reaches London with an inspired insight into St. Petersburg’s spectacular architecture twisting it into a complex and timeless reflection about memory as a personal and social construction. BEN BROWN FINE ARTS (Mayfair) until Friday 27th November.

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•SYD SHELTON – ROCK AGAINST RACISM: The British photographer brings us some historical images about the activist movement Rock Against Racism which opposed the National Front in 1970s Britain. Groove, ethics and attitude! RIVINGTON PLACE (Shoreditch) until Saturday 5th December.

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•DIGITAL DISTURBANCES: This exhibition takes a close insight into how digital technologies (3D printing, social media, 3.0 web…) are changing the whole panorama of the fashion industry and advertising. FASHION SPACE GALLERY (Marylebone) until Saturday 12th December.

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•All the above exhibitions are FREE ENTRY so there’s no excuse not to pay a visit!

Fresh Shoe Ideas To Impress With This Autumn

As Autumn arrives it’s time to say goodbye to plimsolls and sandals and look towards this year’s new winter styles. Heaver fabrics and deeper colours have already been finding their way into the latest releases for a couple of months now as the seasons trends take shape.

Autumn Footwear Guide 2015

Some popular styles are carrying on from previous years, including the iconic men’s chukka boot and women’s high heeled boots in a variety of colours. Chukkas, or the closely related desert boot, have continued to grow in popularity, particularly as they can be worn during any time of year.

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The name ‘chukka’ comes from the game of polo, and were first worn by British soldiers in India during the 19th century. Today they are suited to both hot and cold conditions, depending on the material chosen. Desert boots, however, are typically worn in the fall and winter. They are both great to wear with either jeans or shorts and come in a variety of materials and styles.

This versatility is partly what makes men’s chukka boots a popular choice all year round, with leather and suede options great with jeans or black trousers for nights out and formal events during the winter, and lighter canvas options to go with shorts in the summer.

Purists know it is important to differentiate between the real chukka and the imposters. Chukkas are lace-up ankle boots, with thin soles and a rounded toe. They are only meant to have two or three lacing eyelets, a rule that has been completely disregarded by some major manufacturers in recent years including both Vans and Nike.

For women winter shoe and boots styles are slightly less predictable, although many ideas are taken from the catwalk shows earlier in the year. This season Chelsea boots are in fashion, including eye catching snakeskin and leopard designs along with the classic leather and suede styles. The enduring appeal of these classic designs is often due to their high quality materials and craftsmanship, which allows them to last for many years if looked after properly.

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Men’s Chukka Boots, Boat Shoes & More At Scorpion Shoes

At Scorpion Shoes we have a huge range of footwear available to meet every style and trend. From men’s chukka boots to women’s sandals, we’re sure you’ll find what you’re after in one of our Camden stores, or through our website.

We pride ourselves on our fantastic customer service, so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in contact by calling 0207 267 6195 or email customer-services@scorpionshoes.co.uk

A Guide To Men’s Shoe Care

Out of all the clothing that you wear regularly, nothing takes more wear and tear than your shoes. If they are a pair which you have invested heavily in, then there’s a good chance you are hoping to make them last. To do this it’s important to care for your shoes properly, whether they’re men’s brogues, derbies or any other style, allowing you to keep them looking fresh for longer.

How To Care For Your Leather & Suede Footwear

Here is a guide to looking after your favourite footwear:

  • Caring For Leather Shoes

If there is ever a pair of shoes to bush the boat out with it has to be a smart leather pair, most likely used for formal occasions or working. Caring for leather is very important, even when they are not particularly dirty. The first step is to always ensure you have removed dust and light surface dirt with a horsehair brush.

Next you need to give them a thorough clean by laying down newspaper and then working a soft sponge dipped in saddle soap and water, creating a soapy lather on the shoe. Once cleaned leave to dry at room temperature to dry. Avoid the temptation to use heat to speed this up, as you risk drying out and damaging the leather.

Now start to condition the leather with a suitable shoe conditioner, especially if the leather feels very dry. Use a soft cloth to buff a small amount of the conditioner into the shoes using a circular motion. Finally start adding polish to the leather in a similar way to the conditioner, ensuring that you have the right colour to match your shoes.

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  • Caring For Suede Shoes

Caring for suede is slightly different than leather, as the material can change under certain circumstances. Men’s brogues and other suede favourites are very sensitive to moisture, so make sure you have taken steps to make them weatherproof. Start by applying a silicone-based suede protector and leave to absorb overnight.

To remove any stains which you may have picked up, use a cleaning block and a quality suede brush which will clean without damaging the material. It is advised to use this brush after each wear, to keep the fabric’s natural nap. Unlike leather you should never apply topical products to suede as this disrupts the fibres and can ruin the material.

  • Storing Footwear

Shoe trees are a vital investment for anyone who is serious about taking care of their footwear. These are the devices which fit inside shoes when they are not being worn to help hold their shape better. Make sure you choose the right style for the shoes you want to use them on, and pick unvarnished wood as these will absorb moisture more effectively.

  • Getting Footwear Repaired

No matter how well you look after your shoes, if you wear them regularly they are going to see signs of deterioration eventually. When this happens it is advised to take your shoes to be resoled and repaired. Some shoe makers even offer this as part of their aftercare service. If this is unavailable then find a cobbler which is experienced and preferably recommended by your fellow shoe wearing friends.

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Men’s Brogues, Trainers & More At Scorpion Shoes

At Scorpion Shoes we have a huge range of footwear including boots, trainers and sandals, plus hats, bags, belts and other accessories. From women’s Chelsea boots to men’s brogues, we’re confident you’ll find your ideal pair of footwear in one of our Camden stores, or through our website.

We pride ourselves on our fantastic customer service, so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in contact by calling 0207 267 6195 or email customer-services@scorpionshoes.co.uk

RM Williams Looks To Target The Next Generation

The world famous Australian boot maker RM Williams has set out this year to evolve the iconic brand in order to target a younger and more metropolitan audience. The company has been producing high quality boots since the 1930’s, creating classics which are still highly popular with older generations.

RM Williams Looks Towards The Younger Market

“Are we moving the range forward, making it a bit more contemporary? Yes,” said Martin Rippon, R.M. Williams general manager marketing and public relations. “Do we think that’s going to alienate our existing customers? Not at all.”

Mr Rippon said R.M. Williams, which calls itself “The Bush Outfitter”, was making its apparel “more contemporary to appeal to that younger 20-to-35 age group in the city”. “This is an evolution that you need to do because if your franchise is getting old, then you need to attract new people into the brand.”

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R.M. Williams boots are a part of country life in Australia, and over the decades have grown a loyal fan base all over the world. They are renowned globally for their high quality materials and craftsmanship, with a series of designs that includes their trademark Wentworth and Chelsea styles in black and brown chestnut colours.

The company is putting most of its attention into developing its clothing lines, as boot sales have remained consistently strong over the last few years. Finding a way to target their new desired audience, while keeping their existing ones happy has been its biggest challenge.

It’s biggest market has always been in Australia due to their long heritage and loyalty from country folk in the country, however their attempts to sell RM Williams boots in the UK and Scandinavia has also gone well. Its next step is to target the rest of Europe and then across Asia in 2016, with the hope of making more than £230 million by 2019.

Figures for the year to June 2014 show that retail sales rose by 6.9%, export wholesale grew by 6.6%, but wholesale sales fell. Footwear volumes increased by 11.3%, showing that despite being around for 80 years, their customer base is still growing.

“Domestically made clothing continues to have increased price driven by competition from global brands and imported goods, especially due to the strength of the Australian dollar,” the accounts state.

“The Australian manufactured product continues to be complemented by an increase in overseas-manufactured product and thus offers our customers choice in product range and price whilst maintaining the traditional quality of the R.M. Williams product.”

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Ted Baker, Barbour & RM Williams Boots And More From Scorpion Shoes

When it comes to high quality footwear for men and women, nobody has a more comprehensive collection than Scorpion shoes, including Ted Baker, Fred Perry and RM Williams boots. We also stock a huge range of trainers, sandals and accessories from the world’s most popular brands.

We pride ourselves on our fantastic customer service, so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in contact by calling 0207 267 6195 or email customer-services@scorpionshoes.co.uk

Why Some Girls Look Better In Trainers

For some girls trainers are a natural thing to wear, something they love just as much as their opposite gender. However for others trainers are too ‘sporty’ for their look and have no place in their wardrobe. Trends often have a lot to say when it comes to what women wear, and this year they are more popular than ever!

5 Tips For Girls Who Want To Wear Trainers

Here we take a look at 5 ways you can style up your sneakers become one of your everyday essentials.

  1. Use them to dress down a posh skirt 

When you see trainers on the couture catwalks at the biggest labels such as Dior and Chanel, it’s a clear sign that wearing them with a fancy skirt or dress can work brilliantly and allowing you to spend the day walking much more comfortably. Choose a pair which match your clothing, and get ready to dance better than you ever have before!

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  1. Keep culottes going beyond summer

Culottes are knee length trousers designed for women, usually worn in summer with sandals. However if you are sad to be putting them away for the year, then think again. Culottes go brilliantly with a huge range of footwear, working best with Puma suedes or Vans old skool trainers.

  1. Make light work of a busy day

Running shoes can be a really practical choice for work if you spend a lot of time on your feet, if you work in a place where trainers are accepted. This doesn’t mean using your dirty gym trainers around the office, but a comfy pair of commuting trainers could be left on for the rest of the day, helping save your feet over the long term.

  1. Pair skate shoes with literally anything

A plain white skate shoe, like a pair of Vans old skool trainers, is among the most chic footwear options you can get. They are available in a huge variety of styles and colours, including slip-ons for extra ease. We recommend a nice looking leather pair, which works as the perfect partner for a midi skirt and your best winter coat.

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  1. Make your legs look longer

Many girls are put off from wearing trainers with skirts because they don’t like the thought of their ankles looking cut off. One solution for this is to choose Velcro trainers such as Nike’s popular Air Rift trainers which can go with many different options, especially if they are a neutral colour such as black or grey.

Vans Old Skool Trainers, Boat Shoes & More At Scorpion Shoes

At Scorpion Shoes we have a huge range of footwear including boots, trainers and sandals, plus hats, bags, belts and other accessories. From Chelsea boots to Vans old skool trainers, we’re confident you’ll find your ideal pair of footwear in one of our Camden stores, or through our website.

We pride ourselves on our fantastic customer service, so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in contact by calling 0207 267 6195 or email customer-services@scorpionshoes.co.uk

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Skate Shoes

For skateboarders, finding the right shoes to suit your style and preferences is essential. Over the years their design has evolved considerably, with everything from vulcanised soles to airbag technology, padded to slimline uppers, hi’s to lo’s and all endorsed by big money pro skaters who get you to part with your hard earned cash. But do any of these…

How To Choose The Right Skate Shoes

Here we have a look at some insights from Neal Shoemaker, a senior shoe designer from Vans, to help you rethink a few things when it comes to choosing your next pair of skate shoes.

  1. Vulcanized vs. Cupsole

The soles are a very important to a good skate shoe as they are what provide grip on the board. Some companies such as Globe trainers have grown their reputation and popularity through their soles.

Neal says “it’s essentially just baking – a cupsole is like flash-frying something in a microwave, and a vulcanized sole is like baking a cake, almost. It all comes down to preference. Some kids want to skate cupsole because they think it will last longer and they want to jump down stuff. Other kids will jump down bigger things and wear vulc. It’s all about what you want to feel under your foot.”

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  1. The Real Differences Between Rubbers

Development times can vary greatly between manufacturers, with each spending a different amount of time and effort on each part of their next design. Most are constantly tinkering with their compounds, however many skate shoe brands share factories resulting in very similar rubbers.

“It’s a lot easier from a production standpoint to stick with one formula and do it across everything. Every time they have to switch their process, it slows down production. In those cases, it really comes down to the design in the tread pattern, the sidewall pipes that improve flex or feel, even the way you design the mold and how they relate to the actual thickness of the sole.” Says Neal.

  1. Why Skate Shoes Have Got Slimmer

Original skate shoes from the 90’s and 2000’s such as the original Globe trainers were big and puffy, giving teenagers a way to stand out from the rest of society. However as the fashion of the times changed, their styles became slimmer and began conforming to more standard trainer designs.

“As trends changed, things started to slim down and become more normal—it was a real trend shift. Even now, it goes back to just preference. Everyone is influenced by the overall trend of wearing classic styles—simple, iconic designs. You see them being worn around the world. Skateboarders aren’t immune to those huge cultural trends that you see everywhere.” Says Neal.

  1. Hightops vs. Lowtops

This is more of a personal choice, based on what you feel most comfortable in. Some skateboarders prefer high tops as it gives them slightly more protection on their ankles. To make this effective you will need a very tall high top which can act like a leg brace.

Neal says “a lot of people will wear an ankle brace, even with a hightop. A hightop will protect your ankles from shark bites, though—when a board shoots out and hits your ankle. It’s also about how you wear your pants, your socks, and how you want everything to actually look.”

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  1. What Design Means for Balance

“There’s different heights that companies use. Vans on the flatter side, as far as the heel-to-toe position. It’s called the pitch – the difference between the height of the toe and height of the heel. If you think of a traditional running shoe, not any of the new barefoot running trends, usually that heel-to-toe ratio is a lot bigger.” Says Neal.

It’s important to try out a range of different designs as each one is suited to a different style. Finding the right amount of pitch you like will help this. Once you have established a design which is right for you, there’s a good chance you will stick with it for many years, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try something new!

  1. The Tongue Debate

This is another decision which comes down to preference and how much you want you would like your skate shoes to have the iconic skate shoe look. Some people choose the fat tongues for nostalgic reasons, whereas others prefer the natural fit which comes with a smaller tongue.

Neal says “when you have extra foam on the top of your foot, it’s really not doing much or affecting durability, as you’re not having much contact with the griptape, and it has no impact on cushioning a landing. Depending on how tight you tie your laces, it might take a little pressure off your laces due to the cushioning the foam is offering. Honestly, I think all of that is aesthetics.”

Vans, Nike, Adidas & Globe Trainers Plus More At Scorpion Shoes

At Scorpion Shoes we offer a diverse range of footwear including the latest skate shoes from brands including Vans, Etnies, Nike and Globe trainers. We also stock a huge selection of boots, sandals and other types of shoe for both women and men and a variety of styles and colours.

We pride ourselves on our fantastic customer service, so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in contact by calling 0207 267 6195 or email customer-services@scorpionshoes.co.uk

Substance Over Style: How Can Brands Capitalise On New Found Fashion Trends?

The sports and fashion clothing worlds have been drawing closer over recent years, with the biggest companies from each side actively embracing the other. This has been born out of the rising popularity of “ugly chic”, which refers to items such as hiking sandals by companies such as Birkenstock, which are now worn by celebrities and endorsed by fashion bloggers.

How Can Brands Make The Most Of Their Fashion Fame

On the other side of the clothing world is the rising growth of sportswear which is worn at any time of day, leading to an explosion of new clothing from the likes of Nike and Adidas, along with footwear like Fred Perry canvas shoes. This has been referred to by commentators as a more practical style of fashion labelled normcore, which favours the simple and mundane over a quirky, individual style.

However this ‘normcore’ trend was quickly discovered to be more of a media retelling of the famous fable ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, with the practical brands essentially being duped into believing they had been accepted into the fashion community.

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Today the life-cycle of a fashion trend is shorter than ever, and the rise of social media has only encouraged it to move faster. So the question these brands must now ask is, how can they capitalise on new found fashion fame, while at the same time not alienating their core customers?

For Birkenstock, it comes down to the fact they have always been a German orthopaedic footwear brand which essentially has no interest in fashion. This hasn’t stopped some of the biggest names in fashion from endorsing their products, although like every other trend it was gone before many even knew it had started.

“We don’t want to be a super trendy fashion brand and don’t want too much glamour around the brand,” explains Jochen Gutzy, head of communications at Birkenstock, speaking from Brazil, where he is working on the brand’s launch there.

“We are weird and strange and this is how we want to keep it. This is what customers expect from us – not to be too loud, but talk about their expectations in terms of quality, function and affordability,” he says.

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The success of the brand, initially back in 2013, was down to a combination of factors. This included their quality, as they are produced in their own German factories, and also the ethics of the company and the sustainability of how they are produced. No longer are consumers simply judging products on their looks and price, but also their ‘green’ reputation and practicality.

Birkenstock Sandals, Fred Perry Canvas Shoes & More At Scorpion Shoes

At Scorpion Shoes we offer a massive range of footwear from many of the world biggest brands. Our collection includes everything from the latest Nike trainers, RM Williams boots and Fred Perry canvas shoes, so we’re sure we can help you find the right pair for you.

We pride ourselves on our fantastic customer service, so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in contact by calling 0207 267 6195 or email customer-services@scorpionshoes.co.uk