Hunter, A Top Brand, Up There With The Ugg Boot

Premium Wellington boot brand, Hunter, enjoyed a busy year in 2010 with sales rocketing and the brand being in particular demand during the cold snap when customers sought out these hard-working and reliable boots to get them to their destinations during all the snow in December. Not only are they waterproof and the perfect choice for wearing in the snow and cold weather, they have become an official fashion item too.

The Hunter brand has considerably increased in popularity over the past few years as they have gradually made their way into every wardrobe of any self-respecting young person who likes to think they know a thing or two about fashion trends. It was reportedly one of sale aggregators ‘Most Clicked-On items of 2010’ and trusted website Begorgeous.com has apparently commented that Hunter wellies are the‘ultimate choice’ of winter footwear so that’s not a bad start to 2011, not least because there are still officially around six weeks of winter left to go and as we have seen, anything can happen in this country with the weather.

With the Hunter brand becoming more popular than ever before you might want to grab yourself a great pair from the extensive range of gorgeous glossy black styles such as the tall or short gloss originals, or go upmarket with a beautiful pair of Regent Savoy patent quilted Hunter Wellies (far too mice to wear to take the dog out!) that would look at home in the city as well as in the country.

The styles on offer from Hunter these days are endless and thanks to the young style icons such as Alexa Chung (television presenter, model and contributing editor at British Vogue) and Kate Moss (long time English model and designer for TopShop) as well as many others seen regularly sporting this very British brand of boot it can’t help but do the sales of Hunters the world of good.

Many young girls take their cue and inspiration from these stylish celebs and with technology being what it is today with the world of social media and networks like Twitter and Facebook as well as instant news being at our fingertips 24/7, good news travels fast and the fact that Hunter is one footwear brand that just looks so stylish, people want to wear their boots and be seen in them and talk about how great they are to their friends and so the news spreads and here we are today predicting another great year ahead for this ultimate British footwear brand with its rich heritage and exciting future.

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Uggs As Popular As Ever In Post-Christmas Sales

Its been a busy few months for Decker’s Outdoor, owners of the hugely popular Ugg Australia brand as the top selling footwear company catches it breath after some of the busiest months in their history. Uggs are always in demand in the run up to Christmas, they make great gifts and they have long been at the top of the footwear ladder for their designer appeal and comfort factors that other boots just can’t match. But it has also been the result of all the bad snow and freezing temperatures that we experienced during the month of December that boosted sales past the expected peaks for the year on top of Christmas sales on-line as well as from various authorised retail outlets.

Though at times the shops were deserted in the weeks running up to Christmas, particularly when shoppers were expected to be out in force doing their Christmas buying, some retailers predicted all time low sales compared to the same weeks last year and in previous years but sales of Ugg boots were more in demand than ever due to people wanting to get hold of some decent warm boots that would allow them to get out in the snow and not freeze in the sub zero temperatures.

Uggs have the advantage of being popular gifts at Christmas as well as the best thing to wear when it snows or when it’s cold so they were always going to be a winner when the terrible weather descended though none could predict the scale of the demand for Uggs and other popular boots such as Hunter wellies and FitFlops too. Many retailers saw their shelves stripped bare as demand reached epic proportions during the worst of the cold snap and the fact that Uggs are easily obtained on-line from many independent retailers meant that this avenue also saw higher than expected sales. All good stuff in terms of business, especially in these tough economic times.

The bad weather before Christmas may also have been a major factor in the busy post Christmas sales as shoppers in their droves were out from Boxing Day onwards to spend their Christmas money and bag themselves a great bargain. Many people who had not been able to get to the shops resorted to buying gift vouchers on-line for friends and family as this was one of the few options available to them which didn’t involve trying to get to the shops in the treacherous conditions hence the happy shoppers after Christmas in the sales as the snow had cleared and people were free to get out and about once more.

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UGG Boots – Australian Farmers Favoured Boot?

The popularity of the UGG Boot is increasing rapidly across the globe, and more people than ever before are looking to purchase a pair of their very own UGG Boots. The unseen, and somewhat unexpected affect of this, is that the UGG Boots are causing quite a stir for Australian Sheep Farmers as they now need to meet the high demand levels generated by the UGG boot manufacturers.

Sheep skins were once considered to be a useless by-product when creating other wool merchandise, but farmers now have to become accustomed to tackling the heightened level of demands for the skins. The Sheep Farmers can now look to increase their profits further by creating business models which are adaptable to new found levels of demand.

During the recession, sheep skins were available for purchase for as little as $1 with many farms and tanneries reported to be burning excess skins as it was not cost effective to actively promote and distribute them. However, the issues of financial distress are being to dissipate for most consumers meaning that they have more disposable income and with winter fast approaching this extra income seems to be being placed in boots, such as the UGG.

This resurgence in demand for the product has consequently led to a rise in demand for the raw materials required to manufacture them. Australian Sheep Farmers are now looking to find new methods of production which help to produce higher quality sheep skins. The investment to place in these improved production styles should be easy to come by as several reports have now placed the price of Sheepskin closer to $21.

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Cloggs.co.uk Shortlisted For Drapers Award

Cloggs.co.uk, the Birmingham based shoe retailer, has been shortlisted in the Drapers Footwear Awards 2010.

Cloggs.co.uk Shortlisted For Drapers Award

The 2000 sq ft Cloggs.co.uk store next to Selfridges in the Bullring opened in September 2009 and is one of the finalists in the Best New Store category.

The awards celebrate the best footwear independents, multiple specialists and high street fashion chains, as well as recognising the best brands of the year and the most promising student footwear designers. This year, names such as Schuh, Barratts and Clarks are among the contenders for the various awards.

Cloggs.co.uk, which is run by local brothers Nick and Chris Thomas and business partner Damian Scarlett, faces stiff competition from The Natural Shoe Store in London, Gerry McGuire’s in Ireland, Lily T in Buckinghamshire, Shoefair in Northern Ireland and SoleLution in Bristol.

Nick Thomas, company director of Cloggs.co.uk, said: “We’re really pleased that the Bullring store has made it onto the shortlist.

“As far as shoe shops go it’s pretty unique, incorporating many of the features of our online shop, such as free next day delivery if the customer requests it and access to the full range of available styles via touch screen internet terminals.

“We also offer the same deals and discounts in store as we do online, which is unusual amongst most high street retailers.

“Our focus is on offering an extensive selection of seasonal fashion footwear, quality customer service and competitive prices.

“It’s an honour to be shortlisted for these prestigious awards and we’re really looking forward to the event.”

The team behind Cloggs.co.uk has more than 35 years’ experience of trading on the high street and began operating online ten years ago. Cloggs.co.uk now stocks more than 20,000 items, including popular brands such as FitFlop, UGG, Converse, Birkenstock and Crocs, online and in the Bullring store.

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Cloggs.co.uk Won’t Let Royal Mail Strikes Affect Delivery Times

Royal Mail is experiencing a series of one day strikes that will cripple the UK postal service, but Cloggs is determined not to let it affect delivery of shoes to its customers. Offering an alternative, free delivery service via another carrier, Cloggs.co.uk has put its customers first once again.

Just like any other online retail business, Cloggs relies completely on the UK postal service to deliver shoes and boots to its customers on time. With Royal Mail strikes posing a real threat to online traders, Cloggs.co.uk didn’t want its customers to worry unnecessarily, especially in the run up to Christmas. Cloggs’ proactive, forward thinking attitude has ensured that this will not be the case.

Even though Cloggs only use Royal Mail ‘Tracked’ services (which they have been assured by senior management at Royal Mail will remain unaffected by the strike – even if senior managers have to hand deliver them themselves), Cloggs wanted to completely reassure customers and offer them alternative delivery methods.

Instead of customers wondering when their top brand shoes and boots like the latest UGGs would show up once they have ordered, Cloggs is offering people the choice, at checkout, to opt for a Priority free delivery service via HDNL (the UK’s largest home delivery service).

It’s easy to opt for the free 1-2 day priority service via HDNL on the Cloggs.co.uk website. Whether purchasers want to buy a pair of UGG Boots like the latest UGG Bailey Button, Fitflop Boots, Dr Martens Boots and Timberland Boots, or even a pair of winter Crocs, this delivery option is selected as standard on the order summary page. All buyers have to do is fill out the details required and let Cloggs do the rest.

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