Saturday, 25 December 2010

Christmas Eve's


An extension of the fabulous "All about Eve" collection, these 'Christmas "Eve's"' have been designed by Charlotte Olympia as a limited collection of only 12. One pair on sale for each of the 12 days of Christmas, and only available in the Charlotte Olympia store on Maddox Street in London, these super exclusive heels are one to grab your hands on, and fast!

Monday, 20 December 2010

Classic Courts

Suede Platform Pumps, MiuMiu at Net-a-porter.com (£320)
Suede Platform Pumps, MiuMiu at Net-a-porter.com (£340)

I went into Le Bon Marche in Paris the other day, and although I love shoes, a lot, rarely is it that I find a pair of classic heels that take my fancy. I always think that if I am going to spend money on something, it should be original, distinctive, have the 'Wow' factor, and something Primark won't copy and have in their stores the following week.

However, these MiuMiu Suede Platforms I did fall in love with. And perhaps the reason they are so classic, chic and smart is exactly the reason high street retailers en masse won't copy them? Not only are they a classic court shoe and would last for seasons/ years to come, they remain current with their platform, their height and shape of the heel, as well as the square toe. To add to the list, they also come in the most amazing array of colours, from turquoise to aubergine to navy.

Friday, 17 December 2010

One Person's Rubbish is Another's Treasure

Opening bid- £20
Opening bid- £15

My mother did a quick clear out of her wardrobe the other day and amongst lots of things were 2 pairs of shoes... a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo pumps and a pair of Hobbs pumps - spot her style! They are now being re-sold on e-bay.... the Salvatore ones are in amazing condition, back in fashion - geek chic-esque, and now retail for around the £300 mark. Alexa Chung has been spotted wandering around in a pair or two tooo... The Hobbs ones are almost brand new- only bought in June and worn once... RRP £120. Both come boxed and are going for a real bargain- tell friends/ family who may be interested!

Follow the links below if you aree!

SALVATORE- http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Salvatore-Ferragamo-Lillaz-vintage-navy-pump-UK-5-/170577818734?pt=Women_s_Shoes&hash=item27b73af46e#ht_500wt_1156

HOBBS- http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/HOBBS-Cassia-Square-Toe-Court-navy-suede-5-5-/170577796157?pt=Women_s_Shoes&hash=item27b73a9c3d#ht_500wt_1156

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Outnet Picks

Boudeccia Metallic - Python Sandals, Mechante of London (Originally £520, Now £182)
Snakeskin Embossed Leather Flats, Elizabeth & James (Originally £220, Now £121)
Metallic Leather Patent Brogues, Marc by Marc Jacobs (Originally £325, Now £97.50)

Theoutnet.com, the "sister - site" of net-a-porter.com, is a little gem I discovered about 18 months ago. It is where all shoes, clothes and accessories come to after they have been on net-a-porter, and is a little haven of designer discounts! Whether you are after a pair of Louboutins, Elizabeth & James' or Vivienne Westwood's - to name just a few, this is the site for you. Above are a few of my fave shoes online at the moment!

See here for more collections : www.theoutnet.com

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Brights Advance





Sneaky Peak into what's in store for Spring/ Summer 2011.... COLOURS / NEONS / BRIGHTS!

The skies are thick with snow and it's dark by 5pm so I thought a bit of colour is exactly the remedy. These Dior shoes designed by Galliano are definitely original, inspiring and full of colour. Alongside this collection were also a few pairs of boots which is unusual to see in a Spring/Summer collection, but they work well, and taking into account an average British Summer, they will be needed!

Whicker heel... multi - coloured stitching... defined toe cap... laces from the toe up the ankle... plaited - platform... buckles.. suede.... leather...  Thank you Galliano!!!

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Attwood for Colette

Platform suede, python and metal boots, Brian Attwood at Colette (£1697.57)

A little Brian Attwood for Colette kick to get you through to the weekend...

Rarely less than absolutely packed, Colette is a Parisian concept store located in the elite fashion district of Rue Saint-Honore. The go-to store for unique and original items for both men and women. Whether it's a one-off rubber iPhone you are after for just under €2000, or a pair of Prisim "London" sunglasses for €280 (a personal fave), they have it and you will be the only one with it. 

This pair of Attwood python boots are another fave... the combination of the python skin and the black suede, contrasted with the most beautiful gold metal embroidery have created one incredible pair of one-off boots.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Snow Blues

I was wandering the streets of Paris this morning with the second blast of thick snow we have had tumbling down, in what I considered to be my 'Winter Boots'. My trusty brown leather Kurt Geiger biker boots have done me incredibly well - 2 years along the line, re-soled about 5 times, waterproof sprayed twice, polished once, look almost as good as when I bought them (debatable, maybe), and I thought they would get me through another Winter perfectly.

HOW I WAS WRONG. 

Day one of wearing them and I get near to frost bite- you could almost wring them out with water and I felt as though I was walking barefoot in slushy snow. Note to self: use the waterproof spray.

As much as I didn't enjoy this unfortunate few hours of very cold and wet feet, it made me think of a basic, but vital checklist to go by when buying winter boots:

1. Warm
2. Waterproof
3. Comfortable
4. Good sole for grip and insulation
5. STYLISH.

Although all of the above may seem obvious, it got me to thinking about my shoe and boot collection. I admit I perhaps have a few too many pairs of footwear, but NONE of them adhere to all of the above... I have therefore carefully selected a few pairs which do, and will take you blissfully through this freezing weather.

Orca, Pied a Terre (£135 from £165)
Park P, Pied a Terre (£175 from £225) Also available in Black
Andrea Suede Fold Over Ankle Lace Up Boots, Topshop (£65)
Marshall Fur Biker Boots, Topshop (£36)

Monday, 6 December 2010

Nike Royalties a la Tweed



Nike Air Royalty Mid's have been seen in a multitude of colour ways and fabrics, but Harris Tweed is a first.

A friend sent me this pair the other day and anyone who knows me well, knows that I am a huge fan of high-tops. Although I like their unique-ness, the subtlety of the tick, the camouflaged laces, the contrast between the brown leather and the tweed (alright, so quite a lot), I just can't make my mind up about them. I think I would have to see them on to really decide, but they are definitely original, and in my books, originality gets you a long way.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Numero 3... Shoes with a tagline

Dax, Georgina Goodman (£695)
Otis, Georgina Goodman (£530)

My third, but by no means least, favourite shoe designer is Georgina Goodman. Goodman's philosophy is that each pair is "Made in Love"- which goes alongside a seasonal quote of inspiration- for Autumn/ Winter 2010, it's "There's no down without up". I am a big one for little quotes and sayings- although some people may think it's a little "deep", I love them.

Alongside her mainline range, she offers a bespoke service where consumers can go to the Bond Street store and liaise with Goodman about fabrics, colours and heel heights in order to create perfection. Her signature stripy soles have graced the red carpet, featured in endless glossys and are up there alongside the Charlotte Olympia's and Kirkwood's of this world... they have definitely won me over and here are 2 of my favourite pairs from this season's collection.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Buckle Street

Street Style- photo taken outside the Grand Palais 
Mid Calf Slouch Boots, River Island (£84.99)
Sherling-lined Pirate Boots, Vivienne Westwood (£480)

Dollie Over the Knee Buckle Boots, Topshop (£95)


I haven't done a bit of street style for a while, although I took this photo back in September at Paris Fashion Week, this style is all over the place at the moment. What I love is the colour- navy, the contrast- suede vs leather and the style- over the knee. Unfortunately I have not been able to find a pair which ticks all three of these boxes, but here are a few similar pairs which still capture me!

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Kirkwood Glitters

Nicholas Kirkwood

Movember is over and so guys, shave those 'tashs' off!

What other way to kick off December and move into the party season than with these killer heels by the one and only, Nicholas Kirkwood. The subtlety of the metallic python skin contrasted with the black glitter 'podium' platform and 5inch heel really is something to die for. Bring on the Christmas celebrations, I say!

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Desert Originals

Original Desert Boot, Clarks Originals (£75-89)


Desert Boot, Ben Sherman at Topman (£60)

The iconic British Desert Boot designed by Clarks was relaunched this Autumn and has gone down a storm. There is little differentiation between the first Clarks Original Desert Boot in the 1950s and that now. The clean and simple lines have been maintained, as well as the signature crepe sole. Available in a wide variety of colours, fabrics and patterns, the desert boot is sure to last a good few years to come. Great investment and perfect for adding a bit of colour to the snowy paths. I am loving the Ben Sherman colourways as well as the Clark's Union Jack.

Have a look on the Office Website for some cheaper options...

Monday, 29 November 2010

New Age Harry Potter

Chalk, Pied a Terre for Men (£125)

I was showing a friend this pair of shoes today and she passed judgement on them by saying "I like them... Harry Potter-ish... but new age". Admittedly, I have only read the first Harry Potter book and quite a while ago (when I was 11, as was Harry, and I genuinely believed that we were going to marry each other), so I am not sure I entirely understood what she meant, but I liked it.

In my eyes they are quite indie-ish, they would look great with skinny jeans or trousers- and what I am fairly sure is that HP doesn't fall into this style. Despite this, they follow my love of brogues effortlessly, they have combined soft Italian leather with fabric and the boot style is perfect for moving into Winter. I think its fair to say that Pied a Terre have nailed this trend, and you'll either love it or hate it.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Haroshi's Dunks

Haroshi's Nike Dunks, Wood

Haroshi takes old skateboard decks, stacks them up and carves them into incredible 3D pieces. Modelled on a pair of his own, the sculptor has accurately illustrated a worn pair of Dunks. The realistic creases, tied laces, grooves in the soles and even the subtle Nike tick have been carved so precisely, they could undeniably be a genuine pair of dunks. Incredible.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Movember November

To celebrate the last week of Movember, I thought I would FINALLY do some things for guys- initially I said I would do gals and guys shoes but admittedly, I keep getting a little carried away with amazing heels and girly flats... However, this is all changing for the next week...

For those of you who don't know, Movember challenges men to change their appearance (in the form of growing a moustache) for the month of November, in order to raise money and awareness for The Prostate Cancer Charity (TPCC). It happens globally and in 2009, over £26million was raised. So far, the UK alone has raised close to £5million- almost double that of the States.

Here's something to kick off the week and get into full swing with Movember... with a little bit of merchandise....

'Movember Classics' TOMS

TOMS were brought to the UK with the simple promise that with every pair bought, a pair would be given to a child in need. Initially just helping street children in Argentina, they are now sold globally, helping children around the world. September saw the millionth pair of TOMS given to a street child.

TOMS have joined forces with The Prostate Cancer Charity to create this black corduroy pair with the golden 'tash' embroided on the side- the perfect way to support TPCC. They still have the classic suede interior with sponge sole creating, a lightweight and very comfortable fit, like all other TOMS.

In summary- 2 great charities, 2 great causes- one week left, grow a 'tash' and donate!

Although not yet available, register here to be the first to find out when they are...
http://toms-shoes.co.uk/content.asp?tid=1261

Sam Edelman

Studded Suede Peep Toe Shoes, Sam Edelman at Harvey Nichols (£169)

Sam Edelman launched his own brand in 2004 after over 30 years in the footwear industry. His ethos is creating "eminently fashionable and beautifully constructed" shoes at an affordable price, which is evident in the studded suede peep toes above. 

I have a lot of love for the Biker Chic trend this season. Studs have been embellishing leather, denim, cotton- we've seen Louboutin's studded flats and now Edelman's studded peep toes. The incorporation of rugged texture and chic black suede portrays a confident style which could be pulled off by anyone. 

Sam Edelman's stocked at ASOS.com as well as Harvey Nichols.com

Monday, 22 November 2010

Rose Gold & Hot Pink Velvet

Rose Gold Brogues, Olivia Morris for Grenson at Harvey Nichols (£275)

OK, so I tried, but I just can't stay away from the brogues.... although this pair are quite masculine in style (a little more chunky in the sole that I would go for), the colour is something to die for. The rose gold paired with the hot pink velvet laces- WOW. 

Designed by London- based shoe designer Olivia Morris, whose career kicked off with the launch of her own label (self-named) in 2006, soon after graduating from the Cordwainer's Institute in London. She has collaborated with high profile designers such as Matthew Williamson, Celia Birtwell, Preen and Aquascutum, and her beauties are "hand made to perfection" in Italy. 

For more of the collection see http://www.oliviamorrisshoes.com/

Shhhhh?

Quiet Patent Pumps, Jimmy Choo (£395)

Something of a contradiction... these 'Quiet' pumps are anything but quiet... they scream alot of things and it is definitely not Shhh! Cherry red is all over the shop at the moment and these Choos are the perfect way to add a touch of HOLA to a power suit, a plain black dress or pair of jeans. Classic, sophisticated, vibrant and sexy with a killer heel.... yes please.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Lanvin for H&M- Add a bit of Dorethy


I was recently told by a friend that allllll bloggers are blogging about the Lanvin collection for H&M... however, before starting this blog I said that I would only blog about things I really liked. I have had this post stored for a couple of weeks now and have been swerving away from it everyday... However if allll bloggers are blogging about it, does this mean i should follow suit? Who knows... but for now, i will...

H&M have done many collaobrations with designers such as Matthew Williamson, Jimmy Choo, Sonyia Rykiel and now, Lanvin. Alongside the clothes are this collection of shoes for both men and women- Dorethy-esque! Bows and sequins are flavour of the day for women. For men, metallic coloured brogues/ lace ups are instore... somewhat resembling what Nicholas Kirkwood and Chrisitian Louboutin have just done. My advice is if you like them, get your hands on them quick, they ain't gonna be around for long... and at £69.99- you really have a bargain.

Instores from the 23rd November