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

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Ultra Cool

Pigalle Spiked Ballerina Flats, Christian Louboutin (£625)

Christian Louboutin's Spiked Ballerina's... WOW. Who ever said heels were better than flats? The pointed toe, the comfort of the soft Italian leather, the STUDS... biker chic just went to another level, and I am sold. 

Having slight technical difficulties at the moment but just something to keep you going... 

Friday, 12 November 2010

Mou Boots

Eskimo Suede Boots, Mou (£170-£235)
Sarah-Jessica Parker         Gwenyth Paltrow

Let me introduce you to the MOU Eskimo Boot. Already with a large celebrity following (see above), it looks as though UGG have a competitor in their midst. In my opinion they are on par with UGGs, (unflattering and something strictly kept for wearing indoors) and look even more like slippers than UGGs. Despite this, the average British consumer is sucked in by these comfortable and cosy trends- including myself, (perhaps fuelling the recent ban on wearing PJ bums into Tesco's) and if they knock out the UGG boot, then why not?

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Shearling, Sherling

Sherling Lined Aviator Boot, Burberry Prorsum (£695)
Buckled Leather Shearling Ankle Boots, Alexander McQueen (£950)
Ohanian Multi-Strap Ankle Boot, Pied a Terre (£175)
Koala Lace Up, Office (£98)

It's taken me a while to blog about the shearling trend- but you have to be walking around with your eyes shut not to have noticed it in the shops. Burberry initially smacked the trend onto the catwalk (foremostly with the aviator jacket), and naturally every high street store has followed suit. It has now filtered its way into footwear- and is everywhere. There are lace up boots, heeled boots, flat boots, buckled boots all in sheepskin, Hunter have designed sheepskin'd interior wellies- even Converse have designed some shearling hi-tops. I am yet to give into this trend, but it is one likely to keep you very warm this Winter- particularly if the weather turns into anything like the last! Here are a few of my faves this season.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Rupert, Colour Block Me

Delta Heels, Rupert Sanderson (£425)

Thought a splash of colour was in order for this miserable, rainy day! I always associate Rupert Sanderson with more classic styles and colourings, so when doing a bit of research, I was surprised to find these. Pair with an entirely black outfit or perhaps a clashing, letterbox red coat for the perfect colour blocking accessory this Autumn. The fuchsia pink satin is sure to brighten your day.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Leopard Trainers

Women's Joe Sneaker in Pony, Emma Hope (£249)
Leopard Print Cow Hide Leather Plimsolls, Boden (£49)

Leopard print is a continuous trend which is never really 'out' of fashion- from designer to high street, it is always available. At the moment, I am loving the print on trainers. Although Emma Hope has been doing these trainers for years and years, at £249 a pair, they are not exactly affordable- but once again Boden has come up trumps- a solid choice for years to come.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Mini Bikers

Wool Ankle Boot with Buckles, Zara (£69.99)
Starley Suede Strapped Ankle Boot, H by Hudson, available at ASOS.com (£130)
Kimono Multi-Buckle Ankle Boots, Schuh (£35 reduced from £69.99)


Buckled boots are huge at the moment, smart/ casual, cool/ chic, they can be worn day or night and follow the biker trend effortlessly. I am loving the endless buckles, and my favourite pair have to be the 'Kimono's' from Schuh- currently in the sale at £35, you can't go wrong. 

Friday, 5 November 2010

Numero 2... Nicholas Kirkwood


How about a spot of Nicholas Kirkwood foot candy to get you through to the weekend? Nicholas Kirkwood is another of my favourite shoe designers. After having been introduced to his designs last summer, I could say that it was love at first sight...  It's all about his signature 'podium' platform soles, the 5.5inch stiletto heels and the unique colour and material combinations- they really are to die for. The outfit's a little irrelevant when you're wearing a pair of these...

See nicholaskirkwood.com for the whole Autumn/Winter 2010 collection...

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Head Over Heels

Maryann Boot, L.K.Bennett (£225)
Head Over Heels Hero Block Heel Chelsea Boot, ASOS.com (£65)

The Chelsea Boot is a style which initiated in the Victoria Era and was most commonly associated with riding. Becoming a hit in the 60s as the 'mod boot', they are back again in the Tens. Most notable for the elastic which runs from the heel up to the top of the boot, they have been modernised somewhat since those in the early 20th Century. The heel is the most apparent modernisation to the classic design for A/W 2010, and the style is one sure to last for years to come. Above are a couple of pairs to suit either pocket. 

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Jimmy Choo for UGG

Mandah Studded Suede Boots, Jimmy Choo for UGG (£695)
Sora Fringed Boots, Jimmy Choo for UGG (£595)
Kaia Leopard-Print Suede Boots, Jimmy Choo for UGG (£495)


I would not exactly call UGG boots trendy- although perhaps their recent collaboration with Jimmy Choo places them in this category?- or at least tries. The 'Mandah' style are already sold out on Net-a-Porter.com and so they have clearly been a hit, however I am not convinced (particularly with the leopard print pair), and at £500 a pair upwards, definitely not. I feel UGGs are something that should never be worn out the house unless the degrees are in the minus'- and even then there is usually ice underfoot and they have absolutely no grip. Admittedly I have a pair, although I got them about 5 years ago when I was innocent, naive and Jack Wills was my favourite place to shop. 

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Wedge Lace Ups

Channing Suede Wedge Ankle Boot, Michael Kors (£250)
Wedge Ankle Boots with Laces, Zara (£59.99)
Acorn Wedge Ankle Boot, Topshop (£85)

This is one of my favourite styles this season- initially seeing the Michael Kors ones, I have been searching high and low trying to find an affordable pair. I am very picky when it comes to shoe shopping, and although my budget is usually rather limited (possibly due to my minor addiction), I rarely settle for anything less than perfect / a good compromise. Despite the fact this style is all over the shop at the moment, most have been not high enough / not pointy enough / uncomfortable / too expensive... the list goes on... I have tried on endless pairs but really wanted a pair that I could wear day into night and that could smarten up a pair of jeans/ leggings, and I finally found them... in Zara... I ordered the middle pair online last week and cannot wait for their arrival TODAY!

Monday, 1 November 2010

Repetto

Michael Patent Slip On Flats, Repetto (£160)
Mellis Patent Elastic Detail Loafer, ASOS.com (£26)

Parisian ballet shoe company, Repetto, was founded in 1947 by Rose Repetto. Although always having been the shoe to wear in the dancing world, they have recently become an internationally acclaimed fashion shoe- stocking in Selfridges, Le Bon Marche, Galeries Lafayette amongst other high-end stores, as well as having collaborated with designers such as Comme des Garcons and Issey Miyake. Their most recent design has been the Michael Patent Slip On Flats. Although at £160 they are not affordable to all- in true ASOS.com style, they have created a replica for only £26- perfeccttt.