A suede upper on a wedge always reminds me of the 1970s. As that's the hot decade this summer, be on-trend by rocking these with flares or maxi skirts.
That slightly geeky look still looks great. Wear these with a knee-length skirt and rolled-up T-shirt to avoid the very serious buttoned-up look.
For work-places without closed-toe dress codes. Wear below-the-knee skirts to keep the look demure, and try tights or painting your nails a subtle colour.
With a 7½cm heel, these nubuck T-Bars are the perfect height for your friend/cousin/boyfriend's colleague's special day. All day.
These patent flats are so pale, they should flatter even the pastiest of winter feet and give the illusion of a slight tan.
Have you heard about the fantastic brand Duo? Maybe you already know about their boots, which are available in 11 different calf widths.
The great thing about this company is that they also offer three different width fittings for all of their sandals, including the fabulous options above.
The measurements detailed are the circumference of the widest part of your foot (around the sticking out bones at the base of the big and little toes). You can measure this with a fabric tape measure at home.
Some people love sky-diving or bungee jumping for getting their blood pumping and giving them a rush. For others, riding roller coasters or running a marathon makes them feel alive.
For me, it’s the feeling I get just before I give a talk that makes my heart beat faster. Yes, public speaking is my adrenalin sport.
Although I have been speaking in front of small and large groups of people for many years, I still get nervous. When I know it’s a tough crowd, or if I spot a hero of mine in the audience, those things add to the pressure.
Just as actors say they wouldn’t be at peak performance if they weren’t nervous, I have experienced the focusing effect that butterflies in the stomach have on me.
If you’re feeling anxious before a presentation, don’t fight it. Embrace the nerves. You know your subject inside out. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t have been asked to present.
Imagine you’re at the top of a roller coaster, about to get the thrill of swooping down the steepest part. Now think about that exhilarated feeling at the end of the ride. If you think about public speaking in these terms, it seems exciting rather than terrifying.
You’ll find when you get into your presentation, it begins to feel easier and you get into your flow. If you rehearse your whole presentation, with particular focus on the first and last few minutes, it will help you to feel in control throughout.
There was a generation of women for whom the 1980s could be seen as a regretful decade. Many wholeheartedly embraced the pointed stiletto trend of the time, and ended up with deformed feet and bunions.
You might be surprised to learn that in my mission to promote comfortable AND beautiful footwear, I don’t recommend avoiding pointed footwear completely.
Younger shoe-lovers can learn some lessons from our mothers’ generation.
My top tips for wearing shoes with pointed toes
1. Alternate round and pointed-toed footwear from one day to the next. One of the problems with those 80s stilettos was that ladies wore them to work day in, day out.
2. Wear flat points to decrease the pressure on your toes. If you wear heeled points, give your feet a couple of days to recover in more spacious toe-shapes.
3. Buy shoes with leather uppers and linings, as these will stand the best chance of giving a little to form around your feet. Fabric and synthetic materials don’t stretch.
4. Practice yoga or pilates. Both of these disciplines help you to stretch your toes back out.
5. Visit a chiropodist if you have any foot concerns. I know it’s not a sexy thing to spend your money on, but uncared-for feet aren’t pretty either.
With leather uppers and linings, these Office pumps with their small platform are flat without losing you too much height.
The silver works well for day-to-evening, white is great for a sporty but smart weekend look, and many of you can get away with the black for work.
I recently heard about a shoe brand called Betsy. After I recovered from their theft of one of my top 10 names for future daughters, I realised how cute and wearable their sandals are.
There’s nothing like a white sole to scream “summer”, and give a sporty casual edge. The lightweight wedges are easy on the legs and back, and great for warm weather sightseeing.
Analpa, who own Betsy, J.Elisabeth, and Keddo brands, kindly sent me this pair of cross-strap beauties. Even against my pale, pasty Spring feet, this rich warm tan colour is very flattering.
The other colours in this style are also easy-to-wear too. The mint will suit darker skin-tones, and look fabulous with navy and white.
Try the yellow with denim of any shade, or make it pop with purple.
I love the simplicity of this ankle strap sandal. The wider straps make the perfect platform for colour blocking. Have some fun with one of these delightful options. I’m coveting the bone/blue combination for when my feet have seen the sun.
If you don’t fancy a wedge, or are lucky enough not to need the extra height, these T-bar flats are very much on-trend. The flash of metallic adds a little glamour to an easy-going style.
Are you a Betsy convert? Let me know in the comments, or tweet me @ShoeConsultant.
Ever powerless to resist the magnetic pull of a shoe-shop, I popped into the Fleet Street branch of Jones Bootmaker.
In my constant quest to promote comfortable and beautiful shoes, I was impressed by their Twenty Four Seven range. The sales assistant told me that the styles in this range have memory foam in the insock for extra comfort. They certainly felt nicely cushioned.