SANDAL SPECTRUM

  • Black matte
    Black matte
    The serious option. Colour meanings: resolve, sombreness, intelligence and mystery. Great with teal, turquoise, bright pink or white.
  • Blue patent
    Blue patent
    The cool option. Colour meanings: smartness, stability, coolness and power. Wear with white or bright red.
  • Chartreuse patent
    Chartreuse patent
    The individual option. Colour meanings: trustworthiness, wealth, creativity and calmness. Wear with grey, cream, navy or white.
  • Natural snake
    Natural snake
    The neutral option. Colour meanings: kindness, reliability, steadiness and approachability. Wear with dark brown, tan or white.
  • Pink patent
    Pink patent
    The girly option. Colour meanings: tenderness, sensitivity, love and sympathy. Wear with mustard, gold, navy or white.
  • Silver mirror
    Silver mirror
    The glam option. Colour meanings: sleek, modern, sophisticated and elegant. Wear with any colour except gold or bronze.
  • White matte
    White matte
    The minimalist option. Colour meanings: innocence, optimism, honesty and efficiency. Wear with bright pink, pastels or bright red.

Do you love it when a brand makes your favourite style in loads of different colour options?

When I really like a shoe, I’ve bought it in 3 or 4 colourways in the past. As long as the style is relatively timeless, affordable, comfortable and fits you well, it’s a good idea.

This sandal from Office is a great basic, and the 4cm block heel gives you extra height without instability.

Although the upper is made from synthetic leather, these sandals are lined with real leather, which will make sure they don’t feel too sweaty.

Would you like to find out more about which colours go together, and how to make shoes your colour playground?

You can find all this and much more in my book Outfits in Minutes: A Guide for Time-Pressed Women.

 

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SMART, SEXY, COMFORTABLE

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.

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Don’t worry, the styles aren’t boring and black! They have this 3/4-cut shoe in Red or Grey, and the sexy court shoe in multi-toned or neutral ivory python.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of these options are ideal for wearing to work, and from wedding ceremony to dancing the night away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for thinking of our poor feet Jones!

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NO SMELL SUMMER

  • Stock(ing) up
    Stock(ing) up
    An easy cotton 4-pack of S.Oliver socks, for great absorption.
  • Sexy socks
    Sexy socks
    A Nylon 2-pack from Elle, for when you want conceal something tempting under your shoes.
  • Darker tone
    Darker tone
    Sock Snob have recognised the need for invisible socks for all skin tones. This Nylon 3-pack is a bargain.
  • Pretty pastels
    Pretty pastels
    If nude is too dull and you want something cuter, you need this Teddy T's cotton mix 3-pack.
  • Pale away
    Pale away
    This Nylon 2-pack from ASOS is light-toned and transparent, for ultimate invisibility.

It’s not sexy to talk about, but shoes sometimes smell.

The bare-foot look can be really flattering when you’re wearing loafers, ballet pumps, and your beloved lace-ups. Unfortunately, the odour-producing bacteria from your foot perspiration can easily transfer to the linings of your favourite pair, and linger.

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My top tip for avoiding this, is to wear footsies, footies, invisible socks, shoe-liners… (they go by many names).

Pick one of my selection of low-cut options from the slide-show, and no-one will know your secret.

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STRIPES, IT’S SPRING!

The sun has emerged from hibernation to say “time for shoes, not boots, people”.

Shoes? What are they? Then it all comes back to me, and as I search through my shoedrobe for shoes of yesteryear, I realise it’s time for something fresh and new.

Opening CeremonyOpening Ceremony have made the perfect Spring oxfords.

✓ Pastel shades mixed with darker hues to avoid being insipid

✓ White sole for a light and feminine look

✓ Full leather for comfort and breathability

✓ Multi-width stripes, to avoid the cliché nautical look

Now, where are my chinos?

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ROMANIAN LONGING

  • The pointed bootie
    The pointed bootie
    Grey is THE new neutral. These boots are sleek, with a wearable height of wedge (10cm). Zip on, and dash out of the door.
  • The quirky gibson
    The quirky gibson
    For those of us who don't want to lose the sheer comfort that flats offer, these stand-out lace-ups are the answer. Feminised with an asymmetric embroidered toe-cap, contrast piping and laces.
  • The vampy wedge
    The vampy wedge
    In a rich pinky red "marsala" hue, these pointed courts are powerful and sexy. The embroidered wedge gives a finely crafted look.
  • The calf boot
    The calf boot
    Ahhh that grey, that grey! Delicious with skinny jeans, and a top in the red or green of the heel embroidery.

I like to think that women in the Western world get on and make things happen, rather than hanging around longing for things. Alright, I’ll admit we all have dreams and desires.

Bringing the emotion back into footwear by creating beautiful, wearable, comfortable styles is Iutta.

The Romanian accessories brand rather romantically “echoes feelings of longing”, by using traditional folkloric embroidery patterns. These intricate motifs reflect the diversity of the many regions of that country.

The leathers used are rich and soft, and all styles feature leather linings: a must for all-day comfort.

If you want to subtly tell a story with your shoe choice, look no further.

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COMFORTABLE, ON-TREND, OUT NOW

  • The glam sandal
    The glam sandal
    How gorgeous are these bejewelled block-heeled Miu miu sandals? In navy and white patent, they're just the right amount of dressed-up. Wedding outfit = sorted.
  • The new chelsea
    The new chelsea
    Confession: I've been wearing Chelsea boots all winter because they've made me too lazy to tie laces. This cute Clarks Narrative version sits lower on the ankle, so is great for the warmer months .
  • The model collab
    The model collab
    Laura Bailey was inspired by the Amalfi coast in Italy for her stunning collaboration with (Duchess of Cambridge's favourite) L.K. Bennett. The zig-zag stripes come from vintage swimsuits.
  • The summer gibson
    The summer gibson
    Ahhh Cos: many women's go-to Scandi-style clothing boutique. They keep it simple with their shoe selection, like these dark grey lace-ups with their sporty sole. Boyfriend chic lives on!
  • The reptile clog
    The reptile clog
    The three wearable colours are all available in embossed snake leather, with a braided strap. As if the platform wedge wasn't comfortable enough, UGG Australia have also added padding and arch support to the insock.
  • The snub-toe flat
    The snub-toe flat
    You can trust Hobbs to provide a really easy-to-wear pump in an array of summery hues. The rubber sole is practical, and the squared-off toe modernises the look.
  • The graphic wedge
    The graphic wedge
    It's all in the detail with these asymmetric Reiss wedges: from subtly striped leather, to the wooden wedge with metal detail. They're on trend now, and will look fresh for many summers to come.
  • The oxford point
    The oxford point
    What do you wear when you've loved your round-toed brogues to death? Pointed Oxfords of course! Look fresh at work or play in the black or nude Dune version.
  • The snake cross-strap
    The snake cross-strap
    Dune Black is the retailer's premium collection, and it shows in these chic all leather snake-embossed flats. The "made in Italy" mark can pretty much guarantee you that these are nicely made.
  • The suede sling
    The suede sling
    Producer of updated classics, L.K. Bennett have introduced flashy orange and pink suede options to this easy 2.5" heel slingback. Tip: alternate point and round-toe wearing days to avoid bunions.
  • The trend colour sandal
    The trend colour sandal
    There is something so pretty about this colour combination. The grey and white keep the pink from looking too girly and kitsch. Dune have stopped these sandals from looking overly casual, with metallic detailing.
  • The suede mini-wedge
    The suede mini-wedge
    The almond shape beautifully complements the toe detailing on these elegant Jimmy Choo flats. Pick the yellow suede option to grab the right kind of attention. I love the sole detail too.

I scoured the shops (it’s a hard job, but someone has to do it), to bring you the best of the new season shoes, boots and sandals.

Want to know how to combine some of those lovely shoe colours with your outfit? You’ll find this and more in my book Outfits in Minutes: A Guide for Time-Pressed Women. Why not download it now, and give yourself an early Easter present?

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DIORABLE

I’m not a huge fan of pink, and tend to reject the “pink is for girls” mindset. Incidentally, if you agree on this point, you’ll love Man vs. Pink.

The only pink garment I have is a fine knit with a big black gros-grain bow, in the dusky pink colour of a Miu Miu shoe box.

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My shoedrobe lacks any rose-hued articles, and I expect it will stay that way for some time: red is my preferred shoe bright.

For these reasons, I was surprised when something on the Christian Dior AW15 catwalk caught my eye, and left me strangely tempted.

Perhaps it is the contrast of cliché-girly hot pink with fetishistic shiny PVC that I find so appealing.

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Now the only things stopping me from jumping on the Dior waiting list are:

  1. Can I justify the price-tag for such a non-classic?
  2. Should there be an age limit for these boots (hmm nah)?
  3. What on earth would I wear them with, and on what occasion?

Are you a lover of all things pink, or is it not your hue?

Let me know in the comments, or on Twitter @ShoeConsultant

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TOP 10 CATWALK SHOE COLOURS

  • No' 1 Black
    No' 1 Black
    1. Altuzarra; 2. Rag & Bone; 3. Emilio Pucci; 4. Saint Laurent; 5. Proenza Schouler; 6. Derek Lam; 7. Louis Vuitton; 8. Alexander Wang
  • No' 2 Red
    No' 2 Red
    1. Oscar de la Renta; 2. Stella McCartney; 3. Dries Van Noten; 4. Lanvin; 5. Marc by Marc Jacobs; 6. Gucci; 7. Versace; 8. Thakoon
  • No' 3 Grey
    No' 3 Grey
    1. Christian Dior; 2. Balenciaga; 3. Rochas; 4. Valentino; 5. Proenza Schouler; 6. Narciso Rodriguez; 7. Prada; 8. Marni
  • No' 4 White
    No' 4 White
    1. Marc by Marc Jacobs; 2. Altuzarra; 3. Nina Ricci; 4. Celine; 5. Balenciaga; 6. Rag & Bone; 7. Fendi; 8. Louis Vuitton
  • No' 5 Tan
    No' 5 Tan
    1. Loewe; 2. Rodarte; 3. Givenchy; 4. Michael Kors; 5. Miu Miu; 6. Bottega Veneta; 7. Salvatore Ferragamo; 8. Derek Lam
  • No' 6 Beige
    No' 6 Beige
    1. 3.1 Phillip Lim; 2. Comme des Garçons; 3. Dries Van Noten; 4. Valentino; 5. Oscar de la Renta; 6. Gucci; 7. Vivienne Westwood; 8. Rick Owens
  • No' 7 Blue
    No' 7 Blue
    1. Derek Lam; 2. Dolce & Gabbana; 3. Miu Miu; 4. Prada; 5. Roland Mouret; 6. Michael Kors; 7. Roberto Cavalli; 8. Giorgio Armani
  • No' 8 Green
    No' 8 Green
    1. Dolce & Gabbana; 2. Kenzo; 3. Versace; 4. Rochas; 5. Stella McCartney; 6. Prada; 7. Celine; 8. Miu Miu
  • No' 9 Dark Brown
    No' 9 Dark Brown
    1. Salvatore Ferragamo; 2. Michael Kors; 3. Rick Owens; 4. Maison Margiela; 5. Mary Katrantzou; 6. Lanvin; 7. Marni; 8. Chloe
  • No' 10 Gold
    No' 10 Gold
    1. Dries Van Noten; 2. Miu Miu; 3. Michael Kors; 4. Bottega Veneta; 5. Lanvin; 6. Dolce & Gabbana; 7. Prada; 8. Salvatore Ferragamo

It’s that time of the season when I bring you my in-depth analysis of colour use on the fabulous shoes from the AW15 catwalks.

Using my footwear expertise and mathematical brain, I have categorised all of the close-ups from the New York, London, Milan and Paris shows to bring you this report.

I like pie-charts almost as much as I like pie, so here’s the break-down of all colour usage on the catwalk shoes:

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Coming soon: Top 10 shoe styles

 

All images courtesy of style.com
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CAN A SHOE BE TOO SAFE?

The world of footwear has become increasingly creative in recent history. In the context of so much choice, embellishment and colour, workaday footwear can fall rather flat.

I have high expectations every fashion week season, and hope to be wowed by new styles on the models’ hard-working feet. Whilst Karl Lagerfeld’s Autumn/Winter 2015 Chanel collection brought us colourful maxi-length knitted outfits, and unexpected skirt on trouser layering, footwear took a back seat.

The one style which featured on all of the female models was this very simple sling-back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whilst the nude with black toe-cap motif is a familiar one to lovers of Chanel, this simple silhouette fails to bring innovation to the fashion house. If Lagerfeld’s aim was to avoid distracting attention from the apparel, he has achieved this, but where’s the fun in that?

Is it too much to ask why there is no new version of those multi-coloured boots from the Spring/Summer 2015 collection?

Perhaps I have a form of footwear ADHD. Plain old shoe styles may fail to keep my attention, but when they are made from beautiful materials, or with exquisite details, even the simplest styles can grab me.

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COMFORTABLE COOL

As it’s March now, I have a hope that one of these days the weather might get warmer.

Please indulge this dream, and share the fantasy with me whilst drooling over this season’s on-trend but comfortable sandals.

  • The hiker
    The hiker
    Where Teva led with the hiking sandal trend, other brands followed. This season, their flatform version comes in wearable on-trend brights.
  • The jelly
    The jelly
    Ancient Greek Sandals' more affordable version of their classic winged sandal style. In all black, it's as sophisticated as jelly gets.
  • The slide
    The slide
    A playful colour combination of the classic back on-trend Birkenstock style. The neutral patent upper with just a flash of colour displays your style credentials.
  • The statement
    The statement
    In a favourite colour combination of Michael Jackson, these sandals are a lightweight and comfortable way to stand out from the populace.
  • The snake
    The snake
    Who would believe how happily pale lime green and monochrome can sit together? I love the idea of setting these sandals off with a crisp white dress.
  • The scarlet
    The scarlet
    The set-in sole reminds me of Japanese Geta sandals. In the classic feel-good footwear colour, these are bound to make the wearer smile.
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