MY WEDDING SHOES

When my beloved and I got engaged in 2013, my priorities for wedding planning went in this order:

  1. Date and venue
  2. Shoes
  3. Dress
  4. Photographer
  5. Other stuff

As you would expect from someone who has made shoes her life’s work, I became obsessed with trying to find the perfect stand-out shoes.

To reflect our combined British and Indian heritage, we decided that our wedding colours would be red and gold. I therefore set out on my mission to find gold shoes in a very warm yellow shade to match the Indian jewellery I would wear.

My other requirement was a 2-3 inch heel to ensure I didn’t look too dwarfish next to my 6 foot bridesmaid, and could wear the shoes all day and night.

I scoured the high street, independents, the internet, and designer shops, and found nothing suitable.

A few months later, as I was devouring my latest copy of Elle magazine, I spied these:

Although they weren’t completely gold, they were irresistibly beautiful and matched the colour theme perfectly, as well as counting as my “something blue”. So began my stalking of Dolce & Gabbana’s website and stores.

Later in the year, the shoes finally appeared on dolcegabbana.com. I ordered them immediately, and pounced on the postman daily until they arrived.

I knew I had to wear a dress which displayed my shoes, as they were an important part of the outfit, and our guests were bound to want to see my footwear.

I opted for the hem to be shorter at the front, and longer at the back.

My husband wore beautiful Church’s Oxfords.

 

…and yes we wore them all day and all night!

 

Photographs courtesy of the excellent Jeff and Sarah at Jeff Oliver Photography.

 

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AUTUMN GLARE

Do you have the Autumn blues? Sometimes we find that when the weather gets cooler, we have our very own back-to-school feeling. This despite not having much of a break from work during the summer.

I think I’ve found the perfect cure to Seasonal Affective Disorder, that’s even better than daylight lamps.

What better way to enjoy those dark evenings, than to brighten them up with a pair of neon pink boots?

No they’re not leather, but yes they’re affordable and so easy to pull on and off over tights or skinny jeans.

This colour is the perfect antidote to the muted leaf-coloured hues which spill from the clothing rails and shoe shelves at this time of year.

With only a 2″ heel, they’ll give a little height whilst keeping you comfortable and supported.

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BEST BOOTS

  • Blue magic
    Blue magic
    Be the coolest party animal in these rich blue metallic Chelsea boots. The perfect package with sleek upper, sculpted heel, and elegant almond toe.
  • Black meets white
    Black meets white
    These cut-out boots are useful for autumn and spring. The white leather with tiny lizard-like dot print is a monochromatic delight.
  • Wear anywhere
    Wear anywhere
    My love affair with grey as a cooler alternative to dull black is still going strong. Not 50, but 2 shades of grey give a sportier look to these Chelseas.
  • Black snake
    Black snake
    For lovers of black footwear, opt for these zip-front pointed chukka boots. With cushioned leather insoles and rubber soles, they're chic and practical.
  • Easy tan
    Easy tan
    Let your feet blend with the autumn leaves in this rich tan Chelsea boots. A classic British look where boyish meets girl.
  • Space boots
    Space boots
    Metallics are great for making an impact. Wear these to the Star Wars premiere on December 17th, or just about any day or evening event.
  • Tall tale
    Tall tale
    A classic chunky-soled Chelsea, with quirky elements. Geometrically-shaped black elastic stands out against rich, dark green leather.

I can’t get enough of the fabulous affordable footwear from Swedish brand & Other Stories. Every season, their designers reflect the trends with their own unique signatures, including plenty of quality leather linings and intriguingly textured leather uppers.

Click through the slide show, and let me know which is your favourite in the comments, or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

 

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SPEND OR SAVE: HIGH THROAT COURT

Do you ever find the perfect shoe, but not at a purse-friendly price?

The chicest court shoe style this season has a high throat, meaning the front comes up higher over your foot. This creates the comfort of a loafer, whilst giving you fashion credentials.

High throat courts are versatile enough to wear with trousers or skirts, so make a great investment purchase.

 

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I was excited to discover the amazing brand Martiniano, whose signature style is a high throated court shoe in deliciously soft kid leather. The shoes are made by hand in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The heel adds height whilst maintaining stability, and these even have comfortable padded insoles.

 

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Swedish brand Cos issue a small but perfectly-formed range of footwear each season. Designs and colours are kept simple and subtle in true Scandinavian style.

This season, a key silhouette is of course the high throat court. It is offered in light grey suede, with a covered 5cm block heel.

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Now, are you going to spend or save? Let me know in the comments, or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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RETRO GIRL

  • Autumn days
    Autumn days
    The warm hue of these dark tan T-bars is perfect for autumn days. The combination of croc and flat leather adds depth and richness.
  • Back to work
    Back to work
    Perk up your autumn/winter work wardrobe with these easy-to-wear croc loafers, which complement your trouser suit or midi skirt.
  • Oh mary
    Oh mary
    To make an impact whilst remaining comfortable, these on-trend colour-clash Mary Janes will look gorgeous with charcoal grey.
  • Power boot
    Power boot
    Flatforms are not over (they've just moved on). These ankle boots give a fresh feel to the elevated look. Croc adds glamour whilst being easy to wear.
  • Dolly shoe
    Dolly shoe
    Arguably the girliest option, these 2-strap Mary Jane flats sport a pretty flower with button centre, and retro chisel toe.
  • Work horse
    Work horse
    A great style for wearing with your black opaque tights and pencil skirt for the ultimate in workwear chic. Who doesn't need pony hair effect shoe boots?
  • Sparkle away
    Sparkle away
    The platform and stable block heel provide a gentle pitch, which means your feet can dance all night long in these gold and navy party shoes.

I love how collaborations bring the skills and expertise of two brands together. Orla Kiely’s continued pairing with Clarks is an excellent example of this.

The new AW15 collection has just launched, and it’s my favourite range yet. The styles combine block heels, platforms, and 1970s-inspired silhouettes, with unexpected textures.

Click through the slideshow for a few of the best shoes from this collaboration. Tell me which is your favourite in the comments, or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

 

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UNQUEENLY WEDGES

  • Sharply monochrome
    Sharply monochrome
    If you love black but want a new way to wear it, these black and white lizard print points add textural interest without limiting coordination options.
  • Autumnal suede
    Autumnal suede
    With an easy-to-walk-in 3" heel, roomy rounded toe, and soft upper, these Tobacco suede courts are perfect for this transitional time of year.
  • Classic beauty
    Classic beauty
    If you have a winter sun break planned, or are optimistic about an Indian Summer at home, these chicly pretty almond toe espadrilles are for you.
  • Reptilian red
    Reptilian red
    Mulberry is the perfect rich shade for giving a luxurious feel to your Autumn outfit. The petal-shaped toe and towering 3.75" wedge add femininity.
  • Chelsea twist
    Chelsea twist
    Elasticated boots like these are great to pull on when you're in a hurry. The unexpected detail of shaped elastic panels prevents these from being plain.

You may have read about HRH Queen Elizabeth’s dislike of wedges, and how the Duchess of Cambridge has abandoned her love of wedges to please Her Majesty.

Well I’m not here to annoy royalty, but I do believe that wedges have an important role to play in our shoedrobes. The extra height combined with stability are an excellent combination.

In honour of the Duchess’s former favourite shoes, have a click through the slideshow to check out the fabulous new season wedges from LK Bennett.

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MARY JANES: JUVENILE OR LADYLIKE?

When I was a teenager working in shoe shops, I loved Mary Janes, and even got my dad to make me a pair. There was something about that 1960s dolly aesthetic that appealed to me.


I was even attracted to my second shoe shop job by the white leather Mary Janes with pink jelly soles in the window.

My tastes changed when I went off to University to study shoe design, and I became a bit of a loafer girl for a while.

Now Mary Janes are having a fashion moment again, which got me thinking about how to style them without looking frumpy or juvenile. The easiest solution would be to only wear high-heeled Mary Janes, which tend to give a sexy but ladylike aesthetic.

The challenge for mere mortals who can’t live in heels, is to wear flat and mid-height Mary Janes without looking like a school-girl, or your mum.

Here are my golden rules:

  • To avoid an eccentric hippy look, don’t wear them with printed tights.

  • Contrast tights draw attention to the gap between the front of the shoe and the strap, giving an odd visual effect. Stick with tights in tones which are closer to the shoe colour.

  • Wear black Mary Janes with black or dark opaque tights for a sleeker, more sophisticated look.

  • Mary Janes in warmer hues such as tan or red, can look lovely with bare legs.

Plain strapless courts or pumps can be hard to keep on, especially if the leather softens over time and they become loose. The strap across a Mary Jane helps the shoe to stay on your foot and provides an adjustable fit, which makes this style more practical, secure and better fitting than a court shoe.

Thumbs up for Mary Janes, and their ability to stay on when you’re running for a bus!

Try the styling tips above, and let me know how you get on in the comments, or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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5 THINGS EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SHOES – 5

If you heard my radio interview on the Mark Forrest Show last week, you’ll know that I’m on a mission to help women make better decisions about the footwear they buy.

I have many many tips to help you choose shoes that you’ll wear and wear, rather than leave at the back of the wardrobe. Today I’m going to share with you the last in my series of 5 Things Every Woman Should Know About Shoes.

Don’t forget to read and share tip 1tip 2tip 3 and tip 4. I’m sure you know plenty of women who could benefit from these essential pieces of advice.

Know your height limit

Have you ever bought a pair of high heels, only to realise during their first proper outing outside that they’re just too high for you?

Here’s your easy method to avoid buying shoes which are over your personal height limit:

  1. Pick out the most comfortable high heels from your wardrobe
  2. Measure the heel height
  3. Measure the platform height (if there is one)
  4. Subtract the platform height from the heel height
  5. The resulting number is the height limit you should not exceed when shoe-shopping

For more tips on how to make excellent decisions when shoe-shopping, check back on the blog, follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or download my book.

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WIN A VIP SHOE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE

Have you ever been frustrated with sales assistants, and wanted a little honest advice when you were out shoe shopping?

This is your golden opportunity to WIN two hours of one-to-one guidance from Susannah Davda of The Shoe Consultant, in the London department store of your choice.

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All you have to do for a chance to win, is complete this short survey from fabulous new shoe brand Modern Mankind.

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SHOE RADIO

I was pleased to be interviewed on the Mark Forrest radio show yesterday evening. This programme is simultaneously broadcast on all local BBC radio stations in England and the Channel Islands.

Mark asked me:

  • What does a Shoe Consultant do?
  • Are women as brand loyal as men?
  • What is it that women want from the shoes they buy?
  • Do we get more obsessed with footwear than about any other item of clothing?

Have a listen here to find out my answers.

 

Do you agree with me about women’s brand loyalty? Have your say in the comments on this post, or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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