SPRING/SUMMER 2014 CATWALK TRENDS – FROM THE HIGH STREET PT 2

If you liked part 1 , you’ll be happy to see that it’s time for me to show you the other 5 of the top 10 catwalk trends as found on the high street.

Sporty

Dune

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An easy, comfortable summer sandal with a sporty white sole. Work this trend without going full-on sporty with trainers.

Topshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re a heels girl, this quilted platform bootie is the way to look sporty without losing your height advantage.

Timberland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timberland boots are back on-trend, but perhaps you don’t think their classic wheat nubuck style is for you. This sneaker version in sleek black with a pink pop is the low-profile alternative.

Lizard

River Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black and white combinations are a strong way to wear neutrals without looking dull. This open-waisted bootie has a lizard print rather than a scaly texture. Wear it with black opaque tights this spring, for an effortlessly stylish look.

Topshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one cleverly combines the orange trend from part 1 with the lizard look. Chunky flatform sandals are a key look this season, seen everywhere from Marni to the high street. Oh and it is acceptable to wear socks or tights with sandals now.

H by Hudson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These ankle boots offer a more traditional textured snake look, and are perfect for the early Spring chill. The tan-coloured stacked heel prevents this style from appearing too heavy for warmer months.

Ankle Wraps

& Other Stories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This court shoe with added ankle strapping combines three trends in one: green, lizard, and ankle wraps. & Other Stories really know how to interpret catwalk looks and make them wearable and affordable.

Nike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Studio Wrap Pack is suitable for dance and yoga, but can be worn in the street when combined with the leather flat (as pictured). This is the premium version, in a pretty silver and black combination. I’d be tempted to wear this as a fashion option, and sack off the exercise!

Dorothy Perkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This summery coral suede heel from DP will be flattering with its multiple straps. Go casual with a denim dress, or dress up with something slinky.

White

Birkenstock

 

 

 

 

 

 

People, Birkenstocks are making a big comeback this season. If you buy one pair of basic sandals, make them these. White sandals can make even the palest feet look a little tanned.

Poste Mistress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This T-Bar is geek-chic turned feminine, with its high block heel and cute bronze ankle strap. A trendy heeled style without the stiletto wobble.

Zara

 

 

 

 

 

 

A classic monk shoe with an open waist for a little ventilation, with a chunky sole to keep you out of the grime. This style would easily complement Scandinavian-style tailoring from the likes of Cos and & Other Stories: think black attire in interesting texture combinations.

Bronze Age

Topshop

 

 

 

 

 

A classic silhouette, updated in bronze: this tassel loafer in a warm hue would be flattering with either bare legs or socks. The boyish look is going strong, but is made prettier in a metallic.

River Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is this the statement sandal of the season? All of that hardware creates an edgy, powerful look. Create serious, friendship altering shoe-envy with these nouveau gladiators.

Boo hoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ballet pumps are a classic chic look, and a peep toe version is just what you need for spring and summer. Be on-trend with this sweetly-detailed bronze crackle version.

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SPRING/SUMMER 2014 CATWALK TRENDS – FROM THE HIGH STREET PT 1

In October, I showed you the top 10 footwear trends from the SS14 catwalks.

For those with a normal shoe-shopping budget, you can now buy these trends from our Great British high streets (or on-line if you want to keep warm).

Orange

& Other Stories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This may seem like a very difficult colour to wear, but picture these suede shoe-boots with some indigo jeans.

Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re feeling bolder, imagine these bright sandals with a flirty summer dress on a night out.

ASOS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or for just a hint of this trend, try this easy chelsea boot.

Wooden Soles

Swedish Hasbeens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swedish Hasbeens has become the go-to brand for wooden-soled footwear, and this style with its lace-edge detail is a flattering option.

New Look

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a simple upper on a classic platform wedge, you can’t go wrong with this New Look sandal.

& Other Stories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With its monochrome animal-print heel, this is the must-have fashion version of a wooden-soled sandal.

Pieced Points

Charles Philip Shanghai

 

 

 

 

 

In wonderfully-clashing pink canvas with orange lizard-print faux leather, this pointed pump is guaranteed to brighten up your Spring.

Topshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Western styling is influencing footwear this season, and this opened-up ankle boot will be practical from now until the weather gets hot. Wear with a black leather skirt for a rock and roll vibe.

ASOS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are not only cute and on-trend in about three different ways, but they also remind me of Cruella de Vil. Need I say more?

Green

& Other Stories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the olden days, green was considered an unlucky colour for footwear. Now that anything goes, try these moccasins for a touch of effortless cool.

ASOS

 

 

 

 

 

These citrus sandals with their faceted heels are not for the palest of skin tones, but will look stunning on warmer-toned feet.

& Other Stories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These khaki and black sandals offer a sexy twist on the military look. Warning: people may salute you.

Sculptural Heels

& Other Stories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apologies for featuring this brand so much, but they really have got all of the key trends covered this season. The convex curve gives a modern twist to a classic black suede court shoe.

Topshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a punky fetish look with practical ventilation slits, look no further than Topshop. Oh and that heel, that heel!

Irregular Choice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look how far heel technology has come: we can even use garden gnomes to support our stride. Not to everyone’s taste, but Irregular Choice will continue to surprise us with their playful footwear.

Watch this space for part 2: Sporty, Lizard, Ankle Wraps, White & Bronze Age

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DIOR COUTURE CHAIN-MAIL

I always love drooling over the beautiful gowns in the couture shows, especially when the designers complement the clothing with equally stunning footwear.

The shoes on the Christian Dior models stood out for me this season.

Who wouldn’t want chain-mail shoes with their own braces/suspenders?

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SPRING-TIME IN SICILY

The snow-drops and crocuses are emerging from the grassy banks of Southern England, giving hope of warmer days to come.

When the incessant winter rains are getting you down, feast your eyes on these daffodil-yellow blossom-print sandals from Dolce & Gabbana.

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LE SILLA SPARKLING SCULPTURE

With so many shoe options available, it is easy to think that all possible footwear styles must have been made by now.

I do enjoy seeing something that makes me gasp, and looks truly new and innovative.

Le Silla is a brand which the designer Enio Silla launched “to materialize the idea of seduction”. That phrase doesn’t seem to mean much until you see this creation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With intricate crystal-covered butterfly-wing wedge platforms, and soft gold nappa leather uppers, if ever I become a famous pop-star, these will form part of my costume.

 

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DREAMING OF SUN WITH LA PAIRE

Whilst looking out of the window at the London drizzle this week, I’ve been dreaming about warmer weather, and of setting my feet free to feel sun-rays and a gentle sea breeze.

The SS14 La Paire look-book captures the designer Amy La’s Moroccan inspiration beautifully, and has only fuelled my day-dreaming antics.

La Paire offers a mid-priced range of flat and low wedge sandals and pumps, all handmade in Spain from soft leathers and suedes.

 

The collection is centred on three equally compelling sandal styles, each available in a variety of shades and textures.

The cover features Viola: an ankle strap sandal with prettily delicate scalloping on the front strap, and it comes in two more colours.

ViolaIt looks fabulous on the foot as well.

I love the glimpses of La’s Iznik tiling inspiration in the look-book photography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rose style is “an ode to the traditional Grecian sandal”. The plain colours with gold accent straps create an elegant lux feel, perfect for St Tropez (or Brighton on that rare sunny day).

The third floral-named sandal is the Lily, with its exotic snakeskin-print leather sections. There’s something very flattering about that V created by the gold straps over the foot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, do we need to beg Ms La Paire to let us buy her beautiful SS14 sandals before they launch in March?

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PRETTY PRETTY NIKE

Now I’m not generally a sneaker freak, but sometimes a sporty little something comes along, and knocks me over.

I saw this Air Max 1 in the window of Offspring:

Air Max 1 £125

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh and they come in the Dunk Sky Hi (all is forgiven sneaker wedge)…

Dunk Sky Hi £125

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…and the cheaper Blazer Mid option:

Blazer Mid £100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swoon.

That is all.

 

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COOL, COMFORTABLE & IN THE SALE

With leather linings and uppers, and cushioned insoles, you might think of Geox as being a brand which pays more attention to comfort than to style.

Proving otherwise, these stylish options are not only beautiful, comfortable and great for spring, but they are also in the sale:

£115 reduced to £57.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love how the loafer trend has gone high-rise. This high-polished option is perfect for a mannish work look.

£90 reduced to £63

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grey is an on-trend neutral shade for spring/summer 2014. Try it with pastel shades or neons.

£145 reduced to £72.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This gorgeous platform desert boot in brick-coloured suede, reminds me of the 1970s. I can see it with a maxi skirt and soft white shirt.

£120 reduced to £60

£120 reduced to £60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one is for easy weekends with denim, or keeping you out of the mud at festivals with a floral tea-dress.

£105 reduced to £52.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An update to the classic mary jane, this 2-tone shoe is a lovely contrast of sweet and sexy: the perfect date shoe.

£135 reduced to £81

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m a little tired of seeing sneaker wedges everywhere, and find this hiker boot wedge to be a refreshing alternative.

Thinking twice about Geox now?

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NEW SPRING/SUMMER WINDOWS

Walking down Bond Street in London today, the Chanel & Tory Burch windows caught my eye.

The weather is cold, but these tempting spring/summer shoes are available now:

Tory Burch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chanel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE SHOE THAT MADE ME LOVE SHOES

@CorrinaGB asked me today on Twitter “what’s your favourite pair of all time? Photo, please!”

The shoe that instantly came to mind came from Shellys. When the brand still had their own shops, I would make regular pilgrimages to the Covent Garden shop (now Nike) or the one on Oxford Street.

Shellys made my teenage self realise that shoes didn’t have to be black or brown. My pair were lilac, with dark purple cut-out teardrops, binding and leather linings.

So unfortunately I don’t have a photo, or my beloved shoes, but I’ve sketched them for you:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which have been your favourite pair of all time?

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