Open spaceA cool smart casual option for dry days. The lightweight white sole gives a sporty look to contrast against the menswear-inspired upper.
Floral feetThis unusual 60s print is the product of a collaboration between Clarks and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Complementary to a sleek black work outfit.
Barbie pumpThis sweet block-heeled court is extra girly in fuchsia suede. A cheerful weekend style, versatile enough to take you to weddings and the races too.
Nautical navyA laid-back take on a classic men's style, with contrasting white laces and sole. Great with rolled-up jeans and a white shirt. Also available in E fit.
High TT Bars aren't just for little kids. This off white version has grown-up geometric laser-cutting and an elegant tapered toe shape. Also available in E fit.
Natural moccThis style has a moccasin construction which wraps under the foot, giving optimum comfort. Peach veg-tan leather is flattering to most skin-tones.
It’s usually around this time of year that I get impatient for Spring to arrive. This tends to make February feel long and cold.
One positive thing about this month is that shops and web pages fill with new and exciting closed-toed shoe styles. As there are only a small number of days per year in the UK when you can be truly comfortable in sandals, closed shoes are a sensible investment.
Sensible doesn’t have to mean boring, so click through the slide show above for my pick of the loveliest new Clarks shoes. As always, only shoes which are comfortable and beautiful have made the selection.
My nearest and dearest know that I’m not a fan of tenuously footwear-related paraphernalia: shoe ornaments, things with shoes embroidered on them, shoe-shaped items that aren’t shoes…
I’m keen to own items which are either beautiful, functional or both, and I love shoes….actual shoes.
With all of that in mind, my brother cleverly selected the perfect entirely functional shoe-related gift for me.
Inside this lovely red textured leather pouch, was a compact little shoe polish kit.
A neutral polish, a black polish, a brush and polishing cloth. These really are the essentials for looking after your shoes.
- Apply the polish with kitchen roll
- Leave it to sink in for 20-30 minutes
- Remove any excess polish with more kitchen roll
- Buff to your desired level of shine with the cloth
Just as beards are back on-trend, I feel that looking after your best assets (no not those, your shoes!), is having a renaissance.
Polishing my shoes is one of those easy manual tasks which I find almost meditative, and highly satisfying. Plus I love that polish smell!
People ask me how often they should polish their shoes. That depends how often you wear them.
I recommend not wearing one pair of shoes two days in a row: alternating pairs allows moisture to dry and increases the life of footwear.
For frequently worn shoes which need to look smart, you would be wise to polish them every two weeks. If you like a more lived-in look, you still need to nourish your footwear regularly. Shoe polish is like moisturiser for leather. Make time to give all of your regularly worn shoes some TLC every month or so.
Have you heard the term “toe cleavage”? If you haven’t, it refers to being able to see the lines between your toes, for example in a low-cut court shoe or ballet pump.
The comparison between toes and breasts is an intriguing one. Whereas breasts are frequently seen as objects of sexual desire, the love of toes is considered to be a fetish.
Isn’t the current norm for defining toe cleavage as sexy, therefore bizarre?
According to modern thinking, depending on the level of sexuality you wish to evoke, you can opt for a cut of shoe which shows the gaps between all, a couple or none of your toes.
My practical advice is to be aware that the lower the cut of your shoes, the less support they will offer and the more likely they are to rub. With slip-on court styles, low cuts can mean that the shoe is more likely to come off, potentially causing injury.
If you believe the correlation between sexiness and amount of toe cleavage, you might be keen to exercise caution when it comes to exposing your toe cracks (ahem) in work or other formal situations.
Discover more useful tips on the meanings of shoe shapes, and how to choose footwear to flatter your figure, in my book Outfits in Minutes: A Guide for Time-Pressed Women.
Have you ever wished for a fairy godmother to wave her magic wand, and provide you with an instantly perfect outfit every day?
I know a book which gives you the skills to be your own fairy godmother.
Outfits in Minutes: A Guide for Time-Pressed Women, which I co-wrote with the fabulous Samantha Clarke, is packed full of tips, tricks and our signature formulas for getting dressed quickly in the morning.
We help you to simplify your dressing decisions, whilst understanding the meanings of colours and shoe styles, and how you can use them to flatter your own unique figure.
There are also plenty of opportunities to discover how to experiment with different looks, without making mistakes.
Why not give yourself the gift of easy style for 2016?
Don’t forget to write your review on Amazon, and recommend our book to your friends.
Thanks and happy 2016!
A Merry Christmas to all of my readers!
Best wishes for a wonderful 2016 full of comfortable, beautiful shoes.
If you’re struggling to think of a thoughtful Christmas gift for your loved one, I have an idea that could mean you’ll win massive bonus points this year.
Do you know a lady who has a wardrobe crammed full of clothes, but can’t seem to get out of the front door on time each morning? Why not help her discover the formula for looking fabulous every day with minimal stress? By the way, I don’t mean buy her multiple black T-shirts and blue jeans à la Steve Jobs.
In my book Outfits in Minutes: A Guide for Time-Pressed Women, co-author Samantha Clarke and I provide methods, charts and easy formulas for dressing confidently every day.
As you would expect from me, there are plenty of shoe-specific tips to help create the perfect top-to-toe look.
I know that for those of you who don’t live in the U.S., it’s tricky to buy a Kindle book as a gift. To solve this for you, I found this website which lets you give a customised gift card instead. The ASIN you need is B00SOYBHSS.
Let me know how your gift is received, and don’t forget to buy a copy for yourself, to avoid being out-dressed by your loved one.
I’d love you to add a review on Amazon too!
Blond ambitionThis tongue-in-cheek tribute to Madonna's early '90s tour gives glamour to the wearer, at the same time as displaying a fabulous cultural reference.
Coffee porcelainWith the delightful illusion of coffee pouring out of a decorative porcelain pot, the 12cm liquid-look heel is countered by a 2cm platform.
Mallard duckThere's something very pleasing about the colour and material combinations of this curvy court shoe, based on the male of the water-loving species.
WriteThe simplicity of this slingback makes it all the more appealing, with its classic yellow pencil heel and upper with the look of lined paper.
OrcaMr Levi cleverly combines black and white shapes. Ordinarily I'm not happy to be compared to a whale, but in this instance I'll make an exception.
Chinese 2015In celebratory gold and red, this style displays subtle details of traditional Chinese decoration such as a delicate tassel swinging from the heel.
StorkEver wanted four dainty legs? There's something quite perfect about the cute heel detailing, contrasted against the stark white upper and beak detailing.
For lovers of show-stopping footwear, the ultra-creative designer Kobi Levi produces magnificent creations (with price-tags to match).
Worn by the likes of Lady Gaga, thrill your shoe-obsessed loved one on Christmas day with any one of the awe-inspiring styles in the slide show.
With only a few short weeks until Mini Shoe Consultant is due to arrive into this world, I thought it appropriate to expose my pregnancy shoe comfort secret.
It is recommended to wear flats when you’re pregnant to help support your changing centre of gravity, avoid back pain, and prevent slips and falls. I found I had to temporarily retire even my most comfortable wedges fairly early on, due to the extra weight on the balls of my hard-working feet.
I owe much of the contentment my feet have experienced throughout my pregnancy to a particular pair of shoes.
My Nike Air Max Thea trainers perfectly suited the sport-lux trend this year, meaning I could get away with wearing them with all but the dressiest items in my wardrobe. They’re not available in all black now, but the white-soled versions are just as chic.
Now my big toes have nearly come through the uppers, and the heel linings have almost worn away, I thought it was time to replace my beloved footwear with something suitable for an aspiring MILF.
Reluctant to hang up my own personal style on the door of the labour ward, I thought now was the time to treat myself to a somewhat blingy early Christmas present.
Time to graduate into a different colourway of my favourite comfortable shoes: Bronze/Black Air Max Thea.
I hope these will encourage me to get out and lose the baby weight. Maybe I won’t be so eager to get back into my heels now…