OPEN YOUR IRISES

As the weather starts to look distinctly perkier, our toes are beginning to think about emerging from their boot burrows.

There’s no better way to embrace the oncoming summer sunshine, than to pay a visit to the Iris SS16 collection launch and workshops.

The founder and designer Anastasia designs her beautiful sandals and jewellery in London, and the sandals are made in the delightful Greek island of Crete.

Anastasia has taken the classic look of Greek leather sandals, and adorned them with all kinds of beads and embellishments.

She even makes custom orders for brides, bridesmaids, or anyone who fancies a bespoke pair.

Pop along to see the SS16 collection between 10am-6pm every day until Sunday 10th April at:

Craft Central

33-35 St Johns Square

London

EM1M 4DS

You can request a unique design…

…or fall in love with one of the fabulous new season styles.

Check out the highly wearable statement jewellery pieces…

…and the luxurious leather backpacks.

Look out for Iris sandals on Kickstarter soon.

To discover top tips on how to shop for sandals, download my book The Shoe Shopping Kit.

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SHOE STORAGE TIPS – VIDEO

This time of year can make us itch to reorganise, clean, or have a clear-out.

Watch my short film, to discover clever ways to reorganise and store your shoe collection.

 

Download The Shoe Shopping Kit for an entertaining guide on how to shop for shoes like a pro.

If you now have shoe storage envy, you can buy the shoe rack featured in this film.

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THE SHOE SHOPPING KIT

It’s with great excitement that I can announce the launch of my new book The Shoe Shopping Kit.

Have you ever bought a pair of shoes and regretted it? Perhaps they turned out to be uncomfortable, or just didn’t suit your wardrobe or lifestyle.

If you have even one lonely unworn pair sitting in your wardrobe, then this book is just what you need.

 

The Shoe Shopping Kit is packed full of revelations based on my 18 years of experience in the footwear industry.

Learn tips and tricks to:
Know whether a shoe will be comfortable before trying it on
Work out whether you’re getting value for money
Think outside the shoe box – try different styles and colours

You’ll learn to:
Save money on unworn shoes
Save time by planning your shopping trips
Save your feet from pain
Navigate the treacherous waters of the seasonal sales, and bag yourself a real bargain this time.

Download it now to discover what to look for online and in the shops, so you’ll never make a mistake again.

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10 SHADES OF GREY

  • Teal grey loafer
    Teal grey loafer
    An easy suede penny loafer from iconic jacket makers Barbour. Great with straight-legged jeans for a laid-back weekend look.
  • Warm grey gibson
    Warm grey gibson
    Sleek and smart, masters of comfort Gabor have introduced this delectable lace-up for Spring. Leather linings keep you cool and comfortable.
  • Light grey court
    Light grey court
    A court shoe for those who want to explore a lighter colour palette. This snake print leather Gabor court is perfect with summer pastels.
  • Charcoal grey loafer
    Charcoal grey loafer
    Serious but fashion focused, this easy loafer makes for a smart and speedy work option for when you need to look the business in a hurry.
  • Pale grey point
    Pale grey point
    For work, weekend, and even a wedding. Try this versatile pointed flat with a skirt, skinny jeans, or slim-legged trousers.
  • Cool grey brogue
    Cool grey brogue
    Suede gives a softer look to masculine styling for Spring. Try working the mod look with wide-legged jeans and a cute blouse.
  • Pure grey bootie
    Pure grey bootie
    Shoe boots or booties are a really useful style for early Spring and late Autumn. Keep your feet warm and comfortable with this block-heeled style.
  • Taupe ankle boot
    Taupe ankle boot
    With its inside zip, this ventilated ankle boot is an easy style for bolting out of the door. Great with a knee-length A-line skirt or skinny jeans.
  • Dark taupe western boot
    Dark taupe western boot
    Cowgirl-inspired styles are creeping back on to the shoe shop shelves. Get in on this trend early before Autumn comes.
  • Ice grey zip boot
    Ice grey zip boot
    A pretty pale grey option to complement dresses and skirts in muted tones. The perforated back part keeps your feet cool when the weather hots up.

 

Grey is a useful neutral when black is just too boring and dark for Spring. It comes in many shades (50 if E.L. James is to be believed).

Pure greys (black mixed with white) coordinate well with black.

Blue tinged greys look great with cool blues.

Taupey greys complement brown.

Jones Bootmaker are offering 10% discount off the new Spring Summer 2016 styles in the slide show above with voucher code NEW10.

This offer expires at 11:59pm on Sunday 6th March 2016 so click through now to avoid missing out.*

 

*Code can only be redeemed online for home delivery only. Applies to full price lines only. Excludes lines in the ‘Sale’ and ‘Outlet’ categories. Code expires 11:59pm on Sunday 6th March 2016.
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FRESH AND BRIGHT

The mornings may still be frrrrreezing, but spring is showing its colours in gardens across the Northern hemisphere…

…and also indoors.

Do you love an imaginative shop window display as much as I do? Aldo caught my eye with this bright arrangement.

Their styles this season seem to dare you to wear dull black on your feet.

Try the flat point in blue with black tailored trousers.

Relax (and outdo the teens) in a blinged up red trainer.

Dress like a fashionista in these grey gibsons with a lime flash

Feeling inspired? Tweet me a photo of your brightest foot coverings @ShoeConsultant

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

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HAPPY PANCAKE DAY!

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SKIP THROUGH FEBRUARY

  • Open space
    Open space
    A cool smart casual option for dry days. The lightweight white sole gives a sporty look to contrast against the menswear-inspired upper.
  • Floral feet
    Floral feet
    This 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 pump
    Barbie pump
    This 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 navy
    Nautical navy
    A 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 T
    High T
    T 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 mocc
    Natural mocc
    This 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.

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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.

Which is your favourite style? Let me know in the comments or on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

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SHOE CARE ESSENTIALS

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.

My method:

  1. Apply the polish with kitchen roll
  2. Leave it to sink in for 20-30 minutes
  3. Remove any excess polish with more kitchen roll
  4. 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.

Do you polish your shoes? If so, how often? Let me know in the comments or on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

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WHY IS TOE CLEAVAGE SEXY?

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.

 

Do you think toe cleavage is sexy? Let me know in the comments or on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

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