My spring essentials are pumps. I’ve lived in my tan brogue boots and my hiking trainers all winter but now that the weather is warming up and the clocks have gone forward I’m confident that it’s time to switch over to springtime shoes. So that’s what I’m talking about in today’s Tuesday Shoesday blog post, plus I’m giving you the opportunity to win ANY pair shoes from StriveFootwear.com in my giveaway so read on to find out how to enter this fab giveaway..!Now it’s not yet time for summer sandals, but my usual boots are too heavy for this transitional season; what I really need is a pair of pumps. I usually live in flats throughout the spring and summer, so over the past few years I’ve got through countless pairs. You know the type; cheap, flimsy and prone to holes! Okay, I haven’t spent much money on these budget shoes (thank goodness, because I’m getting through the like a packet of biscuits) but ideally I’d like a pair to last me a season and save me the effort of taking regular trips to the shops.After wearing Strive trainers in my day-to-day life, I concluded that the brand might be the solution for my spring/summer pumps too. I knew they make comfy sandals but I hadn’t ever investigated their shoe collection. Thankfully, the brand didn’t disappoint and I managed to find a pair of Hampton flats in the new season collection.
Over the weekend I added a great magazine to my apple newsstand – Fashion magazine A/W14 – which you can download for free. It offered some interesting insights into new season trends and I was especially keen to read about the footwear trends for today’s Tuesday Shoesday blog post.
The first Autumn/Winter trend that really caught my eye was pointed loafers. I’d never really considered them for this time of year, preferring to wear more sturdy, puddle-proof boots, but now that I’ve actually thought about it, loafers are the ideal shoe for those in-between days like today. When it’s cool enough for a jumper but not wet enough to need knee-high boots, or when a day starts off chilly and misty before making way for autumn sunshine, it makes sense to wear some equally versatile shoes. Loafers are the ideal accompaniment for trousers and skinny jeans, look classy with skirts and are a great accompaniment to a pair of thermal tights!
I’ve always thought of loafers as the grandparent’s choice but the trend this season is for pointed loafers which has brought the style up-to-date and even makes it wearable for nights out. Add to their fashion credentials the fact that they are comfortable enough for all-day walking, and you’ve got a pair of shoes that are equally suited to a working wardrobe, wearing to college or for casual days out. I’ve totally talked myself into it and now I don’t know how I’ve lived without loafers this long! What do you think? Do you swear by loafers for in-between days in Autumn and Spring? Which are your favourites?
The second trend the John Lewis Fashion magazine identified is stiletto boots. Again, it’s another style that I’ve never worn before, believing them to be both impractical – let’s be honest, they are ankle boots with holes! – and uncomfortable – due to the height of the heel. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t look extremely sexy when worn on a night out or powerful as part of an office outfit. I struggle with any heel height about 3 inches, but I know that many of you can walk just as comfortably in stilettos or trainers, so it’s definitely a cool look for autumn/winter 2014. I think they would be a great shoe to transition from work-to-evening, so would be ideal to wear for the festive party season; they are stylish and dressy enough for a night out, but the muted dark colours are equally suited to wearing to the office. Again, they would be great with tights and trousers when the weather gets cooler, and some are already reduced to clear in the JL sale, so maybe they would be a good investment for A/W14? Do you already have a pair of these sky-high boots? What do you think of them? Please get in touch and leave me a comment below!
With reports of an approaching heat wave, the UK is already gearing up for summer. The supermarkets are stocking up on BBQ goodies and I’ve seen plenty of garden products being pushed in stores. It’s as if we’ve all forgotten that we usually get frosty mornings, sub-zero temperatures and sometimes snowstorms at this time of year. The weather in 2014 has been surprisingly mild and despite buying loads of anti-freeze, windscreen scrapers and de-icer, I’ve not been defrosting the car each morning. Despite buying thermal tights, fluffy socks and insulated boots, I’ve not been stomping through drifts of snow. My woolly scarf, padded coat and chunky jumper has remained unworn. This winter has been weird and unseasonably mild. As a result, the we have decided to skip spring and are ready for summer right now – and it looks like the weather agrees!
Most fashion brands also agree and we’re all looking forward to the trends of the summer already. There are florals, metallic, pastels and – my favourite – maritime. This is what I’m looking at today because even though we’re ready for summer I’d like to hedge my bets and invest in new season footwear that can be worn in the colder weather with tights if needed! No sandals for me just yet – I’m sticking to deck shoes and I’m loving them! Check out these different looks:
As you can see, these cute little pumps are great for all kinds of fashion looks: on-trend and stylish for workwear, classy for special occasions and comfortable for casual looks. And of course a pair of leather or suede deck shoes are perfect for following the SS14 maritime fashion trend in a subtle way. You don’t have to wear a stripes or a full-on life jacket to get the nautical look – a pair of soft flat shoes will get the look without you needing to invest in a whole new wardrobe. Plus, as you can see above, they can be worn with a variety of looks all spring/summer long – they look equally cool with trousers, shorts, skirts or dresses. There are very few footwear choices that can achieve that kind of versatility and this ensures that you’ll get a decent amount of wear out of your deck shoes every year. Here are a few of my favourites from Chatham and (as I am quite greedy when it comes to shoes) I want them all!
You can just imagine how comfortable these shoes would be when going on long summer walks and they would look equally fabulous on the beach as they would in the office. I especially love the tassel trim on the suede pumps above, plus the colours are so girly and cute, including Pantone’s colour of the year Radiant Orchid and summer colour Mykonos Blue. As deck shoes are such a design classic it’s the detail that counts – so keep an eye out for contrast stitching and embroidered stripes like those on the heel of the Rita shoes above. Although I am ‘vertically challenged’ I think I’d rather wear deck shoes (and be both comfortable and on-trend this summer) than exchange comfort for extra height from heels. What do you think of the maritime trend and this modern take on deck shoes? Will you be wearing comfy flats yourself this Summer? Let me know in the comments below 🙂
Get involved in a future Tuesday Shoesday blog post – Do you have a pair of shoes that you absolutely love? If you’d like to share your favourites – whether they’re your old reliable boots or your snazziest heels – please send a snap to me with a sentence about why they are your faves to email@example.com. I’ll posting them in an article later this month and will link back to your own blog or website, so get in touch!