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Tuesday Shoesday ~ Festival Footwear

With Glastonbury kicking off this week, what else can I talk about on Tuesday Shoesday other than festival footwear?? I still haven’t managed to get any festival tickets this year, so I’ll be enjoying ‘Gardenbury’ again – the cheapest way to enjoy Glastonbury this weekend (see my blog post about it here). However, I still think I need new shoes to cope with the festival season so that’s what I’ve been dreaming about this week.

SS14 Festival Wellies from Joules

There are only two types of shoes you need for festivals; flipflops or wellies. That basically covers it all. If it’s sunny, you’ll be able to cool your feet in flipflops and if it’s raining, the only thing you’ll want to put on your feet is wellies. There’s no place for stilettos, wedges or kitten heels at a festival! The only other options are possibly canvas pumps (but they will get ruined if it rains and will probably end up rather stinky at the end of the weekend!) or a pair of battered old ankle boots. Again, this is fine in the rain but might be a little hot and sticky in nice weather. So your best bet is to travel light: pack the flipflops and wear your wellies and alternate between the two.

Here are my top picks for on-trend flipflops and my favourite wellies for splashing through the mud:

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This 2-pack of coral and white tropical print flip-flops are from New Look for only £5.99 – what a bargain! – so it doesn’t matter if you lose one sandal in the mud because you’ve got a back-up pair in your rucksack! New Look are doing free next-day delivery until 8pm tonight so you can still get hold of these flip-flops in time for Glastonbury ;) These ‘Brave Soul’ red flip-flops are only £3 in the ASOS sale which has just started today, plus there are plenty of other bargain flip-flops in the sale, so have a quick look at the ASOS sale section today. I’ve got my own Ipanema sandals last summer (see my review blog post here) so I know how fab these beige or navy flip-flops will be to wear all weekend and they too are in the sale, so check it out!

I like the pattern of these green hare print wellies from the Joules Outlet sale section – it’s great that they have an adjustable calf and a small heel – plus they are only £25. If you’d prefer a traditional welly-boot, these Dunlop wellies in green or black are only £11.99 from Mr-Shoes. And finally, a more girly version can be found at Missguided where these monochrome lace pattern wellies are £16.99.

Let me know what you’ll be packing in your backpack if you’re off to Glastonbury this weekend – what will you be wearing on your feet?? Tweet me @Cassiefairy.

 


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Tuesday Shoesday ~ wet weather wellies

Okay, I can’t deny it any longer. Winter is here. Or at very least, the wet, cold weather is here. And with it comes the need for sturdy winter footwear and waterproof clothing. That’s where today’s Tuesday Shoesday topic comes in.

I’ve decided to share some ideas for looking fabulous while wearing wellies because, let’s face it, they aren’t the most flattering, comfortable or stylish footwear options around. But they are bloomin’ good at keeping your feet dry and with the addition of a chunky wellie sock and legwarmers, they can also be warm and toasty.

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You may remember that last week I quoted from Luella Bartley’s Guide to English Style about the super-cool-ness of brogues for both men and women, so I thought I’d check out what this British designer has to say about wellies:

“Gone are the days when the Green Welly brigade wore green wellies. These days equestrians and land-owning types wear brands such as Muck Boots with nylon uppers and padded lining… What you won’t see them in is Nu Rave yellow or scarlet. Hunter, the manufacturer of classic tapered wellies with the much-copied side buckle, has bowed to the tyranny of fashion. First there was the Festival range featuring silver and dolphin grey. It would be foolhardy to overemphasise the Kate Moss effect – she famously wore a pair of black Hunter’s with hot pants to Glastonbury in 2005 – but the company posted a massive sales increase in the wake of Kate’s endorsement. I once harboured a desire to create Luellies… A welly is, after all, an integral part of the Englander’s existence.”

Luella Bartley, 2010, Luella’s Guide to English Style, Fourth Estate

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I would certainly buy a pair of Luellies – how cool does that sound?! I have had disappointing experiences with wellies in recent years, buying a really pretty floral pair from Office that turned out to be too tight and therefore limited the amount of time I could wear them without getting a massive blister on my heel. In this instance, these boots were made for walking does certainly not apply! I think that the solution to painful wellies is buying a pair one size bigger and then filling the extra space with padding in the form of chunky knitted socks, thermal tights and welly-liners like this pair my pal bought for me a couple of Christmases ago:

hunter-welly-socks image from my hunting news com

Image c/o My Hunting News

So pop out to your local Primark, Peacocks, New Look or even George at Asda or Tesco to buy some cheap fluffy socks – even a pair of those non-slip bed socks from Poundland will do – and get layering up! Your feet will be padded and snuggly inside your wellies and you’ll be fine and dandy for the whole of the wet weather period. And don’t forget the snow is coming too – and if you’ve got wellies in a size bigger, there’s nothing to stop you slipping a hand-warmer down the side to keep extra toasty!


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Tuesday Shoesday – Festival fashionista

In honour of this week’s Glastonbury festival and in particular the quantity of mud, this Tuesday Shoeday is dedicated to wellies!

Here’s a few celebrities who have been spotted flaunting thier festival footwear at Glastonbury: Kate Moss, Pixie Geldof and Jo Wiley – mostly wearing famous Hunter Wellies! 

  

In fact, as I am typing this blogpost, the weather has turned dramatically – from scorching sunlight to hurtling rain, thunder and lightening. If ever I needed some wellies, its NOW!

My favourite wellies (a pair that I have coveted for ages) are being splashed around in by Pixie Lott, who is wearing a lovely paid of red Hunters. I like the little heel on them – that extra inch makes all the difference when you’re as small as me!

Here’s my favourite high street versions – but I think I’ll hold out another year to save up for my red Hunters! Or possibly these Joules ones with a bow on the back at £69, black WedgeWellies from Bank and spotty wellies from New Look at only £19.99!

        Joules / Posh Welly with Bow / Pillarbox                  Black (Black) Spotty Wellington | 228010701 | New Look