Category: Shoes

Raise it up x

All I want for Autumn-slash-winter is a pair of Docs.

The reasons are multiple…

– Aesthetically pleasing

– A true classic

– One size fits all i.e. No different for either men or women.

Which is a very satisfying comment on life.

(All pics Pinterest)

Because these boots were made for walking.

Laters, Kate x

Cheers x

A toast to Toast for their latest collection: The perfect combination of simple, wearable, utility chic.

The beauty is in the details: Plackets, bibs, pockets and seems.

Check out the subtle pleating on the waistband and the neckline of this shirt.

(All pics Toast)

I want.

Laters, Kate x

If the shoe fits x

If you look closely at a Birk, you can tell how people used to think – practical, longevity, function.

 

But you can add to that list at strange, earthly beauty.  These are foundation shoes to ground any outfit.

I’ve worn the same white pair for the last three plus summers, safe in the knowledge they work.

(All pics Birkenstock)

These are not the dizzying, sun dance shoes of whimsy and wonder, but the timelessness of deep, true love.

Laters, Kate x

Miss L Fire x

If I need a charismatic pair of shoes to wear all day, Miss L Fire is the first port of call.

Sit up on a coffee stool watching the world go by, curl up like a cat under a tree or paint the town red, these are the shoes that dance on the inside.

Because they’re time honoured show girls.

Laters, Kate x

I swear, My Swear..

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The price of these babies will no doubt induce an apocalypse of weepiness and hair tearing…and also make them ‘highly desirable’ such is the strange world we live in because the basic price starts at £300 – plus postage. And then this goes skyward depending on how much customisation you fancy.  Yep – these walking mortgages from My Swear are labelled the first ever customisable trainers…and are sure to be a wallet slapping cosmos flying hit.6fbff209ddea6f7c96bdc6ce763c589a

Where the joy comes in is even if you can’t buy, you can play: The power of the internet/websites are so good now, you can literally watch and plan every step  – colour – not just all over, but for each section, type of leather, soles, toes, eyelets, laces – it’s a long list of decisions meaning you can end up with a totally unique object.

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Ta-daaah!

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(All pics from My Swear)

Expect to see them strutting their stuff at the AW17 fashion shows.

You’ve been warned.

Laters, Kate x

Tunnel Vision x

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There is nothing worse than saying someone is likeable, but not enough to care.  It’s what I though when I first saw duck boots – practical, but not for the streets of London.  Now I’ve changed my mind.

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It’s an ugly name but surprisingly apt and they’ve been sneaking into peripheral vision for a while: Instagram pictures from NY, at the airport, on the slopes..even in an episode of Fortitude last night during a boxset binge (and if they’re the go-to shoe for those extreme conditions they must be doing something right).

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They get a further tick for being unisex (well, at least some of the brands are) which is an itch itself that really needs to be scratched – tell me why can’t there be shoes with just the choice of wide or narrow to accommodate the whole population rather than only ever appealing 50%?  The division of the sexes is too often a marketing ploy to separate us..and our hard earned money. I believe changing this simple thing would be a huge step forward (literally) in equality and world peace…

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(All pics from Pinterest)

On a lighter note, when you really think about it, duck boots are the living proof that the skinnie will never die. Deep.

Laters, Kate x

 

 

Haunted x

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Hunter, an authentic British heritage brand beloved of the posh, festival goers and anyone inbetween: It’s the mainstream label with proper appeal and sits on it’s tartan wingback armchair like a curled, sleeping cat.

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There’s much to love: simplicity, versatility, a sense of tradition mixed with a slick, modern attitude.

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And yet I have a gripe (I suspect it’s to do with old age)

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Take a product like a mac or a wellington boot (both things Hunters do particularly well). Part of their appeal is their adaptability and flexibility…so why do their products have to be divided ‘mens’ ‘womens’ ‘girls’ and ‘boys’? Why this continual need to introduce psychological barriers to choice?

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I’m starting to think that the division of the sexes is a background noise that all too often we just accept and that it’s insidious reach starts when are children and impressionable: Boys uniform, girls uniform, pretty school shoes for the girls, practical ones for the boys, netball for the girls, rugby for the boys.  And I can see the result of this in all the adults associated with school: The parents that are class reps for the school?…all women.  The contact emails for playdates?..are for all the women – even if they work full time as well.  If a child was sick..the school would phone the mother regardless of whether she was the main breadwinner or not.  Pick up and drop off? This is more mixed..but it’s certainly not equal.

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If we want true liberty of thought and equal treatment of the sexes then little things like unnecessary labels really do need to matter.  And Fashion (with a capital ‘f’) is in the perfect place to take the first steps forward.

Laters, Kate x

Swedish Hasbeens x

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So I’m running away to the sun today a week earlier than expected as my father has broken his elbow – there’s no time to write new blog posts, instead I offer you summer re-runs..some of the best posts from times gone past.  Until we meet again – enjoy!

I was aware of fashion from a very early age …rolling down my hated knee socks in primary school in longing of cute ankle ones – and lusting over those nearly not there socks with the pom-pom at the back? Sigh.  And there was the utter object of my desire..navy blue clogs.  I’d watch those lucky girls nonchalantly flick them off to do cartwheels on the grass..before sliding them back on and jauntily walking off with that bone dry rhythm. I knew it was wrong to be fiddling with a buckle.

Time has made a difference..and I just got me some new summer shoes…CLOGS! A long held desire has been appeased and a wrong has finally been righted..Do you know the brand Swedish Hasbeens? They have a lovely story..(although it has given me visions of Anita lighting up a four-legged beast from the desert)..

The story

Her name was Anita and she was the hottest mum in all of southern Sweden in the 1970’s. While smoking Camel she screamed at her kids until her curlers fell out and just looked fabulous in her white high-heeled clogs.One summer day in 2006 we found the shoes she wore (300 pairs of red, white and black beautiful clogs from the 70’s) in the basement of an old clog factory in the neighboring village and brought them to Stockholm. So for all these people that shared our love for Anita’s wooden shoes and for ourselves we started Swedish Hasbeens.Our ambition is to continue to release more incoherent and fun shoes and stuff inspired by Hasbeens that once ruled the planet.The Hasbeens toffels, bags and belts are based on original 70’s models and are made of ecologically prepared natural grain leather since it’s the most beautiful and the highest quality at the same time as it’s environmentally friendly.They are still handmade with respect for people and the environment in the old traditional way, and in small factories that have made shoes for decades. Our production methods and material are kind to nature and people. Happy toffels make happy people.

The designs are delicious…

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I went for simplicity and a lower heel – I’ve never worn Hasbeens before and I suspect a wooden sole takes a bit of getting used to, also I was ordering off the internet…and truth be told –  I’m not too good on really high heels and I want these as regular day shoes..the colour is divine…not white, but a soft, buttermilk.. they’ll go with everything..

IMG_1950But if they suit…and they become my best-ever-summer-shoe-purchase-since-the-arrival-of-flatforms..guess where they’ve opened their first UK shop? Only in Hanbury street in Spitalfields…I hear a siren call..

Laters, Kate x

P.S. Tip from Anna, the half-Swedish girl who knows..to wear them in (the leather is good n strong) start wearing them in the house with extra thick socks!