Tagged: boots

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Toes..

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On Tuesday I went to the rather exclusive Westbury Hotel in Mayfair for the PFLM London Shoe Show where there were all sorts of stands offering tempting delicacies of the sole variety – See by Chloe, Jill Sander, Paco Herrero to name just a few…but there was only one label for me….Claire was there with Air and Grace..and most importantly her new designs, literally hot off the factory floor….Meet Woodstock, the sophisticated over-the-knee boot you’ve only dreamt of (see this post here) complete with block heel, super soft black suede, the perfect elasticated cling and an inspirational, funky fringe running the full, graceful length…pure genius.

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(Woodstock will also be available in tantalising tan.  I drool…)

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The new Coachella’s are also a sight for sore eyes..

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The leopard and snakeskin offerings are an exquisitely menacing set of shoes, primed and ready to strut street style..

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And the pumps are all ready for the summer sun…the nude and stud combination should be an illegal high…

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This was also the first chance to see the new Air & Grace sole..Claire’s trademark feather is now a cunning tread, with the potential for a starring role in any detective drama..

There are so many reasons to be excited about this label: A courageous, talented woman ready to take on the world and prove that art and commerce aren’t mutually exclusive, with a product that’s sassy and stylish and super-intelligently combined with the soft stuff of snug bedding beautifully translated into utter joy for feet…

 

I can hear mine sighing…

Laters, Kate x

Boots Made for walking..

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(Photo from Eileen Fisher)

The boots I want, nay need, for winter…except this photo is an optical illusion…it’s actually leather leggings with ankle boots, but it hasn’t stopped the waves of lust.  Except the truly gutting thing is that I had the very pair years ago..and threw them out for no real good reason..it’s a hard lesson to learn: separating the wheat from the chaff..

We are heading to Edinburgh this morning for a four day break  and a family gathering at the Zoo..(how apt!) Will be good for Bella to meet some fellow-red-headed-rellies..she’s been practising her Scottish accent especially.  I just hope the weather is better up there..I suspect not….

 

Laters, Kate x

Penelope Chilvers x

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Penelope Chilvers is an independent shoe shop based in Notting Hill offering some seriously lovely kicks to swoon over..

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020402070002_107_Z1Founded in 2005 from the front room of her house, Penelope Chilvers, the driving force and Designer,  passionately supports dying crafts and traditional methods for manufacturing in the twenty first Century.  She believes this is the beating heart of the Brand and what keeps it authentic..

 

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Her shoes are always impeccably crafted  – she endeavours to source each and every component in a design which is then crafted by hand..the result is the addition of that intrinsic quality that’s impossible to fake: Love.

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Each shoe is designed to walk into your life.  And stay there.

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Quietly rocking inspiration.

Me likey..

Laters, Kate x

Lust Lust Lust..

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Maria Grazia Chuiri and Pierpaolo Piccioli are producing the type of Valentino Collections that bleeds my soul.

I tell myself – it’s only clothes…but my heart knows better.

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It’s as if they’ve stepped inside my head and cherry picked my favourite things: Blanket coats, proper boots, Doc shoes, loose but crisp, colours on the side of dusky..and handed them to me as a lighter than air, perfectly baked clafoutis.

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The proportions make me smile with pure pleasure.

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At first glance I thought this was a play on the boyfriend blazer..it is, but better – it’s a cape.

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So clever.

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How do they get it so right?

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And then there is the Butterfly motif, Damien Hirst re-invented.

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How understated can this be? And still pack a punch..

I need to lie down.

Laters, Kate x