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SEVEN BOOT LANE

I have posted about Seven Boot Lane before - they are UK based family brand who make their shoes in a Spain. I am a massive fan of Seven Boot Lane - I've found their shoes to be great quality, long lasting and comfortable.

Their designs are not over the top but have subtle, interesting details that make them more interesting than the average shoe. Plus because they are a smaller brand the chances are you won't see everyone else wearing the same ones.

They have got some great new styles in at the moment. I love my metallic ankle boots - they go with everything and have become my go to Winter boot.

Bayarma Metallic Leather £150

I also love these leopard slip on print trainers - I have the grey version of these from last year and i've worn them so much, these would go with everything from winter to summer.  

I am always on the look out for a decent pair of winter boots that can be worn when it gets really cold and in the snow - however I always end up looking for these too late and they've all sold out. We are hoping to go skiing this year and i'll be taking these to wear for aprés.

ALL THE SHOES YOU NEED

It is like it happened over night - Autumn is here. Gone are the days of flip flops and sandals it's time to put the toes away and start thinking about the Summer - Winter transition and layering up. 

I actually really like it when the seasons and temperature changes and I enjoy the challenges and variation of dressing for all weathers. Plus I think we need different seasons to help us appreciate what we have, when we have it.

When it comes to Autumnal footwear I believe in having some key shoes and boots in your wardrobe that when you put them with different outfits they have the ability to update and change your whole look. If your shoe wardrobe contains at least (and not exclusively) one of the following types of footwear you should have every occasion covered:

  • Boots

  • Trainers

  • Loafers / Brogues

  • Party shoes

Marks & Spencer have some great options (from all the above categories) in at the moment. Their shoe and boot collection has been well considered and they have ensured that every (shoe)box has been ticked.  Also being M&S you can guarantee comfort and durability as well as style. Here are my top picks:

I LOVE these red suede pointed flats and know I will get a lot of wear out of them. I can imagine wearing them to Christmas parties and will be styling them with everything from skinny leather trousers, to cropped jeans and jumpsuits.

These shoes are super comfortable and are even endorsed by the UK College of Podiatrists due to Insolia Flex® which makes walking in flats more comfortable by insuring your foot is correctly placed within your shoes and improves the natural rotational movement of the ball of the foot -so clever! And also because they are a wider fit, I don't have particularly wide feet but by being slightly wider it means they do not squash your toes like some pointed ones do. 

Stain Away™ Wide Fit Suede Pumps with Insolia Flex® £39.50 / Pinafore Sleeveless Jumpsuit £39.50

I love all things leopard print and believe it to be a neutral so wear it with everything. I have been after a pair of leopard print trainers for ages so when I spotted these I was very happy! I like wearing darker coloured trainers in winter because it hides the dirt and because I think they look better with black tights than white ones.  

I will be styling these with everything from pleated skirts, to dungarees and then when Spring comes back with bare legs and shorts.

Leopard Leather Lace Up Trainers £49.50 / Tunic Shift Dress £69

A decent pair of simple, flat, black ankle boots are an Autumn essential. They are the boot that you are likely to wear the most because they can pretty much be worn with everything and to everywhere. 

These have a low heel and tassels (I love a tassel) and also have the same comfortable, supportive Insolia Flex® sole as the red shoes above. M&S also have a great selection of Chelsea and block heeled boots too. 

Suede Tassel Ankle Boots with Insolia Flex® £65 / Pure Cotton Denim Ruffle Dress £39.50 (Shirt also from M&S but currently only available instore)

I have a thing for metallic shoes and own a lot, they have the power to update and transform so many outfits from average to cool! They go with everything from florals, denim, leather and prints of every colour. If you are ever confused about what colour to buy a shoe in - go metallic.

Loafers and brogues are a Winter staple of mine, I guess they are the equivalent to a Summer sandal and are great for work, parties and playgrounds. Plus they are durable, comfortable and cool.

M&S COLLECTION New Point Loafer with Insolia Flex® £29.50

This post is kindly sponsored by Marks & Spencers. All thoughts, clothes choices, ideas and purchases are my own!

Photography by: @janelookerphotography

INTERSEASON SHOPPING

I love the Summertime but I also love the changing seasons. I think it's good to have a change and makes you appreciate what you have when you have it. I also love being able to dress for different weathers - I like the cosyness of coats and the carefree coolness of a summer dress and look forward to both at the end of the season before. 

The end of the Summer before Autumn (September - October time in the UK - interseason) can be all sorts of seasons, weather and temperature in one day. So when I shop around this time I look for versatile clothes that can be worn in all weathers, all year around.

Mono Animal Ruffle Long Sleeve Blouse £34 / MOTO Side Stripe Skirt £30 / Two-in-One Reversible Bomber Jacket £79

TOPSHOP have some great inter-season pieces in at the moment, I recently purchased an amazing reversible bomber jacket - it's like having 2 jackets in one and really does go with everything including your mood! I am also pretty excited about this black and white ruffle shirt, which I intend to wear with jeans and under dungarees, but would also wear it with a smart skirt or bright coloured trousers to meetings.

We are also fast approaching boot season - I love a statement shoe and rarely play it safe when it comes to the colour of my footwear. If you have followed me for a while you'll know that I love a bright, leopard print or metallic (neutral) shoe and the same goes for boots.  I am really looking forward to styling these red ones, but also have my eye on TOPSHOP's  gold and pinks ones.

A denim skirt is also a wise purchase for September, wear it now with bare legs, trainers or sandals then as the colder weather sets in with tights, boots or loafers.

I also recently purchased this leopard print clutch. The good thing about a leopard print clutch is that it will go with everything and can be worn to anything.  I got mine to go with a blue playsuit I recently wore to a wedding but have since worn it with so many different outfits and know I will for years to come. 

So if you are interseason shopping look out for versatile things that can be worn in all weathers, that can be dressed up and down and as always that make you happy!

This post is kindly sponsored by TOPSHOP & Affiliate Window. All thoughts, clothes choices, ideas and purchases are my own!

BRAND: SEVEN BOOT LANE

Seven Boot Lane is a family run, independent shoe brand based in the UK, who collaborate with a (family run) factory in Spain - where they have been making and crafting shoes for hundreds of years. Seven Boot Lane are committed to sustainable fashion and a sustainable supply chain and believe that it can make a real difference to how we feel about our clothes and shoes.  

Their shoes are amazing quality and have been made by talented craftsmen who have a real passion for what they do. They have leopard print shoes and silver glitter boots as well as more classic leather and suede, their designs are innovative and their shoes are comfortable and made to last.

Here is some more information and some facts about the brand:

NAME OF BRAND/COMPANY: Seven Boot Lane

DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: Founded in 2012

BY WHOM IT WAS FOUNDED: By Sebastian and Mais Edwards

WHY WAS IT CREATED: We have an absolute passion for beautiful boots - the kind you can only make in Spain or Italy. But we also believe in a more considered, slower fashion industry. We think that a personal and sustainable supply chain can make a real difference to how we feel about buying and wearing our clothes. Our dream was to create a kind of positive luxury for a conscientious consumer - beautiful products made by creative and talented people who really care about what they do.

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: We are a family-run, independent footwear label based in the beautiful Mendip Hills of Somerset; with a shop in Bath's Milsom Place. We develop our designs with a family-run factory in Elche, Spain where they have been making handcrafted boots and shoes for generations. The styles all have a unique design handwriting which comes from the collaborative nature of our design process. Our designs are true to the trends whilst being timeless in their own right. We create boots and shoes to last.

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: There's so many to choose from. This season brings with it some beautiful new styles such as the western boot, Florence; the elegant slipper cut shoe, Dixie; the perfect slip-on trainer, Flame; the casual summer chunky espadrille, Falcon; and the to-die-for sandal, Fiji. Alongside these new styles we have a selection of Seven Boot Lane classics which include Erin, an elegant mid-heel ankle boot; Carrie, a slightly western feeling stacked heel ankle boot and Annie, a style with us from the beginning, it is the perfect western boot for all you 'Calamity Jane's out there.

I have a discount code for Seven Boot Lane valid between 29th February - 6th March 2016 enter DRESSLIKEAMUM for 15% off.

BRAND: ROCKFISH

Rockfish Wellies are hand made from natural rubber, they come in loads of different colours (including metallic), are super comfortable and are made to last.

Rockfish Wellies is a family business that was founded in Cornwall and was inspired by the rural life and Brit fashion culture.

My amazing metallic wellies are the  'Champagne' ones I love them - they are really really comfortable. Here is some more info on Rockfish the brand and what we should buy from them:

NAME OF BRAND/COMPANY: Rockfish

DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: 2008

BY WHOM IT WAS FOUNDED: Jules Aldred. 

WHY WAS IT CREATED: As a family run business, the inspiration and innovation has been to create not just another same styled product for the market place. In 2007, we were approached to design a wellington boot, that solved the many faults and failures people were experiencing with other leading brands. And so we decided to create a new rubber formula that works.

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: Rockfish are ‘designed and loved in Cornwall’. The headquarters are nestled on an organic working arable farm, on the coast of South East Cornwall. Cornwall is very much at the heart of Rockfish. We are hugely proud to be based in Cornwall, alongside so many great brands coming out of our county. Cornwall is a cool place and is the perfect backdrop to our brand message.

Rockfish recently received the ‘Highly Commended’ Innovation, BETA International award, 2016. Awarded for our innovative ‘made to last’ rubber formula. A formulation that has been tested and proved by Intertek testing laboratory to have supreme flexing and endurance. 

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU:  The Rockfish collection sits in the upper-middle retail space, or otherwise known as the affordable luxury market. Prices for these handmade boots range from £49.99 - £99.99 and all are made from their unique natural rubber formula. They have supreme flexing endurance, super comfy underfoot, and are available in standard or wide calf fit for Women, and new additions for men and children. All come with a no quibble guarantee not to split or crack.

BRAND: AIR & GRACE

Air & Grace caught my eye when i spotted their amazing leopard print boots (sold out sorry), then I learnt more about the concept behind the brand - to make shoes and boots that feel like you are wearing trainers and i loved them even more!

I do not wear uncomfortable shoes - they are pointless, i have in the past and they have ruined my day/night/feet/mood. Personally i'd prefer to be smaller, comfortable and able to bounce around than long legged, uncomfortable and toppling. So i am super happy to have discovered a brand that is all about bouncy soled good looking shoes and i can't believe that no one has done it before.

I've tried and tested these boots and they are amazing, i literally bounced around town in them and i loved it!

Here is what else you need to know about Air & Grace:

NAME OF BRAND/COMPANY: Air & Grace

DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: We launched at the end of 2014 after 18 months developing our patent pending Tender Loving Air technology. It's made of high performance materials traditionally used by sports brands so our shoes feel like trainers.

BY WHOM IT WAS FOUNDED: Claire Burrows, it's the culmination of my 20 year career in footwear spanning roles as varied as Buyer at Kurt Geiger to Head of Product Development & Design at Fitflop.

WHY WAS IT CREATED: Because we're all busy running around town, and nothing is more miserable than a day in bad shoes. I've got a wardrobe full of amazing shoes but I hardly wore any of them, or if I did I'd regret it by the time I got to the station. I wanted to feel like I was wearing my favourite pair of trainers all the time. So I took all of my experience from high fashion to comfort and created Air & Grace.The secret's in the sole - it's completely hidden so as not to sacrifice style. People tell me it's like walking on air.

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: It's all about beautiful shoes for busy feet. I work with high grade manufacturers in Europe (and soon to be UK) and source the best Italian leathers. I've been amazed by the response and support we've had from bloggers and happy customers, people have really embraced the brand. It's been an absolute whirlwind couple of years, we partnered with Teatum Jones for their AW15 catwalk show at London Fashion Week and won the Worth Retail Foundation award, a search for the UK's best new brands.

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU:. The range is an edit of the key items every wardrobe needs. People get addicted to how good the shoes feel becoming loyal fans adding each new style to their collection. Personally, I've got a soft spot for the Garance loafer in leopard at the moment, penny loafers are looking so right again and these feel divine. If you want to get your hands on a pair of Jak&Jil boots I'd get in fast, there's only a few pairs left!

I have a discount code: DLAM20 (valid until midnight on Monday 30th Nov) for 20% off

BRAND: CLARKS

My whole family have recently got some shoes from Clarks!  There aren't many shops that the whole family can get their shoes from - especially ones that are great quality, fit well and that we all love (in fact i think Clarks is the only shop).

I went into Clarks to get the kids some shoes - I went there because i know that they measure them properly (length and width) and that the shoes come in half sizes. But while I was in there I spotted A LOT of shoes and boots for me too....! 

Clarks are doing some cool things at the moment - they have done a collaboration with the V&A, Orla Kiely and Soul of Africa - which donate £3 from every shoe to help care for disadvantaged children, including orphans affected by the AIDS pandemic.

I have always had a thing for Clarks, for me its a brand with so much heritage and potential and the products are genuinely such great quality that it is easy to be loyal to and believe in.  Weirdly i discussed my love of Clarks and the potential i see in it as a brand with my midwife Clemmie while i was in labour with my daughter!!!

Anyway if you haven't been into Clarks recently GO - you and everyone in your family will find some shoes you/they LOVE.

 

BRAND & SHOP: CARA SHOES

It's boot season again! And this year boots are IN - ankle ones, high heeled ones, over the knee ones, flat ones - you can take your pick there are so many good ones and there is a style to suit everyone and for every occasion. 

I recently got these flat, knee high ones which are great.  They are leather at the front then they have a stretchy back meaning that they always fit perfectly on your leg regardless if you are wearing tights/jeans etc.

My boots are from Cara Shoes, here is more info on them:

NAME OF BRAND/COMPANY: Cara Shoes

DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: First opening in Cheltenham and Bristol in 1985

BY WHOM IT WAS FOUNDED: Jim Sommerville

WHY WAS IT CREATED: With a well established wholesale business already under its belt, Cara London bridged the gap between classic, comfortable women's footwear and fashion forward design. Shopping was a little different 30 years ago, with little choice for women who wanted quality leather footwear that was easily wearable, but not boring. The usual high street offering was a little lack lustre, that's what inspired company director Jim Sommerville to source beautifully made Italian shoes and boots, crafted from high quality leathers, at a reasonable price point. 

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: "Cara London is a British brand with heritage roots. The combination of Italian craftsmanship and contemporary design is the foundation of the brand, with a passionate creative team at its core. Our pieces are made for individuals, who want to break away from the modern fast fashion culture without picking up the luxury price tag. We've inspired women with our confident collections for 30 years, making them feel fabulous, season after season" #CaraLondonUK 

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: You can find Cara London stores in Henley on Thames, Caversham, Wokingham, Cheltenham, Bristol, Oxford, Berkhamsted, Windsor and Richmond. We sell our own brand Cara London footwear with the addition of other best selling brands like Superga and Ash in selected stores.  In addition to footwear, we now sell clothing online. You can shop brands like Vero Moda, Vila and YAS amongst others and accessories from the popular British brand Helen Moore. 

We think you should buy Coleman, our chunky black leather biker boot, Codex, our classic (cool) school shoe lace up and Carey, school-run-friendly heel height ankle boot which can be dressed up or down. You should definitely check out Helen Moore faux fur accessories.

SMART DUNGAREES

I love dungarees and there is a dungaree for every occasion!  Casual or denim ones are the most popular but there are a few smarter styles and fabrics that would be great to wear for work, dinner or to a party. 

I recent wore these (from Ark £26) cropped, smarter style ones to an event and loved them.  

Here are a couple more smarter dungaree styles that have caught my eye:

Zara £39.99 / Urban Outfitters £66

I wore a black t-shirt under mine, but a shirt or sleeveless top would also work well - it depends what look you want to go for.  My boots are from Clarks V&A Collaboration (£120).

To breastfeed - lift up underneath t-shirt, wear vest underneath that comes down, then dungaree strap comes down or you get access from the side.