Posts tagged shoes
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

BRAND: HOUSE OF SPRING

There is currently a rise in independent shoe brands which is really exciting to see. At last there is an alternative to the mainstream that is more accessible than the luxury market but that easily rivals them both in quality and style.

House of Spring's shoes are beautiful - I spotted them a while ago and was struck by the high quality craftsmanship and classic but contemporary designs. They are a brand that is perfectly positioned between luxury and high street and are built to last.

House of Spring designs are inspired by the creativity of London and the chic elegance of Paris - which you can see in every shoe. They are hand made in Portugal using the finest materials and craftsmanship.

Here is some more information about how and why the brand came about:  

NAME OF BRAND/COMPANY: House of Spring

DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: April 2015

BY WHOM IT WAS FOUNDED: The French designer Radhia

WHY WAS IT CREATED: After finishing her studies, Radhia started to feel the desire to create her own business. Chic and elegant shoes, to make every woman feel beautiful, was her idea. Strong was the influence of her mum, a seasoned shoe hunter.

In 2010, while getting some experience in fashion buying, she met someone special in London. Here, she identified a niche in the market, between the high street and luxury brands, where positioning the product. The vibrant creativity of London, together with the French chic style, gave birth to House of Spring shoe collection.

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: Designed in London and handmade in Portugal, House of Spring shoe collection is made using the finest materials and craftsmanship. House of Spring philosophy is to create fashionable and contemporary shoes that represent an affordable luxury. Brilliantly mixing the effortless elegance of Parisians together with London's bold fashion sense, they want to make you feel an elegant, confident - a daring woman.

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: Check it out House of Spring permanent collection, the Iconics. Their Timeless shapes want to recall the vibrant energy of Notting Hill streets to follow you in every occasion. From an afternoon tea with friends to a romantic dinner out, the best skins they are made of, together with their quirky details, will give you an elegant twist.

@house_of_spring

LOVED & FOUND AT JOHN LEWIS

John Lewis's loved&found section is a collection of fashion, beauty products, accessories and lifestyle brands  curated around a theme and title. Collections include Dressing Up BoxBalearic Beach Club and World Beach.

loved&found is a great way to discover new products and brands that you might not have thought to shop. When a website is as large as John Lewis's it can be hard to know where to begin, so a good place is an already curated edit of interesting brands.

I have found so many things in loved&found that I like. 

Star Mela £110 / Soludus £59

I  love a summer smock dress - so comfortable, flattering, practical, can be worn if you are pregnant and will last a lifetime of summers. I also love shoes with pineapples on, neither of which i would have thought to shop for at John Lewis. My bag is by Star Mela who I have been a fan of for ages, this is a perfect all round summer bag for work, beach, nappies etc.

Star Mela £70

From the Dress Up Box collection I love this black and white spotted dress, I might wear it for wedding I have coming up and it would become a really useful dress to have in your wardrobe - It could be worn with any colour, with or without a jacket, with bright coloured shoes/ sandals flat or heeled, it could also be worn casually or to work, you could wear a t-shirt underneath it or a jumper over it.

Another thing that caught my eye was this silver jacket, the good thing about metallic coloured things is that they go with everything (metallic is a neutral in my world) and can be worn anywhere. I would wear this dressed down with jeans or dressed up to a smart event or party.

Baum und Pferdgarten Adia Strap Dress £289 / Darling London Dulcie Coat £109

Another couple of brands i have discovered via loved&found are contemporary, fair trade jewellry brand Mirabelle and Scandi inspired British brand Waven (pronounced ‘who-vuhn’).

 Mirabelle Palm Tree Pendant Chain Necklace £57 / Waven Caaren Loose Jumpsuit £70

I love leopard print everything and I can see that this leopard print jumper is probably going to become one of my staples, (as well as metallics) I believe a leopard print to be a neutral too.

BRAND: SALT-WATER SANDALS

Salt-Water Sandals have been around for a long time - since 1944 in fact. They were founded (like many great brands are) from a problem that needed to be solved; in the case of Salt-Water Sandals it was as a way to cope with the leather shortages in America in World War II.

As the name suggests Salt-Water Sandals can be worn in (and out of) the sea, the buckles are rust proof and the whole shoe can be washed in the washing machine. They are designed to mould to your foot and are hard wearing and durable - i can also personally vouch for the fact they are very comfortable!

Salt-Water Sandals come in a variety of styles and loads of different colours and are both for kids and adults too. But be warned it takes a long time to choose which colour to go for....

Here is some more information on the brand's heritage and what we need to know about this summer staple:

NAME OF BRAND/COMPANY: Salt-Water Sandals

DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: 1944

BY WHOM IT WAS FOUNDED: Walter Hoy

WHY WAS IT CREATED: As a way to cope with leather shortages in World War II, Walter Hoy started making his sandals using the scrap leather left over from making military boots. Word soon spread and before long, families from all over St. Louis, were asking if Walter could make sandals for their kids. A summer staple in America for 70 years, they are now being spotted on a growing number of celebrity children such as Suri Cruise, Ramone Saasgard, Matilda Ledger, Romy Mars and Ruby Maguire. Grown up fans include Sienna Miller, Alexa Chung, Paloma Faith, Fearne Cotton and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: This is a brand with authentic heritage - Salt-Water Originals are defined by their tough little-way stitched rubber sole, whilst the Sun-San range is built upon a more bouncy urethane bonded base. The leather is coated with a water resistant sealant and they mould to the user's feet with repeated wear. The rust -proof brass buckles allow straps to be adjusted for narrow or wide feet. They are great for running in and out of the ocean and rock pooling and can be popped into the washing machine; the perfect summer sandal for both wet and dry conditions.

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: Seventy years on and Hoy shoes' classic designs continue to deliver durable leather comfort. Beautiful design, made to last. If you want to stay true to the original then go for a tan Salt-Water Original - or try one of the latest mash-ups (a combination of colour ways in one sandal). The Fisherman style Salt-Water Shark is a back catalogue archive design that we re-launched for the European market last year. For children check out the latest cherry print available in several different Sun-San styles.

This post is in collaboration with, and kindly sponsored by Salt-Water Sandals. All thoughts and views 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.

SHOE BRAND: ROGUES

I came across Rogues one evening while getting lost in Instagram and now i'm obsessed. They are such cool, happy and comfortable looking shoes! I rarely wear heels but still love a statement, colourful shoe so these tick a lot of boxes for me.

Rogues are designed in London and manufactured in Portugal, they are like a cross between a trainer and a brogue. I can't wait to get some (but which colour?).

Here is some more info about this new brand and if you ask me its one to watch:

NAME OF BRAND/COMPANY: Rogues

DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: Launched May 2015

BY WHOM IT WAS FOUNDED: Katie Harland

WHY WAS IT CREATED: Designer and founder Katie Harland entered into the shoe business following years of frustration at the inability to find the perfect flat shoe: pumps were un supportive, heels uncomfortable, trainers unprofessional and traditional brogues unflattering. Rogues provided a well-made, supportive alternative to all this. With added swag. Her background in advertising has formed an invaluable foundation on which to build a solid business plan, whilst her artistic education at The Slade and the School of Communication Arts 2.0 has given her a wealth of creative inspiration and contacts.

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: Rogues were born from a desire to create footwear that's not only functional, but elegant and full of character. A love-child from the colour and comfort of trainers and the craft and credentials of brogues, Rogues should have a firm place in any modern woman's wardrobe. Created from three pieces of leather to form an iconic shape, Rogues are manufactured in Portugal where generations of hand-crafted quality leather goods have been produced. The slight platform, the low cut around the ankle and the almond shape on the toe all ensure that this is both an elegant and flattering shoe, whereas the pick'n'mix laces and wide range of colours place creativity and customisation at the heart of the label. Team all this with classic shades of leather, luxurious pony skin and signature neon laces, and you have a dynamic combination that can't fail to stand out.

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: Because with Rogues on your feet you can't help but smile.

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.

LEOPARD PRINT LOVE

So as you've probably noticed i am a leopard print lover. I wear leopard print as a neutral ie. i believe that it goes with everything and can spice up and add cool to an otherwise plain outfit. For this reason i think its good to have leopard print accessories and coats, that way you can wear them with jeans, dresses, colours, blacks, patterns etc. 

Here are a few leopard print things that have caught my eye lately and that i think would go with everything you put them with.

TOPSHOP £89 / French Sole £95 / Sarah Baily £115 / ASOS £8 / Happy Plugs £34.99 / Whistles £45

SILVER SHOES

I have a massive love of metallic shoes - silver, gold, bronze, rose gold and every metallic in between.  One of the main reasons i like them is because i think metallic is a neutral it goes with more or less everything plus i love shinny things.

In the winter i have some metallic grey loafers and in the summer i have a collection of sandals and sliders.  Here are a few silver ones that i have my eye on at the moment:

Birkenstock £69 / & Other Stories £55 / Kurt Geiger £75 / Solillas £49