Glastonbury – Will it be Wellies or Havaianas?

The crowds are already gathering, the tents are being pitched, and today, as is usual for Glastonbury in recent years, the rain has fallen. Because it seems that if there is one thing we can rely on in the UK, it is the weather not living up to its side of the bargain. Festivals are always at their best on balmy nights, but this is Britain, so it pays to be prepared.

With all that in mind, it seems that when we think of festival footwear, we are split firmly into two camps. For those hot, sun-soaked days, the shoes of choice can be little more than a pair of flip-flops. But not any old flip-flop, but the Rolls Royce of Flip Flops, Havaianas, beloved of celebrities from Madonna and Kirsten Dunst, to Jennifer Aniston, who seems to spend every summer with a pair  permenantly welded to her feet.

TOP METALLIC GREY / SILVER £ 15.00 click to visit Spartoo

TOP Fuschia £ 15.99 click to visit Spartoo

But what if the weather turns truly biblical? Then we can only go for the footwear that is another favourite of many a celeb, from Kate Moss to Coleen Rooney, the Hunter welly. This classic English wellington boot has been subverted from farmer’s attire by its teaming with hotpants and glitter, but is a real godsend once the legendary Glasto mud finds its stride.

ORIGINAL SHORT GLOSS RED £ 69.59 click to visit Spartoo

ORIGINAL TALL GLOSS Grey / Verne £ 91.99 click to visit Spartoo

Whatever the weather, you are sure to find a stylish option to wear on your feet, whether it be Havaianas or Hunter. But if all fails, you could always be like Alexandra Burke at the V Festival and combine the two options by wearing a pair of Havaianas wellies. Seriously cute!

 

ALWAYS SUMMER Multicolour £ 42.39 click to visit Spartoo

 

Shoe classics your wardrobe needs

We always talk about the things that every woman should have in her wardrobe, the classic white shirt, skinny jeans, little black dress etc. But what should every woman have in her shoe wardrobe? If you think about it, one type of shoe definitely doesn’t fit all occasions, or all outfits. The right kind of shoe can make an outfit, whilst the wrong shoes can kill it stone dead.

I thought about this whilst I was browsing through one of my favourite shoe sites, Spartoo, looking for some summer sandals for my Easter break (hoping this glorious weather lasts just that bit longer…). Spartoo does have shoes for all occasions, here are some that caught my eye.

The loafer – for casual days and weekends

Loafers are the perfect shoes to wear at the weekend. Comfortable for wearing to give the shops a pounding, casual with jeans, these are the perfect shoes for days when you don’t need to try so hard. I love the glossy patent orange of the Meline Cori loafer, a gorgeous shade perfect for Spring.

CORI Orange £ 66.00 click to visit Spartoo

The Flip -Flop –  for the beach and beyond

If you are choosing a pair of flip-flops, do you ever look further than Havaianas? The Queen of all flip-flops, these are practical, comfortable and cool. I bought my first pair in Majorca in 2006 and never looked back.

Top Marine £ 16.00 click to visit Spartoo

 Mary Janes – a smart and stylish work shoe

Your feet need to show they mean business when they enter the workplace. I really like these patent Mary Jane styled shoes by Belmondo that were apparently inspired by an Argentinian tango shoe. The heel is not too high and the red soles will have your workmates whispering ‘are they Lou…?’

SIDART Black / Patent £ 88.00 click to visit Spartoo

Nude heels – for those Middleton moments

Going to a wedding, day at the races, summer christening? The nude heel was invented for these sorts of events, and their popularity has soared since they were shown by patronage by Her Royal Highness, Duchess Kate.

VISTAZ Nude £ 40.00 click to visit Spartoo

The showstopper – for those special evening occasions

Every girl needs a special pair of shoes in her wardrobe, the sort of shoes that just looking at can make you smile. These may be shoes you have lusted over forever, saved up for months to buy. I’m currently lusting over the Laina’s from House of Harlow 1960 – pure shoe porn!

LAINA Black £ 209.00 click to visit Spartoo

Customise your own Havaianas at Selfridges, Birmingham

For most people, summer means sun, sea and Havaianas! The fabulous Brazilian sandals have been around for more than 30 years now and are the flip-flops of choice for the rich  and famous, from Jennifer Aniston to Sienna Miller, who pound pavements all summer long in the stylish and comfortable flip-flops.

But if you have always had a hankering to design your very own pair of Havaianas, then you need to get yourself along to Selfridges, Birmingham. There you will have the chance to design your very own pair of Havaianas in the ‘Make your own Havaianas’ pop-up shop which is now open until September.

Havaianas are giving their customers the chance to  be designers with a special collection of sandals that you make to suit your taste. There are pick and mix soles and straps in a wide range of colours. You can then add your own embellishment with a collection of badges, cute pins and pretty beads, creating your own, totally original look. Prices start  at just £20 – super cheap for what will be your own bespoke creation!

Dee Sarai, General Manager at Selfridges Birmingham, said: “Whether a Havaianas enthusiast or first time flip-flopper, the Make Your Own Havaianas pop-up shop is a unique opportunity to create an individual and cool summer sandal for any occasion.”

I couldn’t agree more!