It’s time for the Clarks sale

It has always seemed rather crazy to me that just as a season is really starting, we seem to be in sale mode. But such is the nature of fashion that we are always looking ahead to the next season’s style and trends, and to the next big thing. And so, as we hit the first week of really lovely summer weather, Clarks launch their Summer sale, with reductions of up to 50% in all departments.

The Clarks Summer season range for 2014 has been a particularly lovely one, and many of the designs I have champtioned throughout the season are now appearing in the sale with some great savings. These include the Azizi Immy’s that I reviewed earlier in the year (with both colours now appearing in the sale), and the ever popular Henderson silk flats, which this year came in a good range of colours, including a metallic version and a rather fetching lime suede which I have my eye on.

If you liked the gorgeous cobalt heels that Emily Jayne was wearing in my Aegon Classic post (check them out here) you will be interested to know that the design is the Chorus Voice, and they are also in the sale right now.

Here are some more of the shoe bargains that you can currently find, along with some of the best finds in the handbag sale, which has also started this week.

Henderson Silk 3 Lime Suede now £25 click to visit Clarks

Henderson Silk 3 Lime Suede now £25 click to visit Clarks

Azizi Isis Orange Leather now £39.99 click to visit Clarks

Azizi Isis Orange Leather now £39.99 click to visit Clarks

Shooting Comet Cobalt £27.49 click to visit Clarks

Shooting Comet Cobalt £27.49 click to visit Clarks

Babble Creek  Lilac Suede £24.99 click to visit Clarks

Babble Creek Lilac Suede £24.99 click to visit Clarks

Azizi Immy Mushroom Suede now £54.99 click to visit Clarks

Azizi Immy Mushroom Suede now £54.99 click to visit Clarks

Chorus Voice Cobalt £35 click to visit Clarks

Chorus Voice Cobalt £35 click to visit Clarks

Our Style 3  Nude Leather now £22.49 click to visit Clarks

Our Style 3 Nude Leather now £22.49 click to visit Clarks

Alicia Ava Animal Print now £24.99 click to visit Clarks

Alicia Ava Animal Print now £24.99 click to visit Clarks

Skyla Bahama Red Patent now £19.99 click to visit Clarks

Skyla Bahama Red Patent now £19.99 click to visit Clarks

Bays Water Black Suede £24 click to visit Clarks

Bays Water Black Suede £24 click to visit Clarks

And the bags…

 Tailor Cut  Caramel Leather Leather Bags £49.99 click to visit Clarks


Tailor Cut Caramel Leather Leather Bags £49.99 click to visit Clarks

Mini Kala Animal Print Synthetic bags now £14.99 click to visit Clarks

Mini Kala Animal Print Synthetic bags now £14.99 click to visit Clarks

 Times Table 5 (2 Green Leather Leather Bags now £49.99 click to visit Clarks


Times Table 5 (2 Green Leather Leather Bags now £49.99 click to visit Clarks

 Take Thai Magenta Leather Leather Bags now £24.99 click to visit Clarks


Take Thai Magenta Leather Leather Bags now £24.99 click to visit Clarks

 Rico Jasmin Taupe Combi Purses now £9.99 click to visit Clarks


Rico Jasmin Taupe Combi Purses
now £9.99 click to visit Clarks

To view all ladies sale items, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comfort vs. Style: Is There a Middle Ground?

A new pair of shoes has the unexplainable power to make you feel boldly confident, femininely sexy, and solidly brave. The right pair of shoes can lengthen legs, make you appear taller and showcase to the world your own personal design style. Finding the right pair can be difficult though. The variety of shoes available on the market is so vast that even the most experienced shopper can be overwhelmed. With all the choices available, the question has to be asked; which is more important: style or comfort? And do you have to choose?

It’s sometimes difficult to comprehend why women wear shoes that are uncomfortable, especially when you hear about the pain and various ailments that accompany long term usage of troublesome shoes. Style is more important than comfort to many women, but there has to be a better solution. A middle ground where comfort and style magically blend and create the perfect pair of shoes. Here are a few tips to ensure you get the most enjoyment, pleasure, comfort, and satisfaction out of your stylish designer shoes.

Damira by Tsubo

Damira by Tsubo

Hulahoop by Spring Footwear

Hulahoop by Spring Footwear

 

The Fit

Any pair of shoes that doesn’t fit properly is going to be uncomfortable, especially after a long day of wear and usage. Heeled shoes tend to be even more painful if the fit isn’t just right. So when shopping for shoes, particularly heels, only buy a snug fit that isn’t too tight. Leave room for your feet to expand slightly in heat or with a lot of walking, and make sure your foot isn’t flopping around inside.

The Cushioning

Cushioning in shoes is very underrated. If you fall in love with a beautiful pair that doesn’t offer any comfy buffering, then consider purchasing a shoe insert that will keep your feet happy and comfortable all day long.

Depending on the slope or curvature of the shoe, it may be necessary to purchase silicone inserts that only support the ball or heel of your foot. Wherever you feel the most discomfort when you wear them is the area you need to focus the extra cushioning on.

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The Weight

While it may seem pretty logical that a heavier weighted shoe is going to be slightly more uncomfortable than a lightweight one, the logic instantly vanishes when a trendy, heavy new shoe is seen on display. Before you buy, consider how often you will be wearing them and how much walking they will need to withstand. If they are an occasional shoe for events like girls night out, then it might be ok. If the shoes are going to be worn to work, then it may be another story.

Try to find a lightweight shoe that is comfortable and fits well without having to sacrifice on style. There are many high-end shoe designers introducing lighter weight options in trendy and fashionable styles that any girl would love. Don’t give in to weightier shoes without searching for a lighter weight option.

Amelia Avery by Clarks

Amelia Avery by Clarks

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While it may seem virtually impossible for a girl to find a trendy, stylish pair of shoes that are also comfortable, it can be done. Shoes definitely have the potential to make you feel stronger, braver and more powerful. Time to shop for that perfect pair.

Please feel free to email Ella Gray at ella.l.gray@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

Treat your feet and grab a Clarks bargain

Ever since I was a small girl, I’ve had a thing about Clarks shoes. From those early days of funny foot measuring machines and leather t-bars that had to last the whole school year (stop growing feet! please!), to the day when I rediscovered Clarks and realised how cool and trendy the Mary Janes, Desert boots and ballerina flats had been all along, Clarks is a shop that has a special, shoe-shaped place in my heart.

And, as we slip further through Autumn, and nearer and nearer to Winter, Clarks are again spoiling us with a range of sales and discounts that make it positively rude not to indulge your shoe fetish. There are discounts of up to 30% on new season boots and shoes, as well as sales bargains with even higher discounts. If shoes are not your thing (and although I think this is sacrilegious, I will forgive you for this), then you can treat yourself to an amazing handbag, for they are also currently available at discounted and sale prices, and frankly make perfect Christmas presents for mom, sister, best friend, girlfriend and me!

Here are some of my fave picks from across the ranges. (To read my review of the Carousel Ride flats, now included in the sale, click here.)

Discounted selected styles

Mimic Dance now £4.99 click to visit Clarks

Mimic Dance now £74.99 click to visit Clarks

Brinkley Novel £39.99 click to visit Clarks

Brinkley Novel £39.99 click to visit Clarks

Melanie Jess £44.99 click to visit Clarks

Melanie Jess £44.99 click to visit Clarks

Curtain Tails £39.99 click to visit Clarks

Curtain Tails £39.99 click to visit Clarks

 

25% off Mary and Clarks

Use code BMARY

La Woolf £89.99 click to visit Clarks

La Woolf £89.99 click to visit Clarks

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La Shelley £99.99 click to visit Clarks

La Austen £99.99 click to visit Clarks

La Austen £99.99 click to visit Clarks

La Byatt £140 click to visit Clarks

La Byatt £140 click to visit Clarks

Offer: 20% off bags

Expiry: Monday 25th November

Code: BAGS20

Trade Point £69.99 click to visit Clarks

Trade Point £69.99 click to visit Clarks

Macy Emerson £39.99 click to visit Clarks

Macy Emerson £39.99 click to visit Clarks

Too Waters £89.99 click to visit Clarks

Too Waters £89.99 click to visit Clarks

Truly Gifted £24.99 click to visit Clarks

Truly Gifted £24.99 click to visit Clarks

Truly May £49.99 click to visit Clarks

Truly May £49.99 click to visit Clarks

To view all Clarks bags and purses, click here.