Reviewed – Carousel Ride from Clarks

As regular readers to Fashion-Mommy know, I am a real fan of Clarks. This is a classic British brand that is always a byword for great quality shoes. Clarks shoes appeal to me for three main reasons, they offer style but also promise comfort, they do half sizes (a godsend when your feet are bigger than a 5, but not quite a 6 grrrr) and they cater for those who need a wider fit shoe.

Carousel Ride £34.99 click to visit Clarks

Clarks sent me a gorgeous pair of Carousel Ride flat ballerina shoes after I asked them for something that would be comfy and glam for the upcoming school run. The Carousel Ride is firmly in the style of classic Pretty Ballerinas, and come in a soft animal print leather, with just a small heel that helps you to avoid painful soles.

These shoes look and feel truly fabulous. They are super comfortable, with cushionsoft comfort which make the soles really soft underfoot. The shoe is also very flexible, bending and stretching with your foot rather than working against it. The choice of D and E fitting means that people with wider feet, or those who suffer from foot swelling, are catered for. The shoe is also a real style classic, with the animal print a design that celebrities from Kate Moss to Alexa Chung embrace. Teamed with jeans you have a perfect daytime look, but these are versatile enough to look very Audrey Hepburn with a little black dress.

I also think the Carousel Ride are perfect with a maxi skirt or dress, another option in the current warm weather, but they will also last well into the Autumn/Winter with the addition of thick tights.

The Carousel Ride come in a few more colours, I personally think the black would make the perfect back to school shoe for any fashion conscious teenager.

Carousel Ride Black patent £29.99 click to visit Clarks

Carousel Ride Teal £29.99 click to visit Clarks




Mellow Yellow Shoes bring a ray of sunshine

With the clocks going forward in the early hours, it will be official, British Summertime will begin. And although I have seen more than a few jokes on Twitter this morning (mainly about getting an extra hour of daylight to play in the snow), I am really hoping that the arrival of BST will also mean the weather starts to improve and that we finally get to see a bit of Spring sunshine.

But just in case the sun doesn’t quite make an appearance, there is no reason why you can’t have a bit of sunshine in your wardrobe. And what better way to add a bit of brightness than in your shoes? I’m a huge fan of yellow and mustard shade shoes and always have at least one pair in my wardrobe. The fab bright colour makes a welcome addition to most outfits, and they are the perfect shade for  summer holiday sandals. This season, Spartoo has a fabulous range of yellow shoe, including a pair of Swedish Hasbeens that I have already earmarked as a must for my summer holiday. I also love the Timeless Nevis flats, cute and stripy, and a total snip at less than £20, whilst the floral printed Doc Martens are perfect for the woman who wants to avoid being a total girlie girl, yet still wants to tap into the brights trend.

NEVIS Yellow £ 19.99 click to visit Spartoo

EMILY VARNISH / Yellow £ 119.99 click to visit Spartoo

1461 Sun / Yellow £ 119.99 click to visit Spartoo

Swedish Hasbeens HEART-SANDAL Yellow £ 158.99 click to visit Spartoo

NIKOLATE Yellow £ 34.99 click to visit Spartoo



Loving the Pretty Ballerinas at Spartoo

Everyone knows that a pair of Ballerina flats are a wardrobe essential. Even people like me, who would love to spend their whole life wearing heels, always keep some pretty ballet flats in my bag, for when the feet have taken too much of a pounding, and need a little TLC. The great thing is that, in recent years, the ballerina flat shoe has become an iconic item, worn with style and panache by the likes of Kate Middleton, Kate Moss and Alexa Chung.  And for many people, the iconic name in Ballerina flats is the brand Pretty Ballerinas.

I love the heritage of Pretty ballerinas. I visited Menorca, where the shoes are made, last year, and could see the history and tradition of the wonderful shoes that are still handmade on the island. Using the best leather, ethically sourced on the Island, the shoes both look beautiful, and last for a long, long, time.

This season Spartoo, one of my favourite destinations for all types of great shoes, has a fabulous range of Pretty Ballerinas available, in a sea of wonderful colours and patterns. I love the Klee Brown flats, with the traditional rope bow on the front and the patent style, whilst the Tapeto shoes are pretty enough to be an evening shoe, proving that the days of flat shoes just being daytime attire have long since disappeared.

Some of my favourite Pretty Ballerinas.

KLEE Brown £ 113.99 click to visit Spartoo

ANGELIS Fuchsia £ 102.59 click to visit Spartoo

TAPETO Pink £ 131.99 click to visit Spartoo

SHADE Nude £ 94.99 click to visit Spartoo