Shoes – These are a few of my favourite brands

When it comes to choosing my favourite shoes, I must admit that I admire a great many brands. Certain companies seem to excel in producing a certain sort of shoe, and so when you are choosing new shoes, it pays to go to an expert. For classic Mary Jane styles, I always look to Hush Puppies, who take the sensible heel and strap and then add colour and a retro-inspired elegance to them. When looking for a flat shoe that offers comfort with chic ballerina styling I look to French Sole, beloved by Kate Middleton, and certainly more reasonably priced than Pretty Ballerina’s (which I also love incidentally, but my bank balance isn’t quite so keen).

The classic ballerina flat from French Sole

 India SILVER / Leather  now   £ 67.99 click to visit Spartoo

India
SILVER / Leather
now £ 67.99 from Spartoo

 India Red  £ 67.99 click to visit Spartoo

India
Red £ 67.99 from Spartoo

Loving Mary Janes from Hush Puppies

 LONNA MARY JANE CO TAN   £ 51.99 from Spartoo

LONNA MARY JANE CO
TAN
£ 51.99 from Spartoo

 FREYA Stone now  £ 47.99 from Spartoo

FREYA
Stone now £ 47.99 from Spartoo

For an elegant riding boot screaming of English Heritage, it is hard to look beyond Barbour, well-known for their wax jackets, but also behind some of the best boots on the market. And if you want your shoes to be the talk of the town, real show-stoppers, then Irregular Choice is your first, and only stop.

English Heritage from Barbour

 SALISBURY Brown  £ 188.99 from Spartoo

SALISBURY
Brown
£ 188.99
from Spartoo

 HACKMORE Black  £ 198.99 from Spartoo

HACKMORE
Black
£ 198.99
from Spartoo

Wow! Shoes from Irregular Choice

 LADY W Mint / Multi  now £ 63.99 from Spartoo

LADY W
Mint / Multi
now £ 63.99 from Spartoo

 BABY BEAUTY NAVY / RED £ 71.99 from Spartoo

BABY BEAUTY
NAVY / RED £ 71.99
from Spartoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dover Saddlery – The Perfect Riding Boots

One of the most versatile style of boots has to be the traditional riding boot. A style that transcends the space between practical and fashionable, this sort of boot is perfect for a whole lot of different looks and occasions. Worn over skinny jeans, these are great every day footwear that look great with shirts and blazers for the English heritage, Equestrian look. Worn under midi length winter skirts, you get a cool 1970s look reminiscent of Faye Dunaway and Cybil Shepherd in their fashion Icon heyday. These are the sort of boots that defy categorisation, and so become a wardrobe must-have.

Celebs wearing Riding boots

January Jones

January Jones

Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon

Celebrities have been quick to follow the trend for English Riding boots, but they are now looking away from ‘fashion’ versions of riding boots, and are instead opting for the real thing.  This makes Dover Saddlery the perfect place to shop for your riding boots this winter. The Dover Saddlery is a popular place for actual riders to find their equestrian apparel, but is also becoming very popular with non-riders who just want a well made, hard-wearing and attractive pair of riding boots. Dover Saddlery stocks a  large selection of English riding boots and chaps from such well-known names in Equestrian equipment as Ariat, Tredstep, Mountain Horse and Grand Prix. You can also choose from a variety of styles including custom riding boots, paddock boots and tall boots.

Tredstep Donatello Field Boot Tall Height $299.95 click to visit Dover Saddlery

Tredstep Donatello Field Boot Tall Height 

Ladies' Mountain Horse® Ice Rider Tall Winter Boot $134.99 click to visit Dover Saddlery

Ladies’ Mountain Horse® Ice Rider Tall Winter Boot 

Mountain Horse® Firenze Zip Dress Boot $238.99 click to visit Dover Saddlery

Mountain Horse® Firenze Zip Dress Boot 

The beauty of buying your riding boots from an Equestrian supplier like Dover Saddlery is that you are guaranteed a high quality boot that will get you through this Winter, and many winters after. These riding boots are designed for comfort, to be hard-wearing, but also to look attractive for shows and competitions. They are often made from fine quality leather, or, like the case of Ice Riders shown above, they are insulated and waterproof, making them a super warm option for those freezing cold mornings. And, because comfort is so important in a pair of boots worn for sport,  many pair have adjustable elastication on the calf for stretch where needed.

Dover Saddlery ship internationally, and I think they are definitely worth a look when you are choosing your next pair of riding boots.

 

 

 

Fashion Focus – Clarks Gore-tex boots

With Winter setting in with its ever changeable weather, now is definitely the time to invest in Clarks Gore-tex footwear. Whether your preference is for sporty style trainers, or sleek winter boots, the Gore-tex range has something for you stylewise, whilst promising to keep your feet warm and dry, whatever the weather.

Gore-tex technology in your footwear enables your feet to be protected from all-weather conditions whilst enabling your feet to breathe. This makes them the perfect footwear for both hot and cold days. For whilst in Winter you want to keep your feet warm and dry when walking through snow, sludge and rain, in Summer you really want to avoid that awful sweaty foot syndrome that you often find when wearing your normal trainers.

The latest Gore-tex range at Clarks is full of stylish designs that have mass appeal. Top of my list are the incredible Neeve Ella GTX knee-high boots, which have that English country look that allows you to believe that Stella Tennant and Luella Bartley would wear these whilst messing about with horses.

Neeve Ella GTX boots £110 click to visit Clarks

Another design that I love are the Mara Sand, which, in black leather, are another variation on the classic riding boot. Sleek and stylish, these are the wear anywhere boots from the Gore-tex collection.

Mara Sand GTX £130 click to visit Clarks

As well as sleek, knee-high boots, the Gore-tex collection also contains a great range of snowboots that will look as great on the school run as they do on the slopes. The Iso Hi boots contain an extra insulated lining for extra warmth, and rubber soles for that extra grip for the days of treacherous pavements.

Iso Hi GTX £99 click to visit Clarks

Iso Hi GTX £99 click to visit Clarks

And of course there are trainers. Lightweight, stylish women’s trainers that have WaveWalk outsoles (they allow you to walk longer for less effort) as well as the Gore-tex technology, making them perfect for ladies who spend long periods of time on their feet. I have seen many ladies wearing these in London on the commute into work, keeping their uncomfortable heels in ta bag until they get to the office.

Wave Fit GTX £79.99 click to visit Clarks

Wave Fit GTX £79.99 click to visit Clarks

To view the complete Clarks Gore-tex range, click here.