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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviewed – Barratts Mary Jane Wedge Court Shoe

When it comes to shoes, I must admit to being a little bit obsessed. I can often resist the urge to buy new clothes, or jewellery, or even gorgeous handbags, but resisting then urge to buy gorgeous shoes is another matter. If there is such a thing as a shoe-pie(bit of a play on a magpie there), or a Shoe-nista, or just a plain shoe fiend, that would definitely be a label to fit me.

carrieseason4gSo an opportunity to review shoes is one I will never turn down. Especially when the offer comes from one of my old favourite brands, with the chance to chose the shoes. Barratts has been a shoe stockist I have spent lots of time in over the years.  I was totally gutted when Barratts disappeared from the High Street, it was a favourite shoe haunt of mine for years, particularly the lovely big branch in Birmingham. However, the brand still survives online and the choice is as good as ever.

 Barratts Mary Jane Wedge Court Shoes £26.75 Click to visit Barratts

Barratts
Mary Jane Wedge Court Shoes

My choice from the extensive Barratts website were the Mary Jane Wedge Court shoe. As you can imagine from their name, these shoes combine the best elements of many different kind of shoes. The smartness of a court shoe with round toe and court shoe shape. The front strap details of the Mary Jane shoe, which makes them cute as a button in my eyes. And then there is the wedge heel which makes them as stylish, but twice as comfortable as a heeled court.

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These are a simply gorgeous pair of shoes. The neutral beige colour means they are a perfect match for any outfit, and will look as great with chunky tights as they do with bare legs. I really liked the suede feel of them, a nice change from leather and patent wedges. Being a wedge, the shoes elongate the legs, but as previously mentioned, they are so much more comfortable than my traditional high heels, which makes them a good choice as a work shoe too.

DSCN4224I wore these shoes for the first time for the opening of the new Primark in West Bromwich (you can read that post here.) and I was surprised at how comfortable they were. However, I need to mention that I went a size up in these, choosing a six rather than a five, mainly because I am mostly comfortable in half sizes, a 5.5 being perfect for me. I would say if you wear a half size, or suffer from your feet swelling when they get hot, I would chose the next size up. But, all in all, a pretty perfect and practical pair of shoes.

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With huge thanks to Kieron Casey and Barratts for the wonderful shoes.

 

My Favourite shoes from Duchess Kate’s fave brand

I booked my Summer holiday on Saturday, and so I am already planning my holiday wardrobe. And whilst I will shop around for an array of swimwear, pretty sundresses and accessories, there is only one place I head for my perfect summer wedges. And, it seems I am in good company.

LK Bennett shoes have gained notoriety in the last few years for being a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton. But, for once, I have the beating of Kate, and can happily say I got my favourite LK Bennett shoes before the Royal Wedding, and hence missed the demand for everything that Kate wears.

Pippa in LK Bennett

Kate Middleton in LK Bennett

L.K. Bennett Rosie Patent Leather Cork Wedge Heel Sandals £165 click to visit John Lewis

 

The Rosie wedges are my summer shoe of choice – I wear them with everything.  They just look great with anything you throw on, from Jeans to a pretty printed dress, with the white leather looking fresh and fabulous against a suntan. I love the adjustable strap, which means the shoe remains comfortable, even if, like mine, your feet swell in the heat. The cork heel is a real 1970s staple, and as a lover all things 70s, this is another huge plus for me. And they are so comfortable, perfect for a day shopping or sightseeing, remaining comfortable even if you spend hours on your feet.

L.K. Bennett Patent Leather Wedge Court Shoe £170 click to visit John Lewis

I love my Rosie wedges so much that I am currently compiling a list of other LK Bennett shoes that I want to add to my shoe collection. Top of the list are the Patent Leather wedges in the glossy patent navy shade that I think would make a nice alternative to healed shoes in summer.  I’m also just a little bit obsessed with the Shilo leather stiletto heels in red leather. This is a softer coral/red shade rather than a tomato deep red, which I think makes these the perfect design and colour for adding something bright to your summer pastels.

L.K. Bennett Shilo Leather Stiletto Heel Court Shoes, Red £220 click to visit John Lewis