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Tuesday Shoesday ~ LFW trends for Spring 2014

As London Fashion Week draws to a close, I’ve been looking back over the catwalk shows to find out the emerging footwear trends for Spring/Summer 2014. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching the clothes going down the runway, but really I’m watching what the models have on their feet! Take this photo of the Mary Kantrantzou show last week – lots of photographic prints and embellished textures on the dresses – but take a look at the shoes, and you can get an idea of what’s to come for next Spring: laser-cut lace-ups, pastels, fuchsia pink, chunky soles and ankle straps.

London Fashion Week Sept 2013 Pastel prints and shoes by Mary Kantrantzou for Spring Summer 2014 by @voguewatch on instagram

c/o @VogueWatch via Instagram on the London Fashion Week website

I really like these colours  and the mid-blue is cute for Spring before we hit the high summer pastels. Here is another example of pastels and ankle-high shoes heading down the runway at the Burberry show:

Footwear London Fashion Week 2013 Burberry Spring Summer 2014 Pastel Shoes

Image by Getty c/o The Telegraph

Burberry’s soft spring/summer 2014 collection was complimented by the pastel footwear and again, this shows that high-heeled sandals with ankle straps will be popular in S/S14.  The bright pink makes another appearance (I must put pink shoes on my shopping list!) and the thick t-bar will no doubt be copied on the high street next season.

Keeping an eye out for these footwear trends means that you can shop in the last of the Summer sales knowing that the pastel footwear and high-heeled ankle-strap sandals you’re buying now will be fashionable for next year. You can get yourself a bargain to store over Winter and pull out again in the Spring and I’m delighted to know that I’ll be able to wear my bargain Next chunky pastel sandals again next year and still be following the trends – although nothing would have stopped me from wearing these beauties anyway, because they are so comfortable!

Tuesday Shoesday Turquoise and tan summer wedge shoes from Next

Let me know what trends you’ve spotted for Spring/Summer 2014 and have you got any sale bargains that will work for next year too? Leave me a comment below or http://twitter.com/cassiefairy.


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Tuesday Shoesday ~ Get fit, look fabulous!

It’s that time of year again, when I’ve indulged over the summer holidays and need to get back on the healthy-lifestyle wagon. I’ve said “I’m on holiday” countless times during August as an excuse for scoffing ice cream and  BBQ treats, so now that I’m back into a normal work/life routine, it’ll be easier to settle into my usual healthy ways again! But what if you want to get in shape for all those Christmas parties? What do you wear on your feet (well, it IS Tuesday Shoesday after all!)? We’ve all been there – wandering around fitness footwear stores struggling to find a pair of gorgeous, yet comfy shoes that won’t leave your feet feeling hot and sweaty after a brisk walk.

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A brisk autumnal walk via Cassiefairy on Pinterest

Work-out footwear is often criticised for straying from the styles of the moment. We all know that ensuring performance for amateur and professional athletes comes first, but it would be nice to see our sport shoes combine beauty with functionality too. There are a couple of stunning fitness sandals that are gracing our stores this season; all maximising support for the wearer, while looking pretty on the foot.

Health and lifestyle magazine favourites, FitFlops, have been on the scene for a few years now but this BBC News article suggests that the shoes have come under scrutiny for being hard to style up. But as the brand’s competition hots-up, so are their trends! No longer are ladies relying on plain, simple and block colour styles to slim down this summer – the brand has launched a number of jewelled and flower-detailed sandals to capitalise from SS13 trends. Looking to see what the fuss is about and join the hordes of toned ladies? As it’s the end of season, many stores are offering their range of FitFlop sandals at discounted prices; the collection at Jones Bookmaker is available for £10 off, including the sandals below, for example.

 tuesday shoesday jones bootmaker fitflop fitness sandals

Hot on the heels of FitFlops are the fitness sandals from Birmingham-born tyre manufacturer, Dunlop. Compared to their arch-rivals, they offer a similar shape – a raised heel – and pair it with a range of metallic and sequin thong-style foot coverings. If you’re a fan of funky patterns and animal prints, then Dunlop’s fitness sandals are in pole position to give both your daytime dress and your fitness efforts a head start.

Sketchers have got a wedge of the fitness sandal market too, and have named their version “Tone-ups”. Emulating a wooden grain, their wedges still appeal to casual daywear over your Sunday best, but the earth-inspired colours and shoe design works wonders. There’s never been a better time to get fit and look fabulous!


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Tuesday Shoesday ~ Summer footwear

Last week I spent ages searching online for the perfect pair of summer shoes – something that would go with bare legs and pretty dresses – in a colour that would be neutral enough to look good with a whole range of prints and colours and could be used later on in the year too.

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I decided on second pair of bargain wedges above from New Look so I took myself off to the high street at the weekend to buy these pretty little shoes in time to enjoy them for the rest of the summer. However, I couldn’t find them in-store anywhere! The New Look in my local town is a pretty big store with a massive footwear department and I must have looked at over 100 styles of shoes but they simply weren’t there! Were they so popular that everyone else had snapped them up for summer too?! Were they an “online exclusive” and not available in-store? Were they limited edition? I hope not!

I decided to shop ‘in person’ rather than online so that I could try them on for comfort (I will be walking in them a lot this summer) and to make sure the height is okay before making my purchase, but my plans were scuppered! Oh well – I’ll have to order them online and hope that the wedge isn’t too high for me to walk in!

Tuesday Shoesday Turquoise and tan summer wedge shoes from Next

In the meantime, I found these pretty turquoise wedges from Next at the car boot sale – hardly worn and in my size – fantastic good luck! So I’ve been wearing these over the weekend and they are super-comfortable. Although the turquoise is a bit brighter than the nudes that I’d originally planned to buy, it goes well with a couple of floral print dresses I like to wear. Plus the tan ankle strap coordinates with a plaited belt I already have so I can wear the two together and make almost any dress work with the shoes!


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Tuesday Shoesday – Summer sandals & twinkly toes!

Is it finally summer? Some days I open my curtains to see a bright blue sky, searingly hot sunshine and fluffy white clouds, and other days I’m immediately disappointed by grey skies and drizzle. In fact, some days alternate between hot sunshine and cold showers in quick succession: I’ll be too hot one minute, soaking wet the next and back to sun-burn-city only moments later. What is up with this weather??

But I’ve decided that, summer or no summer, I want to find some perfect strappy sandals, because everyone needs a pretty pair of comfortable summer footwear by their front door, ready to run outside into the sun at a moment’s notice. Solange Knowles has recently been spotted cycling in a pretty pair of Azzedine Alaïa sandals (above) and although they’re gorgeous, they are a little out of my price range! So with this in mind, I’ve been hunting for the bargains of the Internet and I’ve come up with a couple of must-haves for (what’s left of!) this summer season.

Plus with strappy sandals like these you’ll need to get your feet ship-shape with some pretty polish – maybe try out this sparkly & floral effect on your toes or get MUA’s special effect nail polish to do all the work for you – add Nail Quake in purple ‘Broken Arrow’ over a turquoise blue for a summery peacock-feather effect (check out Nail Newbie‘s blog):

 

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Tuesday Shoesday – Red, White & Blue

In celebration of the Diamond Jubilee this weekend I’ve been on the look out for some patriotic red, white and blue shoes and I’ve come up with a list of lovely footwear from the high street that is ideal to keep the celebration going throughout the Summer and the Olympics.

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These Ruby Shoo blue peeptoe heels are currently on sale in New Look, Rocket Dog spotty wedges are on sale in Barratts and Red Herring stripey sandals are on sale for only £16.50 in Debenhams! Looks like now’s the time to buy your red, white and blue summer shoes at bargain prices!

But my favourite ever patriotic shoes are these gorgeous union jack dolly shoes from Irregular Choice – I’ve seriously been coveting these for years but at around £60 a pop I think I’ll be saving a little longer to be able to afford them all!

   


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Tuesday Shoesday – Jazzy jellies for seaside paddling

Do you remember jelly shoes? As a child I used to wear to wear jelly shoes all summer long – they kept your feet cool, were so comfy (and kind of moulded themselves to your feet in the hot weather) and you could go paddling at the seaside or in a river without worry of catching your foot on a spiky stone.

And now, jelly shoes are available for adults too! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw them in New Look and they’ve had a glamourous makeover to say the least – these nude sandals with diamanté studs (or this pair with an owl design below) would be pretty swish beach-wear this summer! Plus these glitter flip-flops come in a range of on-trend colours including coral, oatmeal, gold and turquoise.

  

Even the stars are strutting their stuff in jelly shoes this Summer season; Fearne Cotton and Kate Bosworth were both spotted in yellow jellies, Rihanna & Katy Perry have been stepping out in Vivienne Westwood’s heart jelly heels and Anne Hathaway (below) wore pretty princess pink:

As an alternative to the monstrous Crocs that have been the staple seaside shoe over recent years, jelly shoes seem much more retro, stylish and cute. It probably helps that they come in all kinds of styles, less-garish colours and even with heels for the ultra-glam among us – just look at these gorgeous sky blue Gucci Jelly Marola wedge shoes below!

Best of all, jelly shoes are pretty cheap starting at about £5, around £12-15 at New Look & Very.co.uk and going up to a relatively purse-friendly £60 for Vivienne Westwood’s designer offering. Plus I’d feel a little bit vintage-trendy wearing jelly sandals, especially if I could get these 80’s and 90’s style kiddies ones in my adult size: by Juju sandals at Very.co.uk and Urban Outfitters.

Ju Ju Babe Heel Jelly Sandals    Ju Ju Babe Heel Jelly Sandals

 

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