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Making my own bespoke shoes with The Colour Studio

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Last week I was invited for an evening of bespoke shoe design with Colour Studio, the bespoke colouring service from British bridal shoe brand Rainbow Club.

We could not only choose from trimmings such as lace, feathers or glitter but could also pick a colour which was then custom mixed for us. I came up with a rather random red shoe with little toddles and a tiny black bow, inspired by the Sixties.

Lucily Colour Studio had also prepared a pair of shoes we’d previously chosen. I went for these point flats in a deep orange. They are fab!

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Boot love: David Preston Shoes

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Shoe love: Charlotte Olympia “bisoux” flats

I adore these Charlotte Olympia “bisoux” flats in red and pink. Amazing design and wonderful 60s psychedelic colours. I’m also really looking forward to her next collection, which is all about 40s/50s Palm Springs.

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Shoe love: Rachel Antonoff for Bass

I really love these “Wendybird” loafers by Rachel Antonoff for Bass. Great colours, perfect design.

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Instant love: Clark’s Sgt Pepper desert boots

I really love these Clark’s special edition Sgt Pepper desert boots. Made with Hainsworth fabric, which is used to make the Royal Guards uniforms, they hark back to the 60s. Perfection.

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Shoe love: Minna Parikka

I really love Finnish shoe designer Minna Parikka – there’s always something I love in each collection, be it a shoe, bag or gloves. Her take on classic designs and retro styles always has me charmed.

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New discovery: Licia Florio

I’ve just come across Italian label Licia Flori. I really love their structured, sharp cuts and interesting scalloped collars. Their unisex, open front brogues are brilliant too, I love the canary yellow pair!

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New shoes – 60s-inspired suede boots

Admittedly my shoe collection is slightly ridiculous. While I have plenty of platform sandals, high-heeled boots and velvet shoes there is a definite lack of actually wearable footwear.
During my recent Berlin trip I had to buy a pair of sensible moccasins after my 4 inch green velvet boots got so painful that I ended up walking around the zoo in tights.

Which is exactly how I have justified buying these Deena and Ozzy suede boots – I had to, purely for health reasons…

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Shoes from Wanted – a review

Update So I’ve actually tried them on properly to wear them out for the first time, and I’ve noticed they sent me a mis-matching pair. As in each shoe is a totally different size. If you can’t even send a matching pair to someone who you’ve asked to review your shoes, I think it’s pretty hopeless. Would I ever buy from them after this experience? No!

Last week US-based footwear brand Wanted got in touch with me and asked if I’d like to pick out a pair of shoes for free to review them. As my standard shoes –  tan brogues – have now reached a point beyond repair, I was indeed interested.

It wasn’t difficult picking a style I liked – Wanted features lots of fashionable designs, many of them vintage-inspired, such as these black and white, lace-up Oxfords. In the end I decided on a pair of white lace detail ankle boots but was sadly informed they had sold out in my size. If I would have been a paying customer, I would possibly not have been too pleased about the order going through despite the size not being in stock, but as I wasn’t paying I wasn’t too fussed about picking an alternative: tan Oxford ankle boots.

The shoes arrived remarkably fast in less than a week in a neat little box wrapped in tissue paper. They fit true to size, look exactly like pictured and feel very comfortable. If I have any criticism at all it would be the quality – the soles are plastic and only glued on  – we’ll see how long they last in the London autumn rain. I’ll be wearing them out soon, so expect an outfit post to follow in the near future.

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Shoe love: Lotta From Stockholm

I really like the traditional Seventies clogs by Swedish Hasbeens, but I was rather less impressed by the quality of their (expensive) shoes when the heel on my peeptoe super-highs broke off after just three months of wearing them. I’ve been on the hunt for a cheaper alternative ever since, and – hurrah – I’ve finally found one: Lotta From Stockholm.

The company is in fact a London-based husband and wife team, and their clogs are made by other family businesses mostly based in Sweden.

Just like Hasbeens, Lotta From Stockholm sells a wide range of clogs from peeptoes to braids to classic styles. But they are a lot cheaper (around £50 for most pairs or as little as £22 in their amazing sale). And they offer free UK shipping. Brilliant!

I’ve decided to go for a black braided style, and they’ve just arrived this morning. The quality is excellent and they’re extremely comfortable. Fab designs, local business, traditional skills and regionally sourced material – Lotta From Stockholm really ticks all the boxes for me.

 

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Just what I really want for autumn – red velvet Topshop boots

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Velvet Cave vintage eBay sale: 60s shoes

One of my favourite eBay vintage shops, Velvet Cave Vintage, has listed a whole range of fantastic 60s shoes. Needless to say that the ones I really love are not in my size. The hunt for patent black Mary Janes continues.

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