The older I get, the more I love colourful shoes. One of my current favourite outfits is a navy jumpsuit which I wear with bright red loafers. And I have rather large feet – depending on the brand anything from a size 8 to a size 9. So you’d think I would want to disguise them not show them off. But stand-out shoes make us feel a bit more youthful – as if we’re saying to the world “Hey, I’m not dead yet.” So, here’s a selection of some of the latest designs available online… just click on any photo for more info.
Now that the sun is finally out, so are our bare feet. These leather Ottoline sandals are super practical because you can wear them anywhere and they are an extremely comfortable style. They have a flexible (and grippy) layered sole along with a moulded cork inner for support. Platform height 2cm/¾” More colours available. Boden. MORE INFO
Mandarina is a brand we have long championed for their original, luxury, quirky shoes. And who hasn’t fallen in love with wearing trainers during the pandemic – luckily a trend that isn’t going anywhere fast.
These floral patterned Bloom Sneakers are made to last from beautifully soft textured leather. Seriously comfortable, they have a full lace up front but a handy zip opening too. MORE INFO
As I say, colourful shoes are definitely an accessory you should consider. They make a change from reaching for safer colours like brown, black and navy. And by colourful I don’t necessarily mean bright pink or red. Pastel colours, like these on-trend lilac mules with their cylindrical heel from Charles & Keith have equal impact. MORE INFO
When I was young, about a hundred years ago, my mother would always take me to Clarks to buy me shoes. I seem to remember the styles on offer were rather ‘worthy’ but hey things have changed. Take these slip on Pure 2 Mules for example, which are contemporary and chic. With a tapered square toe in mint leather and a classic snaffle, they have a super slim sole, Cushion Plus™ technology, breathable linings (ideal if you like to go barefoot) and 1cm heel. MORE INFO
I have recently fallen in love with powder blue – both when decorating my bedroom and the lightweight jumper I have just bought. Loving these backless slip on trainers, ideal if you’re not keen on laces and like to kick off your shoes every now and again. From Converse, a brand that is more commonly associated with bright young things, we older gals can find wearable styles too. MORE INFO
Fairfax & Favor are famous for their beautiful boots with tassels, but they also have other leather goods including shoes. This is another brand that is not afraid of colour – to whit The Brancaster sandal. Available in multiple colour combinations, this eye-catching sandal will quickly become your go-to summer staple. Staying true to its heritage, the Brancaster features delicate tassel detailing to the rear zip. MORE INFO
A lesser known brand, Hudson, has these Yara Suede Ballet Flats. Shaped from beautifully soft suede they have a slim elegant sole and the elasticated cuffs gently keep your feet in place. MORE INFO
That’s it for now. Hope these shoes have given you some inspiration and that you try a pop of colour on your feet very soon…
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