Sock it to me

Regular readers of EnBrogue will know I am a BIG fan of the snazzy sock, and yesterday I hit the shops to stock up on some new season pairs. Socks are a hot trend for SS14, which means there are some much cooler designs available than normal. It’s a quick, cheap and easy way of updating an old pair of shoes, so even if you’re not up for wearing ankle socks and flat shoes with a skirt, you can at least turn up your jeans and show a bit of colour! Here are my favourite pairs for a bit of inspiration.

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Love love LOVE this first pair from Topshop (with Grenson shoes) because of their retro masculine vibe. They’re part of a ’3 pairs for £8′ deal, or are £3.50 per pair. I like them so much I also bought them in grey.

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If you don’t live in London, you might not have discovered & Other Stories yet (sister store to H&M and COS) but the website is great so check it out. These crochet socks (£5) are really handy at this time of year for shoes like these by 10 Crosby Derek Lam that you would usually wear with bare ankles. Normal black socks would look weird, but these pretty ones are just right.

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Unlike & Other Stories, Muji’s website is hopeless, but it has plenty of stores so hopefully you’ll be able to track one down as its socks are excellent. They are really good quality and are around £4.50 per pair. As well as this spotty pair (worn with NW3 Hobbs loafers) it has a great selection of subtle Argyle designs too.

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Back to & Other Stories now, and these cute neon trim socks (worn with Folk sneakers) come in a two-pack for £5 (the other pair is darker grey with yellow trim). They add a feminine touch to your casual trainers.

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Finally, the most fashion-forward of the bunch. Prada’s SS14 collection was littered with footless knee-high hockey socks but Topshop has put a more wearable spin on the look with these ankle socks. Die-hard fashionistas will be teaming them with skirts and this season’s chunky sandals (more on those soon), but I’ll stick to my Grenson brogues I think.
Happy socks shopping!

a night on the tiles

If there’s one thing I love almost as much as flat shoes, it’s colourful tiles. This obsession has escalated since I started this blog, since I’m always looking for interesting floors to use as a backdrop to the pictures I constantly take of my feet.

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tiles in Gaudi’s Park Guell, Barcelona

You have an En Brogue reader to thank for this post – Sophie – who even suggested the name when I tweeted a picture of the fabulous tiles in my local pub (below). So here is a selection of my favourite tiles that I have stumbled across recently. Enjoy!

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Fratelli Rossetti loafers and tiles in my local pub

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Mr Brogue in Grenson, me in Folk, tapas bar, Barcelona

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Diane vin Furstenberg pumps and tiles in the Petit Palais, Paris

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Grenson boots and mosaic pavement tiles, Brighton

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By Larin sandals and my bathroom floor (they’re from Topps Tiles – recently – I should get commission as so many people have asked about them since I tweeted this pic!)

forgive me Lord, for I have moccasinned…

Allow me to introduce you to my newest purchase: the Harriet boots by Folk. They were my birthday present to myself (you all buy a birthday present for yourself, right?) and I am in love with them. They look a bit like a desert boot, a lot like a moccasin, and are more comfortable than a pair of Nike Air Max.

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Harriet boots, £170, by Folk (folkclothing.com) BUY ME HERE!

This particular style also comes in brown (here) or neon pink (here), and Folk also has some even more moccasin-y boots – the Charlie – in the same shades.

Folk Charlie white

Charlie boots, £250, by Folk (folkclothing.com) BUY ME HERE!

Folk Charlie sand

Charlie boots, £250, by Folk (folkclothing.com) BUY ME HERE!

 

Just when I thought Folk were the only ones making white moccasin hybrid boots, I stumbled across these by YMC. They feel a bit more Pocahontas with their fringing, and will require a fair amount of leather protection before wearing (as did my Folk boots; the Lamb’s Conduit store provided me with everything I needed) but will look very cute with a floral tea dress once (IF!!) the weather improves. They’re not available online just yet (I saw these in the press showroom) but should be very soon.

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YMC moccasin boots, available soon

As I was wandering through SoHo planning this post, these final boots caught my eye. They were in the window of somewhere I don’t usually associate with stylish flat shoes: UGG. But how stylish are these?! And at just £65, they are the cheapest of the lot. I’m pleased this brand is putting more effort into summer footwear, and it’s doing a pretty good job so far.

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Azin boots, £65, by UGG (uggaustralia.co.uk) BUY ME HERE!

Anyway, hope you all have a fantastic FOUR DAY WEEKEND! I’m off to drink lots of wine…

cut out and keep

If you’ve looked for a new pair of shoes in Topshop recently, you wouldn’t have been able to escape the plethora of cut out boots on the shelves (it currently has eight different styles on its website in the low heel section alone). The trend for this well-ventilated footwear originated last year at Balenciaga, but has finally started to catch on on the high street. 

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Miley Cyrus (I know, I was surprised too!) wearing Balenciaga

It’s a look that works best with no socks, but as that’s not really an option on a day like today when London is shrouded in freezing fog, take heart in the fact that they also look great with thick black tights, or with a plain, ribbed sock on show.

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AJ cut out heavy ankle boots, £95, topshop.com BUY ME HERE!

This first pair from Topshop are a dead ringer for the Balenciaga originals but at only £95, are a fraction of the price. I love that chunky hardware on the buckles and the zip up the back.

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ACTON clean buckle boots, £78, topshop.com BUY ME HERE!

For something a little less goth, Topshop also has these smart burgundy boots. That little gold toe-cap is a lovely detail, and they look pretty comfortable too.

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Shakuhachi riding boot, £258.96, farfetch.com BUY ME HERE!

If you have a little more cash to splash and would rather never be caught wearing the same shoes as anyone else, these luxurious Shakuhachi boots might be for you. Farfetch.com is a brilliant website that brings together the best designer boutiques from around the world. If you bought this particular pair of boots, they’d be shipped to you from American Rag in L.A. Exclusive!

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Folk Lily shoes, £375, folkclothing.com BUY ME HERE!

Finally, I’m going to break a few rules. These are a shoe rather than a boot but I like their two-tone multi-texture loveliness so much that I had to include them. Also, they have a very small wedge, so I suppose technically they’re not entirely flat, but as it’s party season and we’re only talking about an inch, I’m feeling OK about it. Especially since I’ve imagined myself wearing them with some grey ribbed tights and a checked shirt dress…