two of the six thousand mods that took part in Sunday's scooter ride out
two of the six thousand mods that took part in Sunday’s scooter ride out

So, it’s August bank holiday weekend, and while many of you may have been partying at Carnival (NOT my idea of fun), I’ve been doing what I do every year: hanging out with mods at the Isle of Wight scooter rally. They’ve been coming here in their thousands for as long as I can remember (apparently since 1980, though mods have visited the Island since the Sixties) and I’ve always loved the incredible authentic fashion that they bring with them, as well as that distinctive smell of two-stroke, of course! Plus I’m a bit of a closet mod myself, so any excuse to bring out the Fred Perrys is good as far as I’m concerned.

planning what to wear. Shoes from left: Kurt Geiger, Office, Karen Millen, Russell & Bromley
planning what to wear. Shoes from left: Kurt Geiger, Office, Karen Millen, Russell & Bromley

I do love pointy flats anyway, but I think they look particularly great with a little Sixties-style dress and bare legs (I’m not authentic enough to go in for white tights). I managed to wear four pairs this weekend! Great for dancing in too.

a dress my mum made in the Sixties, Kurt Geiger shoes and a Fiat 500 I fell in love with
a dress my mum made in the Sixties, Kurt Geiger shoes and a Fiat 500 I fell in love with
Russell & Bromley pointy flats reflected in a Lambretta's mirrors
Russell & Bromley pointy flats reflected in a Lambretta’s mirrors
This Fred Perry dress is new for AW13, as are these Karen Millen two-tone flats
This Fred Perry dress is new for AW13, as are these Karen Millen two-tone flats
It's that Fiat 500 again! I'm wearing Russell & Bromley flats, Baracuta Harrington jacket, Sandro top and Marni skirt
It’s that Fiat 500 again! I’m wearing Russell & Bromley flats, Baracuta Harrington jacket, Sandro top and Marni skirt

Other than spending a lot of time dancing to northern soul and ska (the Isle of Wight has an amazing local band called Ska’d for Life; my feet still ache from last night!), there’s a practicality involved with this scene. Sadly I wasn’t actually riding a scooter – though Mr Brogue and I spied a Lambretta and side-car that we’ve rather fallen for – but if you are, you’ll need something more sturdy than a slip-on shoe. Lace-up boots are always popular options; I spied many pairs of classic desert boots and Dr Martens.

My Dr Marten Harris Tweed boots and a splendid scooter with a picnic basket! My scooter would definitely have a picnic basket.
My Dr Marten Harris Tweed boots and a splendid scooter with a picnic basket! My scooter would definitely have a picnic basket.
A scooter girl in desert boots. Love the contrasting laces.
A scooter girl in desert boots. Love the contrasting laces.
Helen from Warrington in boots from Cow Vintage
Helen from Warrington in boots from Cow Vintage
My Swear desert boots. See, I told you I like contrasting laces!
My Swear desert boots. See, I told you I like contrasting laces!

Brogues were also everywhere, and a savvy local shop called Mia was doing a roaring trade in bargain £25 patent ones. In fact, we spotted them on a very cool young girl and when she told us where she’d bought them, my friend Michelle rushed across the road and bought a pair for herself!

Hannah from Portsmouth in London Rebel shoes from Mia
Hannah from Portsmouth in London Rebel shoes from Mia
a scooter girl in red brogues
a scooter girl in red brogues
Holly from the Isle of Wight in H by Hudson brogues
Holly from the Isle of Wight in H by Hudson brogues
Jane from Suffolk in Hobbs lace-ups
Jane from Suffolk in Hobbs lace-ups
Jane's daughter Hayley, also from Suffolk, in French Connection brogues
Jane’s daughter Hayley, also from Suffolk, in French Connection brogues

The Isle of Wight scooter rally really is a flat shoe lover’s dream event! I’ll be back again next year for sure, hopefully being driven around in a Lambretta side-car!

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