Clarks on the catwalk and the rest of this week’s Shoes News

Clarks on the catwalk: Christopher Raeburn



My new freelance life is bringing with it lots of new experiences which, along with becoming obsessed with housework and discovering the joys of Lewisham Shopping Centre, also includes being invited to LFWM, otherwise known as men’s fashion week. It’s pretty much the same as regular fashion week, except that everyone turns up on time and there are far more people wearing white socks with very turned up black trousers. Oh, and there’s more men, both on and off the catwalk (obvs). I popped along to Christopher Raeburn’s show because as well as having a bit of womenswear thrown in for good measure, he is continuing his brilliant collaboration with Clarks and I couldn’t wait to see them. I’m afraid my slightly blurred catwalk picture doesn’t really do them justice (top), but luckily I’ve been able to steal a pic from Christopher’s Instagram account (above) of another style. I’ve not been able to get confirmation that either will be made for women (hey, maybe they haven’t decided yet!), but I do prefer his men’s designs in general so I have my fingers crossed! You can shop his current collections here.

Three of the best: super minimal sneakers


Axel Arigato, £165,


adidas Superstars, £64.95,


French Connection ‘Sara’ trainers, £65, 

This week I discovered the joy of the most minimal of sneaker styles – the white laceless trainer. I have managed to get my hands (err, feet) on a pair of the French Connection ones (bottom, very low stock!) but it’s definitely a trend that can be found far and wide elsewhere. In fact, I can’t quite believe I’ve resisted the adidas Superstars this long – how cool?!

Sorel snow boots AKA essential shoes for the big freeze!

Cozy Carnival boots, £100,

I don’t know what the weather’s like where you are, but it’s been snowing here so I will be wearing my Sorel ‘Cozy Carnival’ boots this weekend. The brand actually calls them trainers, but they are city snow boots in my book! I’ve had mine for a while and they’ve been a staple in my winter dog walking wardrobe, but they’re good-looking enough to wear into town in the snow/ice/slush and not have to bring an extra pair of shoes to change into when you get to work. Brilliant.