If you’re not already familiar with Veja, it’s the vegan trainers brand that’s really having a moment. I’ve noticed them on the feet of many an Insta-star recently, and celebrity fans include Emma Watson, Lily Cole and Marion Cotillard. They’re now being stocked in all the cool boutiques too, including Merci in Paris (basically heaven!) which I paid a visit during Paris Fashion Week. I love their minimal cool and, of course, the fact that they’re vegan. I may not be vegan myself, but as an animal lover it’s nice to have that clear conscience when you’re buying a pair of shoes. For the best selection in the UK, head to Selfridges or Liberty, or online at LN-CC. Prices start at £90.
Palladium’s 70th anniversary boots
Pampa Hi 70th anniversary boots, £64, spartoo.co.uk
Speaking of being a kid, something I always wanted was a pair of Palladium boots. They were worn by the hundreds of foreign exchange students who descended on the Isle of Wight every summer, whose style I longed to copy. They were the same kids I hung out with on holiday on French campsites – they all wore neon Bermuda shorts, leather wrist bands and those super cool boots. I could never find any to buy at the time; now of course, you can easily get European cool with a couple of clicks. This year sees Palladium celebrate its 70th anniversary with these monochrome boots featuring the names of cities the brand loves on the tongue and laces.
Very VERY special occasion shoes
A selection of styles from Gaziano & Girling, gazianogirling.com
This week I paid a visit to Gaziano & Girling on London’s Savile Row. As the address may suggest, this is a seriously posh shoe store which until recently, only sold shoes for men. But not anymore! Its women’s collection is all made to order, which means you can select all the different components of your shoes exactly as you want them, before being measured so that your shoes fit perfectly. They’re all 100% made in the UK in Northamptonshire (regular readers of this blog will know this is the shoe-making capital of Great Britain!) and the finish is, as you would expect, absolutely beautiful. Shoes from Gaziano & Girling don’t come cheap as you would imagine – the starting price is £835 for shoes and £1,040 for Chelsea boots – but if you want shoes that will last decades or need something individual for a special occasion, this is the place to come and treat yourself.