Catwalk sneakers, tie-dye DMs, and the rest of this week’s Shoes News

Men’s fashion week was all about the Converse

Well hello there! This week I come to you fresh from working my first ever LFWM – that’s London Fashion Week Men’s – and I’m here to tell you that Converse is high on the agenda when it comes to men’s fashion, both on and off the catwalk. At the Martine Rose show on Sunday evening (yes, I spent my Sunday evening working at a fashion show in Tottenham but you know, glamour) I counted no fewer than ten pairs of black classic Chuck Taylor All Stars on the feet of show attendees, as well as a spattering of One Star sneakers too.

classic Chuck Taylor black

classic black Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars, £50, converse.com

The shows moved on to Florence later in the week where London-based cult designer JW Anderson announced a collaboration with, you guessed it, Converse! And they look snazzy as hell. The other good news is that despite being shown at menswear, it will be a unisex collection. Whoop! Watch this space for details on the launch and prices.

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Converse x JW Anderson

Converse x JW Anderson

While we’re on the subject of Converse, I just wanted to mention a cool collaboration service that got in touch with me this week called Natural Born Customs; Saskia will do pretty much whatever you want on canvas sneakers using embroidery and embellishment, and it’s a particularly nice idea for kids. You can check out her website here.

Palladium x Christopher Raeburn

Palladium x Christopher Raeburn

Finally, it’s also worth mentioning that Christopher Raeburn – who has previously collaborated with Clarks – has now teamed up with Palladium and yes, this collection is unisex too. The focus is on sustainability, using recycled rubber and organic cotton to make the shoes, so it’s good news all round!

Three of the best…animal print sandals

I featured some Russell & Bromley dalmatian print sandals on Instagram yesterday which I know lots of you loved, but as I have had them for about 8 years I thought I’d better find you some alternatives. And as long as we’re having a heatwave, three of the best is going to be sandals of some sort!

leopard, £63, boden.co.uk; cow, £189, penelopechilvers.com; zebra, £24, next.co.uk

Tie-Dye DMs…just in time for Glastonbury

If you’re off to Glasto next week, or indeed any other festival this summer, you might be interested to hear about Dr Martens’ totally appropriate tie-dye collection that has just launched. It comes in four shoe styles – a boot, a shoe, a T-bar and a sandal – as well as a rucksack. The best bit? They’re 100% vegan, too.

Page boots, £105; Polley Mary Janes, £90; Clarissa II sandals, £95; Lester shoes, £90; all drmartens.com

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