(Mostly) lovely new stuff from Fenty Puma

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Fenty pointy creepers, £150, launching October 12th at Office, Pam Pam and ASOS

OK, I have mixed feelings about Fenty Puma, the collaboration between the sports brand and Rihanna. I was been pleasantly surprised, I admit, when I found myself cooing over a pair of the creepers in Offspring last year, because I still couldn’t get the thought of the awful heeled trainers that had been released previously out of my head. Once you have seen stiletto sneakers, you can’t unsee it; one of my favourite songs may well be High Heeled Sneakers by Tommy Tucker, but that doesn’t mean I think anyone should wear such a thing in real life.

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Fenty suede slides, £64.99, office.co.uk

Anyway, let’s completely gloss over the knitted Mary Jane heeled boots that are being released later this month and concentrate on the good stuff instead. How lovely are these almond-toe sneakers? And the suede varsity pool slides are to die for. If I didn’t already own more pool slides than someone who doesn’t frequent a leisure centre actually needs, I’d be hot-footing it out to get a pair for myself, sharpish.

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Fenty pointy creepers, £150, launching October 12th at Office, Pam Pam and ASOS

Freakloset – the ultimate in design-your-own is here

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Regular readers of En Brogue will know that I am a fan of designing my own shoes. I’m no cordwainer (yet – there’s always time!) but I’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with a couple of brands on some shoes and boots that I had a hand in designing, and I love the customisation services available on the adidas, Nike and Converse websites (you can read more about that here).

Sneakers, from around £130, freakloset.com

So I am thrilled to bring you news of a new website that is an absolute dream of a thing. Freakloset.com allows you to pick a style of shoe – it currently has six options, including a sneaker, a chelsea boot and a loafer – and pick your own colours of leather, suede and sole. It’s really easy to use and having had a little play, I can tell you it’s loads of fun too. Prices start from around £130 – the shoes are made in Portugal and money will be taken in Euros. Also – as a keen reader has just pointed out to me – you can choose different widths and heights which is great if you struggle to find shoes that fit well, and even pick different sizes shoes for each foot (you can specify to go up or down a size on each foot). A few people have asked me about this over the years so well worth pointing out. 

Three of the best…patterned backless loafers

Tapestry, £59.99 (mango.com); stripe, £79 (stories.com); embroidered, £140 (anthropologie.com)

It’s still just about warm enough to wear backless loafers, though I know the hardy among you will keep them on your feet far further into winter than me. So here are three of the best on the high street right now; I am particularly taken with the striped ones from & Other Stories.

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