How seafood is inspiring my wardrobe, and the rest of this week’s Shoes News

The new Shop at Bluebird

This week I visited the newly reopened Shop at Bluebird. I always liked the original store, with its eclectic edit of clothing, accessories and homeware, but since it was at the very far end of the Kings Road in Chelsea (not my hood), I pretty much never went there. So I was thrilled when I learnt that the new store is in Covent Garden – MUCH easier!

The Shop at Bluebird

Aside from the easy location (I live in south east London, which makes Covent Garden one of the quickest central places for me to get to by train), I wasn’t quite prepared for how amazing this shop would be. It’s on Floral Street, a road that I walk down A LOT (often via Waterstones on Garrick Street to have a quick look at my book in store – always a thrill!), and is a 19th Century carriage hall which I never had any idea was hiding there. There’s a huge central atrium with a very cool angled mirror display on the ceiling (great for selfies), a roof terrace and just loads and loads of space and light. If you’re ever in the area I urge you to go in and have a look – it’s LOVELY!

shoes at The Shop at Bluebird

Of course, I’m here to tell you about the shoes. There are a couple of areas where they are on display but my favourite edit was on the ground floor on the left-hand-side of the door. Here you’ll find trainers by the likes of Golden Goose and Veja, as well as sandals by more niche labels such as Ulla Johnson (my favourites were the bow slides). They are displayed with some fab bag brands, including the Turkish It-label Manu Atelier (fans of my orange bum bag: this is who made it!).

3 of the best…shoes that look like fishing nets

Jeffery Campbell ‘Over The Rainbow’ net slides, £88 (; Miista ‘Edite’ black net sandals, £145 (; Urban Outfitters ‘Sara’ woven slides, £22 (urban

Followers of my Instagram account might know that I booked a holiday to Sicily this week, and as a result I’m embracing all things with a sartorial seafood angle. Sandals that look a bit like they are made from fishing nets tick that box and they’re on trend at the moment, too.


Nike’s female-led Air Max campaign

Nike Air Max campaign

It’s great that sports brands have FINALLY got on board with the fact that we women want great trainers just like the guys, not just some rubbish turquoise afterthought. It’s also great that they are finding cool, interesting women to promote their goods. Nike’s latest campaign for its iconic Air Max (which, let’s be honest, looks WAY better on women than on men anyway) includes skateboarder Savannah Keenan. I’ve singled her out because I really love the female skateboarding movement that’s happening at the moment. So much so that I’m considering taking up lessons myself (no joke!).


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