…and the rest of this week’s Shoes News.
Style maven Alexa Chung launched another collection with Superga this week, and she’s been far more adventurous with her designs this time around. Of course, there are the classic white canvas with-a-twist (the cream minimal designs from her last collection were a big hit with fashion bloggers) but I’m taken with the more interesting, eye-catching styles that veer a bit further away from the usual Superga aesthetic.
Take these saddle shoe-trainer hybrids, for example, which come with forest green and oxblood contrast panels as well as the black you see here. A gum sole sneaker with a saddle shoe vibe? What’s not to like. And not one to miss out on the hiking boot trend, there are ‘Alpine’ low tops on offer as well as the velvet high top beauties you see here.
Even the most Superga of the collection – these white 2295 sneakers – have a couple of eyelets that tap into the trend too. And of course, these mustard suede high tops are right up my street. You can see the whole collection on the Superga website.
A new transparent shoe brand (and I don’t mean that they’re see-through)
PREGIS ‘Ive’ boots, €200 (pregisshoes.com)
My chunky boots with long skirts obsession continues, and this week I’ve been trying out a new pair from a brand I wasn’t familiar with until a few months ago. PREGIS, which launched last year, is the brainchild of three footwear specialists, and approaches shoe design with an engineering angle, as well as a very experienced design one (previous credentials for these guys include Swear, Opening Ceremony and Dover Street Market). The resulting shoes include this pair of Chelsea boots (which the brand kindly gifted to me to try out) made from high-shine leather and neoprene. They’re super lightweight and very, VERY comfortable.
The price reflects the brand’s ethos to never compromise on quality or design – they’re not cheap, but nor do they look or feel it. I was particularly taken with the oversized pattern on the chunky commando sole of my boots. The thing I like most about this brand though, is that they have complete transparency in their supply chain, only using suppliers that uphold the same high standards in terms of working conditions and chemical usage. The shoes are designed in London and made in Portugal.
READ MORE: 15 PAIRS OF HIKING BOOTS FOR WALK AND PLAY
3 of the best…socks to wear with ‘stocks
This weekend I posted a picture of me wearing some Birkenstock Boston clogs with some Fair Isle patterned socks. It’s a Marmite look, I know, but one that I love. And what I got asked about most on Instagram was where to get the socks from. So here are three really good options if you’re going to be brave and embrace it!
Burlington Fair Isle socks, £14 (available in 5 colours, burlington.de) and Birkenstock ‘Boston’ clogs, £85 (birkenstock.com); Scott Nichol Fair Isle socks, £14.99 ([AD] sockshop.co.uk); Stance ‘Cimarron’ outdoor socks, £15.99 (stance.eu.com)