12 cool camel kicks

Why beige is best, and how to wear it…

It’s a funny old time of year to talk about fashion. Everything is in the sale, the new season is starting to drop into stores…but new season is spring/summer and January and February are usually even colder than December. So I won’t be writing about sandals and slip-ons just yet. Instead, I thought I would tackle something with real longevity; a colour that works whatever the season and will carry you through the years and that just so happens to be on trend too: camel.

 

Zara fabric high top sneakers, £39.99 (zara.com); Veja vegan sneakers, €99 (veja-store.com); Axel Arigato tech runners, £255 (axelarigato.com)

When I worked at a fashion magazine and website, camel coats were one of the top search terms that brought people to us, whatever the weather. People just always feel good in a bit of beige, it seems. It’s one of the most versatile colours, suiting most skin tones and being a brilliant match for pretty much any other colour. My personal favourite is yellow (no surprises there), but it also looks cracking with other bright colours like scarlet and cobalt.

 

Bimba Y Lola technical sneakers, £65 reduced from £130 (bimbaylola.com); Good News London corduroy high tops, £60 (goodnews.london); Grenson sneakers, £93 reduced from £185 (grenson.com)

You can either introduce a bit of colour with the rest of your outfit (I’ve found some good examples below, so don’t forget to scroll to the bottom!), or look for styles that have block colours, like these from Axel Arigato, Bimba Y Lola and Chloe. For anyone keen on a more subtle outfit, try pairing your camel with navy or black. It also works brilliantly with a check in similar shades and, obviously, denim. (Many of the items featured in this post are in clearance, so limited sizes only are available)

 

Converse suede high tops, £58 (freepeople.com); Nike Air Max 90, £119 (stories.com); Novesta sneakers, £49 (pampamlondon.com)

This year, En Brogue will have a strong focus on sustainability, and as such your Friday Shopping Fix will be a more tightly curated edit of 12 pairs of shoes rather than 15. I’m still going to feature a range of prices, so something to suit all, but I will be trying to include as many brands as possible that are making an effort to do better (you can read more about this in my responsible footwear guide, linked below). I also won’t necessarily post a shopping fix every week, because I don’t want to be that person that makes you feel like you MUST HAVE new stuff all the time. However, we all love shopping, so hopefully by being more careful with my recommendations, and by avoiding faddy trends that I think you (and I) will be bored with soon, I can help you make better purchases that you will love for years.

READ MORE: THE RESPONSIBLE FOOTWEAR GUIDE

 

Chloe canvas sneakers, £440 (net-a-porter.com); Saucony Shadow Originals, £60 reduced from £85 (second-store.com); Allbirds wool runners, £95 (allbirds.co.uk)

WEAR WITH

More camel. If you don’t already own one, a wool camel coat is one of the most versatile you could ever wish for, and it will literally never go out of style. Oh, and there are loads in the sale at the moment. Best worn either with more camel, or pops of bright colour.

WITH YELLOW

 

Mango coat, £139.99 (mango.com); Boden silk shirt, from £98 (boden.co.uk); Arket jeans, £59 (arket.com)

WITH BLUE

 

Arket belted wool coat, £75 reduced from £150 (arket.com); Marks & Spencer cashmere roll neck, £139 (marksandspencer.com); COS checked trousers, £89 (cosstores.com)

WITH ALL THE CAMEL

 

J Crew cocoon coat, £245 reduced from £350 (jcrew.com); Baukjen roll neck, £97 reduced from £139 (baukjen.com); Arket wool trousers, £115 (arket.com)

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