Clarks shoes have long thrown off their slightly old fashioned image and replaced it with slick campaigns and on trend collections. Horrah! My favourite shoes in my own collection are all by Clarks – bar none! Their specially designed Softwear cushioning make their heels a dream to wear – even the 9cm heels! For a self confessed flats girl, that is quite something.
For another two weeks Clarks is running their Free Your Feet competition – all the details for which can be found here. I wore my Clarks sandals – and freed my feet - on my recent holiday. But I’ve been eyeing up their selection of heeled sandals to add another pair – or two (!!) – to my collection!
If you’re also in the market for some new shoes, try out these four hot picks:
I’ve been after a pair of plain black skinny fit trousers for work for quite some time now. I’ve tried many different pairs on but they never seem quite right. Trawling the H&M sale racks, I finally found the (almost) perfect pair! I had wanted pockets and these don’t have them, but otherwise, they have the cigarette shape I wanted and a slight pattern detail in the fabric. Plus the uber high waist and concealed side zip mean that they are so very comfortable.
For work, I have teamed them with a plain black tee and added orange heels and a pink necklace for some colour accents:
I am a big advocate of keeping things simple when I put an outfit together and making a statement with my accessories instead. So I was pleased to see Baukjen advocating the same thing on Instagram! Recently you’ll have seen my orange Clarks heels and green heels popping up in outfit posts all over the blog! I love them. What can I say? Which is how they both made it into my picks for adding a pop of neon to your look:
Shop the post: #1: Rimmel yellow nail polish; #2: Warehouse jewelled earrings; #3: green Clarks court shoes; #4: orange Clarks heeled shoes; #5: orange necklace by Dorothy Perkins; #6: Barry M orange nail polish.
This is a great look for holidays and the summer too. I always love to add colour when I’m by the pool or at the beach. A bright nail colour on my toes is a favourite option: easy and effective. Something I’ll definitely be doing whilst on my holidays this week!
For further inspiration, check out this look – and this one! And be sure to follow on Instagram and Pinterest too.
How do you add a pop of colour to your looks?
Earlier this week, I posted about Clarks’ Free Your Feet competition for the summer and posted a photo of my new sandals. Well, here’s the whole outfit. This is what I wore for a balmy evening in London last week with my sister and fiancé:
I do like winter dressing: the boots, the layers, the scarves. But after nearly eight months of being wrapped up, I am in need for lighter pieces and sandals. I was pleased to be able to wear the vest my sister bought me for Christmas for the first time! It still wasn’t warm enough to swap my skinny jeans for shorts – and I did throw a cardigan on later.
I was also able to leave my shoes at home and instead wear these new sandals. I love the colour of these leather sandals which will add a splash of colour to any summer outfit. I can’t wait to wear them on my holiday next week. Did I mention I’m off to Spain for ten days – and I cannot wait!?
I was wearing: Urban Outfitters vest, Next skinny jeans and Clarks sandals.
How long do you wait to free your feet? Does it need to be boiling for your to ditch the socks? Or, like me, do you like to wear sandals with jeans and a jumper?
Clarks have launched a new competition for the summer. Earlier in the year they asked which flat shoes are your favourite, brogues or ballerinas. Ballerinas won! And now they are asking, when do you free your feet?
Do you throw your shoes and socks off and your sandals on the minute the sun shows its face? Or do you wait until the temperatures rise a little? Or a lot?
For me, I like a little warmth before I free my feet. But to be honest, as long as I have my legs covered and a sweater to keep me warm – I do love the feeling of bare feet in sandals!
Last Thursday when we went to London, we left a rather cold and dismal Cardiff to find ourselves in a balmy sunny evening in the capital. It was beautiful! And definitely sandals-weather! I was very pleased to have my Clarks Oditi Lucky strappy sandals to keep my feet cool! (The whole outfit will be shown here later in the week.)
If you’re looking for the perfect pair of sandals to free your feet, check these out:
I’m practically living in my orange Clarks heels right now. I am in love. Head over heels! (Pun totally intended!!)
Apparently I’m also quite liking teaming them with print trousers! Today I’m wearing them with my H&M print trousers. I love the shape of these trousers: slightly tapered and cropped at the bottom. For me, this is quite a bold and clashing look, with the orange shoes, pink print trousers and a neon statement necklace. So I’ve kept my t-shirt plain:
Regular readers will know that I am a flats lover and, until recently, rarely wore heels. But that has changed. And I thought I would share my top tips for wearing heels:
- First and foremost choose shoes with cushioning and support. Clarks heels have special Softwear insoles which are cushioned and comfortable. Rockport heels have Adiprene by Adidas technology which reduces impact and allows for easier walkability.
- If you have to walk any long distances, make sure to pack your heels up and wear flats. I walk part of the way to work and so I tend to throw on a pair of ballet flats and keep my heels under my desk to wear in the office.
- If I’m wearing heels on a night out and I’m not taking taxis or getting a lift home, I usually pack a pair of flat shoes in my clutch for the walk home later.
- If your favourite heels don’t have specially cushioned insoles, you can add them for comfort.
- If all else fails, Compeed blister plasters will be your best friend, until your heels are worn in!
How do you survive your heels?
Despite having a wardrobe devoid of much colour, my shoe rack is a veritable rainbow. Case in point are my new favourite shoes: these orange heels by Clarks.
I find it incredibly difficult to incorporate colourful tops and dresses into my every day outfits but somehow shoes feel like less of a challenge. So I keep buying brighter and brighter coloured shoes – in particular court shoes, to add a splash to my work wear looks.
Like today’s look, which I wore to the office:
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while now, you’ll know that I love flat shoes. So for all of my fellow flat shoe lovers out there, here’s the perfect competition for you. Clarks are offering you the chance to win a pair of your favourite Clarks flats plus £500 of Mr & Mrs Smith vouchers, just by telling them which is your favourite: brogues or ballerinas?
For me, both shoes hold their own attractions:
- Brogues are practical and remind me a little of school shoes.
- Brogues are great for rocking a bit of the masculine trend which is hot for Spring Summer 2013.
- But when the brogues have pretty cut-outs, like the ones above, they are the perfect mix of masculine and feminine.
- Ballerinas are always ultra feminine.
- Ballerina flats always come in such a wonderful rainbow of colours, it’s easy to have pair in your wardrobe for any and every occasion.
Which will you be voting for?
For a long time I associated Clarks as the place one went to get practical and sensible school shoes as a child and the leather sandals that my grandmother wore. These days, whilst you might still be able to get such shoes, Clarks have become the go to for some of the coolest shoe collections on the British high street.
The SS13 collection from Clarks at Shoetique is filled with bright heels and colourful flats: