Wednesday, 13 July 2011

The Shoe Edit - Topshop is on top form

Yes, I know, you all get that I love leopard print. But these 'Viper' brogues are something special - the detail is sharp, the shoes have a small but substantial block heel, and they look far more expensive than they actually are (£30.00). They would set off next season's jewel tones, especially emerald, very easily.

My second choice is called 'Trellis' (£24.00), which evokes scenes of English summers and country gardens. These hi-tops could be used to keep a feminine outfit neat, or they could be battered and mud-streaked to add the perfect edge to coloured skinny jeans and a baggy t-shirt. They're also available in bright pink, turquoise and purple.

The 'Velcra' slipper shoe (a bargain at £18.00) has definitely caught my eye. Available in black, white or grey, it features a really simple graphic bone design that is playful and very different from standard footwear patterns. It plays into the Gothic trend which is always coming around for Autumn/Winter, and it would also be an interesting way to finish off an androgynous look.

Lastly, these 'Tinchy2' hi-tops (£25.00) stood out for me as being simple but surprisingly smart. The piping detail really sets them off and gives them an edge. If you wanted to make them unmistakeably your own, you could colour in parts of the panels with fabric paint or oil paint. The chunky sole also means that you'll find them comfortable enough to wear all day, and they'd be great for a holiday involving plenty of walking or sightseeing.

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