So, the ‘big move’ has happened, and we are now renting a lovely flat from some friends. Never one to embrace feeling discombobulated (a classic Taurus trait I am told), I am consoling myself with the fact that our temporary room has extensive built-in wardrobes, with special shelves for shoes. My dreams are realised, and there is no going back. This means I can now display all my footwear so I can see (and admire) them, but is also helping immensely with my morning routine, and what to pair with what—I have a special ‘loafer section’, which is obviously the most full. I was delighted to have a sneak preview of the new Crockett & Jones Women’s Collection for spring summer, which is as wearable as ever, covering off all bases for sunnier months out and about, and which I dream to have sitting in my wardrobe, waiting expectantly.
This is city shoe perfection. Stylishly mounted on their Chocolate ‘City Sole’—a new rubber sole created with the Harboro Rubber Co—they are practical but smart, my favourite combination. The pebble grain leather has a beautiful lived-in feel, and is buttery soft so they’ll be firm friends with your feet on first meeting. I adore navy and black together (controversial to some) and so would pair these with some black leather trousers or jeans, a white shirt and a navy blazer, ready to take on anything London might throw my way.
Neutrals are very much on trend—beige, cream and browns are everywhere. The Carly in Nut Suede with a single leather sole reminds me of my favourite white chocolate with hazelnut—something to do with the smooth suede and luxurious pale nutty colour has me weak at the knees. This shoe is the prefect travel companion, with summer city breaks firmly on the cards now the weather is perking up. They will take you from airport to exploring cobbled streets, then to dinner in the evening too—wear these beauties with pretty floaty dresses or pale jeans.
I have spoken of my love for Lottie before, and it is an enduring love. This new model in Nut Suede is set on their new Natural Crepe Sole, which is rather amazing stuff. The natural raw latex is tapped from a rubber tree, but don’t be concerned, it doesn’t harm the tree in the slightest, which will keep providing the substance for many moons to come. I really like the look of the natural crepe—there’s something a little edgy and different about it, a casual essence. These Lottie's are boots to live in, and would certainly be right at the front of my wardrobe’s ‘boot section’—yes I have one of those too.
So, the shoe masters have done something rather interesting here, taken a smart, tasselled penny loafer and popped a natural crepe sole onto it. The Julia in Ecru Calf feels very fashion-forward, and I think would look spectacular with a cropped checked trouser suit—masculine elegance, with the ecru calf leather screaming ‘luxury’. They would work fabulously in autumn with richer berry tones too, but start wearing them this spring, ideally with a lightly tanned ankle peeping from above.