I ♥ Clarks (there, I said it)

When I was a kid I lusted after their patent red Mary-Janes (the ones with the daisies) but was only allowed the sensible black pumps. And my favourite thing ever was being measured by the special electric foot-sizing machine (so space age it caused actual queues in the store). Now my love for Clarks has come full circle as this summer they have produced a collection that is pretty darn fantastic. Led by their cute ad campaign (great styling by Sophie Kenningham) the stores are currently filled with chunky block heels, fab two-tone sandals and some gorgeous brogues.

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Here is an edit of my favourite styles – including the block heeled Susie Deva, which I have worn on every sunny occasion of late and has elicited numerous compliments.

2-Clarks Susie Deva white&silver £49.99

The go-with-anything Susie Deva, £49.99

2- Clarks Romantic Moon (Lilac and silver) £49.99

This season’s must-have sandal shape – the two-tone Romantic Moon, £49.99

2-Clarks Studio Punch £49.99

Neon and embellishment in one with the Studio Punch, £49.99

Clarks Scotch Glow £44.99

Channel the 70s with the Scotch Glow, £44.99

Clarks Scorpio Star Natural Combi £49.99

Or opt for the colourful Scorpio Star wedge, £49.99

Clarks Hamble Oak in Stone Leather £54.99

The Hamble Oak brogue comes in numerous colour options, £54.99

Clarks Hotel Diva natural £65

Flats with a minimalist edge – the Hotel Diva, £65

2-Clarks Gin Crush £49.99

Anyone for golf? The Gin Crush in silver and white, £49.99

2-Clarks Desert Boot Lilac suede £85

The classic Desert Boot reworked in pastels, £85

As well as tapping into this season’s trend for minimalist chunky shoes, Clarks products are also made to last, with many of the 100% leather designs featuring super-comfy padded insoles. If the last time you stepped into the store was when you were 5, perhaps it’s time for a revisit. Trust me, you’ll end up buying the brogues in every colour.

 

All above shoes from Clarks. In store or online now: http://www.clarks.co.uk

Best foot forward

I was recently introduced to the Portuguese shoe brand Dkode and totally fell in love with their shoes. My favourite, the statement Thyone peep-toe boots (designed by Aleksandar Protic) are the epitome of summer with their unique cut-out design. What’s more they’re surprisingly comfy (win!) and versatile (double win!). Here’s my guide on how to wear them this summer…

Dkode Look 1

With boyfriend jeans and a printed jacket

Dkode Look 3

Art attack – with a printed dress and multiple necklaces

Dkode Look 2

Going tropical with a floral blouse and on-trend culottes

Thyone peep-toe boot, £140, Dkode

They come in a range of colours if white is too impractical. How about a go-with-anything blush metallic or dramatic black mock croc?

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Dkode Thyone - Black Croc

Thyone blush metallic, £140, black mock croc, £160, Dkode.

Other favourites to look out for are the futuristic Thetis wedge and the boldly coloured brogues and monk shoes. Perfect for those summer days when only a flat will do.

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Thetis wedge, £140

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Daiana brogue in red, £109

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Deandra monk shoe in verdigris, £110.

All shoes from Dkode. Online purchasing on their website launches soon. For further information go to http://dkode.com/