I was recently sent a lovely pair of loafers to try out by Wills Animal and Human Friendly shoes. This offer came just at the right time when I was desperate for a new pair of flat shoes for work. I had been on the look for something classic in style that was comfortable and could also be worn with bare feet and cropped trousers for work in the summer. I can’t stand wearing those nylon socks so wanted my shoes to be breathable but also water resistant to keep my feet nice and fresh and dry all day.
My new loafers by Wills Shoes were just as I had hoped, super comfy (although I actually got a size up from my usual shoes size). The faux suede has a lovely smooth but matt effect and is definitely breathable in contrast to other non leather/ vegan shoes that I have experienced in the past. The shoes have obviously been made with attention to detail and look and feel high quality. They have a lovely stack effect wood look sole.
In terms of eco and ethical credentials, Wills shoes are vegan, so don’t use any animal products which is great for anyone concerned with the ethical or ecological implications of using animal products for fashion. They are also ethically made with workers paid in accordance with European guidelines.
If you like the look of Wills Animal and Human Friendly Shoes, Will has also very kindly provided me with a voucher code to share for free delivery and returns. All you need to do is enter IHEARTSHOES at check out.
Here is a close ups of the shoes showing some of the lovely details. What do you think?
Anyway, I am breathing a big sigh of relief that the weekend has finally arrived and the sun is shining after last weekends Van West, Mud Fest (more on that in my next post!). I can’t wait to get going on my final training walk before I go to the Breacon Becons and I can’t wait. Sunday I will be ironing pretty much all day as I have some how managed to avoid doing any for about the last 4 weeks but it will definitely be a relief to get it all out of the way. How will you be enjoying the lovely weather this weekend?
With warmest wishes
Hat – Pachacuti
Jacket – Rokit Vintage
Dress – Komodo
Leggings – People Tree
Silk Scarf – Oxfam Fashion
Baseball Boots – Ethletic
A few weeks ago it was my birthday so I decided to treat myself to a little trip up to London with my eldest daughter. We met up with Faye my best friend of 27 years for Dim Sum at Ping Pong followed by a wander round the Tate modern. Living a distance apart and both so much going on, I don’t get to see Faye nearly as much as I would like but when I do it is always just like old times again. Getting to a girly day out with my daughter is always a treat too. It was interesting to see the Tate modern although I will have to admit I was pretty puzzled by what is classed as art. It was great to see some of my favourites like Picasso and Monet there though. What can I say, it was an amazing birthday, I hope I don’t have to wait until next year to do it again.
I decided this trip would be the perfect opportunity to wear my lovely hat from Pachacuti, despite Mr S warning me that it was pretty windy out. Just as he warned a sudden gust of wind managed to flip my hat right off my head and much to my daughters amusement, it went rolling off down the street with me in hot pursuit shouting “stop that hat” to a slightly bemused looking passerby. Anyway I managed to catch the hat and I my daughter finally managed to stop laughing. The moral of the story ‘don’t wear you favourite hat on a windy day’ or ‘always listen to what you husband says’ but i’m so not going to do that!
I treated myself to the Ethletic baseball boots form Ethical Superstore with some of my birthday money. They are easily one of the most comfy pairs of shoes that I have ever owned and I know I am going to wear them loads. Ethletic is an ethical fashion shoe brand that make fair trade baseball boots using organic and Fairtrade certified cotton, the rubber soles are FSC certified and sourced responsibly, and the rubber is fairly traded.
Here are just a few instagrams of my birthday
Birthday flowers from Mr S
Flowering tea and pud at Ping Pong (my new favourite things)
A cake sale at work to raise money for upcoming TrekFest in the Brecon Beacons
What have you been up to lately? Have you had any weather related clothing catastophes?
With warmest wishes
Jacket – Rokit Vintage
Dress – SkunkFunk
Scarf – Accessorize
Bag – Relaim Bags
Shoes – TOMS
Back before Easter, I went for lunch with my sister at Las Iguanas then on to see Dirty Dancing at Bristol Hippodrome, which was fabulous! I wore my new TOMS glitter shoes and decided that it was about time I wrote a review as I think they have an interesting story to tell.
If you don’t already know about TOMS shoes they have interesting policy called One for One® where they donate a pair of shoes to someone in need for every pair sold. Since 2006 TOMS Shoes have given 10 million pairs of shoes to children in need. They are also continously working to help more by providing different types of shoes based on terrain and season, or creating local jobs by producing shoes in countries where they give and to make their operations more sustainable. TOMS Shoes are always given to children through humanitarian organizations who incorporate shoes into their community development programs. Not only do I love the simple style of TOMS shoes that is available in so many different patterns and fabrics but I love the story behind them. A few years ago I read the book, Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie, the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS. The book is all about about how TOMS started and provides both information and inspiration for anyone wanting to start a business that puts people at its centre.
Any how I decided to treat myself to a pair of black glitter womens classics, which I could wear with casual or more fancy outfits and are the perfect way to add a little sparkle to the everyday. When the shoes turned up, I was at first disappointed to find them a little snug. I was undecided whether to try a size up, so I decided to google ‘TOMS shoes sizing’ and discovered that it is quite common for them to be a little tight and after a few wears they should stretch. This was spot on and after only a few hours of wearing around the house, they went from far to tight to just the right size. I am definitely glad that I hung onto them! Whilst I am wearing them with a dress in the picture above, they also look great with skinny jeans or leggings.
The only point that I would make to anyone planning on buying TOMS shoes online that the shoes are sent from Holland and in the case of returns would need to be returned to The Netherlands at your own cost so check the sizing carefully.
What do you think of TOMS? do you love the style or story or both?
I hope that you are having a good week!
With warmest wishes
Each day at the moment, I seem to discover another amazing stylish and ethical brand that I can’t wait to share on this blog. Unfortunately life is just far too busy at the moment and I am struggling to keep up with posting on a daily basis (sorry about that!) but I definitely had to make time to tell you about Wills Animal and Human Friendly Shoes. You can check out their full range of on trend styles on the website wills-vegan-shoes.com.
The brand was started by, you guessed it, Wills, who had noticed a gap in the market for fairly priced ethical footwear. The site has a great selection of high quality shoes in contemporary styles for men and women including brogues, wedges and court shoes with new styles being added for each of the four seasons. Unlike some vegan shoes, Wills shoes are also made with respect for people and the planet. They are made in Portugal where workers are paid in accordance with European guidelines.These vegan shoes are certified by the vegan society and make a great eco friendly alternative to leather shoes. They are made from latest breathable faux leather micro fibres so they do not get ruined in the rain like leather shoes can.
What I really love about these ethical shoes are the prices! they are affordable and comparable in price with many of the non ethical shoes sold on the high street making this ethical footwear completely accessible to anyone who gives a monkeys about how their shoes are made.
There is some great feedback on the website if you are interested in finding out more.
What do you think of Wills ethical and vegan shoes?
You might have already checked out the video for style-is.co.uk that was created at LFW this autumn to explore individual style and why fashion makes us feel good. I think that in order for style to be sustainable, we need to do our own thing instead of following trends and I hope that this video will help to get everyone thinking about their own individual style.
To help spread the word and get everyone thinking, I have just launched a competition for fashion and style bloggers over at style-is.co.uk. Basically all you have to do is check out the video above then create your own video or post before 15th November (midnight) on your blog answering the following questions
What’s your style?
Why do you love fashion?
Once you have done, add a link to the YouTube video http://youtu.be/p2TFLTyqVDU and www.style-is.co.uk. Our favourite post or video will be picked to choose a pair of TOMS shoes up to the value of £42 (UK blogs only), as featured on Style-is.co.uk. All posts will also be promoted and shared through our social media channels as part of our what’s your style campaign.
You can check out just a few of the styles of TOMS shoes that you can choose from below. This prize will also allow someone in need to benefit from the TOMS one for one initiative where TOMS shoes donate a pair for shoes for every pair sold.
I know my readers have some amazing style? will you share it? I will be posting my what’s my style post soon!
With warmest wishes
I always think that footwear is the most difficult part of trying to shop ethically. Many people (me included) don’t really like the idea of second hand footwear too much and it can be difficult to know which brands to turn to for sustainable and eco friendly footwear. There are number of different considerations when trying to minimise the impact of your footwear, one being the footprint caused by the rearing of animals used to make leather. The tanning process for leather also uses highly toxic and environmentally damaging chemicals. Luckily Spartoo have a great selection of green / eco shoes including some made from completely natural materials with the leather being tanned using vegtable tans. Anyway… here are my top picks of eco footwear for autumn and winter.
Boots for Work
As I don’t have a kind of set uniform that I would wear to work, I need a pair of shoes that are versatile and will work well with both skirts and trousers. A low and easy to walk in heel is also a must for me. You may have heard me rave about Dream in Green shoes before (I already own 2 pairs by this brand) but they are really well made and comfy to wear. I love these ankle boots!
For the weekend, it is great to have a pair of boots that can be worn over skinny jeans and leggings. I love these slouchy biker boots, again by Dream in Green.
Even if the weather is pretty rubbish in the autumn and the winter, I like to try and get out and about if possible and love walking. These hiking boots by Patagonia looking better than traditional hiking boots and also have shock asorption making them really comfortable to wear.
Versatile Court Shoes
A pair of versatile court shoes is ideal for wearing with all sorts of outfits from work wear to a party dress. I already have these Dream in Green ones in red and can vouch for the fact that they are super comfy.
What shoes will you be wearing for autumn and winter?
With warmest wishes
I definitely heard my mum say that there was a heat wave on its way quite soon. I won’t really believe it until it happens, but I see no harm in getting ready for that warmer weather just in case. I have been checking out some of the latest styles of shoes for spring in the green (eco section) at Spartoo. If you haven’t checked it out yet I would definitely recommend as they have one of the most extensive selections of eco shoes that I have seen anywhere.
Here is what has caught my eye for spring.
These sandals by Swedish Hasbeens have a kind of chunky charm to them. I love the colour and the fact that the chunky heel is going to be fairly easy to walk in. They will look good with so many of my dresses for summer. In case you are wondering about the ethics behind the Swedish Hasbeens brand, they are still handmaking their shoes in the traditional way using ecologically prepared natural grain leather. Their production methods are kind to both people and planet.
Dream in Green are one of my favourite Eco shoe brands. I have a pair of shoe boots from them which are super comfy and go with everything I have worn them constantly throughout the winter. So for Spring I was really interested to see that they have some great flat shoes which would again go with everything.
These Guertine Ballerina pumps are made from vegetable tanned leather an eco friendly alternative to conventional leather which uses a cocktail of chemicals in the tanning process.
I am also a big fan of Timberland for their high quality, practical and stylish clothes and shoes. This pair of sandals have a simple style and incredibly versatile. The tan colour and cork wedge heel (apparently) helps to lengthen the leg and with legs as short as mine, I can do with all of the help I can get. Another fantastic pair of shoes for wearing with all of my summer dresses.
Are you ready for spring? which of these styles would you wear?
With warmest wishes
A good pair of winter boots is most definitely a staple of my winter wardrobe (and I guess most other peoples). They need to look great, be super comfortable to walk in and able to keep my feet toasty warm no matter what the British weather throws at us. On top of all that I need a pair of boots which will go with lots of items in my wardrobe, are ethically made and have a minimum impact on the environment and finally don’t cost too much.
Not much to ask for, right?
Luckily there is a fantastic sale on at Spartoo at the moment. If you haven’t already checked out Spartoo before they have a fantastic ‘green’ section stocking some of my favourite eco friendly brands of shoes including Dream in Green, Timberland Earthkeeper and Pikolinos. The majority of the styles are also timeless so it doesn’t really matter if you buy them in the sale, they will still look great for years to come and being high quality brands they are also likely to last for years to come. Anyone enough of me waffling on. I though I would share some of my favourite picks from the Spartoo ‘green’ sale.
These Dream in Green Boots are made from vegetable tanned leather and reduced from £132.99 to £66.50!
These Timberland Earthkeeper Rudston boots will go with anything from jeans to dresses. Timberland also have a transparent supply chain and use eco friendly materials to make their Earthkeeper boots. They are reduced from £141.99 to £78.10.
These boots by eco brand Pikolinos are both stylish and snuggly (the fur is faux btw), They have been reduced from £145.99 to £87.60.
Have you seen any amazing eco bargains in the sales?
With warmest wishes
A good pair of winter boots or shoes is an essential part of my winter wardrobe with key requirements usually being warmth and comfort, an on trend look, versatility to go with a variety of items in my wardrobe. When the weather gets really cold I love to wear a longer pair of boots either with a skirt and tights or for tucking in skinny jeans or leggings. I also love a pair of ankle boots with a small heel for wearing with boot cut jeans and trousers. Over the last few years I have been particularly taken with wedge ankle boots which are probably the easiest type of heel to walk in and great for adding a bit of height.
Here are some of my favourite winter boots at Spartoo.co.uk (which by the way all have a minimum impact on the planet!)
Timberland are a well known brand that have really made a big commitment to sustainbility particularly with the Earthkeepers Collection, they also happen to have some fantastic winter boots. I love these EK Bethel Buckle boots from the Earth Keeper Collection. They have a recycled sole and ergonomic insole and are made from at least 50% recycled materials.
Another favourite eco brand of mine is Dream in Green. They have a strong commitment to sustainability and they always have some great styles. I love the vintage feel to these Brigno boots which is a result of the vegetable tanned leather that has been used to make them.
These boots by Snipe which are great for a casual weekend outfit. Snipe shoes boast both friendly product design and manufacturing processes.
What do you think? do you like an of these boots or brands?
With warmest wishes
Do you ever wish you could slip out of your heels and into a pair of cool flip flops instead?
I was recently sent a pair of SPAIR Sandals which cleverly fold into a little pouch which will easily fit into most handbags. Should you need to wear them, them, the little pouch turns into a bag that can be used to carry your shoes home. I have seen similar ideas on the market before, but what I really loved about Spair sandals is that they are 100% Recycled tires and earth-friendly leatherette.
They are actually a kind of solution to an environmental issue as stated on their website
improper disposal of over 300 million rubber tires per year is a serious risk to our health and environment. Disease-carrying pests and mosquitos breed in the stagnant water that collects in tire piles, and spread deadly viruses like West Nile, encephalitis, and malaria.
Whilst I haven’t had the chance to do a manicure to show off the actual sandals that I was sent, I have given them a try and can confirm that they are super comfy. I think they would be fantastic for weddings when I almost always feel the need to kick my shoes off by the end of the day so that I can strut my stuff on the dance floor.
The shoes are available in 3 colours in the US from www.spairsandals.com
Would you find these useful?
With warmest wishes