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New season Grenson shoes are starting to drop and they’re amongst the boldest incarnations of trad-looking English footwear I’ve seen lately. I love that so many of these men’s styles also come in women’s sizes.
Monk shoes are still going strong. These croc printed double monk straps (above) are lovely in cherry red which comes in both men’s and women’s versions. I also like the elegant ‘slipper’ loafer (below), a slender tassel loafer that I think looks better on girls than guys. I love this tan leather, perfect with a grey cashmere ankle sock and too-short trousers or perhaps a Sunspel kilt.
Grenson is understandably proud of its new triple welted collection – look closely and it appears as if there are three graduated ‘steps’ on the sole. These sturdy bad boys were dreamt up by the factory workers, not the design studio for a change. Having its own factory means the Grenson team can be nimble with product design and experiment with ideas. For men there’s a grained ‘Fred’ boot (below) and for women, a ‘Rose’ shoe.
My other favourite is the military boot, more rugged grained leather, with a commando sole (below). These probably take a bit of wearing in but imagine how great they look as they age. If you ever get the chance, do check out the Grenson shop in Lamb’s Conduit Street where you’ll get plied with proper coffee and can peruse the entire collection and their fab ‘Instagram’ wallpaper. Very nicely done…
Summer is when I get (a little bit) more adventurous with colour so I’m well into all the primary brights we’re seeing popping up everywhere. Rich royal blue is an easy choice for the colour-shy as it’s almost a neutral so I’d wear that in a bomber jacket or rain mac (I’m currently looking for the perfect single-breasted mac). My manicure of the moment is Estee Lauder’s Pure Colour in Impassioned, a candy apple red that can skew either formal or casual. I also can’t get enough of Kelly green, especially in a fun print (hello Mother Of Pearl shorts), while a sunny shade of yellow lends itself beautifully to accents – this jolly Fendi key fob for example. Finally, thank you Keep It Chic for alerting me to Thomas Maier’s Cruise 15 collection. You can’t buy it now but as inspiration for a relaxed red suit, it serves very nicely…
Spring pastels and summer neons may come and go but rich, handsome red never gets old. For starters, I love simple red sweaters, both for wearing and for tying round waists or shoulders.
Next, red leather accessories have a lovely nostalgic feel – Anya Hindmarch in particular has nailed it with her delicious two-way journal (which can be embossed with initials to personalise). Continue reading