MY SUMMER ROTATION

MY SUMMER ROTATION

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With summer rapidly approaching its finally time to unbox those shoes you’ve had stored away since the end of last summer – the warmer, dryer weather means you no longer need to worry about the wet weather ruining you’re favourite footwear.

If you’ve been thinking about investing in a new pair for the summer, now is the time to start thinking about what you want out of your footwear.

A good starting point is thinking about what you will use them for. Are you looking for something for everyday wear or something more premium that you will wear less frequently. If you’re paying a lot of money for something, you are going to want to make sure it lasts, so also think about quality – A leather shoe is going to stand the test of time against a canvas-style shoe.

Depending on the use, you may want to consider the colour. For me, I always go for black or white or a combination of the two as you can never go wrong with neutrals.

Whether you are looking to invest in premium footwear or are just after a new summer beater I have put this quick list together to show you what my favourite pairs are for this summer. You’ll have to let me know what you think in the comments!

01. Nike Air Max 97 OG ‘Silver Bullet’

Earlier this year, Nike announced it was reissuing the OG Nike Air Max 97 as a limited release in Italy. Fast forward a few months and Nike confirmed a wider release, seeing it  sell out immediately. Love them or hate them the Air Max 97 is back for 2017, the infamous silhouette from Nike is also celebrating it’s 20th anniversary so expect further colour options through the year. Personally, I love the OG Air Max 97 and I’m praying for a triple black version!

02. Converse X Comme des Garçon Play CT 70

I have been waiting for the COMME des GARÇONS PLAY and Converse collection to restock forever. They were on one of my first ever wish lists when I first started this blog, so it’s been a while! At the time I had the first collaboration between the brands so didn’t feel the need to pick them up straight away. When I saw that Dover Street Market had restocked them a couple of weeks ago I had to get both the high and low versions and can see these being my everyday pairs this summer!

03. Nike Mayfly Woven

The Nike Mayfly Woven is another of those pairs that you either love or hate. I bought these last year for my trip to Thailand, but haven’t worn them since then. Back in a fresh set of colourways this year, the Mayfly Woven is the perfect casual summer shoe for 2017.

The woven perforation detailing along the suede uppers are great for keeping cool and the leather laces and details to the heel adds a more luxe feel to the shoe, making them a great transition between day and night. I’m looking forward to wearing these a lot more this year so lets hope the weather holds out.

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04. Common Projects Original Achilles Low

Famed for their sleek silhouette, minimal branding and premium price tag, the white Achilles low is probably the most iconic of the Common Projects designs. I’ve wanted them for so long but could never justify the price tag. Lucky for me I got them £100 cheaper in the sales after Christmas and have been saving them for the warmer months.

With luxury Italian leather covering them inside and out, it’s clear the see why they have  so much hype around them. The quality and craftsmanship on these are unreal and the size and style code gold stamp is just the right amount of detail. From first wear you can really tell they are going to last for years to come, I’m really glad I took the plunge!

05. Nike Air Max 95 Ultra Essential

Another pair of Nikes… This time its the Air Max 95 silhouette. This updated version of the original shoe features a no-sew upper which makes them feel a lot more streamlined compared to the originals which are on the chunky side. I’m really enjoying the revival of some of the other ‘less popular’ models Nike are bringing out this year.

So there you have it. My top 5 pairs I will be wearing this summer. What are your favourite pair? What will you be wearing this summer?

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New in… Common Projects

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2017 is all about building a wardrobe of staples. Rather then trying to keep up with the latest trends and must haves, I know if I carefully select a handful of good quality and timeless pieces it will put me in a good position for years to come.

Over the last couple of years I feel like I have started to understand what my personal style is. Instead of having a high turn over of clothes that go quickly out of style or deteriorate in quality in a few washes, I’m going to invest in items which although may be more expensive, the quality is of a higher standard and they will last longer.

The latest addition comes from Common Projects.

Famed for their sleek silhouette, minimal branding and premium price tag, the white Achilles low is probably the most iconic of the Common Projects designs. I’ve wanted them for so long but could never justify dropping £250 on a pair of white sneakers.

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Luckily, I found them in the sale just before Christmas and decided the time was right.

With luxury Italian leather covering them inside and out, it’s clear the see why they have  so much hype around them. The quality and craftsmanship on these are unreal and the size and style code gold stamp is just the right amount of detail. From first wear you can really tell they are going to last for years to come – taking on more character with every step you take. I’m really glad I took the plunge!

Now I just need to get started…

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Wishlist 8 – Add some Spring to your wardrobe.

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MHL. by Margaret Howell Basic Tee in mint (£65) // Vans Vault OG Authentic LX in classic white/safari (£55) // Our Legacy Bolly Tee in pink (£85) // Topman Stretch Skinny Jeans in washed blue (£30) // A.P.C Novak Crew Sweat in grey marl (£119) // Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Hi II in white (£60) // Common Projects Chelsea Boot in tan (£315)


Spring is here and theres not a sign of black in sight. I know I’m kinda shocked myself, the colour black feels comfortable, it’s safe and you can’t really go wrong with it. For SS16, the monochromatic uniform of last summer has been long forgotten; replaced with a hue of pastel shades.

Taking style tips from the scandinavians, I have curated my current favourites for this post; to show you what I’ll be taking inspiration from in the upcoming months. Whether worn together or mixed with existing items in your wardrobe, this set of classic Spring items would make great additions to anyones wardrobe. So let’s get started..

First up are these simple tees from MHL. and Our legacy in mint and pink. I don’t think I have ever worn anything in either of these colours before, I’m not even sure if I could pull off a pink shirt but these shades are fairly washed out and not garish in anyway, so who knows. Even if it’s just for a hint of colour under the A.P.C Novak sweater, these tees are certain to brighten up your wardrobe.

Next up are the light wash jeans from Topman. I’m not opposed to blue jeans, my blue Nudie jeans are the comfiest pair that I own, I just go for a black pair 9 times out of 10. I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of ripped, washed blue jeans for a while now. Although these Topman ones don’t feature any rips, they are the closest I have found to the colour I am after and I’m sure I can achieve the look I’m after with a pair of scissor and some sand paper.

As for shoes, the Common Projects Chelsea Boots have featured on previous wishlists and I’m still pretty much in love with them, but at £315, I’m yet to take the plunge as I know I will probably ruin them on first wear!

I have also included pairs of ‘white’ Converse and Vans as they’re summer staples. Although described as white, they’re more of a vintage off white colour and will look great whether dressed up or down.

Last but not least I really want some slim fitting, cropped navy chinos for smarter occasions, they’re not pictured above but I already have this pair in black and they fit great!

What do you think of my Spring picks?

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LPU | Topman Chelsea Boots

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If you have read my blog before, you will remember I explored the chelsea boots trend a few weeks ago. Coming in to winter having the right footwear is a must and this is where a good pair of boots is essential.

Whilst we might not have £330 to splash out on Common Projects amazing Chelsea Boot, there are so many alternatives on the market that you don’t have to miss out (and can still pay your bills).

I came across these Brown Suede Zip Boots in Topman a while ago. Featuring a 100% leather, brushed suede upper that has been slightly distressed, natural rubber sole and gold zip detail, these are exactly what I was looking for. I purchased these in my usual size 9, but they fit slightly bigger so have sized down one size.

I wear these with a white t-shirt and some black ripped jeans for a casual look, but they could easily be worn with a fitted pair of jeans and a shirt for a smarter look. Being 100% leather, these should keep your feet dry and warm through the winter, and being distressed already you don’t have to worry about ruining the suede.

Priced at £50, the Brown Suede Zip Boots from Topman are available in store and online now.

What do you think of my new boots?

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Trends | Suede Chelsea Boots

Chelsea boots are big news for Autumn/Winter 15. The Seventies favourite are back; worn by everyone from The Beatles to The Rolling Stones, the typically black leather boot has become a classic over the years due to it’s versatility and simplicity. Whether worn with a suit or a pair ripped jeans, the Chelsea boot has always had a place in many men’s wardrobes and that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon, with the likes of Kanye West and David Beckham pictured wearing them recently.

For 2015, the Chelsea boot has been given a contemporary update with various takes appearing on the market, appealing to a whole new audience. The rise of luxury streetwear over the past few years has seen the line between ‘smart’ and ‘casual’  become harder to define combining influences from both genres. The suede Chelsea boot being one of the latest hybrids.  Below, I have picked out some of my favourite Chelsea boots on the market at the moment. Whilst the sleek design remains the same, the finish varies from the distressed ALLSAINTS Lance Boot to the streamlined Common Projects.

Which is your favourite style?

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ALLSAINTS Lance Boot – Black – £158

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Common Projects Chelsea Boot – Tan – £333
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Clarks Chart Zip Boot – Dark Brown – £75

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ALLSAINTS Carrillo Boot – Bitter – £178

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