Friday, 18 January 2013 21:16

Your Shoe Must-Haves: When to Splurge and Save

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I'm going to level with you: we've all seen the exciting trends that have cropped up for 2013 and we all know our bank cards are going to take a fashionable beating this season.

I'm going to level with you: we've all seen the exciting trends that have cropped up for 2013 and we all know our bank cards are going to take a fashionable beating this season. Now, I'm pretty confident our shoe collections are going to benefit from the consequences in a big way but, in the interest of damage control, here's a guide to saving where you can, and doing it properly when you - erm - can't. Enjoy!

Heels - Daytime
When it comes to buying shoes for the office, it's best to go classic. This doesn't have to mean black - consider navy or even aubergine for a shoe that'll look understated and smart, but will look less harsh against lighter colours. Since you are looking for timeless styles, make the most of what the sales have to offer by snapping up the pairs that'll stay looking great for the seasons ahead. Clarks have a good range of smart shoes in their sale for you to browse with this in mind.

Heels - Night Time
This might just be your ticket to Splurgeville. Since you'll likely be pairing these heels with a dress you've spent hours searching out, you don't want them to let down the look. Let your girly side run wild by indulging in pretty pastels - a huge trend this spring/summer - or why not add a pop of confident colour with a neon choice? You might need to be brave but you'll be bang on trend!

Flats
Repeat after me: flats are not a cop out. Ok, so they might be comfy as hell but they can still look oh-so-stylish. So what do you need to know? Most importantly, it's not all about ballerina pumps. Victoria Beckham's sexily strict pairs are the styles to emulate this season, so take a peek and be inspired.

Trainers
You wouldn't wear them to any remotely stylish event - unless you are Kristen Stewart and the rumours about her Golden Globes after-party attire are true - but trainers are a wardrobe must.

Once again, timeless styles are a way to save: invest in a pair of retro classics now and you'll still be wearing them in years to come, with no snootily-raised eyebrows from fellow fashionistas.
Boots

You could find boots that are warm, sturdy, and a great investment. You could. But hang on, what's that over there? Totally impractical styles that you totally can't justify as a shield against the winter's chill, but that have you reaching for your purse anyway? Thought so. If you are going to treat yourself this season, think chunky, strappy, sandal-boot hybrids.

In collaboration with Clarks

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