The Edit: Cool Winter Kicks

Despite the cold frosty mornings and minus temperatures, trainers will never be banished from a Winter wardrobe – period. Fashion’s answer to comfortable yet totally on point footwear, trainers are here to stay – whatever the weather. Regardless of whether you’re a loyal adidas fan or prefer to go retro with Reebok, we’ve got cool Winter kicks covered.

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It’s a well-known fact that adidas can do no wrong when it comes to bossing footwear. The latest Tubular Shadow Knit style is the perfect combination of sporty and sleek, adding a handmade look to the Tubular series. The 3D texture and bold diamond pattern create a striking streetwear style, and the sock like design ensures a snug fit.

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Rose gold everything? We hear ya! Introducing a new way to shine, these Superstar trainers add a little bit of glam to the heritage style of the sneaker. The leather upper, rubber shell toe and chunky-cup sole keep the look authentic, while the rose metallic details do all the talking. It’s a trend we’re desperately hoping sticks around to ensure all outfits are glam ready.

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Reebok is the king of cool kicks and we’re certainly not complaining. Authentically rooted in on-court performances, the comfort and durability of these trainers translate to effortless everyday style. Metallic branding and labels embellish the softest of leathers for a rich look and feel. In whisper grey with a classic white sole, these kicks are seriously cool.

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Make your look memorable with these metallic leather kicks culled from the famous Reebok Classic line. Updated in a sophisticated and slick black metallic colour palette and designed with an urban edge, the Club has also made its way into the all black everything crew. With a padded collar for support and a cushioned foam sockliner, we’re talking fashion and comfort.

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Warning: we’re throwing it back and going a little bit old skool here. A twist on the Vans timeless side stripe style, the Old Skool Zip is a black metallic low top lace-up made in premium leather for a luxe yet laid back look. Make a statement in bold black, because if effortlessly cool skate style is your thing, then these Vans will be your new Winter BFF.

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Cool in khaki, the Nike Air Max Thea Ultra Premium trainer updates the iconic running profile for everyday comfort. With a premium leather and textile upper for durability and a visible Max Air heel unit for super cushioning, this update ticks all the style boxes. The dark on-trend hue perfectly complements the season while still maintaining your title as cool kicks Queen.

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Krazy for Kendall + Kylie

If you’re not familiar with Kendall and Kylie Jenner, where the heck have you been hiding? Whether you know about the Kardashian and Jenner clan or not, let us quickly get you up to speed with a few highlights. Kylie grew lips overnight, Kendall became a Victoria’s Secret Angel, Kim had a 72 day marriage and broke the internet with a naked selfie, Kris is still their momager, Khloe filed for divorce from Lamar Odom (twice), Kourtney allegedly had a fling with Bieber, Bruce became Caitlyn, Kanye wants to run for President and Rob had a baby with Kylie’s boyfriend Tyga’s ex girlfriend and baby mumma – and that’s only scratching the surface. But that’s the sort of chaotic confusion that comes attached to a family of five children beginning with K, right?

Intrigued? No worries, there’s a whole 12 seasons of KUWTK you can binge on but we’ll save that conversation for another day. Anyway, despite all the totally addictive drama, Kendall and Kylie (the youngest siblings, FYI) have released a footwear and accessories collection and we’re in love. We’re talking super chic with a small dose of crazy thrown in for good measure. From gorgeous suede creepers and sophisticated structured handbags to super cute mini backpacks and wacky bag charms, no detail within the collection has been left untouched. Kendall + Kylie have taken the fashion scene by storm in recent years and we’re predicting big things from the girls this year if this collection is anything to go by. Ready to slay with KJ?

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Designed by the sisters, the inspiration behind the collection comes from wanting to capture the essence of their own lifestyles by creating trainers that would fit perfectly in their own wardrobes. This smooth low-top sneaker, available in nude suede or black leather, features modern bar lace holes and a creeper-style platform to give your outfit that effortlessly cool edge.

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The Sloane backpack is designed to make a serious statement. Beautifully crafted in soft white leather, it contains three zipped compartments along with one internal zip pocket and a contrasting grungy chain top handle. The Izzy shoulder bag is more of a slouchy casual option with ample space to store your everyday essentials, available in black or rose pink.

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If you’re after a neutral navy number, the Katherine handbag is both practical and structured, crafted in leather with twin top handles. Super secure with a zip opening and an internal compartment, this handbag is perfect for giving that ‘I’m totally adulting’ kinda vibe. Also available in rose pink for a more girly affair, this handbag is set to be a hot hit this season.

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A handbag isn’t a handbag without a fluffy animal bag charm hanging off the end of it, right? The Kendall + Kylie bag charms capture the girls’ fun and wild side and feature a branded engraved fob and collar, a leather head and fluffy faux fur body. Available in rose, navy, black or as a leather coin purse charm, what is the Kendall + Kylie collection without a little bit of crazy?

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We’re not sure why but anything which is smaller than average is super cute and these mini backpacks are no exception. Small but perfectly formed, the Slone backpacks are beautifully crafted in soft leather and contain three zipped compartments, one internal zip pocket, an adjustable shoulder strap and prominent branding. Will you go all black everything or rose gold?

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New Year New Shoes? Say Hello to the Simon Carter Collaboration

Who doesn’t love a collaboration? We recently teamed up with the very talented London-based menswear designer Simon Carter to create an exclusive and premium footwear collection, only available on our website and in our stores across the UK. Simon Carter is renowned for affordable luxury, and exquisite craftsmanship and exceptional quality are at the heart of the collection.

The smart casual range is comprised of intricate patterns, iconic prints and creative quirks with quality, integrity and affordability at the forefront. Including beautifully crafted leather and stunning suede, the collection also features Simon’s quirky animal icon – his dog called Gervais – which creates a fun and personable brand identitiy.

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The Elgar boot is a fabulous black suede Chelsea boot with beautiful detailing, including printed leather linings, laser etched heel branding, intricately branded soles and subtle stitch details. Available in black, blue and tan, there’s a colour for every occasion whether you want to keep it classic or be a little more adventurous.

Simon Carter was exceptionally keen on the collaboration and said in an interview with Drapers: “As a London based designer, it makes perfect sense to work with a great British success story. SOLETRADER knows shoes better than anyone, and shares my passion for great product. I’m really excited to be working with them and bringing Simon Carter footwear to a wider audience.”

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If we can’t sway you with suede, these leather Holst boots are suitably suave. With an inside zip for ease and available in black or brown, these are the perfect smart boots for any occasion. If a lace up is more your thing, the Delius boots come in a beautiful brown or classic black, with laser etched heel branding. Detail is at the core of the collaboration.

Our Buying Controller, Derrick Hoyle, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with Simon and his eponymous menswear brand. The brand is full of quirky and unusual details that have allowed us to develop a unique collection – it was a lot of fun. There is a gap in the market for this type of product and it fits seamlessly into our pricing structure.”

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If you’re more of a smart shoe kinda guy, these tan lace-up Tavener shoes come with brogue detailing, printed leather linings and intricately branded leather soles for an exquisitely smart footwear option, also available in black. For something without the brogue detailing, the Britten shoes in black or tan are certainly quite the classic. Gentlemanly with a unique edge.

The collaboration ranges from £90 – £120 and can only be found here at SOLETRADER. There are 16 options across seven styles, six colours and two sole types. The collection includes a premium calf leather range of formal loafers and boots and a suede range of more casual styles, all leather lined and made in Portugal.

The full collection can be found here but remember, you won’t find it anywhere else! For our full range of shoes, head over to our website. If you’re after the latest styles as and when they drop, like us on Facebook and follow us on TwitterInstagram and Pinterest – we don’t bite!

 

Behind the SOLE: Personal Assistant to the CEO

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Our Personal Assistant to the CEO loves spending time with her new puppy, would love to meet J.K Rowling and dreams of a shopping trip to New York. We caught up with 21-year-old Rebecca Hall to chat about her love for animals, how she unwinds after a stressful day and all things Christmas.

What did you study at University?

English Language and Communication at The University of Hertfordshire.

How did you get this job?

I found the job online and thought it suited me well. I applied and was invited for an interview which I thought went well. I was invited back for a second interview but didn’t hear back for a couple of weeks so assumed I didn’t get it. I then got a call one Friday afternoon offering me the job. It was also my University Graduation Ball that evening so I had two reasons to celebrate!

Did you always want to pursue a career in this field?

I was never too sure what I wanted to do. I wanted to go to university and English was a subject that I always enjoyed at school, so I studied for three years and found this job straight after.

What does a typical day involve?

No two days are the same. There’s always a lot to do and I have to always be really organised and keep on top of everything that’s going on.

What’s your favourite part of the job?

The job is very varied which I really like. Also, being surrounded by loads of great shoes is definitely a big bonus!

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What’s the biggest challenge your job role presents you with?

Managing my time; there is always lots to be done and I’m often working on several tasks at once so I’m constantly writing myself notes and lists to ensure I don’t forget anything. It’s also pretty difficult to go to work in the morning and leave my puppy Henry as I could happily spend all day with him – he’s only four months old!

Where is your OOTD (outfit of the day) from?

Christmas Jumper – H&M
Jeans – Topshop
Boots – SOLETRADER

What’s an interesting or quirky fact about you?

I’m a vegetarian – I had no turkey or pigs in blankets on Christmas day!

What’s your favourite way to relax after a stressful day?

I love going home to see Henry. He always runs to the door when he sees me coming in and welcomes me home, he’s always so happy to see me.

Who/what inspires you?

My mum and dad; they’ve always worked so hard to support myself and my sisters.

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What’s your favourite thing to do over the festive break?

I love spending time with my family over Christmas. This year was mine and my boyfriend’s first Christmas with Henry which we were really excited about. Watching Christmas films, listening to Christmas songs and drinking mulled wine are all good ways to enjoy the festive period!

If money was no object, what would be your dream Christmas present?

A shopping trip to New York, a holiday somewhere nice and warm, a new car… The list could go on and on!

What’s your favourite piece of advice/quote?

Not sure if this counts as a quote but it’s something I always say:

“It is what it is”

I say it all the time because you can’t change what’s happened so I just think that you have to get on with it and make the best of whatever has happened. We often say this after Henry has had an accident in the house or has chewed up one of our belongings!

If you could invite three people to a dinner party, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?

The Queen because I’ve always wanted to meet her (or any member of the Royal Family), J.K Rowling because I’m a massive fan and would love to discuss all things Harry Potter and Noel Fitzpatrick (The Supervet) so we could talk about dogs and I could introduce him to Henry.

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Last Minute Gift Guide

It’s only four days until Christmas (where has the time gone) so it’s about time we face the fact that somelot of us will be rushing around in the coming days trying to pick the perfect presents. Fear not – we’ve got you covered. How? Order by 5pm tomorrow (Thursday 22nd December) for delivery before Christmas, so just call us your Fairy Godmother. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got a whole list to tackle or just need to get the last few little bits, we’ve got everything covered from magical main presents to sweet stocking fillers. Ready, set, shop…

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Get snug with UGG by letting your loved ones slip into something seriously comfy this Christmas. This tempting yet timeless classic is diverse enough to suit any family member and comfy enough to be a present to remember. In black and brown leather or chestnut suede for men, these UGG slippers are bound to be a crowd pleaser – that, we’re sure of. Whether you opt for the classic chestnut, bold black or elegant espresso for a lady in your life, the water resistant suede and luxurious natural wool trim is the go-to loungewear BFF.

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You can’t go wrong with Calvin Klein and the 3 Pack Low Rise Boxers are guaranteed to go down well. Also available in other colour combinations, they’re crafted from soft stretch cotton ensuring a timeless design that offers comfort and exceptional fit. Alternatively, opt for a luxury travel essential in the form of the Metro washbag. Featuring a simple yet practical design with ample room for toiletries, the complete branded dust bag offers zip closure, embossed branding, a side handle and internal zip pocket for safe keeping.

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UGG accessories are both luxurious and long-lasting and this little beauty, better known as the Claire Box Zip Cross Body Bag, comes with a fluffy fur outer, an interior pocket and adjustable strap. The Shearling Wired Earmuffs mix modern technology with soft suede and sheepskin lining, with a convenient headphone connection and wire. Another washbag, but this time a quintessentially British drywax piece from Barbour for the travel addict in your life. How about a Lambswool tartan scarf? A vintage classic essential for your winter wardrobe.

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They say good things come in small packages, right? Well, say hello to the cutest little furry friends you’re likely to lay eyes on this Christmas. For the person who loves all things small and cute, these Joules animal keyrings are the perfect stocking fillers. Featuring a branded fob, these little beauties will be sure to bring smiles to faces. Offering a tartan hound, a not so spiky hedgehog, a cute yet colourful hare and a super soft sheep, they’re ideal for the animal lover in your life. A small gesture with a big impact.

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