Barbour: The Best of British



Quintessentially British, Barbour remains true to its core values as a family business that conveys the unique values of the British countryside and brings the qualities of wit, grit and glamour to its beautifully functional footwear. While Barbour has evolved from its initial country roots, the heritage and lifestyle clothing brand creates products that are designed for a full lifestyle wardrobe, with a strong footwear offering. From boots and brogues to bags, Barbour ensures comfort, style and sophistication is at the forefront of your AW16 wardrobe.



Barbour injects its natural flair for classic design into the men’s Byker ankle boot, showcasing gorgeous brown waxed leather uppers in a formal silhouette, accompanied by a textile heel section for a raw and relaxed feel. Pair with straight leg dark denim and a classic Barbour wax jacket for the laid back gentleman look and take the edge off of the October chill.



A classic Chelsea boot should be at the forefront of any AW shoedrobe and the Farsley boot in premium black leather is suitably suave. It features elasticated gussets to the side as well as heel and ankle tags which provide signature branding. A comfy classic with a wood effect midsole and gripped rubber sole to ensure durability and practicality with style.



Seamlessly fusing luxury with casual, this Redcar shoe is cut in a brogue style silhouette, ensuring you step into style this season. Featuring dark brown leather uppers, a textile heel section and intricate punch-hole detailing, this wardrobe staple offers an effortlessly cool edge. With style at the forefront, the cushioned foam arch support ensures worthy investment.



Renowned for its authentic and iconic take on British country clothing, this Redhead boot in tan is a symbol of its rich heritage. Showcasing soft burnished leather and a contrasting fabric heel, this boot is the epitome of class. The metallic branding and ankle tag encapsulates Barbour’s simple yet premium branding, allowing your Barbour boots to do all the talking this season.


Transport your essentials in this practical Thornproof Tarras bag, crafted from hard wearing cotton with plenty of pockets for additional storage. This casual classic truly has a heritage feel with signature tartan lining and exterior brass buckles for a smart casual finish. The subdued hues combined with the adjustable shoulder strap fuse practicality with serious style.

For our full range of Barbour shoes and accessories, 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.

Bootcamp: The Final Six

If they aren’t already, then prepare for boots to become your best friend this Autumn. After long and careful consideration we’ve whittled it down to three men’s and three women’s pairs of boots to suit any style this season. Whether you’re down for something pretty or practical, we’re talking gorgeous hues, optimum comfort and serious style. Now, we can’t promise we’re going to be as brutal as the infamous X Factor six chair challenge (original shoe songs can be emailed to Head Office), but we can offer durability and versatility. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for excessive wish lists, uncontrollable shoe addiction or bank statements you wish your eyes could un-see. Are you ready? Ladies and gentlemen – welcome to bootcamp.


These classic Chelsea boots are the epitome of androgynous style this season – the mono black and bright yellow stitching makes a masculine statement, which is softened by the slender silhouette and faux fur lining for a more feminine feel. Be rock chick ready by pairing the updated Dr. Martens classic with glossy black jeans, a camo jacket and a killer choker.


Don’t worry, Dr. Martens is also allowing all you guys to have strong a boot game with the new and improved Newton. This style maintains the iconic yellow stitching, grooved sides and heel loop characteristics, while introducing a sleek and modern silhouette without a third of the weight. The perfect pair to inject a subtle dose of grunge into your everyday style.


For something a little softer and more girly, Timberland is your go-to BFF. These blush pink beauties feature first-class nubuck leather, an eye-catching white outsole and a gorgeous metallic collar to confirm your place in the style stakes. Pink might make the boys wink, but these are going to turn heads. First place for understated glam? You bet.


Timberland has arrived for Autumn and it’s here to stay. Stylish yet sporty, practical yet premium and totally irresistible in a gorgeous honey nubuck. Dynamic sole stripes and distinctive laces create a stylish finish, not to mention the SensorFlex and OrthoLite technology which cushions, supports and revitalises the classic 6″ boots, ensuring you feel as light as a feather.


You can’t get more Autumn than oxblood, can you? These Pascal boots have a hand-antiqued finish, creating a real rustic feel. The updated smooth Temperley leather provides elegance, while still maintaining the raw gritty nature of Dr. Martens with the iconic chunky sole and eight eyelet finish. Throw on a pair of ripped boyfriend jeans and a slouchy sweater for laid back chic.


These Redhead Boots are the epitome of iconic British country clothing, which Barbour nails each and every season. The soft brown burnished leather works beautifully with the waxed laces, contrasting fabric heel panel and understated metal branding – symbolising its rich heritage. Wrap up and inject some sophistication into the style scene this season.

With six worthy contenders we’ll have to let you guys decide which pair deserves to be crowned. So without further ado, let the battle commence. May the best boot win.

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.

Do you want a FREE pair of Cat boots?

Social media savvy? Footwear fanatic? You could be the perfect new addition to the #CATWEARTESTER community. If you’re down for putting a pair of the new EASE technology boots through their paces and giving your brutally honest feedback, then we’re looking to hear from you. Sounds too good to be true? Wrong. Looking for a little more info? Read on.


Cat Footwear embodies the spirit of hard work and creates expertly engineered products designed to stand the test of time. This AW16, Cat Footwear will recruit a selection of credible wear testers to experience for themselves the innovation and expert execution of the new EASE technology.

What exactly is this new and exciting EASE technology you speak of, we hear you ask? Well, it’s a custom engineered foam offering comfort without compromise. The responsive cushioning is lightweight, durable and provides non-stop energy return. Sounds pretty fancy, right?

Successful recruits are advised to wear the product for three weeks and as often as possible in order to observe the full benefits of the technology. We’re looking for dedication, a passion for durable footwear and most importantly, honesty. In return for a free pair of boots, each recruitee will be invited to give feedback on their experience and share their valued insights.

There are ONLY 20 places up for grabs, so if you’re keen to become part of the #CATWEARTESTER community, please apply here.

As always, please be aware that styles and sizes are subject to availability and Terms and Conditions do apply. The application process will close on Friday 7th October and successful recruits will be notified on Monday 10th October.

Behind the Sole: Freelance Photographer


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Our Freelance Photographer co-owns her own clothing company, wears more men’s clothes than women’s and is inspired by the prospect of a successful photography career. We caught up with 21-year-old Abbie Smith to chat dinner party guests, clothing customisation and photography goals.

How did you get this job?

I wanted to work for a big shoe or fashion company so SOLETRADER was one of the first companies I contacted directly and it went from there.

What does a typical day involve?

It’s normally pretty varied because I freelance, so it changes quite regularly. Some days I’ll be editing whereas others I’ll be out on location or shooting in the studio.

What’s your favourite part of the job?

The most exciting part is going to events. They’re always great to photograph and getting to meet new people who are interested in similar things is a lot of fun.

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

Managing my time, as a freelancer particularly, so I can shoot as much as possible while still having time to sit and edit everything.

Did you always want to pursue a career in fashion photography?

Since the age of about 15 I wanted to be a sport photographer, but as I got older I then fell in love with fashion photography. When I started my own streetwear company I really started to get into and appreciate fashion photography. Streetwear and style is a big interest of mine, and I think when I first got to photograph LFW and work with some great designers like Milena Konakchieva I realised it was an industry I wanted to be involved in.


How do you get creative when trying to photograph a particular shoe?

I spend a lot of time looking at other people’s work so I think I get a lot of my inspiration from building off of great ideas I’ve already seen and adapting them in my own way.

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

Calling up some of my friends to grab a drink in our local pub.

What’s an interesting or quirky fact about you?

I co-own my own streetwear company called KXC with my boyfriend, which we started together when we were about 15.

Who/what inspires you?

My dream of becoming a successful photographer inspires me the most – looking at photographers I love such as Jordan Green and the idea that one day I could be in a similar position.

What’s your favourite piece of advice/quote?

Keaton Henson – If you must work, work to leave some part of you on this earth.


What’s your favourite footwear?

I’ve always loved trainers. At the moment I love the adidas Superstar 80s Primeknit Slip-On trainers and also the DKNY Bobbi trainers in white.

Describe your style in three words?

Workwear, streetwear and menswear. I seem to have a lot more men’s brands than women’s.

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

Shoes – Reebok Classic
Striped tee – Supreme
Jeans – Topshop (I’ve taken some scissors to them)

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

Bon Iver, Casey Neistat and Tom Rosenthal – purely because I love them all.

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Student Style: Back to Uni

Going back to Uni is always one of the best times of the year. But let’s be serious – you’ve probably racked up more hours trying to catch Charizard on Pokemon Go, binging Stranger Things on Netflix and trying to work out why #Hiddleswift was EVER a thing instead of working towards the next instalment of education. Oh well, summer is for having lazy-induced fun, right? Now where the style stakes are concerned, this is the time to get the Autumn ball rolling and invest in some footwear to get you through first term. As always, we’re on hand to point you in the right direction.

All Black Everything


All black trainers – a fail safe method for creating a smarter and more sleek look. Sneaker kings New Balance include this 530 old-skool runner in their latest drop. If you’re in need of a simple yet stylish shoedrobe overhaul then these kicks could be the answer. The black suede and bold detailing provides a sophisticated finish for the perfect smart casual look this season.


If smart black tickles your fancy then a beautifully simple penny loafer from the ladies SOLE range, our exclusive in-house collection, might be the perfect pair of shoes. The androgynous Alexa style is both striking and practical in a bold black with a patent python print. Paired with a roll neck, pinafore and tights you’ll have Autumn style sorted.

Loan Drop Splurge


It’s a universally known fact that loan day is one of the best days in the student calendar, so why not indulge in a guilt-free splurge? Y-3 has delivered another masterless in design update, and the Future Low trainers exude class and premium luxury details. The slip-on, no lace design concept is part of the Yohji collaboration which is at the centre of cool kicks.


Michael Kors is the master of sports luxe footwear – period. The epitome of class, this bandaged wrapped women’s slip-on sneaker is one of this season’s fastest selling styles. The classic metallic colour palette combined with an array of different textures creates a unique and striking silhouette, beautifully accentuated with prominent yet understated metal branding.



Chelsea boots are quite simply an Autumn staple and these Wynter boots from our exclusive in-house men’s SOLE collection are the perfect addition to this season’s shoe collection. In a traditional black suede with wooden sole and heel detailing, these boots are both practical and comfortable. The 72 emboss branding creates the perfect finish for a suave and sophisticated shoe.




Every girl probably has more boots than textbooks but that’s certainly nothing to be ashamed of. Exclusive to SOLE, these May boots ooze casual class and premium comfort. The suede finish and mid-heel create the perfect style comfort balance, topped off with a subtle almond toe for an added unique dimension to the classic silhouette.

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.