Monthly Archives: January 2016

Feeling Blue?


It’s a time of year fraught with financial difficulties, Christmas come-downs and weather-woes. You can’t remember the last time you were paid (pre-Christmas? What even is that?!) and it’s like the days are conspiring to get even shorter. Every news outlet is telling you that this is the time to be blue. Statistics about how you’re automatically required to feel sad are everywhere to be seen, so there’s no point in even trying to deny it. It’s a given fact. Oh, I’m down because it’s January? I’d better stay in and watch a whole box set in bed. Where did that weekend go?

No one is singing the praises of this undervalued time of year. It offers a much-needed rest from the excesses of December – you can’t maintain that amount of indulgence. It means more home cooking, more time to see friends and an opportunity to get on top of those jobs around the house you keep putting off. Cold weather means comfort food, hot chocolate with marshmallows and long, hot bubble baths. What’s depressing about that?

Not only that, but January is also prime sale time. You can pick up some amazing bargains that will last you all through the year. Here at SOLETRADER, our sale is still going strong and we’ve picked the best blue bargains to help you beat the blues.

Invest in designer


Buying designer shoes is an investment and with a hefty January discount, it makes a lot of financial sense. They will be right on trend and will only improve with age. Go for something slightly lesser known like Aquascutum for extra style points, or choose an absolute classic like statement Stella McCartney winter boots.

Smarten up and look the part


If you look tired, you’ll feel tired. Smarten up your look and you’ll instantly feel like you can take on the world. Slip on a smart pair of leather lace-ups to break the mould and upgrade your casual look. For the ladies, a beautifully crafted Swedish heeled clog will give you a lift in both body and mind.

Get active


One of the best-known mood lifters is exercise. So if you’re feeling like January could do with a boost, get outside and get moving. Grab some sneakers and the world is your playground. Choose Y-3 if you’re going for something with more credibility and New Balance for timeless sports appeal.


New Year, New Style


It’s the time of year for reflection but if a twelve month gym pass seems a bit extreme, why not use the opportunity to make some simple style resolutions to keep things fresh for the year ahead. Whether you’re a regular in the fash-pack or whether you prefer to keep things low key, there’s something for even the fussiest of footwear fans to try.


You may have lost touch in 2015, but there’s no time like the present to reconnect. Those sneakers at the back of the wardrobe? You loved them once and you can get back to that place again. Nostalgia is a powerful emotion. Better yet, snap up a reinvention of an old favourite – think unmistakable Converse toe cap, with a super luxe quilted finish and suede details. Everyone can change.


Yes, it’s comforting to stick to what works. But what if this year, you try something completely off-the-wall? And who knows, you may even like it. If you want to dip your toe into footwear chaos, try a high heeled Timberland boot for the ultimate style shake up.


So you’re the sort who’ll wear a classic pair of trainers until they wear out? Invest in high quality full grain leather for a pair that lasts longer and looks sharper. And if you’re worried you’ll end up looking too smart, pick a leather or suede version of the most in-demand sports brands. A tan leather version of the adidas Superstar? You’re not spending money, you’re investing it.


While it’s fun to experiment with new styles, it can all feel a bit overwhelming without any proper direction. Luckily, designer brands are seasons ahead when it comes to the latest trends, so you’re in safe hands. Pick up some designer runners in on-trend burgundy tones from DKNY for instant wardrobe rejuvenation.


You don’t need to go overboard in order to make a statement – sometimes it’s all in the details. Just a hint of colour, a dash of texture or a glint of something metallic. Burberry have taken their luxury designer trainers and added a flash of their signature checked fabric. Sometimes a small hint is all you need to get your message across.