Monthly Archives: November 2016

‘Tis the season to sleigh

It’s December tomorrow which means we can totally talk about Christmas completely guilt-free. If you haven’t got your office Christmas playlist on standby and are yet to dish out your Secret Santa stash, what on earth are you doing? Festivities aside, let’s talk footwear because we’ve hand-picked some products which are perfect for a mini festive shoedrobe makeover. Whether you’re after a pre Christmas treat or are looking for some form of gift guide, we’re going for that practical yet pretty vibe. Why? Because it’s the season to slay sleigh, of course.

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Did we just die and go to unicorn heaven? Because we’re pretty sure that’s what it looks like. The skull grey leather, crisp white sole and iridescent detailing creates a striking yet soft silhouette, perfect for adding a subtle injection of glam to your outfit. Release your inner Gigi Hadid and add a little shine to your shoedrobe – you won’t regret it.

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Christmas isn’t Christmas without a little bit of sparkle and these iconic Converse kicks have had an extra special seasonal makeover. Sequins galore, this streamlined silhouette combines all black everything with some serious sass and we’re loving it. The sleek leather creates a smart casual look so you can sparkle with confidence (and comfort) this season.

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We’re struggling to keep away from the classic but we’re definitely not complaining. If iridescent doesn’t float your boat, how about this flawless pearlized finish? This simple yet sassy update from Reebok allows your feet to do all the talking this Christmas. Spoilt for choice with a gorgeous rose gold or bold black, the only alternative is to buy both and pretend it didn’t happen.

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Is it a mermaid? Is it a unicorn? No, but it is what dreams are made of. This urban chic Reebok Club silhouette offers an effortlessly cool pair of kicks to make understated style the centre of attention this season. The subtle iridescent detailing on the back is simply enchanting and we can’t help but go all heart eye emoji over them – who’s with us?

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We can’t help it, but we’ve TOE-tally fallen head over heels for these dreamy adidas Superstar trainers. The classic silhouette, sleek detailing and embossed ostrich upper features a core black and metallic combination that subtly embraces the festive spirit. Whether you’re mad for metallic or not, we’re certain that this trainer is a real crowd pleaser.

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What’s better than a little treat to warm you up this Winter? Whether you’re keeping it simple or going all out, there’s something for everyone. Keep your toes toasty in these snuggly slippers with luxurious lining, brave the cold with classic sheepskin boots or treat your hands to a cosy little surprise courtesy of UGG. The Christmas bundle of dreams? You got it.

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Behind the Sole: Canterbury Store Manager

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Our Canterbury Store Manager takes on small roles in films in his spare time, has a degree in Fine Art and would love to invite Sir David Attenborough to a dinner party. We caught up with 29-year-old Geoff Rolph to chat about his career path into retail management, how he motivates his staff and why his mum is his biggest inspiration.

What did you study at University?

I did a Fine Art degree at The University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury.

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

Fashion retail is something that has always appealed to me – it suits my personality. I have been lucky enough to have worked for a few big retail companies in a variety of roles from Visual Merchandiser to Assistant Manager and Store Manager within two stores in a busy shopping centre. This has given me a well-rounded retail management skill set which I utilise.

How did you get this job?

I was working near London in clothes retail and although I enjoyed the job, after three years of the long commute I decided to look for something closer to home. A friend I used to work with for over six years informed me about the Store Manager vacancy as he knew it suited me perfectly. I applied, had an interview on my day off and was offered the position a few days later.

What does a typical day involve?

I always start the day with a coffee to wake me up. I then head to the store to prepare for the day ahead which entails writing up a list of jobs to be done that day and ticking them off once they’ve been completed. A typical day always includes keeping the energy of the store up and maintaining a high level of customer service.

What’s your favourite part of the job?

Interacting with the customers is definitely my favourite part of the job. I’ve always been a people person and find it very rewarding when a customer leaves the store happy.

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

Turning the store around, which meant hiring my own team and improving takings. I staffed the store with hard working sales assistants and trained them to a high level, as well as finding a new Assistant Manager to work with me.  I pretty much created an entirely new team and we managed to turn the store around. We also had a shop refit during this time which improved the layout and overall appearance of the store, allowing us to to achieve what we set out to do by improving store takings and ensuring an excellent customer experience. 

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How do you motivate your staff?

I let my team know when they are working well, as well as showing appreciation for their efforts when they do a good job. I praise where credit is due which motivates them to work harder.

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

As soon as I get in from a stressful day I put the kettle on, change into some comfy clothes and chill on the sofa while watching Netflix or a box set with a cup of tea.

What’s an interesting or quirky fact about you?

I have a big interest in film and have been doing extra work on the side for the last few years which consists of a variety of small roles in films.

Who/what inspires you and why?

Even though it may sound cheesy, I would have to say my mum. She is someone I look up to and admire, for everything she has done for me growing up and even what she does for me now.

What’s your favourite footwear?

Probably classic Vans – I have worn them pretty much all my life and I’m wearing a pair to work today.

If you could describe yourself as a shoe, what would it be and why?

I would be a pair of classic Timberland boots because I’m resilient and hard-working in a variety of different situations and conditions.

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Describe your style in three words?

Smart-casual, alternative and effortless. 

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

I’m wearing a vintage heritage flannel shirt, black skinny jeans, Old Skool Vans from SOLETRADER and a gold Casio watch. Now it’s freezing, I’m wearing my North Face McMurdo Parka jacket.

What’s your favourite piece of advice/quote?

“The world is a like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and it’s very brightly coloured, and it’s very loud, and it’s fun for a while. Many people have been on the ride a long time, and they begin to wonder, “Hey, is this real, or is this just a ride?” And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, “Hey, don’t worry, don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.” – Bill Hicks.

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

John Lennon, Bill Shankly and Sir David Attenborough. A bit of a random mix but they’re all legends and I can imagine the conversation would be great. John Lennon was a great musician who had visionary principles and was an activist for peace. Bill Shankly was one of the greatest football managers who had strong opinions on football and politics and was a great public speaker. Sir David Attenborough is a national treasure – I could listen to him speak for hours and I share his views on the preservation of the natural world and his love for animals.

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Winter Is Coming

Excuse the Game of Thrones reference but Winter really is coming. We’re getting into that whole go to work when it’s dark, leave work when it’s dark thing so it’s inevitable that we’re all craving something to add an extra little bit of light into our lives. Whether it’s in the form of a vibrant pop of colour or a new shiny pair of shoes, we can certainly lend a hand this season.

Where wellies are concerned, Joules is a serious contender. The contemporary British lifestyle brand caters to its bright and colourful customers, creating handcrafted products with distinctive colours, prints, detail and quality. Joules embraces values of time-off, heritage, countryside, Britishness, family and fun which resonate with their large and loyal customer base.

From wellies and welly socks to scarves and handbags, Joules has an impressive catalogue of seasonal products, and that’s just naming a few. We’ve hand-selected some of our favourite goodies to point you in the right direction of a winter wardrobe makeover. The only thing we can’t promise is that it’ll be an easy decision to make – so don’t shoot the messenger!

Wickedly Wacky

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It’s official – welly season has well and truly begun and we couldn’t be any more excited. Whether you’re a keen dog walker or more of an avid adventurer, Joules has a variety of designs to suit every personality. If you’re canine crazy then these dog print wellies are for you. The pooch print and navy and pink colour combo is both wild and wacky, whether you’re mucking out or mucking about. If you prefer something a little more traditional, why not opt for a playful polka dot – they’re bound to brighten up any dull day within seconds.

Fabulously Floral

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Practical footwear doesn’t have to be boring. The weather might be grey, but that doesn’t mean you can’t inject a little bit of fun into your footwear. While floral has connotations of a sizzling summer, this bold floral print looks energetic yet elegant placed on a neutral navy background. If you’re hot on accessorising, why not invest in the matching bag to ensure your travel companion is as stylish as you are. Beautifully feminine, the scarf is the perfect addition to take the chill away in a soft and simple way. Be bold and make a statement this season.

Traditionally Tweed

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Sometimes you just can’t beat tradition and this cross body bag has been crafted in country chic tweed. The magnetic front closure and internal compartments ensure safety and style while the adjustable strap and detailed branding create a practical yet statement accessory. Chequered accessories are the epitome of this season and these seriously soft scarves are the perfect addition to your winter wardrobe. The dainty fringed edge and subtle Joules branding complete the casual yet classic daytime look.

For our full range of Joules footwear 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.

The Autumn Edit: All Black Everything

All black everything is a trend (and a habit) that we just can’t break. It’s simple, effortless and classy and to be honest, we will only stop wearing black when they invent a darker colour. Whether it’s sleek kicks, smart shoes or sassy boots, black is the answer to everything. So if you’re an all black everything kinda gal we’d suggest you keep reading – this one’s for you.

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A classic Nike Air Max Thea with a dark yet dreamy update. Renowned for its premium lightweight cushioning, you can still make a bold statement with the subtle metallic detailing. The combination of black and white with a dose of iridescent creates a sophisticated silhouette. Perfectly premium and suitably stylish – need we say more?

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Knee-high boots couldn’t be any more on-trend right now if they tried, and these Hydro boots are simple yet elegant. As part of our private collection SOLE, these suede beauties feature an almond toe and side zip detailing, ensuring style isn’t compromised where comfort is concerned. Paired with tights and an oversized cable knit jumper dress and you’ll be slaying in suede.

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Taking all black everything to a whole new level, this adidas Tubular trainer is an absolute dream. A chic sneaker with an urban look, these breathable kicks feature an elastic strap, a heel strap and reflective adidas branding. The black uppers combined with the black sole creates a streamlined yet slightly edgy silhouette, perfect for a killer jeans and jumper combo.

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The comfort of a Chelsea boot combined with the sophistication of a heel – let us introduce you to the Patsy boots. New from our private SOLE collection are these black leather heeled Chelsea boots in a glossy python print, ideal for taking you from day to night. Pair with leather trousers (black, obviously) and an oversized white shirt for that smart casual vibe.

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A classic black handbag is a serious staple and this Poppy bag from The Cambridge Satchel Company will add a touch of style to your arm. Classy yet practical, this design features an embossed logo on the back and push lock closure, providing a fail-safe and timeless accessory for the foreseeable future. Not to mention the adjustable and detachable shoulder strap for versatility.

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Loafers are a must-have, and this androgynous silhouette comes in premium black leather with a patent python print. The round toe and rubber flex sole ensures you’ll be stepping out in comfort as well as style this season. Gloriously glossy, these SOLE Alexa shoes are seriously wearable and quite simply perfect for the office, wouldn’t you agree?

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.

Totally in love with Timberland

If you’re not aware that Timberland boots are quite simply classics, where have you been and what have you been doing? Timberland is renowned for its unique culture and designs inspired by the rich New England heritage of the company, with every aspect founded upon the outdoor lifestyle. Whether you’re wishing for the wonderful wheat classic, gunning for a gorgeous vapour grey or doting on the dusky pink, Timberland has nailed it this season – wouldn’t you agree? Take a look at this selection of beauties to give you all the Autumn footwear goals.

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The iconic Nellie boots are simple yet robust, featuring soft nubuck uppers with a padded ankle cuff for comfort. Metallic eyelets are complemented by two tone laces, along with signature embossed branding for premium detail. Shorter than the classic giving them an urban edge, wheat is very wearable. Pair with boyfriend jeans and a khaki bomber and you’re good to go.

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If you’re after something a little more dark but dreamy, these bold black beauties could be the answer. Timberland are owning the all black everything trend and we’re totally down with it. A slightly gothic yet premium finish with a small metallic injection for that foggy Autumn vibe. Ripped black skinnies and a puffer jacket – style seriously on point? We think know so.

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If you still want to adopt the classic outdoor nature of Timberland but want something a little more girly and glam, this dusky pink number will be your Autumn BFF. With an eye-catching white midsole and a glitzy metallic cuff, these boots banish any chance of being a plain Jane in the footwear department. Understated yet stylish, this is an investment you won’t regret.

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Dare to be different? If pink isn’t your thing but you don’t want to jump on the bandwagon where the classic is concerned, then say hello to our little friend. This gorgeous vapour grey creates a formal yet subtle silhouette for a flattering finish. Lightweight, rainproof and breathable – pretty indulgent if you ask us. Totally grey, totally gorgeous and totally in our basket.

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For something a little more rock chick, cast your eyes over to the Kenniston boots. With an intricate textured finish in the form of stingray look leather, the iconic Timberland has been revamped with a new and improved sole for lightweight comfort and SensorFlex technology which moves with your feet as you walk. The copper eyelets add a small dose of glam.

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Want to take your fashion game to new heights? Let us introduce you to the Glancy boots which take smart casual to a whole new level. Combining the authentic nubuck uppers with a modern rubber grip heel, these boots ensure you can dress to impress without compromising comfort. Sturdy yet on-trend, and available in four colours, this streamlined silhouette is a staple.

For our full range of men’s, women’s and boy/girl Timberland footwear, head over to our website, have a browse and see if anything tickles your fancy.

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