Monthly Archives: January 2017

Must-have Winter Trends

We’re all for individuality and creativity where fashion is concerned but there’s no denying a killer trend when it comes around, especially when it’s set to stay. Whether you’re into classics or like to be a little more adventurous where footwear is concerned, we’ve rustled up six of the most coveted trends this season. Sit back, relax and ponder over which shoe is for you.

Loafer Lovin’

Loafer Lovin

Is there anyone who doesn’t love a good loafer? Perfect for throwing on to give any outfit that effortlessly cool smart casual vibe, there’s nothing not to love. Conventional in black or simply sassy in rose gold, the soft square toe and gold trim is subtle yet sophisticated. We think we’ve found a real Winter winner to give your shoedrobe a subtle style boost.

Mad for Metallic

Mad for Metallic

We can’t quite decide whether we’re ever going to tire of a healthy dose of metallic. Cool in Converse, this high top design features the classic waffle tread and rubber toe cap for authenticity. In a gorgeous metallic snake print leather, this design is sure to send your style status to new heights. The perfect shoe to strike a killer monochrome and metallic balance.

Athleisure Lady

Athleisure Lady

What’s not to love about strutting around in the most comfortable items you can possibly find? Casual, comfy and cool is the crux of athleisure and it’s a trend we’re totally okay with channelling. This black and white lightweight design from Nike features a sock fit design and padded collar to knock your athleisure comfort levels off the scale this season.

Embroidered Everything

Embrodiered Everything

Embroidery seemed to pop out of nowhere last year and now it’s absolutely everywhere. A trend that looks as though it’s set to stay, these intricately embroidered black cowboy boots feature a pointed toe and 65mm heel for a cool yet casual kinda look. If you slip into these and pop on a pair of mid wash mom jeans you’ll have seasonal style on lockdown.

Oh So Nude

Oh So Nude

From nude lips to nude kicks, we can’t get enough of the understated hue right now and it seems Nike can’t either. Offering a more mature look, the sleek design is fierce yet feminine and allows for a more sophisticated yet casual footwear option. Equipped with lightweight cushioning and a leather finish, the Thea certainly lives up to its premium title.

Unicorn Vibes

Unicorn Vibes

Pop culture called and Reebok answered. If unicorns are your thing then why aren’t these already in your wardrobe? The crisp white Classic from Reebok is the go-to if you’re game for channelling some serious sass which we’re totally down with. If you want to be decked out in soft grey leather and gorgeous iridescent hues then these unicorn kicks are calling.

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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!