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All about adidas

Striking silhouettes, strong colour palettes and serious style icon status – right now, it’s all about adidas. Showcasing styles that seamlessly combine fashion and comfort, these contemporary designs propel expectations to new heights you don’t want to miss out on. If you want to keep effortlessly stamping your mark on the style scene, look no further than the brand with the three stripes. Showcasing styles that are the ultimate epitome of bold and stylish sports footwear, prepare to be inspired by the designs that deserve a spot in your shoedrobe.

The adidas Originals X PLR sneaker boot delivers a whole new profile we’re keen to show off. Keeping it cool in khaki with black details, the sturdy mesh construction, midfoot cage and reflective three stripes will keep you at you the centre of attention for all the right reasons. Recently re-emerged, say hello to the adidas München. In a standout cobalt blue with a contrasting gum sole, the ionic gold branding creates a luxe look with a raw urban edge. This silhouette sports a padded ankle cuff for extra comfort – a classic that has come back stronger than ever.

The Campus trainer is a legendary basketball sneaker which has earned top marks as a simple and durable silhouette. Built with stormy conditions in mind, the reinforced toe cap and water repellent finish is perfectly finished with a sleek metallic flair. For something a little bolder, the Tennis Hu in an electric blue hue channels Pharrell’s distinct style within seconds. Channeling effortlessly cool charcoal hues, the Tubular Doom Sock Primeknit trainer is standalone in its unique sock-like construction aesthetic – only fit for a true style king, don’t you think?

Updating and deconstructing a retro silhouette, the Climacool sports a fresh charcoal and pink colour palette while boasting a snug, breathable fit and a slick bootee upper. Keeping it classic with the Campus, the khaki court icon from the ’80s continues its reign with metallic gold-foil branding and a soft nubuck upper for a sleek and simple design. A silhouette constantly reinvented, the Stan Smith brings versatile style to the streets with a raw pink satin upper and a soft suede heel patch to complete the look. Style queen status? Check.

For a lightweight love affair, feast your eyes on the Swift Run trainers. Featuring a primeknit upper for a breathable footwear experience, the complimentary contrasting out-sole offsets the candy pink and grey colour palette perfectly. The Tubular Shadow trainers boast a contemporary aesthetic with a killer off white and grey colour combo, alongside a technical upper and contrast branding. Go for Gazelle in crisp white for an all round iconic look – the statement gold lettering and embossed leather stripes certainly up the style stakes in seconds.

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A sneak peek into Simon Carter

A year down the line into our exclusive collaboration comprised of smart and suave silhouettes, we caught up with the brains behind the brand – Simon Carter himself. Covering all things fashion and style related from design inspiration and channeling creativity to secret habits and proudest achievements, welcome to a sneak peek into Simon Carter.

Tell us a little bit about the Simon Carter and SOLETRADER partnership…

I’ve been a fan of SOLETRADER for years so when the opportunity came up to design an exclusive collection, I jumped at the chance. It was fun to work with the design team to interpret my ideas and use the details and themes from my clothing ranges. 

We’re nearing a year of the collaboration. How do you think it’s gone?

It’s gone really well! We’ve sold thousands of pairs across the country so that’s lots of happy feet. I’m now working on a collection for next summer!

How have your designs and creativity developed since the collaboration launched with us?

I’m always working on new ideas and ways to bring references from my clothing and accessories into the shoe collection. I am opening 10 stores in India presently and when I was in Mumbai, I was inspired by the colours and vibrancy. Expect to see a few details with an Indian theme in the future.

Tell us about what influences your footwear design?

I like shoes that have personality and so that’s what I put into the designs. I incorporate my pet dog Gervaise, as we embark on crazy adventures on my scooter. The three brand values at Simon Carter are: original design; excellent quality; great value for money and the shoes really reflect that.

Who is the typical Simon Carter consumer?

The Simon Carter customer is ageless. He understands good design and has an eye for quality and style.

Out of the newest instalment of the collection, what’s your favourite design?

I like the new suede colour ways in the Elgar boot. This is a modern update on the classic Chelsea boot and one of our best sellers.

What does a typical day involve for you?

I’m not an early morning person. I’d rather work late into the night, and frequently do! I live near my office in South London so I’ll either walk there or catch the train up to my showroom in Mayfair. A lot of my time is spent meeting interesting people to see how I can collaborate and extend the Simon Carter brand into new areas and countries. I’m an investor in a thriving cake and coffee shop so sometimes I’ll wind down over a good flat white and slice of victoria sponge.

What’s been your proudest achievement for the brand to date?

When I was in Mumbai for the opening of my Indian flagship store there were a lot of press and the store itself is amazing. I was very proud to think how far the brand has come on its journey.

Is there something you’d love to add to your brand but haven’t got around to yet?

I’m often asked when I will start producing women’s shirts. I’m known for my bold prints and strong, colourful designs – many of the fabrics would make great women’s shirts. My answer is ‘watch this space’!

How do you envision the future of Simon Carter evolving?

My plan is to open more Simon Carter stores, both here and abroad. After my successful launch in India, I’m really excited about the opportunities in China.

Have you done any celeb spotting for your footwear collection?

No celebs as yet but I keep looking at their feet in the gossip sections!

Describe your style in 3 words.

My style in 3 words. Hmm, that’s hard. ‘Updated classic British’.

Tell us a quirky fact about you that nobody knows (until now!)

I always wear two watches!

What’s your favourite piece of advice/quote?

My French teacher when I was about 10 gave the class this odd piece of advice. I remember him writing it on the blackboard ‘Style is what you make it’.

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#WorldVeganDay

To celebrate #WorldVeganDay we wanted to showcase some of our fabulous vegan friendly products from the Melissa + The Cambridge Satchel Co collection. Classic designs paired with vibrant colours form this wonderfully coveted collection that we’re very proud to showcase. If you’re keen to grab a slice of the vegan friendly action, you should keep on reading.

What’s more standout than this iconic silhouette in a bright yellow colour way? Classic meets modern, providing the perfect pop of colour to any outfit within seconds – don’t you think? If you want to go for glam, cast your eyes over this glitzy little number. Showcasing serious sparkly vibes in abundance, if you want to make a style statement you should definitely go for gold.

Pretty in pink, it’s time to inject your accessories collection with a amount of fun. In a vivid hot pink hue, this bubblegum scented satchel will do all the talking style-wise. If classic black is more up your street, you can definitely keep it smart casual by taking it back to basics where the colour palette is concerned. Shiny nickel hardware and waterproof properties? Check.

Whatever the weather, there is always room for a little bit of pastel lovin’. In a candy pink and sky blue hue, these accessory additions will keep your outfit cool, calm and collected with a subtle pastel twist. Not only that, but the twin front straps will keep your belongings safe and secure in style. What more could you want? Check out more vegan friendly products here.

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Simple understated style

Style doesn’t have to be complicated. You can nail that understated and effortlessly cool look by making some simple choices where your footwear is concerned. Classic silhouettes seem to be making a comeback which works wonders in securing the simple style status you’ve been searching for. From casual kicks to sleek boots, we’ve got you covered. Go on, take a look.

High shine and high style, the Converse All Star Ox Trainers do all the talking with a hint of metallic. In both crisp white and deep purple, you’re spoilt for choice. Streamlined and stripped back, say hello to the Nike Air Max Thea Premium Trainers in beautiful bronze and metallic mahogany – the sports silhouette that takes subtle glam to a whole new level.

For a sleek and versatile affair, the New Balance 420 Re-Engineered Trainers provide simple style at its finest. In a soft suede, the neutral classic black and pretty pink colour palette creates a fresh, feminine feel. Oh so dreamy, the UGG Mini Bailey Bow Boots in dusky pink and driftwood showcase a pretty twist on a simple classic. What’s not to love?

The little black boot is the perfect way to exhibit sleek understated style. Simple yet sophisticated, the Michael Kors Julianna Boots boast a block heel and croc print strap for subtle style. The SOLE Fifi Boots are super slick with stud detailing and a dainty back zip – the perfect way to bring your all black everything outfit to life – don’t you think?

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A little bit of Barbour

It’s time for an AW17 wardrobe refresh, so get ready to sharpen your style and infuse your wardrobe with an earthy rustic palette, courtesy of the brand that nails the best of British. Showcasing the unique values of the British countryside with wit, grit and glamour, we’d like to introduce you to two shoedrobe staples this season. You can’t beat a little bit of Barbour.

The classic Chelsea silhouette is an undisputed fashion staple, and the Farsley boot infuses your wardrobe with a timeless twist. Showcasing rich mahogany tan and black colour ways, complete with the iconic green heel tab branding, this style perfectly captures keeping it casual with a luxurious overtone. Cut a sharp aesthetic this season, make it a Barbour one.

Characterised by soft burnished leather and a contrasting fabric heel panel, the elegant  Readhead boot underpins the collection of fashion must-haves for the modern gentleman. Available in classic black, warm tan and chocolate brown, this simple silhouette is a symbol of its rich heritage and elevates effortlessly cool, understated style to the next level.

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