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The White Edit…

With Wimbledon well under way, now is the time to serve some serious style this season with our edit of the best white trainers to get you match-ready white here, white now.

Crisp, clean and modern, it’s easy to see why white is an annual summer trend favourite and so simple to wear. A fuss-free pair of trainers are a great way to freshen up your outfit and will be a timeless addition to your wardrobe. Just add strawberries and cream…

Top Tip: To keep your whites white and prevent any accidents spray your shoes with Crep Protect Spray.


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Liberty x Vans

American footwear brand Vans has joined forces with London based Liberty Art Fabrics for a limited collection of beautifully printed plimsolls.

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Established in 1875 by Arthur Lasenby Liberty, the Liberty store enticed a society intoxicated by Japanese culture with an impressive collection of ornaments, fabric and objets d’art. Liberty was likened to an Eastern Bazaar, and it came to be an important meeting place for artists. Liberty was one of the first to embrace the new Art Nouveau style in the mid 1890s and became known for intricate textiles. These traditions are still at the heart of the company today, with in-house teams creating beautiful collections of scarves, accessories and fabrics (Liberty Art Fabrics).


Vans was established in 1966 in Anaheim California by Paul Van Doren. The Van Doren Rubber Company as it was first known was unique in its manufacturing capabilities. On the very first day of opening, 12 customers purchased shoes, which were made that day and ready to pick up in the afternoon. The Vans #44 deck shoes that are now known as the Authentic were born. Through the years Vans’ designs have evolved, and they draw inspiration from all aspects of contemporary culture in their collaborations while keeping their signature look and chic Californian vibe.

The Vans x Liberty collection celebrates the heritage of two brands with an appreciation for high quality, modern footwear.

The Liberty Multi-Floral Classic Slip-On is available in a beautiful colour palette ideal for the summer months.


The Era uses two muted colour ways including a low-key Liberty Deco print and a unique floral and stripe blend.

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Trend Focus: Men’s Monochrome

 MONOCHROME: Simplicity is underrated,

don’t you think?

The fashion world’s gone mono-manic and luckily it’s got to be the easiest Spring/Summer ’13 trend to nail. The black and white brotherhood is timeless and trans-seasonal, smart or casual and a completely blank canvas to work with the rest of  your wardrobe.

And so the hype surrounding the crisp Converse All Star Mono collection is BIG – unsurprisingly. The iconic silhouette of the basketball sneaker has gone back to basics to become clean, classic and when matched with it’s contrary, totally edgy.  Check out the leather styles for added rock and roll.


Converse All Star Hi Trainers, in black leather, £59.99

Converse All Star Ox Trainer in white leather, £49.99

Converse All Star Ox Trainers, black canvas, £44.99


monochrome + micro-trend

A key micro-trend  for AW13 is the men’s slip-on shoe. The ultimate travel necessity, the slip-on is comfortable and wearable with an air of continental cool.
Cue Flossy. Founded 25 years ago, Flossy plimsolls are the ultimate combination of comfort and style, originally worn by sailing crew and artists in Spanish coastal towns. Don’t knock ’em until you’ve tried ’em. You’ll never want to take them off, and you’ll never have to, when wearing these wardrobe-staple shades : – 

Flossy Plimsoll Shoes, in black or white, £19.99




Trend Watch! Floral-inspired shoes

Lilac Paisley floral Converse Hi Tops, £54.99


‘The Devil Wears Prada’ character Miranda Priestly sarcastically once said: “Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.”

 But although they may not be the most avant-garde trend ever (and let’s face it, most fashion trends are at some point repeated), floral prints have definitely been reinvented this Spring / Summer 2013. Clashing prints, bold colours all layered with a 3D effect showcased among the Front-rowers and Showers, especially Moschino and Erdem. Flower power has fully flourished and is here to stay. 

Floral inspired dresses and shoes on the Erdem S/S 2013 catwalk collection. Make-up kept minimal and hair slicked back to accentuate the busy floral clothing print.

However, do you dare the full-blown daintiness of bright, textured floral patterned clothes? The Moschino S/S 2013 show teaches us that accessorizing is key to the more subtle floral vibe. Shoes are a perfect way of adding a touch of femininity to your statement style pieces, day and night.



 Here at SOLE we are loving these Gola Quota Melly plimsolls (above and below). Comfortable, fashionable, street-style cool. The bright yellow ribbon laces and Gola Wingflash delightfully clash with the floral canvas. Keep it simple and wear with jeans and a plain white tee as shown below.

Gola Quota Melly Trainers

Gola Quota Melly Trainers, mimosa canvas, £49.99


Party it out

For a twist on the standard block black/colour heels on a night out, opt for something a bit more wild. These Iron Fist wedges (below) are more wild flower than English rose, featuring flowers and skull embellishment (why not?!) and really do freshen up an LBD. If you’re feeling brave on the beach this summer, pair with a black bikini, a gold tribal statement necklace and ripped denim shorts for a sexy day-turns-to-night look.

 Country fêtes, folk festivals, picnics in the park 

These paisley Floral Desert Boots Exclusive to SOLE (below left) encompass the ‘romantic walk through a meadow on a balmy summer’s day’ vibe (although, the local park on your way to work will do…). Wear yours with a plain summer dress, navy socks and keep make-up fresh and minimal. If you’re thinking practicalities, take a look at this bright version of the iconic Hunter boot. Enough to brighten up the dampest of British festival weather…

Hunter Rhs Original Tall Boots, £79.99



For more Floral shoes inspirations click here!

Exclusive to SOLE, Desert Boots, £39.00