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Tips for making statement slides work

27th July, 2017

Kate Waterhouse Gucci Princetown statement slide

If there’s one shoe style that’s very much on trend at the moment it’s the statement slide. Whether it’s a fur trim or oversized bow embellishment, I’ve well and truly embraced them as a staple of my wardrobe because not only are they surprisingly versatile in what they can be paired with, they’re also comfortable and are easy to run around in which are both key requirements when it comes to footwear for me these days. If you’ve yet to embrace this trend because you’re not sure how to incorporate them into your everyday look, here are my top tips…

Flash some ankle

At first glance a pair of furry slides may not seem the most wearable of pieces but I can definitely vouch for the fact my Gucci Princetown slides get a constant workout in my wardrobe. So, what’s the key to making it work? When it comes to statement slides (furry or otherwise) I’d say the key to a flattering look is flashing a little ankle. For me, a winning combination is teaming them with black slouchy pants that are tapered at the ankle paired with a blazer or jacket or a pair of cropped jeans and a tee.

Keep the rest of your look simple

If you’ve got a lot going on when it comes to your footwear keep the rest of your outfit quite pared back. If you’re wearing jewel encrusted statement slides then it’s probably not the best idea to then pair them with anything that’s quite loud or over the top as it can look a little overwhelming. Let the shoes do all the talking!

Cropped is best

A cropped or midi length is the most flattering length to pair with statement slides. It’s short enough to allow the shoes to take centre stage and sticks to the cardinal rule of showing a little ankle. I find a maxi length is a little bit too long as the slides end up getting lost amongst the fabric. Stick to a cropped length and you can’t go wrong.


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12 winter flats to fall in love with

7th April, 2017

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It’s time for summer sandals to go into hibernation and in its place is a gorgeous range of winter flats options. From brogues, to ballet flats and loafers, the styles this season are plentiful so you’ll definitely find a pair to suit your style. Go for rich shades such as black and burgundy, fun finishing details such as fringing and ribbons or a cute feline inspired appliqué. Be sure to team flats with cropped pants to flash a little ankle and you’re sorted for the season.

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The one shoe style I’ll definitely be buying this season

6th March, 2017

When it comes to my autumn/winter wardrobe there’s one shoe style I’ll definitely be purchasing – the ankle boot. A pair of quality black ankle boots always take me through the cooler months and is  a guaranteed way to update any outfit. You can opt for a pair of sky high stiletto style boots if you’re looking for some sexy footwear to take you from drinks to dinner or a pair of flat boots as a comfy option when you’ve got a busy day ahead of you. If you’re intending to wear them to death, be sure to have them resoled beforehand to ensure that they can withstand the wear and tear of constant outings.

I’ve rounded up some of my fave ankle boot styles to inspire your next shopping trip…



The one thing I do every season

16th January, 2017

I love the start of each season as it means I can go shopping and make some key additions to my wardrobe. I often try and pinpoint a few key pieces that I’ll need as opposed to going crazy and buying up every trend in sight. However if there’s one thing I do each season without fail it’s this: I buy shoes in black and neutral. Yep, every season. I’ve done it for years and I’ve found making those strategic shoe purchases will get me through autumn, winter, summer and spring.

Whilst I’ll stick to the same colours I’ll obviously alter the style of shoe according to the weather so in winter I’ll buy a boot and a closed toe shoe such as a pump and if it’s summer I’ll buy both open toed shoes whether it be a sandal or stiletto. A black and a neutral shoe will go with virtually everything in my wardrobe so I know I’m guaranteed to get a lot of use out of it plus buying a season’s key style will update my look accordingly. It’s an easy way to look on trend without having to change your entire wardrobe.

Tell me, what do you do each season?


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The season’s must-have shoe

9th November, 2016

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Want to know the ultimate way to update your spring/summer wardrobe? Try the shoe of the season. In keeping with the resurgence of ’90s fashion, mules, the shoe staple of that decade are making a big comeback. The great thing about this particular style of shoe is that they’re versatile enough to work with everything from a pair of jeans to a dress or skirt. Plus adding a pair to your wardrobe is a really easy way to dip your toe into a new season trend without breaking the bank. Just ensure that you always flash some ankle (especially when wearing them with pants) and choose a pair with a heel for more flattering silhouette. The range of mules available at the moment include everything from classic black, to pretty pastels and finishes such as braiding, buckles and fringing so there’s definitely plenty of options to work with virtually every outfit in your wardrobe.


The dos and don’ts of wearing flats at the office

19th October, 2016

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When I was working full time I used to always wear high heels to the office. I know when it comes to workwear it can be nice to have a little height in the footwear department to help add some polish to an outfit but I’ve since learned that flats can work equally as well, if not more so. These days when I’m going to office I may have the girls in the morning or in the afternoon so my outfit has to look professional yet be comfortable at the same time. This is where I’ve found having a great flats wardrobe can come in handy. These are some of my dos and don’ts of wearing them to work…

Do experiment with different flats

I’ve found the best flats for the office are ballet flats, brogues and loafers [the closed kind not slides as these can look a little too casual] and flat boots for winter [see in order below]. Try to keep your flats as streamlined and simple as possible to keep them professional.


Do wear flats with dresses

If you tend to favour dresses for the office you’ll be pleased to hear that you can get away with swapping your heels in favour of flats for this particular look. I’ve found that flats look really great with tailored dresses and maintains a classy effect.


Winning combination: Alexa Chung does ballet flats and a dress/ Image via Stockholm Street Style

Do opt for a slim trousers

Wide leg pants are on trend this season but I’ve found that they tend to work better with heels, especially if you’re on the shorter side. However when it comes to slim fitting trousers you can definitely afford to go with flats. A slim silhouette will help elongate your figure and when teamed with flats it looks very Audrey Hepburn-esque.

Don’t forget to flash some ankle

Make sure that if you’re wearing pants that they’re cropped so you are showing some ankle. This length will tend to be a little more flattering when worn with pants.

Do keep your look quite preppy

Flats such as man-style loafers and ballet flats work are a match made in heaven with a preppy-style outfit. Think a collared white shirt and a knee length skirt. It’s a little collegiate, definitely office appropriate and a stylish alternative to traditional corporate wear.


Image: Stockholm Street Style

Don’t forget about the finishing touches

Flats don’t have to be boring. Keep an eye out for interesting finishing touches. Tassels, discreet bows, or a metal horsebit accent are all great ways to take an ordinary flat from so-so to stylish. One of my favourite brogues has a metal toe cap (see pic above) and I find that this helps give them a point of difference.

Do leave socks at home

A lot of flats look better sans socks so make sure to give them a miss. As I said earlier, flashing some ankle is flattering as it helps to emphasise the slimmest part of your leg. Also, socks can look a little too bulky.

Do team flats with opaque stockings

In winter I know going bare legged can be a little chilly so pairing a pair of flat boots with opaque black stockings and a nice dress is a good office appropriate look. I tend to favour stockings in black as opposed to nude as it looks much fresher and more modern.

Tell me – are you a fan of wearing flats to the office?




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Wedding series: Dreamy shoes for your big day

30th August, 2016

My wedding shoes

Finding the perfect wedding shoes is high up on the to-do list of any bride. I spent a lot of time searching for the shoes I eventually wore on my wedding day but when I saw them I knew they would complement my dress perfectly.

One of my big tips is to not leave your shoe search to the last minute, not only for the practical reason that you’ll need them in order to get your dress hemmed but also to give yourself enough time to find a pair that you’ll really fall in love with.

When shopping keep in mind that you will be in your shoes for the entire day so make sure that they’re comfortable and that you won’t have any trouble walking in them. No bride wants to be hobbling around at the reception from pain when she should be dancing up a storm! Also think of the overall outfit before you settle on a pair of shoes. If your dress is quite ornate you want to opt for a simple pair of pumps to offset the intricate detail, inversely if your dress is quite pared back you may want to make a statement with your choice of shoes. It’s all about balance.

Here are some of the great options in footwear out there for every kind of bride…

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What I Wore: Seventies Chic

10th October, 2015

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One of my fave trends this season is the fashion’s 70s flashback. It’s all about voluminous silhouettes, slightly chunkier platform heels and adding a touch of glamour to an outfit. As I mentioned in this post, I’d wear an outfit like this to the races but it also makes a great party ensemble once the festive party season is well under way.

Jumpsuit: Bec & Bridge

Heels: Wittner Clara Heel in Whiskey.

Hat: Nerida Winter Hat

See full ON TRACK Wittner collaboration HERE.

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What I Wore: Modern Femme

30th September, 2015

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The trend towards ultra feminine dressing is perfect for race day outfits. I wanted to accessorise with something a little different so I opted for this floral headband which provided a great contrast to the structured asymmetrical neckline on the dress. Lace up heels are one of the great shoe trends to come out this spring/summer and they’re the ideal finishing touch to this outfit.

Dress: Acler

Headpiece: Nerida Winter

Shoes: Wittner Pavia Heel in Frost Pink


Nadia Fairfax + Kate Waterhouse: On Track

23rd September, 2015

resizedSpring racing is upon us and I recently teamed up with Nadia Fairfax and Wittner to showcase the latest footwear trends for this season. Footwear is key when it comes to a polished spring racing look and here are some of the key tips, tricks and trends to having a strong shoe game at the races this season.

The trends to look out for:

Wittner’s biggest shoe trends for the SS15 Spring Racing Season are Seventies Chic, Modern Femme and Tough Luxe.

Modern Femme

This look is all about subtlety – perfect pastels, bow and lace details and finer heels. For a pop of colour, a pair of spicy fuchsia lace-up heels adds that extra femme touch.


Kate wears: Acler dress, Nerida Winter headpieceWittner Pavia Heel in Frost PinkNadia wears: Alice McCall Dress, Ezara Hat & Wittner Pepper Heel in Fuchsia.

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Nadia wears: Lover dress, Wittner Page Heel in Black & Viktoria Novak headpiece. Kate wears: Dion Lee Dress, Wittner Pepper Heel in Black & Viktoria Novak Headpiece.

Seventies Chic

Seventies style has been re-imagined for 2015, with luxe textures such as soft suede and nappa leather paired with modern detailing. Whiskey, tan and navy blue are standout tones, with special details such as contrast stitching and caging.

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Nadia wears: Maje/Sandro Dress, Sarah J Curtis Hat & Wittner Astor Heel in Whiskey. Kate wears: Bec & Bridge Jumpsuit, Nerida Winter Hat and Wittner Clara Heel in Whiskey.

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Kate wears: Maje DressViktoria Novak Crown & Wittner Ruthie Heel in Tan/Whiskey. Nadia wears: Alice McCall Dress, Viktoria Novak Crown & Wittner Clara Heel in Whiskey.

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Tough Luxe

We love lending a fashion-forward twist to our race-day looks with sophisticated and tough monochrome shoe styles with a luxe edge. Strong cage and lace-up heels in soft black leather contrast with gold zip and buckle detailing. Play with texture and pair these styles with structured pieces for Derby Day!

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Kate wears: Acler Dress, Nerida Winter Hat & Wittner Misha Heel in Black.

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Nadia wears: Zara shorts + topNerida Winter Headpiece & Wittner Astor Heel in BlackKate wears: Ginger & Smart Dress, Nerida Winter Headpiece & Wittner Pavia Heel in Black.

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How to stay comfortable:

The Spring Racing collection for 2015 offers a variety of styles and heel heights to suit different looks. To ensure that race-goers are able to get through the long day (and into the night!) on their feet, all of the shoes in this collection have superior comfort features such as padded foot beds and luxurious soft leathers. If you struggle to wear heels for long periods of time, we recommend sneaking a pair of ballet flats into your clutch and using gel cushions to provide instant comfort. The golden rule here is never to end up barefoot!

The big no-nos:

You need to consider both style and practically when it comes to race day footwear. Ideally you should opt for styles with a thicker block heel, small platform or wedge as you don’t want to be sinking into the grass all day long! Grass stains can wreak havoc on neutral coloured shoes, which are a big trend this season, so make sure you water proof your shoes beforehand. 

What to look for:

Look out for pieces you know will get you through the day in comfort as well as style. There’s nothing worse than struggling to walk in your new stilettos. Wedges are a great option for a day on the track; opt for a seventies-style wooden heeled wedge or platform sandal. Caged or tie-up heels are also a chic yet comfy option – the laces lend additional support. You get what you pay for so invest in a pair of beautifully crafted leather shoes and your feet will thank you for it!

For more campaign imagery, different trend stories and video click HERE.


TALENT: Kate Waterhouse and Nadia Fairfax
STYLING: Hayley Bonham
HAIR: Lauren McCowan
MAKE UP: Vic Anderson
LOCATION: La Porte Space
SET STYING: Montana Valich, with thanks to MCM House and Retro on Regent.