Spring 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.
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 headpiece & Wittner Pavia Heel in Frost Pink. Nadia wears: Alice McCall Dress, Ezara Hat & Wittner Pepper Heel in Fuchsia.
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 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.
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.
Kate wears: Maje Dress, Viktoria Novak Crown & Wittner Ruthie Heel in Tan/Whiskey. Nadia wears: Alice McCall Dress, Viktoria Novak Crown & Wittner Clara Heel in Whiskey.
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!
Kate wears: Acler Dress, Nerida Winter Hat & Wittner Misha Heel in Black.
Nadia wears: Zara shorts + top, Nerida Winter Headpiece & Wittner Astor Heel in Black. Kate wears: Ginger & Smart Dress, Nerida Winter Headpiece & Wittner Pavia Heel in Black.
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
PHOTOGRAPHY: Jake Terrey
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.