You know you have one disaster every season?

Well, I am currently having a complete footwear mare.

I am though, still having a love in with navy.  Or should I say, trying to.....  Yes, it's been nearly two months since I had my navy breakthrough moment and I am still trying to adore the neutral.  This, along with khaki, are going to be the main building blocks for my Spring wardrobe. 

Except that I'm not having the most enormous amount of luck.  I have bought one navy polo neck. 

And that's it.  Ok to be fair, I wasn't looking to amass an army of navy ensembles but I had hoped to bolster the effort with a couple more gems. 

Can I please point out though, that it isn't for want of trying.   Which brings me neatly on to today's blog topic.  The shoe related disaster I am having so far this year.   

First the khaki boots.  Let's not go there.  I am over them.  They are yesterday's hero.. that wasn't meant to be...(although I will be first in the queue for them in the new season colours come August....) 

Next, the navy Stan Smiths.  I succumbed. 

And you know what?  I'm not sure.  

What do I always say?  If you're not sure then it's got to be a no.  I'm scared of them - I'll admit that.  I'm very new to this sneaker game - I am a boot veteran.  There is no boot of which I am afraid, I will take any new trend on.  

But sneakers?  Lordy, this is my mutton wobble moment.  I still have the bitter taste of defeat from my New Balance disaster last year (great dog walking shoes though, they will come into their own soon enough).  And I got that same wash of insecurity when I tried the navy Stan Smiths on.  Pictorial evidence, against the beloved white leather Zara ones which I have felt unbelievably comfortable in. 

They've even totally sold out online and they are like the proverbial rocking horse poo... but I've sent them back.  (which of course I'm now ever ever so slightly regretting... but NO.  They're not right, I didn't wear them as soon as I got them which means No No No..... still wobbling though... NO.  Please tell me someone else has these arguments with themselves?)


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I did order originally these from Next, after the disaster (there's a theme here...) of my black Mango ones in the sale.  I can't for the life of me remember why, but these looked awful on me.  

Navy Snake Effect lace up trainers £28




At the same time I had also ordered the leather ones which were a gazillion times more comfortable and great value for leather at below £40.  But again, there was something I wasn't quite convinced by.   I should have realised navy sneakers are perhaps just not going to work for me. 

Soft Leather lace up pump from Next £38



I've also seen they now have a navy suede version as well - much cheaper than the originals and ideal if you're maybe not quite sure, like me...

Navy Suede Pumps £34


I'm thinking I should probably just abandon the search for a navy sneaker and retreat back into my comfort zone and think about skater shoes.   I had a revelation - that's what I needed, a pair of navy skater shoes.  

Do you think I can find a pair?  Nowhere.  Absolutely nowhere.  I could have sworn I saw some (I did, at River Island where they're now sold out) and I'm sure Whistles had some - can't find them at all.  

So.  Not one to admit defeat at such a pathetically early time of the year, I am scuttling back to something I am (she says modestly) a pro on. 

Boots.  I love boots.  God I love them.  

And I've found a pair of navy ones which I think I would wear to death.  I'm ignoring the fact I already have two pairs of navy boots.  I've mentioned it.  And I'm ignoring it. 

These from Boden are calling me... THE perfect pair of boots to wear with Summer dresses, with skinnies, with culottes, with any type of jeans, hell I'm wearing them with my jamas too. 

Cut out Boots from Boden in navy £129




Right now I'm throwing something in here which you probably won't expect from me.   I'm all about the pointed boot but.... M&S have had these in for a couple of years now and they are amazing.  One of my best friends has them and she looks superb in them.  She wears them with a navy leather pencil skirt and a navy fitted little jumper and it honestly is the most perfect outfit.  They also look fantastic with skinnies, a breton and a trench.  They look just as good with boyfriend jeans and a sweatshirt.  I tried them on the other day in store and I can't describe how comfortable they are.  I know the pointy boot is the new thing but it's not for everyone and these are the best alternative out there.  A complete tribute to the rather wonderful Camilla Skovgaard boots which are still almost 10 times this cost in the sale.

Mock Suede Platform Ankle Wedge Boots £39.50  Plus 20% off till tomorrow with the code FEB15EM







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Fab 70s style knee high block heel boots from M&S - these will be great for the next couple of months and will stand you in good stead come next September as well.  The ideal boots for under those kick flares until we can get into our wedge and block heel sandals. 

Faux Suede Stretch Block Heel knee high boots £99



Haven't mentioned them yet but boy do we need to have a run down of the new stock in at Hush.... Sneak peak here and order these NOW if you want them, otherwise they will sell out. And there's 10% off and free delivery with the code SPRING15.   I know, I know, I've jumped forward a couple of months, from boots to espadrilles in one sentence but I can't do a navy shoe thingymajig and not mention these. 

Navy Chica leather Espadrilles from Hush £69




Something else I'm currently loving is my navy polo neck.  As this is the only other remote piece of navy success I've had, I feel I must share it. 

Mine is super tight fitting (in the sale from Zara - a total one off wonder) but a great alternative is also at M&S.  I have the black one of these which I totally forgot about buying back at Christmas and found in with the boys football kits in the laundry room the other day (as you do..).  I'm going to layer it with dresses and tees now and it's the perfect thin top to go under blazers and jackets when it's still too cold to wear a tee. 

And they still have it in stock in navy (I sized up on this as I didn't want the vacuum packed look...)

Polo Neck Top with Modal from Autograph £22.50.  This would also double up as a great base layer for all those who are still lucky enough to be heading off to the slopes.



Finishing with outfit from today - cinema with the family.  Shaun the Sheep.  The Husband will hopefully be talking to me by the time we get to our friends' this evening..... (to say he thought it was pants is a slight understatement)  Quality McDonald's for Supper and the kids are ensconced in front of the tv waiting for the sitter. 

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Navy jumper - TK Maxx
Yellow cardigan - Goat Library
Indigo Baxter jeans - Topshop
Leopard print wedge boots - M&S
Whiskey Medium Marcie bag - Chloe 

I'm now off to do a super quick change as we're off out for a Dinner Party tonight.  With some of our closest friends so will be great.  Rugby training tomorrow morning at NINE will be interesting to say the least... 

Hope everyone is having a fab weekend. xx

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  1. I'm rather taken with the navy suede ones from Next & I spotted the M&S wedges in Joanna's blog earlier. I really want them but I have a near identical black pair, can I justify them?! ;)
    I do love your yellow coat :) x

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    1. OOH spooky, great minds think alike. I didn't even know All Saints had done a version - I've been hankering after the Camilla Skovgaard ones for years. They're so amazing - but these are just a steal at that price. x

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  2. I did buy the navy Stan's and like you returned them, couldn't put my finger on it but think it was the wide white stripe around the base. I have several pairs of Legaro suede trainers which I adore the navy pair but the have grey sole and stripe so think I will stick with them.

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    1. Haven't heard of Legaros.... Will check them out. Yes, the Stans aren't right, are they..

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  3. Loving your cinema outfit Kat! Ordered the M&S boots after seeing them on your blog - will let you know if I like them in the flesh......usually do pointy! Xx

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    1. Let me know what you think of them - hope you love them! x

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  4. I have to say I still adore the lowlands , on Instagram today I thought of you ! Have a good weekend . My daughter went to see Shaun the sheep film with grandma and grandad and my dad reported back that he was laughing the loudest at the cinema x

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    1. STOP IT!! I am so getting them as soon as they come back into stock. GAH.

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  5. Lucy Williams on Instagram with the lowlands ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  6. I have the Converse navy star player suede trainers which are great. I don't think you can go wrong with Converse!

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    1. I think this year I'm going to let other people do Converse. I feel I"ve done them and need something new now! They are great great great classics though for sure x

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  7. Next clearance section had navy ponyskin skaters and navy felt skaters in stock, always check early in the morning as they seem to update stock early each day. Mel x

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    1. You STAR - I've ordered both. Can't believe I didn't check the clearance section, especially as that's where I got my black ponyskin ones from last year. DOH!

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  8. Think you did the right thing with the navy Stan Smiths, they didn't look quite right. I saw some suede Pumas which I quite fancied but not craving them so I shall exercise restraint, for a change.
    Adore that Goat cardigan, yellow is a fab colour on you x

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    1. Yes I think you have to be totally obsessed with these things for them to work. And thank you, the cardigan is definitely one of my faves x

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  9. Forever 21 do a very flattering nude skater - perforated for summer sweaty feet- my daughter has them, which totally discounts it for me, but not you! Go get x

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    1. I often have a look in and am always v impressed - must do a focus on them as there are some great things (even for us oldies!) x

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  10. H&M have navy suede skaters....more a midnight bkue thsn a really dark navy xx

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  11. I agree the navy Stan Smith's aren't quite right. The navy suede ones look good, the matt texture somehow looks better.

    Those M&S wedges are gorgeous! I have a charcoal grey pair that's several years old and I wear loads. I don't need another pair... Very tempted, though. I have old lady feet that, sadly, struggle with pointy toes.

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    1. Yes, they've gone back for sure.

      The wedges are amazing, aren't they?!

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  12. I'm a little up in the air with the navy trainer. For me they're just a little too heavy, I prefer a lighter coloured trainer. Still smarting that I couldn't get the Stans with zebra print detail. Oh and the ones I eventually plunged for hurt (sob) x

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    1. awww they had them in our local JD Sports I think? Which ones did you go for in the end?

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  13. If I had to write a blog about trainers it would have said the same thing, I'm really a boots girl too but I do love how ladies can wear Stans and look fab. I have size 7.5 - 8 feet and skinny ankles - coco the clown comes to mind. Love the M&S wedges xx

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    1. Oh no, what a shame! Yes, I did try on the black Stan Smiths and they were awful awful awful on me .

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  14. Wedges look good but beware - they are often regarded my spouse as 'man haters'! Navy flats against pale skin can often look draining and foreshorten a shorter height.

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    1. ha ha ha! Yes, the navy wasn't working in a sneaker although I do love my navy loafers. x

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  15. Hi Kat, have you seen the blue skaters in the next clearance section? Longest link in the world coming up... http://www.next.co.uk/clearance/?r=cs#%2Fsearch%3Fp%3DQ%26ts%3Dvision%26w%3D*%26cnt%3D24%26nxti%3D0%26nxtv%3D000%26isort%3Dbst%26sale%3DOFFERSNEW%26pfg%3D0FF3R5001%26images%3Don%26af%3Dcat%3Awomenswear+sub%3Ashoescasual%26div%3Dwomenswear%26group%3Dshoescasual%26size%3D%26price%3D

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  16. Oh the Hush espadrilles look divine (and inconveniently available in my size..)! I didn't need to see them! x

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    1. They're stunning aren't they..? Free delivery and free returns at the moment... just saying....

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  17. J.Crew UK has Vans in navy online. They have a subtle texture to them and are the perfect shade of navy blue. J.Crew US does near weekly discount promo codes if you sign up for their emails, hopefully you could score these on sale.

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    1. Apart from they don't do the same discounts in the Uk EVER. Gits..

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  18. What do you think of these? I'm very tempted for the summer as will have a city walking around holiday coming up 15% off at the moment https://www.finerylondon.com/uk/products/allcroft-leather-perforated-loafers-2003ss1510navy?taxon_id=12

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    1. Hmmmm I can't say I love love them...... I think they're rather more Fashion Editor who can make them look cool, whereas on a mere mortal like myself, I think there's a risk they'd look a bit frumpy?? Sorry..!!!

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    2. H'mm thanks for feedback, will have a think - love your blog!

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  19. Hi there - I have tried on loads of trainers and it seems that I can only make white ones work - I think the coloured ones are too heavy on the feet if that makes sense and come up too tall towards the ankle at the front. Maybe try some different white styles xx

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    1. I think this is what I'm going to stick to.

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  20. I ordered the next felt ones back in January and they're not bad...I really dithered over them I have to say but they're so inexpensive, I've kept them and will see how I get on when the weather warms up. Those wedge boots look amazing on you - great price! X

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    1. I"ve ordered both the felt and the ponyskin ones - will pick them up tomorrow. I would love to say I could justify the wedge boots - so totally can't!

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  21. Little bit off topic but just within reach:what do you think about M&S Indigo Collection blue leather crossover strap sandals?
    I'm in doubt but I like them a lot....

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