"Why is there a Boden box on your kitchen island?"
"Because I got a pair of boots from them"
"YOU? Got a pair of boots from Boden? Really?!"
"Yes, these ones on my feet....."
Cue speechless, goldfish mouth from one of my best friends yesterday afternoon.
Yes folks, I am obsessed with a pair of boots from Boden. Having been the biggest advocate ever of the Off Duty Jumper which I think I may have lived in for most of the Winter (they gave it to me in the navy and then I got it myself in the sale in the champagne) they asked me if I'd like to try something from their accessories range for the Spring.
And yes, I was totally spoilt for choice. Now I know that sounds like a classic bloggers pile of bog but I think you'll find if you have a little scroll down, I'm not making it up.
There will be some people out there - like my friend - who haven't caught up with what Boden are doing these days and how they've changed. This has been an ongoing process over the past couple of years but there are some people who haven't got with the new, wearable and very on trend Boden programme. I defy anyone to struggle to choose just one accessory. I could honestly have had pretty much most of them.
So what did I go for? With the Gucci ad that I've been admiring at the forefront of my mind and all things suede being top of my S/S wishlist, these were a no brainer.
I absolutely love them (as does my friend who promptly went home and has apparently ordered them in the navy.... hmmmm. Not all hopscotch tees anymore, is it M??!)
They are pretty much the perfect Spring boot. They are not as high as they look - marginally higher than an Ash Jalouse, lower than a Rag & Bone Newbury and also lower than my leopard print wedges from M&S. I have done about 10 laps of Bluewater today, as well as Ikea (yes kill me now) and am going to wear them out tonight to a comedy night. (with parents evening before hand...eek)
The colour is the perfect 70s chestnut shade, the suede is beautifully soft and supple and the heel height is only 3cm. It does look higher here. It *looks* higher in real life but honestly honestly it's not and is super wearable.
Cut Out Boot £129
They also do them in a silver shade which I have to say I was super tempted by..but thought the chestnut ones would be more be useful for the boho look I'm planning on channelling...
And these are the navy ones that my friend has just bought. I will say the only reason I don't have these as well is that I do already have two pairs of navy boots and it was much easier to justify the tan ones.
It was actually the pic of them in the navy with the shirt dress that I've already mentioned the other day, that made me think these, in the tan, would work so so well in my wardrobe for Spring nights out. With my DVF dress from last year, my Sandro dress I got from Christmas, my Baukjen shirt dress and knitted camel dress, these will be simply perfect. Not too high but high enough to be smart (ok that makes sense in my head.....) These would also go with my M&S shirt dress which yes, is navy but with my tan clutch that I have - these are perfect (they also go perfectly with my leopard print clutch just with jeans, tee and blazer) It's such a great neutral shade that I think, if you match a clutch to it, you can wear with pretty much anything.
I'm not saying that this bag would go perfectly with them but.....
Maida Vale Bag in tan £149
Back to navy in these shoes which are the perfect Spring shoe. Similar heel height to the boots, these again would take you through from day to night, with jeans, trousers, culottes and skirts. Do you need them in navy or black? (I have to say I do prefer these in the navy....)
Lara Heel £110 in navy
Or do I?...... In black
If we are doing black and or navy as a colour palette in shoes, then they also have the perfect bag. It also has a cross body strap with it, so is ideal for every day use. With black flats, indigo jeans, white tea and navy or black blazer, just perfect. Add heels for evening and it's the ideal day to night bag. Top of my new Boden wishlist (apart from when you scroll down and see the ballet flats...)
Milan Clutch in black and navy £99
If you did want to do super matchy then they have the exact same weave in a shoe. These again are the perfect heel height for work to play.
Milan Court £110
Of course, I can't do a blog on accessories from Boden without mentioning the shoes that everyone, from magazines to editors to savvy shoppers are raving about (get theeself onto Instagram to see) are the Alice shoes.
Alice High Heel £119 With a plain navy dress, these would transform it into the most amazing outfit. Or even with a plain white tee, navy blazer and indigo jeans (with handily the above Milan clutch bag...) - suddenly put these on and hey presto - they would take any "normal" outfit to a different level. I also love the idea of a plain white blouse and jeans - super plain, simple and elegant, letting your shoes do the talking.
If these are too high for you, they do them also in a mid heel online.
But which colourway would you choose? I love these too in the pink.
Flats of course - I am still in love with leopard print and the skater shoes in animal I had from last year are on their last legs, along with the black ponyskin ones. Yes I have actually worn shoes out, having worn them that much. I don't think I've done that since I was at school. They got that much wear. Who ever would have thunk it?! (needless to say my New Balance trainers are as new and sparkly as the day that I bought them - just wait till we get the dog....)
Slip on trainer - £69 (to me - skater shoes)
Speaking of flats, I have been hankering after scallop edge ballet pumps since Chloe first launched theirs a couple of years ago. At a squidillion pounds.
But call off the dogs. These are perfect. Now I'm not going to mention dungarees again, well except that I sort of just have, but these, with them - I love. I think I need these and the bag above.... navy flats with the navy and black Milan clutch.
Ballerina Flats in navy £49 Plus they have these in half sizes. Win win.
Am also very taken with the super versatile metallic ones £49
I should probably mention that they also do the Milan clutch in a silver as well.
And how could I ignore the ballet flats in the khaki......
Boden have their Summer range coming out in the next couple of weeks and I'll be picking my favourite two pieces in the next month. At the moment though, am enjoying the boots and praying for better weather so I can actually get my legs out with them. (oh and the great thing about this shade is that you won't notice if the fake tan rubs off ever so slightly on it. These are very important matters one with naturally blue skin has to take into consideration.)