... and on that day, the obvious thing to look at would be sandals. It may seem like jesting but actually, in all seriousness, as I mentioned the other day, now is when we should be buying them.
And this swifty blog is coming to you today, inspired by an earlier shopping trip with the bestie who dragged me into a shop, I don't often frequent. Well, more fool me as do I have a wish list from there now.
I know I'm really slow to the party and yes, I do have a couple of pairs of shoes from there from a few years ago (one I seem yet again to have lost one shoe from the pair... REALLY??!) but the other pair I have worn for the past two years and still love.
We are talking Clarks. The thing is, when I've bought my shoes from there in the past - they have been the only ones in the shop that I would wear. But that may be a thing of the past. Honestly if you told me I didn't have to go anywhere else for shoes this Summer, I'd be ok with that. Something I thought I'd never be able to say.
To prove my point, these are the ones that I have from two years ago (I say two, I think it may be three....). Which I have loved and am definitely planning on wearing again this year. For me, they are the perfect sandal to go with a midi skirt (I wore last year a number of times with my leather skirt), they would be ideal with culottes (which I don't have) and they're the perfect all day shoe when you want to wear a heel but need comfort. My "lunch out with the girls" shoes.
Sarina Betty Sandals
Every time I put them on the blog, I am asked if you can still get them. Well now, I think they've come up with an even better version. My photography isn't great by any stretch of the imagination but these (all the shoes in fact) are so so so much better in the flesh than they are online.
Sarina Billy £65 from Clarks
Sarina Billy in Oyster leather £65
Two other sets of heels which are definitely on my wishlist are both a nod to 70s stylee but without being too full on. They would work as well with my "less is more" wannabe look, especially the mules. I am rather obsessed with the white pair. These are more Whistles than Clarks, no?
Image Gallery in white £55
And in the black
The Oriana Billy in tan £65
In the black - actually a bit more like my old Sarinas with the block wood heel. I also love the contrast of the pale leather sole edging against the black body of the shoe.
And they didn't have these in store but the colour is growing on me by the minute....
In the honey
Flat sandals - also some great ones to add to my list of ones to ponder. I still have no idea which way I'm going to jump this year. Jury is still definitely out but these are definitely worth considering if this is the style I choose.
Romantic Moon £50
Again SO much better in the flesh. Clarks, have you stolen a photographer from M&S?
Leopard Print £50
In the natural snake £50
I prefer the sole of the ones above but I love the more ample suede upper of these.
Lydia Hale in Black Nubuck £50
The same in silver....
And yet again - this is what they really look like.
But I am still drawn to the style I favoured last year - a twist on the Birkie.
Netrix Rose £50
In the black again £50
But call off the dogs. I was verging on hysterical over these in the shop much to the amusement of my friend. These are virtually identical to the Ash Takoon pair but a fraction of the cost. The only reason I didn't buy them on the spot was that my feet are minging at the moment. Seriously grim. A Hobbit would be ashamed of them.
Praying they don't sell out - and I'm off to get a pedicure in the next day or so.
In the natural snake £50