The holiday essential that is a MUST for A/W too.

Another gem that you can definitely take with you into the A/W.  In fact, yes I would it's a year round must.  

The trainer, sneaker, call it what you will.  A runner as my mother in law would say. (and the fact you're not really supposed to run in these is neither here nor there to her, for the record)

What better justification can there be for buying another pair then?  Clearly there is absolutely no justification at all if you have a pair that are perfectly road worthy, that you love and that you get loads of wear out of.  You'd think... 

But hell there is.  Trashed trainers is what you end up with if you wear them all the time and have no other alternative. 

And I've finally found a style of trainer that I love. (we're glossing over anything New Balance or more athletic looking.  As I've mentioned before, I merely look as though I've had neither the time nor the inclination to get changed after a trip to the gym.  Which is ironic seeing as the gym and I are no longer on speaking terms.  They look super cool on other people.  They look frumptastic on me and have been resigned to dog walking shoes.  I actually wear them out with my pyjamas.  I will come back to this another day.)

The old school tennis trainer in the modern guise of a Stan Smith style, is what I wear and wear and wear.  To all intents and purposes, these are what I wear so ridiculously often, it makes sense to invest in a couple of pairs (especially if you manage to snag a sales bargain) as cost per wear, they are going to pay for themselves. 

Justification over - let the shopping commence. 

First off, I've found a real bargain at ASOS (if you're a size 7).  My favourite Stan Smiths by a country mile are the cracked leather ones.  And believe me, I tried on a fair few..... 

adidas Stan Smiths in cracked leather with green was £67 now £47.50

Alternatively there is a 6 at Soletrader (I got mine from here - well, instore as I couldn't find them anywhere else earlier in the year - they are notoriously hard to find) now for £59.





If you looking for a more reasonably priced entry level version, then I'd have a look at the M&S ones.  No they're not leather, but they do have Insolia flex (which means that you'll walk along and feel like you're being carried on the wings of fairies.  In all honestly I have no idea what this means but I've assumed for ages that it's a patented form of comfy) and are a great price if you want to try the look before investing in a more expensive pair.  Plus, I really like the colourways they've put together.  Fair dos M&S.
M&S lace up trainers with Insolia flex £25.00



And in white again £25




A tan leather version in the sale at Geox.  Continuing on from yesterday, these would be amazing with shades of grey....

Amaranth Abx from Geox were £105 now £52.50





I have my black patent pair from Geox which I shall be wearing loads in the Autumn with all things black and grey (oh yes).  They've sold out now but there is a similar pair of Stan Smiths (mine are pointier and I do like this contrast between them and the SSs) - although these are canvas and this does seem like quite a lot of money to me... .(personally I'd go with the M&S black ones)  However I do love the monochrome look to them.  


adidas Vulcan black and white trainers £62.50





However full on obsession has arrived in the form of a pair of sneakers that I have blogged about before - thanks to the introduction to them from Joanna at Poppy's Style - Golden Goose. (would the plural be Golden Geese?)

 Well - I say thanks but I may have just ordered two pairs (just so I can choose..... of course....) as a mid holiday treat.  AND investment for A/W as I snagged them in the sale.  These are (as Joanna pointed out) only marginally (stretching the boundaries of marginally to be fair) more expensive than a pair of Stan Smiths.

I would go so far as to say, with my exceptionally limited knowledge, that GG are best known for their hi-tops but I think it's perhaps better to stick with what you know and so I ordered a pair of their low sneakers.  

Golden Goose were £325 now £146 (yes I know - ridiculous amounts of money to spend on sneakers even at the reduced price, but if I get half as much wear out of them as I have done my Stan Smiths, they'll be worth it)



And of course whilst I was paying for postage, it seemed foolish not to order a pair of hi-tops as well (free returns) just so I can scratch the itch and prove they look bobbins on me. (here's hoping...) 

I ordered these in mint green.  As bonkers as that initially seemed, I think with navy, grey and khaki, these could really work.  I could also look like a cretin - the jury is still most definitely out.  But I have a feeling these may look ok...

Golden Goose hi tops - were £310 now £93



It was a toss up between those and these below as I did really want a white pair but I'm definitely more of a leopard than a zebra girl and I'm not sure I want to branch out...

Golden Goose hi tops were £335 now £101






I've also found some more in the sale at Farfetch AND there's an extra 30% off sale items with the code x30 (ends at noon on Thursday 13th August)  This could be seriously dangerous *must not go off piste.. must not go off piste...too many gorgeous things with an extra 30% off on the site....*  

They do seem to be much more expensive to begin with but then with the code... and they do have ones that you don't seem to be able to get from anywhere else.  A real gem to be able to buy from a conglomerate of tiny boutiques globally and have next day delivery with free returns.  Genius.  How have I not looked at Farfetch in much more detail previously?

Golden Goose were £289.03 now £173.42 pre 30% discount with import duties included.




Now thank heavens they don't have these in my size, as suddenly I NEED a pair of bright red sneakers.  To cut through all those dark colours (I am a veritable magpie when it comes to colours - I can try and stay away from them for so long and am drawn back to something bright and blingy like a moth to a flame.  I am pathetic) - and oh my lord, you could justify them as Christmas trainers.  Need, I tell you.  Admittedly I do have at the back of my head a saying from my half Welsh half Italian friend from uni who always said "red shoes no pants".  Random the things that stick with you. 

Regardless (and I will be wearing pants) I am officially in love with these.

Golden Goose Francy hi tops were £251.19 now £200.95 pre discount



But.... Call.  Off.  The.  Dogs.  (oh my lord this is going so wrong on so many levels for me - how many pairs of these that I don't need DO NEED - am I going to have arriving??  Thank heavens for free returns) 

I may have to have these.   Oh hello.   Now these are mens.  I'm not sure if there is any difference in men and women's sizing of these....?  I'm assuming actually they're unisex.... (however we all know what assume makes... an ass etc etc)  And yes, I did check and they are definitely mens.  In the reddish pink with leopard print detail.  Suffice to say, not the hugest surprise that they're sale.  But fab news for us gals.  These, with the extra 30% off are a proper bargain. 

Golden Goose 2.12 (?? means squat to me) was £258.56 now £129.28






And I have now had to stop as otherwise I might go bonkers....... (but feel free to peruse the site and tell me what I'm missing...)

So how is everyone else getting on with their sneakers?  Love or hate them?  I am so ridiculously excited about  mine arriving (and I will, I WILL only keep one pair) that I can almost forgive the weather for taking a slight turn to the chillier....

Here today - in, yes the Stan Smith's.  Perfect for a dog walk along a stony beach and for nearly crabbing.  The world and his dog (literally) decided that they too would go crabbing and so we hot footed it to the pub instead (got in early before the crabbing masses decided a pub lunch was a good idea - oh smug we were on our table as the tables filled up completely by 12.15.  At The Anchor in Walberswick - can't recommend it highly enough)  Crabbing postponed till tomorrow morning - early doors.  Afternoon on the beach (and yes, it was rather blowy for me, but not for the small boys who merrily swam and boogie boarded.  Nutters)

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Cut off shorts - Denim & Supply by Ralph Lauren
White tee - hush
Khaki utility jacket - hush
Leopard print scarf - Louis Vuitton
Cracked leather Stan Smiths - adidas

Cracking must have for tomorrow.  Something I definitely definitely can't get enough of.... any guesses?

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  1. I have the farfetch green ones. surprised they are still selling them! Last years sale offerings. They are lovely.

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    1. The mint ones? Or the print ones? How did you find the sizing btw? I'm a 7 and have ordered a 7.. hoping that's right?!

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    2. The green print ones. I'm a five and all of mine are fives. I'll be honest as beautiful as they are, I don't find them that comfortable.

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  2. According to Emma Freud, that's her fav pub (I remember her mentioning it on twitter??)...and apparently if you go to the butchers in Sothwold there's a really fit Saturday boy...AND there's a fabbo shop http://www.collenandclare.com/ in Sothwold!
    Love the trainers. Am amassing quite a collection of Converse over here but could find space for a pair of stan smiths for old times sake, used to wear them all the time!!

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    1. AHA! yes, we've seen Emma and Richard Curtis and families in there a number of times over the years (we've been going here for 7 years) We don't tend to go to Southwold (although maybe I should....) Thankfully Collen and Clare have now opened a boutique in Aldeburgh which is much better for us!

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  3. I love the Stans, but the Golden Goose (Geese?!) I just don't get. Help me out here.. £300 and they look shabby and dirty?? Tell me they're super comfy or something because they look awful!! ( just my opinion) x love your blog though! Xx

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    1. I agree, love the Stan's but the geese at Three. Hundred. Quid. Why so much???! I'd rather go to Champneys for the day! But, I also love this blog! #addictedtodoesmybumlook40 :+). I ordered these a few days ago (not received them yet!) ..... Hoping they look as good in the flesh and they arrive before my holiday ..... http://www.modainpelle.com/argelia-black-leather-36

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  4. Walberswick is gorgeous. Not been for a few years despite it being quite close for us (Essex but v close to Suffolk border). We are quite spoilt for beautiful coastlines in East Anglia. Your blog is one of my top 3 to read - I love your style of blogging and look forward to reading yor posts.

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    1. Oh thank you xxx we would love to buy a place here but oh my lord - TOO expensive!

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    2. Hey essexmumofone. Can you recommend places to go or stay? My daughter is at UEA and we want to explore that part of the country. Thank you x

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    3. North Norfolk is beautiful - Holt, Cley, Blakeney. The Victoria at Holkham is very nice. As is the Suffolk Coast from Orford up to Southwold.

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    4. ooh butting in - I lived in North Norfolk as a child and its still one of my very favourite places. Brancaster is an amazing beach, definitely worth checking out.

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    5. Thank you for the suggestions. Am really looking forward to checking these areas out. x

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  5. I have the Stans, purchased in Chicago earlier this year for a v good price but jeez... They rub like mad! Right at the back only, on the heel, wearing without a sock/plaster combo is impossible. Any tips on what to do?! I assumed was all SS sneaks, not just mine but the pain is so much every time I go to wear them I just wince & stick to my trusty Supergas! SUCH a shame. They look fabulous.
    Hx

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    1. Aha - now that's weird as mine are super super comfortable. I do think they come up ever so slightly on the small side so you probably needed a size larger. And isn't it funny as I had supergas and found them so so so uncomfortable (but again I don't think I had the right size....) I think they're as uncomfy as Converse which are the worst!

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    2. Yes I have a cure! Really truthfully a cure!
      Rub your feet with LANACANE!
      Never again will you get a blister. AND you can use it as primer. Win/Win.
      Ps. A little goes a long way..

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    3. oooh great tip thank you x

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    4. That IS a great tip and thank you - am scouring tinterweb for Lanacane now!!
      Oh Kat, that made me chuckle. My trusty size 3s & 5'3" self is the polar opposite to your lovely tallness- tis probably reflected in our feet therefore.
      And in reply to Beany - I did get an equivalent to a UK 4...or at least I thought I did. Anyone fancy flying back to the US with me on a shopping mission?! Hx

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  6. Anon, did you size up half a size? You need to in stans.

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    1. great minds. Yes I do think they are on the smaller side. But if you get the right size they are SO comfy

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  7. I love a pair of trainers. Have a few pairs including the liberty print by nike and wear with lots of different outfits. Have seen a gorgeous pair of black sneakers just in at & other stories. X

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    1. Haven't checked out their new season stuff yet. MUST!

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  8. Your post comes after a lengthy discussion in my local Italian coffee shop about Adidas trainers. The fit, the colourways, the difficulty of getting certain said colourways and how many pairs it is reasonable to have in your wardrobe. These were 45+ year old men for gods sake who were told to get back on their Lambrettas and get a life

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  9. On and off, I've thought about Stan Smiths but I already have a pair of white leather Converse which I thought more or less did the same job. But your outfit with the cracked Stan Smiths look so awesome together that I am now reconsidering... (Darn, and I just got caught up buying tan ankle boots from your earlier posts and now you've lured me to shop for shoes again!)

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    1. You can never have too many... for me - ankle boots and sneakers are my main Autumnal wear for sure.

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  10. The Anchor in Walberswick is lovely! We are in Norfolk, so not too far from that part of the Suffolk coast.

    I love the Golden Goose trainers, but yes, they are expensive. Some are quite a good reduction though and I look for ward to seeing how you style them. I particularly like hi tops, which I wear loads. Love my Converse and Kurt Geiger Ash-alikes (with buckles). Great all year round in English weather!

    Tanya

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    1. I have the Ash ones and yes, I've had them for about 6 yrs now and mine are still going strong!

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  11. Thank you for the tip Kat, I've just ordered the Geox ones in Brandy and Black, not many sizes left but sometimes having big feet is a blessing! The Gokden Goise ones are gorgeous but way too expensive for me to justify buying, I'm looking forward to seeing how you style them x

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    1. Oh so so pleased you managed to get a bargain! They will be SO comfy I promise!

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  12. Glad you did this blog today - I've been looking at some great trainer styley ones in Modainpelle. There new autumn/winter range is just coming into our new shop in Cirencester. Also thanks for mentioning Walderswick. We are staying in Southwold in a few weeks and will ensure get to the pub early for lunch.

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    1. Yes do - it's amazing. Have a fab holiday xxx

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  13. I'm looking to stay in that neck of the woods in October. Can any of you recommend a cottage or B&B? X

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    1. Try Best Of Suffolk or Suffolk Secrets or Aldeburgh Bay Holidays. Have used the first company for 8 yrs and we're going away with the latter at the end of August. For B&Bs definitely look at The Ship in Dunwich and The Anchor in Walberswick. Without children, The Crown and Castle in Orford is a complete complete must.

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    2. Wow thanks Kat. Mega excited to be exploring Suffolk. Might see you there ;) x

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    3. If you fancy venturing further south try Milsoms or the Sun Inn in Dedham

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  14. I adore Golden Goose - so different and I find them incredibly comfortable - the terry lining allows me to wear them comfortably with no socks. I have Eur 39 in all but one pair of mine - so I would say they are TTS. My leopard print pair were RANDOM and HUGE in the 39 so I ended up with a 38 - strange anomaly. Hope you love them too and thanks for the mention! xx

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    1. now I am rather concerned that I may have ordered a size too large... GAH!! Finger crossed not!

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  15. I bought the Stan Smiths earlier this year off the back of your original post and quite liked them, they just don't look right on me, my husband was savage too, no matter how good they look on others I just look wierd! The same happened with the Golden Gooses, I've realised that much as I try to just don't suit trainers :( bad times......
    Any chance of a blog post for odd people who look weird in trainers lol xx

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    1. As in normal day shoes? Yes, I've got one of those in the offing xx

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  16. Oooh I like the idea of Stans, but might get the M&S ones as a trial. The Golden Goose ones I think might look a bit 'fun mum' on me!

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    1. Just spat my coffee out! I LOVE the GGs! But I do sort of see what you mean... *fingers in ears, fingers in ears....* The M&S ones are a great starter for ten x

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    2. On you fab, on me: fun mum in her 40s!

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