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Fabulous Flirty Feet: Style Footwear

The sun is out and summer is on its way at Style Footwear in the heart of Ashburton’s CBD. New ranges from Saimon, Cabello, Revere and others are arriving, and the team are excited to show you what’s available this season.


The casual lace-up look is popular again, with over a dozen colours available in just one style! With colours like mustard, orange, mint, white, tan and sky blue coming through, not only in footwear but accessories, it’s looking like a bright season ahead.

There are beautiful dress sandals for special occasions, bring in your outfit to find the right footwear. With the new range of handbags and jewellery in store, there might be everything you need in one place.

Style Footwear now stock Baron Leathergoods men’s wallets and key rings – Baron are another New Zealand family business and a pleasure to work with, says store owner Melissa Shimmin.

Style Footwear is Ashburton’s only Ruralco and Rural Women’s supplier, and discount is given to those who show their cards. Laybuy is also available instore and online. Check out the specials area for a good bargain.

It’s been a challenging year, but Melissa is optimistic for the season ahead and says the support, from not just suppliers, but Canterbury locals, has been amazing and she wants to thank everyone.

Follow Style Footwear on Instagram, Facebook and online.


All for Athleisure: ECCO Shoes

The latest in fashion is that it’s cool to be comfy… and we’re all for it. Enter the rise in athleisure: casual and comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for both exercise and every day. From the office, to the bar and the park you want a shoe that can do it all.



ECCO Shoes ST.1 athleisure sneaker series is the perfect fit, for both men and women.

They are cool, colourful and comfortable with the innovative Shock Thru™ point for shock absorption with every step.

But you do not need us to tell you all reasons why you should buy this functional footwear… sometimes a picture says a thousand words.









The highs & lows of footwear

Are you walking tall this season or choosing to be more down to earth? From long-boots to street sneakers, there’s a shoe style this winter to suit afficionados of all looks and heel heights.



Boots this year are more on the knee – or just below – as opposed to over-the-knee as they were in 2019.

They’re waiting to be paired with coats that just brush their tops for a seamless winter look.

Black remains popular, along with natural browns, just remember to keep them clean and conditioned to avoid staining and water-damage.

Heel-wise, take your pick from almost stiletto-type elegance to more practical flats.

Loafers also remain a wardrobe staple, but with a new twist for those looking for something with a bit of a difference.

Keep an eye out for higher heels than you might usually consider in this style, especially the solid block heel, and sling-backs for an added touch of elegance.

Fresh prints and lots of buckle or chain detailing also add a point of difference.

And, as they were last year, platforms are back. Go up in the world with formal footwear such as stylish wedges on platform soles or sneakers with a real sense of elevation.

So, what else will the warmer months hold as we come out of winter?

If Europe’s anything to go by, strappy styles – but with thin straps this season – will be on our shelves as we come into spring.

In particular, elegant sandals with square toes look set to deviate away from the heavier, almond-toed versions of the last few years.

In something of a surprise move, espadrilles – those mainstays of the ‘80s – are also making a return, this time with platforms behind the traditional braided sides and with embellished or jewelled straps, rather than the simple slip-ons of yesteryear.

So put your best foot forward in 2020/21!


Shoes, Glorious Shoes: Wink Shoe Store

Finding that perfect pair of shoes to wear at the race-track can be a frustrating process, especially if you’ve filled long, fruitless hours trudging from shop to shop with nothing to show for it but blisters and disappointment.




Is it too much to ask for a pair of shoes that both flatter our feet and go with our race-day outfit; that draw lovely compliments; that are comfortable, and can be worn more than once? One shoe retailer ticking all these boxes is WINK Shoe Store – it’s a riot of colour as the change of season brings the dressiest, comfiest shoes in a glorious spring palette.




Kathryn Wilson showcases slides in black and white stripes, lollipop plaids, leopard-print and shimmering silver, while sandals in pastel pinks and blues, butter yellows, moonlight whites and dreamy florals feature in the Miss Wilson range.

Stegmann, Django and Juliette, Oli, and Top End keep tootsies cool in mesh and cut-out designs, and Eos and Origini flaunt fabulous low-heeled and platform-wedged sandals.




Once you’ve found your perfect shoes, cast an eye over the small but select clothing collection, featuring labels like the romantic Briarwood, the edgy Elk and the avant-garde C.Reed, all renowned for their commitment to creating quality, unique garments constructed from beautiful fabrics to make you stand out in the crowd.



Find WINK Shoe Store at Shop 5, 1027 Ferry Road, Ferrymead and on Facebook and Instagram. Shop online and find opening hours at




The ‘sole’ of summer: ECCO Shoes

Whether strolling along the beach, exploring foreign cities, punting at the races or going out for late, alfresco dinners – everyone craves sleek, minimalist style at their feet and soft, comfortable soles in the heat of summer.



In addition to delivering lightweight, modern comfort, a new collection of ECCO FLUIDFORM™ sandals with a contemporary, versatile aesthetic, offers a range of styling options. Only ECCO has the progressive technologies and premium leather expertise to elevate the simple style and comfort of a multipurpose summer sandal to fresh heights, with the women’s ECCO FLOWT, the men’s and women’s ECCO FLOWT LX, and the men’s and women’s ECCO CORKSPHERE SANDAL.

Developed in Denmark over three decades, ECCO FLUIDFORM™ Direct Comfort Technology delivers an ideal balance of cushioning and rebound. The technology also creates an integral, durable bond between the sole and the upper, without any of the complications associated with stitching and gluing.

The sandals can be easily dressed up or down for formal and casual occasions, and with their range of on-trend colours and selection of luxurious ECCO leathers developed in the brand’s own tanneries, you will want to wear them almost everywhere. From flip-flops to more formal, double-buckle slides, there is a sandal to suit every style-conscious man or woman, which can be worn with a number of different outfits.

With a strong focus on simplicity, function, and environmentally friendly practices, ECCO constantly strives to make the most comfortable and versatile footwear. Visit the store and check out the new collection on 195 Papanui Road, or shop online at




Prep your feet for summer: The Shoe Room

“We only have one pair of feet.” That may seem an obvious statement, but inherent in it is the message that we need to take care of those feet if they are to serve us as well as possible throughout our lives.



Therefore, we really should be pampering our feet and making them a priority in our regimen of health and wellbeing. Pampering can take several forms, from moisturising and removing hard skin in preparation for strappy summer sandals, through to what footwear we put on our feet.

There is a perception that comfortable shoes cannot be pretty and fashionable as well. That is a fallacy which the team at Feet First Podiatry want to blow out of the water. For a number of years they have been selling comfortable and fashionable footwear from their Main South Road clinic. They have had such excellent feedback on the range from customers who otherwise may have difficulty buying shoes because of foot problems that they have decided to expand to a stand-alone retail shoe store.

The Shoe Room will open in early November at 355 Riccarton Road. It will be dedicated to providing fashionable and functional footwear with a more extensive range of the shoes that have been so popular at the clinic. Frankie4 and their stunning active flats, Taos and their great range of sandals, and Revere’s orthotic friendly range are some of the top brands that demonstrate just how comfort, function and style can be integrated.

Email, phone 03 929 0927 or visit




Step into style: Style Footwear

Summer is fast approaching and colour is filling the shelves at Style Footwear in Ashburton.



Melissa and Trudy are thrilled with the range this year and know you will find a favourite amongst the selection of wedges, heels, slides, sandals and athleisure styles. A new range of fashion jewellery and top-of-the-line leather handbags are also freshly stocked.

Top brands such as Ziera, Cabello and Saimon once again grace the shelves and offer not only comfort but also leading styles for all ages – even high school regulation orthotic-capable footwear is available. The team at Style Footwear pride themselves on their custom-fitting service and experience finding the correct footwear for your needs.

Located in the heart of Ashburton, the team are just as passionate as they were when they first opened the doors almost seven years ago. Providing a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, Melissa and Trudy love interacting with regular customers and welcoming new ones into the store. “We really value our customers and we look forward to seeing you all soon.”

Style Footwear is Ashburton’s only specialist footwear store that provides Ruralco and Rural women discounts. To keep up-to-date with all the excitement, updates are regularly posted on Facebook and Instagram. Visit the store at 177 Burnett Street, Ashburton, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and 10am-1pm Saturday, or shop online at Layby and WINZ quotes are available.




Stepping out in style: ECCO

Whether you’re arriving at a party at dusk or strolling along a sun-bleached esplanade, metallic leather is about making a style statement.




The Women’s ECCO Touch Flatform is crafted from metallic Ecco Vibrio leather, with double foil finish – designed to shimmer and sparkle as it catches the light. The metallic finish, achieved through an innovative layering process, can be applied to a selection of base colours. Combining silvery blue hues with golden yellows, Ecco Vibrio’s two-tone effect adds depth and softness, bringing a subtle, sophisticated edge to any silhouette. As well as adding glint and glamour, Ecco Vibrio is velvety to the touch – with the leather specially milled to improve your shoe’s softness and comfort.



Ecco Vibrio is one of the latest premium raw materials to have been developed by the team of researchers and pioneers at Ecco Leather’s base in Dongen, near Amsterdam — resolving an ongoing issue with metallic leathers that fade with time. Instead, Ecco Vibrio Leather uses its multi- layered tonality to deflect age and maintain its radiance. The Ecco Touch Flatform features ripple sole construction. The leather-covered inlay sole with Ecco Comfort Fibre System™ technology cushions the foot and helps it to breathe. The stunning shoe also comes in white – the Christchurch store’s best-selling shoe.

With a strong focus on simplicity, function, and environmentally friendly practices, Ecco constantly strives to make the most comfortable and versatile footwear.


Visit the store on 195 Papanui Rd, or shop online



Toes out! Merrell

There’s no need to choose between style and comfort when setting off on an adventure; Merrell offers both.




The company has recently launched its latest collection of summer footwear, featuring the latest technology. Whether you’re taking the dog for a walk, going to the beach or walking the Great Wall of China, this season’s collection covers all bases, with a huge variety to choose from across both men’s and women’s.

Merrell stocks the favourite classics and a large selection of apparel, bags and socks. Another world-leading outdoor brand Patagonia is also available in store, including the latest in P6 logo tees, caps and clothing. Merrell (as a brand) started with one man making hiking boots. After more than 30 years, the company is now one of the largest brands of outdoor gear in the world.

Inspiring people to get outdoors while caring for the environment along the way are some of the company’s greatest core values, so it’s no surprise that it sponsors many outdoor programmes worldwide. It believes your time should be spent enjoying your surroundings, not worrying about how your gear will perform.


Merrell’s flagship store is located at Westfield Riccarton. Phone 03 343 6736 or visit for more information.


Corso Merivale

A Yule So Cool: Corso Merivale

It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to Christmas, and with loved ones coming to visit, you want your home to look as welcoming and beautiful as possible.


Corso Merivale


If your Christmas décor requirements are for tasteful, stylish and unique pieces, then boutique homeware and lifestyle store Corso Merivale is for you. Owner Jackie Kirwan-Green says customers often remark that they wish they’d visited her store before going elsewhere.  “Because everything here – from our Christmas décor, to our collections of ceramics, glassware, homeware, linen, furniture, luxury gifts and clothing – is truly exquisite merchandise.”

Jackie mentions a recent arrival in-store, the uber-cool brand Le DD, as an example. This indoor/outdoor beachwear and accessories brand is Italian made, and described as entering a world of lightness and comfort.  “Le DD unisex footwear, bags and homeware are ideal for baches and coastal living, or a day out on the beach.” With a slight shift from the usual European tone of her wares, Jackie is now an agent for R. M. Williams boots.

“We’re thrilled to stock the latest in R.M. Williams boots – whether you’re a city woman or country girl, these handcrafted genuine leather boots are sophisticated, yet practical. They are a timeless classic in fashionable footwear.”


For Christmas inspiration, Corso Merivale is hosting an in-store Christmas celebration (Hawkesbury Building, Aikmans road) on 8 November, 5pm – 8pm, where all of its new Christmas range will be on display. Phone  03 355 4228 or visit: