Having a bad day? Sometimes all you need is a little therapy. Retail therapy, that is. Lovers of gorgeous shoes and fabulous accessories make your way to Shoe Therapy in Kaiapoi and resident fashion stylist and owner Debbie Reeves will help soothe your wardrobe woes.
The style superstar’s latest additions to her carefully hand selected collection of goodies includes the comeback of metallics, always-pretty pastels, and ever in vogue animal print.
Debbie says wedges and manageable heels are becoming increasingly popular as wearers embrace the emergence of more practical heights.
Trusty white sneakers are still really hot right now, and Debbie ensures Shoe Therapy has a large range to choose from.
If accessories are more your outlet, then a selection of much-loved New Zealand designer, Saben, is available from suitcases to side bags, wallets and handbags in a characteristic rainbow of striking colours ideal for matching to your new statement shoes.
Pop into the store at 178 Williams Street, Kaiapoi, any day of the week because there is always time for some shoe therapy.
“Start with the shoes, and work upwards.” This is Cup Week fashion advice from Lenore Farrelly of Wink Shoe Store when falling in love with a show-pony pair.
The boutique shoe store is gorgeous, with local-designed clothing and accessories to complement the unique range of footwear.
“Colourful as a candy shop,” is how Lenore describes this season’s fabulous shoes. Bold colours are hot to trot, such as hot pink and orange together.
“We curate our own collection of footwear with that point of difference, and comfort. If your shoes are dressy and exciting, they become the statement piece, dressing up a simple outfit. It’s important they’re super comfortable – we’ll be asking a lot of our feet, if you don’t have to think about them, you’ll enjoy the day more.”
New Zealand designer Kathryn Wilson is a Wink favourite with her gorgeous detailing, beautiful and super comfortable designs.
A winner in the hand-picked clothing ranges is the beautiful brand Briarwood.
This season includes a gorgeous poppy print in various styles, or vivid apple-green skirt with hot pink leopard spots. Accessorise with fabulous jewellery from Elk, Four Corners, and Antler.
Pick out a pair online at www.ilovewink.co.nz or visit the boutique at 1027 Ferry Road.
A great pair of shoes will take you places, and if the places you’re going this party season include the races, weddings, and barbeques, then Stepping Out is your ultimate shoe shopping destination, where Moana Taylor and Carolyn Ewing have created a mecca for occasion sandals and shoes.
With brands including Hispanitas, Django and Juliette, and Minx, you’ll find a lovingly curated selection of elegant heels in beautiful colours which will keep you smiling on the longest days on your feet, and no issues with sinking into the turf either!
Along with an extensive range of footwear and accessories, the team at Stepping Out offer friendly helpful honest advice.
“We encourage ladies to bring their outfits or fabric in with them, so we can work with them to find the perfect pair of shoes,” says Moana.
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Putting your feet first means choosing shoes that combine function with fashion. The Shoe Room does just that. Recently opened in Upper Riccarton, The Shoe Room is a footwear store like no other. Metropol catches up with Podiatrist Charlotte Russell – who established the venture – to find out why.
WHY IS THE SHOE ROOM DIFFERENT AND WHY IS THIS DIFFERENCE IMPORTANT?
“My patients at Feet First Podiatry were looking for footwear that was functional but also fun, funky and fashionable. I’ve personally selected each shoe in the store for the features offered; be it extra width, depth for hammer toes, or room to accommodate orthotics.”
WHY VISIT THE SHOE ROOM?
“I train the team in footwear fitting. We pride ourselves on knowing our stock, so if you have a specific problem, we can offer suggestions to accommodate this. Individualised fittings are a key part of the approach as our team ensure your shoes fit properly, offer great comfort and look great, too.”
DO YOU NEED A PRE-EXISTING INJURY OR ISSUE TO VISIT THE SHOE ROOM?
“No, not at all. Part of our mission is to educate our customers that proper footwear is an investment in wellbeing. A good shoe offers support, cushioning and all-day comfort. Different feet have different needs, depending on your occupation, foot shape and any other issues. We stock a sizeable range of brands and styles that can accommodate these different requirements. So even if you don’t have ‘problem’ feet now, let’s keep it that way! Visit The Shoe Room at 3/355 Riccarton Road for fashionable functional footwear and fabulous service.”
The team is back up and running at Style Footwear on Burnett Street in Ashburton. Located in the CBD, the friendly store is packed with comfortable, stylish footwear as well as new ranges of bags, wallets, scarves and jewellery.
After navigating the challenges of lockdown, owner Melissa and her right-hand-woman Trudy are continuing what they do best: providing comfortable affordable footwear with professional personalised fit service and advice.
Melissa, who has owned Style Footwear for seven and a half years, has a local-focussed philosophy – stocking New Zealand-owned designers, with an Ashburton-based jewellery range, and hand-knitted merino scarves making their way in store, too.
“The COVID situation threw some challenges our way, but lockdown provided the time to contemplate and to plan for the future of Style Footwear – which is to keep going,” Melissa says.
Melissa says herself and Trudy are loving seeing their regulars and have enjoyed catching up with everyone now that they have returned to the “new normal”.
As the winter season ends and the spring/summer range is not far away, it is of course sale time – which means great bargains for the customer!
Style Footwear’s online store is also growing quickly with orders being placed from Australia as well as all over New Zealand.
Melissa says she wants to thank everyone for their on-going support and she looks forward to seeing you all instore soon.
Be sure to join their mailing list and follow on both Facebook and Instagram to keep up with all the latest news happening at Style Footwear.
Whether you’re the bride, bridesmaid or a guest, it’s the heels that will give you your Cinderella moment. Metropol caught up with leading shoe designer Kathryn Wilson about the latest season of heels we can expect to see stepping into wedding season.
Why did you want to make the move into wedding footwear?
We have a lot of brides and bridal parties requesting bridal footwear and purchasing our beautiful shoes for their wedding day…we decided it would be great to offer our best-selling shapes and styles in a colour palette suited to weddings. We named the capsule collection ‘Happily Ever After’ and named each shoe with a wedding theme.
Can you tell us a bit about the colour palette you’ve selected for the collection?
We have offered most styles in an off white, soft pink and blue and metallic leathers, pewter, gold and silver, which are great neutrals for bridal parties. Each pair has a blue glitter sole for their ‘something blue’ on their special day.
Do you have any favourites or are they all your ‘babies’?
Haha yes definitely love them all but my favourite style would be the Challis Heel in white powder blue which has a beautiful gold metal wrap detail on the heel and a front platform so you can dance the night away with a reduced pitch on the heel.
about beautiful, well-structured traditional styles?
It depends on each bride and their own style… we offer our ‘classic hit’ styles in a bridal palette which are very timeless designs with the intention that you can wear them on your wedding day but also with jeans and a shirt to work or a long lunch with girlfriends… I think they should be a versatile style that gets use after your big day.
What are some of the most important features of wedding shoes?
Comfort, for sure! So you can stay in them all day and dance the night away… but also be feminine and flattering on the foot as a finishing touch to the wedding dress. Several styles in our bridal collection have a stacked heel which will suit garden weddings on grass, as a lot of New Zealand summer weddings are outdoors, which make fine stiletto heels tricky to wear.
What was your own choice for your special day?
Funnily enough I couldn’t decide until on the day! I took a few options with me from our collection and then decided on a closed toe style with a high ankle detail… these are being added to our ‘Happily Ever After’ collection this summer.
What are some of the main trends – colours, features etc – we can expect to see coming through over the next year across all shoe styles?
We have a lot of beautiful colour showing in our current and next summer collections… the winter styles which are currently available are offered in classic rich palettes of chocolate, tan etc but bright accents of hot pink croc, pink, blue and orange metallics… the Summer ’20 collections are super pretty soft pastels with apple green and lilac being key tones.
We cannot resist a beautiful, colourful, comfortable shoe to brighten our day and make us feel like you can take on the world!
Believe it or not, the wedding isn’t just about the bride to be! We want you to look back at the man in the mirror, before and during the big day, and be happy with what you see. We check out all the latest trends to have you looking dapper on your big day.
LOAFERS FOR LIFE: We’re aware that we seem to be always recommending loafers, that’s because they’re such a cool statement shoe. They’re the ‘great shoes’ that we are referring to in our last point. Cutler & Co has grey or tan options with a 100 percent leather upper; high quality shoes for a high-quality day.
You and your partner don’t have to be the only perfect pairing of the day. Matching your tie to your shirt is a great way to create a modern finish to your wedding suit. Try a white tie on a white shirt, black on black, make it a match.
CUSTOM MADE: Tailor your suit to your needs. We can’t stress this enough; your partner has most likely thought out every detail of what they’re wearing, you should do the same. You don’t want to look back on wedding day photos and regret not wearing that bright colour, patterned handkerchief or trendy shoes that you wanted to. It is, after all, your big day too, so make it perfect.
OH HONEY! The only thing you want breaking out on your wedding day… are your killer dance moves. Clear skin is not a bad thing to have on a day where you’ll be in the limelight with friends, family and not to mention the cameras. The Melora Double-Action personal care range offers a great selection of products that are naturally derived from New Zealand’s own manuka honey; a perfect option that not only supports local but is fuss-free as well.
BALL AND CHAIN: As the idiom goes, the ankles are reserved for the old ball and chain, in other words your soon-to-be partner. Don’t be afraid to flash the wedding party some bare ankle. This is a diversive trend that isn’t for everybody, but the only thing you need to wear for this are slim fitting pants (cropped just above the ankle), no socks, great shoes and a bit of confidence. We know that the weather and seasons change year-round, so we would only recommend this tip for the warmer months (we don’t want your toes turning blue in the middle of the ceremony).
We believe everyone deserves to find their soul mate… even your feet! Debbie from Shoe Therapy Kaiapoi has some eligible candidates to create the perfect pairing. Because she believes that a woman can do anything in the right pair of shoes and we tend to agree! We caught up with her to find out some of the latest winter must-haves
Blue suede shoes: Whilst they are not blue, make Elvis Presley proud by rocking some Mollini Careful Stretch Microsuede boots in black or navey.
The shoes feature a soft micro-suede upper and a sturdy block heel. A great option to wear all winter and pair with any outfit.
Jump around: If you want an easy-to-wear premium leather boot, then the ATA Kangaroo dress boot from EOS is for you.
Its simplicity with a touch of detailing in the upper ruche is what makes this shoe such a pleasant wear.
Good for the Sol (Sana): this beautiful boot is jampacked with intricate details to give it that unique look; croc embossed ivory leather, gold cap detailing on the toe and a thick block heel.
Add the Sammy Boot from Sol Sana to your wish list for winter.
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After 35 years of owning and operating Rangiora Shoelines, sisters Jill May and Sandra Blackadder have decided it is time to move on and begin a new chapter in their lives.
What started out as a passion for footwear and handbags, soon turned into a busy little business that has consistently kept on top of all the latest fashion trends and styles throughout the years.
Today, the shelves are lined with popular brands like regular bestsellers, Josef Seibel, Kacper and Minx and new autumn lines of stylish ankle boots, textured leathers and heel treatments of veneer, perspex and wood are flowing into the store daily.
The new owner has been confirmed as local resident, Rebecca Barker, who will continue operating Rangiora Shoelines with the same well known and loved brands.
Sandra and Jill would like to thank customers for their support and loyalty over the years.
“It’s been an amazing experience and journey,” Jill says.
“We wouldn’t have been able to do it without them! It was a tough decision to leave but we’re stoked it’s remaining an independent store, and also in very capable hands.”
So it will be business as usual in this well respected and loved footwear store.
“We’re high heeling it out of here, but come in before we ‘shoe’ off to say your goodbyes,” Sandra and Jill laugh.